Sorry for the delay in getting the poll going -- had a case of the Mondays at the AA HQ. Here are the chronicles (majority still in the comments) and HERE IS THE POLL. Go vote or leave a comment with a write in vote. I'll post the winners and updated standings on Tuesday night.
1. "They oughtta put a skirt on em." -- Bob Griese, in reference to quarterback rules now (via Sctvman)
2. "If they can live in first and second down and short..." -- Andre Ware (via Sctvman)
3. "Plenty of time on the play cock......play cloc
4. "I don't care if you're playing pee-wee football, or little sisters of the poor, if you're shutting teams out for six quarters, you're playing good defense."
5. "...great field awareness, tremendous balance...and awareness." -- Chris Martin after Larry Caper's TD in MSU/Illinois game.
6. "I'm a big fan of pirates in general." -- Mike Leach (via Sctvman)
7. "According to that yellow line, which is not official, but is awfully close." - Mike Patrick
8. "Cam Newton has thrown for 140 yards and passed for 191." -- Gary Danielson (via Bubbaprog)
9. "Moore's not satisfied. Moore wants more." -- Dave Lapham
10. "Kenny Demens came up and made an attacking kind of tackle." -- Ron Franklin
12. "At the end of the day the team that scores the most in this ballgame is going to win the game" -- Verne Lundquist (via Sctvman)
"Florida hasn't lost three in a row since Emmitt Smith's senior year." -- Clay Matvick on Florida/Mississippi State. Emmitt Smith didn't HAVE a senior year. He left after his junior year, which was actually 1989, the year AFTER Florida last lost three in in a row.(great catch by KT)
14. "Hold your water. Just hold your water. Don't know what it means, but coaches like Herm always say it." -- Chris Spielman (via Rick James Bible Owner)
15. "Boom goes the Dan Herron!" -- Rece Davis on the AnOSU-Wisky highlight
>> I don't think the Louisiana city has yet to recover fully from Hurricane Katrina.
Resident here. When something of Katrina's magnitude happens, the affected site never, ever returns to "same" status. How fully we've recovered, at this point, just depends on your definition thereof. Businesses and residents alike chose not to come back; that's their prerogative. Others from around the state/nation/world chose to make New Orleans their home, post-Katrina; to them, this is their version of "normal" New Orleans.
I may long for a McKenzie's donut, to rent a video game at the Blockbuster that was near my home, or even to get a haircut from my barber who moved to Georgia after Katrina. Things are different now. Some are better, some are worse, but the undeniable, citywide sentiment is that things are just... different.
In August, it will have been seven years since Katrina hit. Those who are willing to be here, who put in the work to make this great city home, don't deserve the scorn and bile Cowherd spewed, regardless of their story.
amat87, you might be right - Rome criticizes PEOPLE (poorly), not cities. He knows how well he sells; he regularly tours and people come out in numbers to see him. I guess Cowherd doesn't really plan on visiting New Orleans again. Or if so, with more than the one FBI agent he alleges he had as security detail... Then again, before yesterday, for most people Cowherd could have walked up to them and smudged their new Puma's and they wouldn't have had clue one as to who he was.
If you go to ANY major city on this planet, there will be places that are wonderful to visit and places you just don't belong. New Orleans is unusual in that some of those places you shouldn't go are adjacent to some of the nicer places. That said, if you are in the French Quarter, you are in the safest area of the city. That area and the Central Business District (a pretty small area) has it's own police district. All crime here is low - your worst fear is getting a pocket picked or cell phone stolen. Some yahoo will probably spout off something to the tune of "well, I read about xyx murders there recently". In a town that has a murder nearly every day, that 3-4 occurred in the French Quarter in the last 3 years isn't news. If you get drunk and you aren't with friends and you decide to stagger around back to your hotel in a daze, you are a target. You'd be a target in Chicago, New York - even in Boise, Idaho you'd be a mark.
Contrary to Colin's rant also, you cannot just walk up to a concierge in a hotel and get a map of the "bad" places to go...
He says he won't bring his children here; that if they had the Pro Bowl, players like to bring their families and they won't want to bring their families here because it isn't a family friendly city. This is a common misconception due to our reputation as a party town. No, kids don't belong on Bourbon Street, especially after 6pm, but that doesn't make this not a place for families. We have a zoo that always garners national attention, an aquarium that is highly touted; we have swamp tours that are fun and a children's museum. The list goes on - there is plenty for a family to do here. Not to mention the simple fact that whenever you have major events like Super Bowls, Pro Bowls or Final Fours, they bring their own party - we just host it! They always bring family type activities to the host city. In Miami (which I love!), all that activity would be down around South Beach or downtown, which is a half hour-45 minute drive from the actual stadium. Here, it's a 15-20 minute walk from the Convention Center where most of those activities are straight up one street to the Superdome.
And lets go here. People think of Mardi Gras as risque, bawdy and overcrowded. If you trying to be in the middle of the party, that can be true. However, if you stay outside of the French Quarter, you'll find that parading during Mardi Gras is not at all what you'd see on TV - it's very family friendly. And we have more than one place to watch parades - satellite cities have parades as well that are even more about family.
While we're on that topic, it's also laughable to think how dangerous this city is when every year we host the biggest annual party in the country and it goes off all the time with no major issues. We've hosted 9 Super Bowls and will tie Miami for the record number hosted in February. The NFL trusts us once every 4-5 years, Colin - you should too...
Reuters reports New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu just asked the federal government on Tuesday for more help fighting a murder epidemic that took almost 200 lives in his city last year. So how is Colin Cowherd wrong?
Couple of things TwillDog. I agree with the majority of your comment. But, one, Jim Rome NEVER criticizes cities/markets except his own. So in that sense Rome is quite different than Cowherd. Not saying Rome's show is that great, lol.
For me Orleans means a public party. If sports are involved all the better. Always felt safe in the quarter and beyond.
In these talk guys "defense" they do have to talk -- a lot. Although both Rome's and Cowherd's show practically demand a co-host to play off of -- we know that ain't happin'.
Liked your post.
Colin is doing his best Jim Rome impersonation. Yeah, remember Jim Rome? Really big a few years back, now... not so much? It's the shock jock mentality - speak from the hip, get facts later. He won't apologize, nor will he correct himself - as far as he's concerned, it's not as much about being right as being heard. The only bad press is no press, right?
I'm a New Orleanian, so I'll give facts FROM HERE. Our crime rate is low - much lower than most major cities. Our murder rate is high, this is true, but to paint it in that light is wrong. In the heyday of the mob, there were tons of murders in America's major cities. Mob crime on other mobsters and people they were doing business with was common. In New Orleans it's not much different - the drug trade is often the culprit. The murderers here are after people they know, not just some random person. Random murder probably accounts for less than 15% of all murders in the city. These guys are out to get each other, not the random tourist walking the street.
The infrastructure of New Orleans, coupled with the mild weather is the reason we get major events (I'll ignore Colin's ignorance of the fact that these events are scheduled YEARS in advance and it's not as if we're just pulling them out of the air...). We have approximately 37,000 hotel rooms in the Greater New Orleans area, and the compactness of the city and it's environs makes getting to and from any activity area simple. If you stay downtown, you do not need a car - from Downtown New Orleans, you can walk to the Superdome, the Arena, the convention center, the French Quarter and a large percentage of the top line restaurants at which you'd like to dine. Want to take the kids uptown to the Audubon Zoo? Hop on the streetcar for $1.25 one way or get a day pass for $5 and get off at Audubon Park and stroll through the park to the zoo. What we lack in certain areas, we more than make up for in others.
As for our airport, there isn't much we can do. One negative of the city is it's somewhat of an island, with water and/or wetlands all around. The airport where it is can't be expanded. One day it will probably be moved, but then that will take away from everything. It will move about 30 minutes to the west and it's already a 20 minute drive from the airport to downtown, so the word then will be it's too far from the airport to the city... As for it not being a world class airport, we are only a city of about 350,000 people. We aren't Atlanta or Dallas in population. We aren't a hub for any major airline. It is difficult to get direct flights to and from here. But that's where it ends. New Orleans isn't as distant as L.A. to Miami or New York. And outside of coming from past, say Denver, it's not a long trip for anyone. Conversely, coming from anywhere past, say Dallas, to get to L.A. is a hike...
But as I said in the beginning, it's Colin Cowherd... why would anyone expect better?
The lost art of attribution. Dang, I would suspect Cowherd never used the term "attribution" in his entire career. The evil-4-letter should consider j-school update classes on the Bristol campus. But wait, that might eliminate the Cowherd-types from their creative creativity. You know, we wouldn't want proper attribution to get in the way of all the yelling.
I went to New Orleans the same two years you did to do the same kind of relief work. I have the same reaction. Most of the town is really nice and really friendly. If you're oblivious to how big cities work, then yes, it can be dangerous. If your a little careful, you can stay out of the 5-10 percent of the city you need to avoid.
It's a wonderful town for tourists. Just phenomenal. What the hell is Cowherd talking about? His social commentary fits right in with everything else he says: he's a fairly smart guy, but he's not nearly as smart as he thinks he is.
I'm not going to defend Cowherd, but New Orleans's "bad crime reputation" is a reflection of its #1 murder rate of any large city in the country, which causes its overall rankings to be much higher than other measures of crime by the FBI.
Per this table of FBI stats collated by Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_cities_by_crime_rate), New Orleans has the highest murder rate of any city with a population over 250,000 (74 cities in 2010) with nearly a 25% increase in rate over 2nd place St. Louis. It's not all that bad. New Orleans is 31st in "Violent Crime"; 30th in rape; 31st in robbery; 39th in aggravated assault; 49th in property crime; 35th in burglary; 61st in theft; 15th in motor vehicle theft; and lacking data for arson. New Orleans, outside of its murder rate, appears to be about average in other respects of violent crime compared to other American cities.
I sincerely doubt that New Orleans's homicide rate has anything to do with tourists. Homicides are usually just between locals. Cowherd didn't make an argument about the murder rates though. AA is right in the sense that New Orleans is not unsafe, especially for tourists, but AA does miss that New Orleans has a massive problem with homicides, which has been the trend for years. Cowherd's inability to recognize that New Orleans is a premier destination for neutral-site sporting events and that the the proximity to the West Coast isn't an important factor (given that about 15% of the population lives there, including me, versus about 75% in the Eastern and Central time zones) in awarding games is more indicative of his failings as a...whatever the hell it is he does... than his broad characterization of New Orleans.
What makes you more qualified than Cowherd? Don't you think he probably had research to back up New Orleans being the most dangerous city? I feel like you left out many of the issues he talked about. This article doesn't prove a damn thing.
When ESPN hires FBI agents for Cowherd, the lone requirement is "Must not listen to The Herd. Preferably, candidates should not even know who this man is."
@danchrism good points, but just as another local, I gotta say... don't know if the references were just about times gone in general or not, but McKenzie's was gone well before Katrina... I agree with every sentiment though - the "new" New Orleanians don't really know what it was like before, but I appreciate them coming in to make a difference. There is no real same here - over 1,000 people perished; you can't expect the same. And there are a lot of things we don't want back anyway.
Cowherd is a schmuck. It's all about ratings. He did exactly what he wanted - he got us talking about him. I am one of those who normally believes in ignoring those who are starving for attention, but our city has been beaten up enough - we defend her, warts and all.
2010 was two years ago
Philadelphia, PA had the highest murder rate in 2012
But Phili is a big market so Colin (probably at the behest of ESPN/Disney) will not go there
As of January 2012, here are the other top 15 most dangerous cities according to the FBI
1. St. Louis, MO
2. Camden, NJ
3. Detroit, MI
4. Flint, MI
5. Oakland, CA
6. Richmond, VA
7. Cleveland, OH
8. Compton, CA
9. Gary, IN
10. Birmingham, AL
11. Baltimore, MD
12. Memphis, TN
13. New Orleans, LA
14. Jackson, MS
15. Little Rock, AR
Maybe Colin Cowherd should hide under his bed
@USCBlueDevil That's a very good point. Yes, cities like Chicago has eclipsed New Orleans (either that or it seems like it) in recent years, but I don't think the Louisiana city has yet to recover fully from Hurricane Katrina. In all honesty, both Matt and Colin are right is many regards, but as they are talking purely of emotional passion instead of basing on researched fact (like you did USCBlueDevil) there's also misinformation as well. (Keep in mind Cowherd, unlike many other personalities, has a west coast bias - refreshing after hearing so much about the east coast but can be annoying as well)
In the end, if you listen to talk radio, listen to more than one show. No one person knows it all. Odds are Dan Patrick and Tim Brando knows a thing or two more than Cowherd and vice versa (And yes, I used the two personalities that compete against him directly - Cowherd on ESPN Radio/ESPNEWS; Patrick on FOX Sports Radio/FSN; Brando on Yahoo Sports Radio/CBSSN)
@celticchamps If Colin had the research, he should have presented it. That's on him. He doesn't have to present data if that's not part of his point, but he said the facts backed him up. Which facts?
Either way, the writer here CLEARLY wrote out several measures by which New Orleans is NOT the most dangerous city (and isn't even close to the top).
@smedindy outstanding comment lol.
@smedindy +1. Well done.