Ray Lewis on Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Superdome During Superbowl — Lights Out and No Drink Cups

When the lights went out in the Superdome during Super Bowl XLVII, my first thought was that it may be a terrorist attack. My second thought was that we would never get out alive if a fire ignited. I was especially nervous because my children were there.

After we regained electricity, my husband went to the concession stand to get a drink. When he returned he said that they ran out of cups and he brought a bottled beer. The beer was fine, but I was surprised that they did not order enough cups for the Super Bowl crowd. Can you imagine that not only did the Superdome lose power, but they ran out of cups too?

New Orleans Saints' Fan " Da Pope

Super Bowl XLVII Sports Celebrities

Brian Billick signs an autograph.

Brian Billick signs an autograph. (photo by dorothyadele)

On Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans, we scouted for celebrity-football players.   While walking to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, we slowly strolled through the Hilton Hotel where the Ravens stayed. We spotted Jerry Rice, Larry Fitzgerald, Cris Carter, Ted Bruschi, Keyshawn Johnson, Kurt Warner and Brendon Ayanbadejo.

I am a Ravens fan, but I did not recognize many of these football stars. Most of the retired players that we saw are currently NFL sports analysts.  Following is a list of some of their career highlights:

Wide receiver Jerry Rice was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.  According to his biography he “is widely considered to be the greatest wide receiver in the history of the National Football League (NFL).”

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald plays for the Arizona Cardinals and was chosen six times for the Pro Bowl.

Wide receiver Cris Carter was inducted into the 2013 Hall of Fame and played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins.

Linebacker Ted Bruschi played for the New England Patriots and was a three-time-Super-Bowl champion.

Wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson  played for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Panthers.  His Buccaneers team won Super Bowl XXXVII.

Quarterback Kurt Warner played for the Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants and St. Louis Rams. He was the Super Bowl XXXIV MVP.

Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo plays for the Baltimore Ravens and played for the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins.

Baltimore Ravens head coach from 1999 – 2007, Brian Billick, was at Radio Row at River Walk.  He led the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory in 2000, and he is currently a sports analyst.

We also spotted the infamous New Orleans Saints’ fan “Da Pope,” or Lionel Alphonso Sr.  who held a beer in his hand as he posed with fans.  He  was  inducted in 1999  into the Canton Ohio Hall of Fame “Visa Hall of Fans” as the fan of the year. Garbed in his flowing robe and mitre, he was a sight!

Encountering  these sports celebrities  greatly enhanced the Super Bowl experience for us!

San Francisco 49ers Fan Reacts to Super Bowl Loss

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Super Bowl XLVII and Overly Confident San Francisco 49ers’ Fan

Super Bowl XLVII opening and overly confident (but nice) San Francisco 49ers fan. Post game video of the 49ers fan to follow!

Super Bowl XLVII Photos

Security Entrance to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Security Entrance to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (photo by dorothyadele)

Mercedes-Benz Superdome Super Bowl XLVII

Mercedes-Benz Superdome Super Bowl XLVII (photo by dorothyadele)

Baltimore Raven's Kicker JustinTucker Sets the Football for a Kickoff.

Baltimore Raven’s Kicker JustinTucker Sets the Football for a Kickoff (photo by dorothyadele)

San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII

San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII (photo by dorothyadele)

Super Bowl XLVII  Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers

Super Bowl XLVII Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers (photo by dorothyadele)

Super Bowl XLVII Baltimore Ravens and Officials

Super Bowl XLVII Baltimore Ravens (photo by dorothyadele)

Super Bowl XLVII Baltimore Ravens and Officials

Super Bowl XLVII Baltimore Ravens and Officials (photo by dorothyadele)

Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XLVII

Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XLVII (photo by dorothyadele)

Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show (photo by dorothyadele)

Super Bowl  XLVIIHalftime Show With Beyonce

Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show With Beyonce (photo by dorothyadele)

Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show (photo by dorothyadele)

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Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

Baltimore Ravens Win Super Bowl XLVII

Baltimore Ravens Win Super Bowl XLVII (photo by dorothyadele)

Jet Blue Gives Away A Free Roundtrip Flight

Employees at the Jet Blue ticket counter handed passengers purple and green Mardi Gras beads upon check in. Of course we selected purple! Purple iced donuts and coffee were available at the gate. It was a great start.

The vice president of operations for Jet Blue, his wife and 6 1/2-year-old son were on our flight to New Orleans. The vice president said that in the beginning of the season, he told his son that if the Baltimore Ravens made it to the Super Bowl he would take him. He thanked the passengers for flying Jet Blue and said that he wanted to give away a free-round-trip ticket.

He asked the passengers to search their bags and pockets for the oldest penny they had. A passenger with a 1946 penny won the tickets. He took a picture of the passengers on the flight cheering. It has been quite an experience already.

Go Ravens!!!

Super Bowl XLVII, The Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Bound

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Excitement fills the BWI Airport terminal as exuberant-purple-and-black-clad-Balltimore-Ravens’ fans head to New Orleans for the Super Bowl. There is a lot to be excited about. The Baltimore Ravens, who are usually the underdogs and hated by many, are playing in the Super Bowl for the first time in 12 years. Ha, ha take that you naysayers! Also, two brothers, John Harbaugh coach of the Baltimore Ravens and Jim Harbaugh coach of the San Francisco 49ers will match wits in a “once in a lifetime game” for the Super Bowl trophy. To add to this excitement, Ray Lewis the Ravens’ middle linebacker who sources say is one of the greatest middle linebackers of all time will play his last game. What a great way to go out!

The Seven Nation Army chant reverberates through my head as we hurry through the terminal. Ohhhhh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, we have to board our flight!

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