Mandeville, LA - Church Doctrine - When Andrew Jackson showed up to meet the invading British in New Orleans, he stopped at the Ursuline Convent to visit and then pray to Our Lady of Prompt Succor1 with Sister St. Michel and the Ursuline sisters. We know how this story ends but many don’t know that Jackson made regular stops at Ursuline Convent whenever he was in New Orleans.2 The power of prayer has thus been sought and revered in New Orleans for centuries. Inside the Superdome Sunday night, the power of prayer was invoked on the sidelines as Times Picayune photographer David Grunfeld discovered.
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – You can see that the religion plays out on most Sundays during late August all the way up till mid-January or so. Instead of finding yourself in a church for the actual participation in a religious ceremony, you will find yourself at a ballpark or at someone’s house as a facsimile of a ballpark for the proverbial tailgating and all that stuff. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – If I understand what has happened here, players who think they may have suffered some dain bramage because of incessant blows to the head, helmet-on-helmet blows, may have suffered minor concussions and didn’t know it, their case is: They never told us we were suffering concussions. They should have told us that. They probably knew, they just didn’t tell us. They bring this lawsuit. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – If you’re going to pursue this from a naturalist point of view, is the sports-going, ESPN-digesting public going to be okay with baseball players that can’t hit the kind of homeruns that you can hit today, that can’t have -- you know what’s funny about this, or what’s interesting to me is that records like DiMaggio’s hitting streak, for example. We don’t know, we can probably guess, though, that Joe DiMaggio back in ’58 or ’57 when he had that hitting streak, that DiMaggio was probably not on an alphabet soup drug. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
Before the Material Tramp could even be seen at the start of Sunday’s NFL SuperBowl halftime show, I knew there would be trouble. At least the Romans had the courtesy to kill off most of the ribald participants in their gladiator games whereas the NFL makes you sit through being flipped off while the musical gladiators are applauded. If you can find it, this is good work that pays millions but I wonder how many Americans who watched this performance prefer the gladiator’s fate for the performers?
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - The whole thing is just an outcrop, I think, of our obsession with violence, whether it’s movies, whether it’s sports. We ask for this stuff and the NFL delivers it. We ask for it and college sports delivers it. This is exactly what the American public wants, and that’s the sadness of it. Now you’ve got a bunch of NFL players walking around like feral zombies who don’t know right from wrong, don’t even know who their family members are, waging these lawsuits. Check out today's transcript for the rest...