Digi-Blog’s snapshot of New Orleans before BCS title game

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NEW ORLEANS — As a general rule, the Digi-Blog tries to take you to unusual places you might not be familiar with. I’m pretty sure most of you are familiar with New Orleans, perhaps even that there are bars there. But during my morning drive here for Monday’s BCS title game between LSU and Alabama, I thought, “Why not?” One more little blog justifies at least a few more meals on the expense account. (This is the only road trip I don’t measure by deals — I measure by meals.) So here’s a snapshot of Nola, with a few surprised guests!

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So I picked up all of my stuff for work in the media room, just in case I actually do any. (I’ve always thought it would be a much better job if the stories didn’t get in the way of things. You know: travel, eat, drink, go to a game, talk to the players, second-guess the coach, then go back to the hotel and get ready to do it again in the next city. Damn stories throw off the pacing.)  Anyway, you’ll find this free souvenir BCS bag and several luggage tags on eBay next week. Or we can just open the bidding now.

"Yes. I'm here on business. When purchasing poker chips, would it be possible to obtain a receipt that reads, "Lunch buffet and note pads? On a related note: red or black?""

“Yes. I’m here on business. When purchasing poker chips, would it be possible to obtain a receipt that reads, “Lunch buffet” and “note pads”?Also, on a related note: red or black?”

The Detroit Lions are in town for a playoff game against the New Orleans Saints Saturday night. Ndamukong Suh was gracious enough to pose for a photo."

The NFL playoffs start this weekend. The Detroit Lions are in town to play the Saints. Ndamukong Suh was gracious enough to pose for this photo.”

Nick Saban will do anything to look taller.

I realize he’s a great coach. But seriously: Does Nick Saban need to go to such great lengths just to look taller?

lsuplayers

These three LSU players walked past me. There used to be three potted trees in front of that store, but they ate them.

You can buy almost anything in New Orleans, even this group photo of  every Atlanta Spirit partner.

You can buy almost anything in New Orleans, even this group photo of every Atlanta Spirit partner. That’s Bruce Levenson on the top row to the left in devil red.

cafedumonde

Normally I would stop for an order (or six) of Beignets — wonderful fattening, powdered-sugar donut-like creations — and a cup of chicory coffee. But I’ve got something else on my mind right now.

grocery

Three staples of any visit for me to New Orleans: Cafe Du Monde, Mother’s (not pictured) and this place: Central Grocery — a cool market in the French market area and home to the original Muffuletta.

muffelattaI’ve put away a whole one of these before but I need to pace myself. So I bought just one-half of heaven’s sandwich: several meats that are allegedly really bad for us (whatever), provolone cheese and Central Grocery’s famous olive dressing on round Sicilian sesame bread. Ate it in about 12 seconds.

jaxAn artists’ area in Jackson Square. The dog just spotted someone with a Muffuletta.

royalThis is my favorite street in the French Quarter — Royal Street. A lot of antique stores and art shops. Yeah, I like culture and stuff. I’m a lot deeper than you think. Sebastien, fetch my overcoat.

bourbonThis is a small part of what used to be my favorite street in the French Quarter — Bourbon Street. This is during tame, daylight hours. But I’ve walked out of too many bars and into too many lamp posts here through the years. I’ve outgrown it. So if I never see Bourbon Street again, I’ll be fine.

happyhourOn second thought  . . . WOW! WHAT A DEAL! You know, I really need to do my part to help revive the local economy.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a column on Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

I think.

By Jeff Schultz

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75 comments Add your comment

Chris

January 6th, 2012
7:30 pm

william cranman

January 6th, 2012
7:33 pm

Great stuff Jeff!

Erik

January 6th, 2012
7:52 pm

Hahaha @Ndamukong Suh photo. Great stuff indeed, Jeff!

Gregg

January 6th, 2012
7:52 pm

Dickie Brennans Steakhouse…..THE best steak anywhere!

Nick Saban

January 6th, 2012
7:58 pm

Maybe while you are in town to watch Bama we can get together and talk 2013 recruiting. Yes I know but I have pretty much wrapped up the 2012 class. I have one more 5 star D lineman on a silent commitment that I am saving for the last day so what can I say. The 2013 class is shaping up nicely. I sure hope that Richt gets that contract extension.

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Amusted

January 6th, 2012
8:25 pm

Atlanta Spirit group photo was classic.

uga whiners

January 6th, 2012
8:29 pm

When is UGA’s next kickoff? September…oh yes.

Geaux Tigers

January 6th, 2012
9:07 pm

Jeff, you just made me real hungry. Enjoy your trip.

Bama Fan#2

January 6th, 2012
9:07 pm

Nice picture of Suh being a horses butt. Watch out for the
hurricanes on Bourbon St. and ROLL TIDE!! RTR

C. Tampa Ironworse

January 6th, 2012
9:12 pm

I really hope New Orleans is doing well. They really need good things to happen after Katrina and the economy …blah, blah, blah.
New Orleans is the biggest dump. If shrimp sandwiches and fried dough is what your city is known for, you’re in big trouble. Anybody that loves that place needs to shower, big time.

Driver 8

January 6th, 2012
9:19 pm

Another digi-masterpiece Jeff. Really love these!

Blackoutanyone?

January 6th, 2012
9:34 pm

Bama 24 LSwho 10

P-Man

January 6th, 2012
9:41 pm

Is Maspero’s still there? It’s just off Jackson Square, and has THE best Po Boys. At least it did when I was there almost 30 years ago…

Mike da Tiger

January 6th, 2012
9:57 pm

Blackout…where are your 24 coming from??

MikeTweezy

January 6th, 2012
10:36 pm

The “Artists’ Cafe” on Iberville St…many years…how ’bout a pic of that place?

JSS

January 6th, 2012
10:36 pm

@ Jeff Schultz…
Send that bedspread to the cleaners!!!

@ P-Man…
Maspero’s is still there!

JSS

January 6th, 2012
10:38 pm

@ Jeff Schultz…
Check your FB inbox tonight, thanks…

Go Tech

January 6th, 2012
10:44 pm

The LSU/Bama game can’t be as much fun as watching LSU and MSU beat the puppies.

Ed Hartwell

January 6th, 2012
10:52 pm

hellooooooo bourbon street

Trapper John

January 6th, 2012
11:14 pm

I still miss Buster Holmes’ place up on Burgundy! Best red beans and rice in town and greens like your grandma used to make them!

Reality

January 6th, 2012
11:17 pm

I approve of the Suh photo. Very well played. Also incredibly accurate.

reality check

January 6th, 2012
11:52 pm

Great shot of Suh did you get his autograph or did the street cleaners have to clean that up?

Bama gets this game but close and higher score. Will be an instant classic

duronimo

January 7th, 2012
12:39 am

Nice photos. Arkansas-Iowa State just finished. Arkansas played like a good SEC team should. Every SEC team in a bowl game this year played well, except my team – Georgia. UGA ended last season embarrassing the SEC, started this season embarrassing the SEC and ended the year embarrassing the SEC. Inferior coaching has Georgia resembling an ACC team now. Let’s reward them with a new, long term deal.

5150 UOAD

January 7th, 2012
1:35 am

I got a bag full of BEADS where are the Breast?

5150 UOAD

January 7th, 2012
1:38 am

I have to ask….”Each tree had 56 oranges. If 8 slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”………JEFF can you find the answer to this puzzling question on a 3rd grade math test.

NO1 FALCONFAN

January 7th, 2012
2:13 am

I HATE STINKY NEW ORLEANS AND I HATE THE NEW ORLEANS AINTS!!

lanier

January 7th, 2012
5:17 am

excellent blog especially the 3 for 1

Stinger2

January 7th, 2012
5:18 am

I don`t understand the 3 for 1 picture and comment by Jeff. Can anyone explain it to me?

Rob Parker

January 7th, 2012
6:27 am

Jeff, that picture of Ndamukong Suh looks a lot like me!

Coach D

January 7th, 2012
7:43 am

Awesome pictures, Jeff! I laughed at several of the pictures.

ernisTbass

January 7th, 2012
7:56 am

is that a dirt bag strapped to DonkeyKong Sue? and what is that lady got in her hand? Just cause they put it in a plane brown wrapper when you leave the adult store don’t mean the world don’t know what you done bought

JackDennis

January 7th, 2012
8:46 am

Never new you wuz a arteest.

Dave

January 7th, 2012
8:47 am

Jeff’ Suh and I went to NU together. I sent him this column, he said he’d look you up at Herrahs.
Tell I said Hi.

BAMA

January 7th, 2012
8:53 am

Cold beer and a BAMA nationalchampionship, thats about it, down in ole New Orleans.

ViningDawg

January 7th, 2012
8:55 am

Great stuff… Hope you do not meet up with the boy named Suh….

bamaguy

January 7th, 2012
9:15 am

Add a martini at Napoleon House to your must do list. Maybe I will run into you there Sunday night. I think I would recognize you, unless your picture in 15 years and 20 pounds ago like “some” ajc writers.

1eyedJack

January 7th, 2012
9:15 am

Jeff, in the picture of Ndamukong what is that woman holding in her hand?

1eyedJack

January 7th, 2012
9:16 am

“Add a martini at Napoleon House…”

I didn’t realize Saban owned a home in New Orleans.

Chopdawg

January 7th, 2012
9:17 am

Does the Central Grocery have a patent on Muffulettas? I don’t think I’ve ever seen them sold anyplace else.

1eyedJack

January 7th, 2012
9:23 am

Them idiots in New Orleans don’t even know which end of the horse to strap the feed-bag to.

TommyP

January 7th, 2012
9:24 am

Schultz: This is probably my favorite from you. Definitely uses your talents to your advantage….the Suh pic is priceless….and accurate.

Great piece.

bali

January 7th, 2012
9:29 am

great pics jeff…the wife and myself spent a few days in the quarter this past summer…damn i surely miss new orleans…the french market is a fun place to visit listenening to good jazz watching two street people playing golf on the sidewalk nowhere else like it…have fun post more pics forget the articles concerning the game sure the journal would understand

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

January 7th, 2012
9:29 am

The photo that was labeled Suh was a typo. That was a photo of Saban.

Eddie In Acworth

January 7th, 2012
9:32 am

Nice work jeff. Love the pics. Get a soft shell crab po boy for me at Mothers.

You morons who are on here making fun of the city of NO and its people are truly idiots. NO is a great city with great PEOPLE in it. Yes actual nice, good people live there. Its ok to hate the saints ( i do) but leave the city and its residents alone. They have been thru enuff.

Joe Tess Fish House

January 7th, 2012
9:42 am

This is relatted 2 sports how?

phillip

January 7th, 2012
10:22 am

I enjoyed the hell out of this Jeff. Thanks and Roll Tide my friend.

Sid

January 7th, 2012
10:33 am

I was taught many years ago, NEVER put “drinks” on your expense report. It’s called “Snacks and Beverage”.

North ave. faithful

January 7th, 2012
10:42 am

Lions, Tigers and Schultz oh my.