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head coach rick stockstill


									               middle tennessee state University
 head coach rick stockstill
                                               in four seasons at the helm of the middle tennessee
                                            program, rick stockstill has elevated the Blue raiders to
                                            an unprecedented level. during his short tenure, the Blue
                                            raiders have captured a league title, made two postseason
                                            bowl games, appeared on national television nine times, and
                                            produced six of the top ten crowds in Floyd stadium history.
                                               the 2009 season was one for the record books.
                                            stockstill’s most recent squad accomplished what few
                                            believed possible: an FBs-record nine wins; votes in the
                                            top 25 poll; a six-game winning streak; the most sun Belt
                                            victories in school history; four road victories and a second
                                            straight undefeated month in november. it all resulted in
                                            stockstill being named sun Belt Conference co-Coach of
                                            the year and 11 players earning all-conference honors,
                                            including co-defensive Player of the year Chris mcCoy.
                                               after 24 years as an assistant, stockstill was given the chance
                                            to run his own program, and all he did was lead the Blue
                                            raiders to a 2006 sun Belt Conference championship, help set
                                            a new single-season attendance record, and take the program
                                            to its first postseason bowl game in the i-a era. in taking a
                                            middle tennessee team predicted to finish sixth in the sun
                                            Belt during the preseason to a league title, stockstill was also
                                            crowned the 2006 sun Belt Conference Coach of the year and
                                            the tennessee sports Writers association Coach of the year
                                            while also garnering that honor from
                                               Under stockstill, the Blue raiders have consistently been
                                            among the least penalized teams in the conference and have
                                            established a combined plus-32 turnover margin. His teams
                                            have amassed the top three tackles for loss and quarterback
                                            sack totals in school history and have produced the sun Belt’s
                                            top touchdown scorer twice. individual players have 30 all-
                                            conference honors, a Player of the year award, and there have
                                            been three different national Player of the Week winners.
                                               the Blue raiders have won 20 of 29 conference games since
                                            2006 and pulled upsets of aCC member maryland in 2008
                                            and 2009. in 2008, defensive end erik Walden was taken in
                                            the sixth round of the nFl draft by the dallas Cowboys, and
                                            offensive lineman Franklin dunbar and defensive lineman trevor
                                            Jenkins signed as free agents with the Philadelphia eagles.
                                               during the 2006 championship run, stockstill and his staff
                                            saw an all-american player, 11 all-conference players, 11 sBC
                                            Player of the Week winners, a consensus national defensive
                                            Player of the Week (damon nickson won the Walter Camp
                                            and the Bronco nagurski awards), and the school’s all-time
                                            sacks leader (erik Walden). much of the team’s success was
                                            attributed to their play on the road that year as the Blue

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raiders won four conference road games. Only 10 other               top 25 recruiters in the nation by
teams nationally could stake that claim.                               From 1989 to 2002, stockstill was on the coaching staff at
   it is said you are only as good as the people you surround       Clemson, where he helped lead the tigers to some of their most
yourself with, and stockstill assembled a championship staff        proficient offensive performances in school history. He served in
well before he coached his first game. stockstill’s current staff   a variety of capacities during his tenure with Clemson, working
sports three national Championships, 72 bowl rings, and 214         as recruiting coordinator, wide receivers coach, co-offensive
years of coaching experience.                                       coordinator, passing game coordinator, and quarterbacks coach.
   along with his extensive background in collegiate coaching       One of his prize pupils was all-america wide receiver rod Gardner,
circles, the driven and determined stockstill also has had          who was the number 15 pick of the 2001 nFl draft. stockstill
the advantage of working                                                                                 played an integral role in
alongside some of the                                                                                    Clemson’s offense, which set
greatest minds in college                                                                                more than 100 school records
football history. these                                                                                  from 1998 to 2002.
experiences are evident                                                                                      also recognized as a top-
throughout his Blue raider                                                                               notch recruiter, stockstill
tenure.                                                                                                  is credited with recruiting
   stockstill, who made his way                                                                          Clemson’s all-time leading
to murfreesboro after spending                                                                           rusher raymond Priester,
the previous two years at south                                                                          second all-time leading
Carolina, has worked with                                                                                passer Woodrow dantzler
legendary coaches lou Holtz,                                                                             and second all-time leading
steve spurrier, danny Ford,                                                                              receivers derrick Hamilton
tommy Bowden, Ken Hatfield                                                                               and rod Gardner. stockstill
and tommy West.                                                                                          coached in 12 bowl games
   stockstill demonstrated                                                                               before taking the Blue raiders
the ability to develop and                                                                               to the 2006 motor City Bowl
coach big-time players                                                                                   for his 13th.
throughout his 24-year                                                                                       stockstill also has coaching
college coaching career.                                                                                 experience at the University
He joined the Gamecock                                                                                   of Central Florida (1985-
staff in december 2003                                                                                   88), where he tutored wide
and immediately made an                                                                                  receiver shawn Jefferson, who
impact in recruiting. stockstill                                                                         went on to a 13-year career
coached the Gamecock tight                                                                               in the nFl, and at Bethune-
ends and served as recruiting                                                                            Cookman College (1983-84).
coordinator in 2005 and was                                                                                 Born dec. 23 in sidney,
the wide receiver coach in                                                                               Ohio, stockstill grew up in
2004.                                                                                                    Georgetown, Ky., and then
   Before joining Holtz’ staff at                                                                        moved to Fernandina Beach,
south Carolina, stockstill was                                                                           Fla., where he was inducted
the offensive coordinator at                                                                             into the Fernandina Beach
east Carolina in 2003.                                                                                   Hall of Fame in 2006. He was
   in his first year at south Carolina, stockstill coached troy     a three-year letterman at Florida state as a quarterback, where
Williamson to one of the best seasons ever for a Gamecock           he was team captain and earned honorable mention all-america
receiver. Williamson made 43 receptions for 835 yards (75.9         honors in 1981 under Coach Bobby Bowden. during his career at
per game average) and seven touchdowns. Williamson’s 835            FsU, the seminoles had two top-10 final associated Press rankings
receiving yards put him among the single-season leaders at UsC,     and had wins over powers notre dame, Pittsburgh, Ohio state,
along with his seven touchdowns. Williamson was taken as the        and nebraska. stockstill, who received his bachelor’s degree from
seventh pick in the 2005 nFl draft by the minnesota vikings.        FsU in 1982, made three bowl trips with the seminoles.
   in addition to his on-field coaching at Carolina, stockstill        stockstill and his wife sara have a son, Brent, and a
coordinated the signing of a top-20 recruiting class for the        daughter, Emily. •
Gamecocks in his first season and was recognized as one of the

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               middle tennessee state University
                     coaching staff

  Rick Stockstill        Les Herrin          Manny Diaz          Tony Franklin        Justin Watts        Willie Simmons
    Head Coach         assistant Head       defensive Coord./    Offensive Coord./    Wide receivers/      running Backs
                     Coach/defensive line     linebackers          Quarterbacks      recruiting Coord.

   David Bibee          Jimmy Ray             Brent Brock          Steve Ellis        Chris Matusek        Andy Vaughn
     safeties            Stephens            inside receivers     Cornerbacks/       director of Football   asst. director of
                        Offensive line                            special teams          Operations       Football Operations

 Robbie Stewart Russell Patterson Drew Rossetti                   Troy Johnson         Jason Spray           Mike Polly
Head Football trainer  Head Football video Coordinator          equipment manager      asst. strength        Offensive Ga
                      strength Coach                                                       Coach

  Roger Pollard       Tommy Harvell      Zach Johnson
   defensive Ga      defensive video Ga Offensive video Ga

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               middle tennessee state University
                          blue raiders

    Craig Allen       Zeke Anderson         Garrett Andrews    Andrew Banks    Malcolm Beyah     Shane Blissard
       35 lB                ds                   80 Wr             5 Wr             4 Wr             83 Wr

  Roderic Blunt          Colin Boss         Marquise Branton   Kevin Brown     Brent Burnette    Wes Caldwell
     39 lB                 50 Ol                 34 rB             33 s            10 QB            81 Wr

 Michael Cannon Danny Carmichael             SaCoby Carter      Jerry Cobb    Nicholas Coleman Jarrett Crittenton
     13 Wr            44 lB                      51 dt             55 lB            13 QB             45 de

Derrick Crumpton Benjamin Cunningham Kendall Dangerfield Dwight Dasher         Antwan Davis       Darin Davis
       24 s             26 rB              96 dt             9 QB                  52 lB             59 lB

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             middle tennessee state University
                       blue raiders

 David DeFatta     Gene Delle Donne Marquise Dixon     Richard Drake      Mark Fisher       Zachary Franklin
      37 P              16 Wr           41 CB              84 Wr            74 Ol                85 Wr

  Desmond Gee       Alan Gendreau   Kenneth Gilstrap   Jesse Grisham    Denzell Guerra        Wesley Hale
      2 Wr               38 PK           18 CB              58 Ol            31 s                40 rB

Jadareius Hamlin    Chris Hawkins    Craig Heyward     Antonio Hill    Patrick Honeycutt        Rod Issac
      97 dl              75 Ol            46 rB           99 lB              17 Wr                6 CB

Tavarres Jefferson Jordan Johnson     David Jones      Justin Jones     Jeremy Kellem          D.D. Kyles
      27 Wr             76 Ol            22 rB             32 lB             20 s                23 rB

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               middle tennessee state University
                          blue raiders

Jamari Lattimore Evon Lettsome                Jamal Lewis      Gorby Loreus     Brian Lorman     Chris McClover
     11 de           62 Ol                       70 Ol             43 lB            63 Ol             1 Wr

   Chris McCoy      Sancho McDonald Omar McLendon             Byron McLeod     Brandon McLeroy    Jeremy Michel
      98 de              15 Wr          85 de                     86 Wr             60 Ol             57 Ol

  Sherman Neal         Dearco Nolan          Jake Padrick     Emmanuel Perez    Brandon Perry    William Pratcher
      28 CB               89 de                 71 Ol             91 de             92 dt              29 rB

Juno Prudhomm         Jamal Ramsey          Stephen Roberts   Cam Robinson     Ryan Rosenvall Sammy Seamster
      42 s               12 QB                   87 lB            30 lB            19 QB           8s

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           middle tennessee state University
                   blue raiders

 Dwight Smith    Jimmy Staten    Alex Stuart         Alex Suber         Phillip Tanner       Stuart Taylor
    47 dt           90 de           65 Ol               7 CB                 21 rB               26 s

Mark Thompson Marcus Thurmond Phillip Tinsley     Nathaniel Toulson      Gary Tucker       Harold Turner Jr.
     72 Ol         88 Wr           93 de                36 P                94 dt               28 Wr

 Marcus Udell   Derrek Upshaw    Adam Wade          Josh Walker         Daniel Waller     Norman Washington
     3 CB            95 dt          48 ds              77 Ol               77 de                56 lB

 Tyler Watson    Andre Wicker   Arthur Williams     Mike Williams       Tim Williams
       Ol           49 dt           82 Wr               78 Ol                dB

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                                           depth chart
                                 OFFENSE                                                             DEFENSE
 qB       9 dwight dasher                    28 Harold turner          LE      11 Jamari lattimore        MIKE 56 norman Washington
          10 Brent Burnette          LT      78 mike Williams                  85 Omar mclendon           WILL 30 Cam robinson
 TB       2 desmond Gee                      71 Jake Padrick           LT      92 Brandon Perry                   32 Justin Jones
          23 d.d. Kyles              LG      65 alex stuart                    51 saCoby Carter           LC      6 rod issac
 x        1 Chris mcClover                   70 Jamal lewis            RT      47 dwight smith                    3 marcus Udell
          15 sancho mcdonald         C       72 mark thompson                  94 Gary tucker             SS      33 Kevin Brown
 y        17 Patrick Honeycutt               75 Chris Hawkins          RE      98 Chris mcCoy                     42 Juno Prudhomm
          81 Wes Caldwell            RG      60 Brandon mcleroy                91 emmanuel Perez          FS      20 Jeremy Kellem
          16 Gene delle donne                62 evon lettsome                  45 Jarrett Crittenton              24 derrick Crumpton
 Z        80 Garrett andrews         RT      74 mark Fisher            SAM 52 antwan davis                RC      7 alex suber
          5 andrew Banks                     50 Colin Boss                     59 darin davis                     28 sherman neal
 H        83 shane Blissard                                            MIKE 44 danny Carmichael

                                                               SPECIAL TEAMS

 P        37 david deFatta           PK      37 david deFatta         KR      2 desmond Gee                     PR 2 desmond Gee
          36 nathaniel toulson       DS      48 adam Wade                     26 Benjamin Cunningham
 PK       38 alan Gendreau           H       17 Patrick Honeycutt     PR      17 Patrick Honeycutt

                               numerical roster
1     Chris mcClover     Wr         27    tavarres Jefferson    Wr    51    saCoby Carter         dt      85   Omar mclendon         de
2     desmond Gee        Wr         28    sherman neal          CB    52    antwan davis           lB     85   Zachary Franklin      Wr
3     marcus Udell        CB        28    Harold turner Jr.     Wr    55    Jerry Cobb             lB     86   Byron mcleod          Wr
4     malcolm Beyah      Wr         30    Cam robinson           lB   56    norman Washington      lB     87   stephen roberts        lB
5     andrew Banks       Wr         31    denzell Guerra          s   57    Jeremy michel         Ol      88   marcus thurmond       Wr
6     rod issac           CB        32    Justin Jones           lB   58    Jesse Grisham         Ol      89   dearco nolan          de
7     alex suber          CB        33    Kevin Brown             s   59    darin davis            lB     90   Jimmy staten          de
8     sammy seamster       s        34    marquise Branton      rB    60    Brandon mcleroy       Ol      91   emmanuel Perez        de
9     dwight dasher       QB        35    Craig allen            lB   62    evon lettsome         Ol      92   Brandon Perry         dt
10    Brent Burnette      QB        36    nathaniel toulson       P   63    Brian lorman          Ol      93   Phillip tinsley       de
11    Jamari lattimore    de        37    david deFatta           P   65    alex stuart           Ol      94   Gary tucker           dt
12    Jamal ramsey        QB        38    alan Gendreau         PK    70    Jamal lewis           Ol      95   derrek Upshaw         dt
13    nicholas Coleman    QB        39    roderic Blunt          lB   71    Jake Padrick          Ol      96   Kendall dangerfield   dt
15    sancho mcdonald    Wr         40    Wesley Hale           rB    72    mark thompson         Ol      97   Jadareius Hamlin      dl
16    Gene delle donne   Wr         41    marquise dixon        CB    74    mark Fisher           Ol      98   Chris mcCoy           de
17    Patrick Honeycutt  Wr         42    Juno Prudhomm           s   75    Chris Hawkins         Ol      99   antonio Hill           lB
18    Kenneth Gilstrap    CB        43    Gorby loreus           lB   76    Jordan Johnson        Ol           Zeke anderson         QB
20    Jeremy Kellem        s        44    danny Carmichael       lB   77    Josh Walker           Ol           daniel Waller         de
21    Phillip tanner      rB        45    Jarrett Crittenton    de    78    mike Williams         Ol           tyler Watson          Ol
22    david Jones         rB        46    Craig Heyward         rB    80    Garrett andrews       Wr           tim Williams          dB
23    d.d. Kyles          rB        47    dwight smith          dt    81    Wes Caldwell          Wr
24    derrick Crumpton     s        48    adam Wade             ds    82    arthur Williams       Wr
26    Benjamin Cunningham rB        49    andre Wicker          dt    83    shane Blissard        Wr
26    stuart taylor        s        50    Colin Boss            Ol    84    richard drake         Wr

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               middle tennessee state University
      alphabetical roster
NO.     NAME                            POS   HT     WT    CL      LTRS   HOMETOWN/LAST SCHOOL

35      Craig allen                     lB    6-2    202   Fr.      0     Carrollton, Ga/villa rica Hs
        Zeke anderson                   ds    5-9    188   r-Fr.    0     murfreesboro, tn/siegel Hs
80      Garrett andrews                 Wr    6-3    208   Jr.      0     tracy, Ca/West (merrill F.) Hs
5       andrew Banks                    Wr    5-9    156   r-so.    0     Clinton, md/Gwynn Park Hs
4       malcolm Beyah                   Wr    5-11   194   so.      1     Covington, Ga/Chamblee Hs
83      shane Blissard                  Wr    6-5    212   r-so.    0     murfreesboro, tn/Oakland Hs
39      roderic Blunt                   lB    6-1    211   Fr.      0     miramar, Fl/everglades Hs
50      Colin Boss                      Ol    6-4    315   r-so.    1     tampa, Fl/Berkeley Prep
34      marquise Branton                rB    5-10   210   r-so.    0     seffner, Fl/armwood Hs
33      Kevin Brown                     s     6-1    206   Jr.      2     tampa, Fl/Jefferson Hs
10      Brent Burnette                  QB    6-3    209   r-Fr.    0     maryville, tn/maryville Hs
81      Wes Caldwell                    Wr    6-1    186   Jr.      1     lexington, Ky/Catholic Hs
44      danny Carmichael                lB    6-0    242   sr.      3     Woodstock, Ga/Woodstock Hs
51      saCoby Carter                   dt    6-1    265   r-so.    1     Hawkinsville, Ga/Hawkinsville Hs
55      Jerry Cobb                      lB    6-2    188   r-so.    0     Pulaski, tn/Giles County Hs
13      nicholas Coleman                QB    6-3    215   r-sr.    0     decaturville, tn/decatur County Hs
45      Jarrett Crittenton              de    6-6    275   r-Jr.    0     Fayetteville, Ga/Fayette Co. Hs/n. dakota st. Cofs
24      derrick Crumpton                s     5-11   190   so.      1     miami, Fl/Christopher Columbus Hs
26      Benjamin Cunningham             rB    5-10   201   Fr.      0     nashville, tn/Goodpasture Hs
96      Kendall dangerfield             dt    6-2    279   r-Fr.    0     Pulaski, tn/Giles County Hs
9       dwight dasher                   QB    5-10   200   Jr.      2     Folkston, Ga/Charlton County Hs
52      antwan davis                    lB    6-1    216   Jr.      2     Ft. lauderdale, Fl/st. thomas aquinas Hs
59      darin davis                     lB    6-1    211   so.      1     lauderdale, Fl/dillard Hs
37      david deFatta                   P     5-10   188   r-sr.    2     Franklin, tn/Franklin Hs
16      Gene delle donne                Wr    6-5    239   r-sr.    1     Wilmington, de/salesianum Hs
41      marquise dixon                  CB    5-10   168   Fr.      0     Cocoa, Fl/Cocoa Hs
84      richard drake                   Wr    6-2    196   Fr.      0     atlanta, Ga/stephenson Hs
74      mark Fisher                     Ol    6-3    290   Jr.      2     nashville, tn/Goodpasture Hs
85      Zachary Franklin                Wr    6-0    178   Fr.      0     Hermitage, tn/mcGavock Hs
2       desmond Gee                     Wr    5-8    168   sr.      3     Greenville, Fl/madison Co. Hs
38      alan Gendreau                   PK    5-10   170   so.      1     apopka, Fl/Orangewood Christian Hs
18      Kenneth Gilstrap                CB    5-10   172   Fr.      0     lithonia, Ga/miller Grove Hs
58      Jesse Grisham                   Ol    6-3    258   Fr.      0     Pelham, al/spain Park Hs
31      denzell Guerra                  s     6-0    190   r-Fr.    0     loganville, Ga/Grayson Hs
40      Wesley Hale                     rB    6-0    230   r-so.    0     morristown, tn/morristown West Hs
97      Jadareius Hamlin                dl    6-2    278   Fr.      0     Forsyth, Ga/mary Persons Hs
75      Chris Hawkins                   Ol    6-3    283   r-Jr.    1     lexington, Ky/Henry Clay Hs
46      Craig Heyward                   rB    6-0    234   r-sr.    0     Passaic, nJ/Passaic Hs
99      antonio Hill                    lB    6-0    239   r-so.    0     Chesapeake, va/Oscar smith Hs
17      Patrick Honeycutt               Wr    5-9    172   r-sr.    2     Pelham, al/spain Park Hs
6       rod issac                       CB    5-11   185   Jr.      2     miami, Fl/miami-dade Central Hs
27      tavarres Jefferson              Wr    5-9    198   Fr.      0     nashville, tn/the ensworth school
76      Jordan Johnson                  Ol    6-4    265   Fr.      0     Buford, Ga/mill Creek Hs
22      david Jones                     rB    5-11   189   Fr.      0     memphis, tn/south Pittsburgh Hs
32      Justin Jones                    lB    5-11   216   Fr.      0     tallahassee, Fl/Godby Hs
20      Jeremy Kellem                   s     5-10   188   Jr.      2     n. lauderdale, Fl/deerfield Beach Hs
23      d.d. Kyles                      rB    6-1    192   r-so.    0     tampa, Fl/armwood Hs

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NO.   NAME                POS   HT     WT    CL      LTRS   HOMETOWN/LAST SCHOOL

11    Jamari lattimore    de    6-3    232   Jr.      1     miami, Fl/miami lakes Hs/dodge City CC
62    evon lettsome       Ol    6-4    274   r-Jr.    0     apopka, Fl/apopka Hs
70    Jamal lewis         Ol    6-3    294   r-Jr.    2     Huntsville, al/Butler Hs
43    Gorby loreus        lB    5-11   226   so.      1     tampa, Fl/thomas Jefferson Hs
63    Brian lorman        Ol    6-1    250   r-Fr.    0     Quakertown, Pa/Quakertown Community Hs
1     Chris mcClover      Wr    6-4    208   sr.      1     Ft. lauderdale, Fl/dillard Hs/College of Canyons
98    Chris mcCoy         de    6-4    245   r-sr.    3     villa rica, Ga/villa rica Hs
15    sancho mcdonald     Wr    6-3    202   so.      1     miami, Fl/Booker t. Washington Hs
85    Omar mclendon       de    6-4    228   Fr.      0     temple, Ga/villa rica Hs
86    Byron mcleod        Wr    6-2    248   r-so.    1     tampa, Fl/Jefferson Hs
60    Brandon mcleroy     Ol    6-3    316   so.      1     spring City, tn/rhea County Hs
57    Jeremy michel       Ol    6-4    268   r-Jr.    0     Bradenton, Fl/Baylor/manatee Hs
28    sherman neal        CB    5-8    165   r-Jr.    1     naperville, il/neuqua valley Hs
89    dearco nolan        de    6-2    237   Fr.      0     atlanta, Ga/Westlake Hs
71    Jake Padrick        Ol    6-1    283   r-so.    0     Ft. Pierce, Fl/U.s. air Force Prep academy
91    emmanuel Perez      de    6-1    228   Jr.      2     miramar, Fl/everglades Hs
92    Brandon Perry       dt    6-1    280   r-sr.    2     Hawkinsville, Ga/Hawkinsville Hs
42    Juno Prudhomm       s     6-0    210   Fr.      0     naples, Fl/naples Hs
12    Jamal ramsey        QB    6-1    182   Fr.      0     smyrna, tn/Battle Ground academy
87    stephen roberts     lB    6-3    224   Fr.      0     rex, Ga/starr’s mill Hs
30    Cam robinson        lB    6-0    216   sr.      2     Bridgeport, al/north Jackson Hs
8     sammy seamster      s     6-2    197   Fr.      0     Ooltewah, tn/Ooltewah Hs
47    dwight smith        dt    6-2    263   Jr.      2     swainsboro, Ga/swainsboro Hs
90    Jimmy staten        de    6-4    248   Fr.      0     Waycross, Ga/Ware County Hs
65    alex stuart         Ol    6-3    293   so.      1     Oak ridge, tn/Oak ridge Hs
7     alex suber          CB    5-9    165   r-sr.    4     tampa, Fl/thomas Jefferson Hs
21    Phillip tanner      rB    6-0    213   sr.      3     dallas, tX/Kimball Hs
26    stuart taylor       s     6-2    172   r-Jr.    0     dyersburg, tn/dyersburg Hs
72    mark thompson       Ol    6-5    296   r-sr.    3     Old Hickory, tn/dCa
88    marcus thurmond     Wr    6-0    166   r-Fr.    0     north augusta, sC/north augusta Hs
93    Phillip tinsley     de    6-3    243   r-Fr.    0     dexter, Ga/dodge County Hs
36    nathaniel toulson   P     6-1    237   r-so.    0     West Palm Beach, Fl/the Kings academy
94    Gary tucker         dt    6-2    260   r-Jr.    2     maryville, tn/maryville Hs
28    Harold turner Jr.   Wr    5-8    168   r-Fr.    0     decatur, Ga/Cedar Grove Hs
3     marcus Udell        CB    6-0    184   sr.      1     tallahassee, Fl/Godby Hs
95    derrek Upshaw       dt    6-3    253   Fr.      0     darien, Ga/mcintosh County academy
48    adam Wade           ds    5-8    222   r-Jr.    2     Florence, sC/south Florence Hs
77    Josh Walker         Ol    6-4    304   Fr.      0     spring City, tn/rhea County Hs
      daniel Waller       de    6-2    230   r-so.    0     swainsboro, Ga/swainsboro Hs
56    norman Washington    lB   5-11   228   r-so.    1     Columbia, sC/spring valley Hs
      tyler Watson        Ol    6-3    282   Fr.      0     Chattanooga, tn/Baylor school
49    andre Wicker        dt    6-1    260   r-Jr.    0     atlanta, Ga/Booker t. Washington Hs
82    arthur Williams     Wr    6-2    188   Fr.      0     seale, al/Glenwood Hs
78    mike Williams       Ol    6-2    258   r-so.    1     tampa, Fl/Jefferson Hs
      tim Williams        dB    5-8    172   Fr.      0     Chattanooga, tn/Ooltewah Hs

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               middle tennessee state University
                     season review
                                                 a strong finish to the 2009
                                            season resulted in a season-high six-
                                            game win streak, a record nine wins
                                            in the Football Bowl series-era, and
                                            a bid to the new Orleans Bowl for
                                            the middle tennessee Blue raiders.
                                            it is middle tennessee’s second
                                            bowl bid in four years.
                                                 after a 3-3 start, Coach
                                            rick stockstill’s team posted
                                            six consecutive wins to close the
                                            season at 9-3, the most since
                                            the 1994 Blue raiders went 10-
                                            3. the six straight wins is the
                                            longest streak in one season since
                                            middle tennessee moved up to FBs
                                            in 1999, and currently the sixth
                                            longest in the nation.
                                             With a host of new starters,
                                            a quarterback with limited
                                            experience, and a new offensive
                                            coordinator, the Blue raiders opened 2009 with a 37-14 loss
                                            at Clemson, the eventual aCC eastern division champion.
                                                 the first home game was a convincing 31-14 win over
                                            Conference Usa foe memphis. Junior quarterback dwight
                                            dasher accounted for 321 yards of total offense and passed
                                            for two scores, and the Blue raider defense held the tigers
                                            to 219 yards on 63 plays.
                                                 dasher starred again in a 32-31 win at maryland the
                                            following week, passing for 324 yards and two scores. With
                                            no timeouts, he drove the raiders 73 yards in 90 seconds on
                                            a drive that ended with a 19-yard alan Gendreau field goal
                                            on the last play of the game. defensive end Chris mcCoy
                                            had a monster game, with nine tackles, four tackles for loss,
                                            a sack, a fumble recovery, a blocked field goal and a pass
                                            breakup. For his efforts, he was named national defensive
                                            Performer of the Week.
                                                 a visit to north texas to open the sun Belt Conference
                                            slate saw middle tennessee up its record to 3-1 with a 37-21
                                            win. the raiders built a 30-7 halftime lead and never looked
                                            back in winning a second straight road game.
                                             a visit to troy was the lone blemish on the Blue raiders
                                            conference record, as the trojans posted a 31-7 win. On a
                                            cold, dreary day back in murfreesboro and with seven Blue

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raider offensive starters out for at least a quarter,
visiting mississippi state shut down the middle
tennessee offense to win 27-6.
   With a 3-3 record, the Blue raiders began a
crusade to earn a bowl bid, starting at home with
Western Kentucky. after defeating the Hilltoppers
62-24 on Homecoming, middle tennessee won a
hard-fought battle at Florida atlantic, 27-20, in
which the Blue raider special teams blocked two
punts and a field goal.
   next came three consecutive wins at home
over FiU (48-21), louisiana-lafayette (34-17)
and arkansas state (38-14). middle tennessee
dominated all phases of the game in the three wins.
   On the road at louisiana-monroe, the raiders
spotted Ulm a 10-7 lead in the 2nd quarter, then
outscored the Warhawks 31-9 the rest of the way
to win 38-19. again, the Blue raiders dominated
the game in all three phases.
   middle tennessee finished the season 9-3 overall
and 7-1 in the sun Belt Conference. the Blue
raiders were 5-1 at home and 4-2 on the road.
they will be seeking their 10th win of the season,
and hope to carry a seven-game win streak into
next year’s season opener against minnesota in
Murfreesboro. •

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                                              HistOry OF tHe
   louisiana superdome                                   By les east
   the r+l Carriers new Orleans Bowl is in some distinguished         rallies; hosting conventions, meetings, boat shows, car shows,
company among the many tenants the louisiana superdome                high-school proms, college graduations; a private performance
has seen through the years: super Bowl champions; nCaa                of ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey’s Circus for a
football champions; sugar Bowl champions; an undefeated               mcdonald’s convention; a day-long meeting between Bill Gates
tulane University football team and dozens of high school             and microsoft employees; or a private party for 50 people at
football champions have all played here. Joining these athletes       the 50-yard line, the superdome can handle anything.
is a nBa team, nCaa basketball champions, major league                   the superdome opened in 1975 as the home of the new
Baseball teams, a Pope, a president-to-be, and world-renowned         Orleans saints of the nFl – mcKeithen’s commitment to making
musical acts on the stage of this unique, multi-purpose facility.     dixon’s vision a reality had sealed the deal – the new Orleans
   the superdome                                                                                                   Jazz of the nBa,
is exactly what new                                                                                                tulane University
Orleans businessman                                                                                                football, the annual
and civic leader dave                                                                                              sugar Bowl and
dixon envisioned                                                                                                   the occasional
some 40 years ago                                                                                                  super Bowl (six
when he pitched the                                                                                                with number seven
concept to an at-first                                                                                             coming early in
skeptical, then wildly                                                                                             2013).
enthusiastic Gov.                                                                                                     it has since
John mcKeithen.                                                                                                    added the annual
   dixon, a sports                                                                                                 prestigious Bayou
enthusiast, was                                                                                                    Classic football
helping lead the                                                                                                   game between
Crescent City’s uphill                                                                                             southern University
battle to attract                                                                                                  and Grambling
an nFl expansion                                                                                                   state University
franchise. the city                                                                                                on thanksgiving
had hosted nFl                                                                                                     Weekend, and all five
exhibitions at tulane stadium, but dixon believed a new, multi-       louisiana High school state championship games are played in
purpose domed stadium, the likes of which had never been              the dome shortly before the new Orleans Bowl takes place.
seen before, would sway the nFl. the newly inaugurated                   in the early days, record crowds flocked to see musical acts.
mcKeithen, a statue of whom stands on the grounds                     in 1987 the dome reached beyond the traditional sports and
surrounding the dome, listened to dixon’s sales pitch while           entertainment events when Pope John Paul ii held a Papal
propping his feet up on his desk in the Governor’s mansion in         rally in front of 80,000 people, mostly school children, an
Baton rouge.                                                          event dixon had whimsically included in his fevered pitch to
   “He sat there quietly while i was extolling all the virtues of     mcKeithen some 20 years earlier.
such a building,” dixon recalls. “suddenly, he raised his fist and       “Just think,” dixon says, “we were able to put thousands of
said, ‘my God, this could be the greatest building in the world.      school children in that building that wouldn’t have been able to
let’s build this sucker.’ ”                                           witness this event anywhere else. i was very inspired by it and
   dixon didn’t coin the phrase, “if you build it, they will come,”   i know they must have been too. We don’t know how many
said by the disembodied voice in Field of Dreams, but a look at       great gifts of character might have been received that day,
some of the dignitaries that have come to his field of dreams –       which may have been useful (later on).”
muhammad ali, michael Jordan, Joe montana, Frank sinatra,                dixon – “the father of the superdome” – is one of six men
elton John, Paul mcCartney, Pink Floyd, U2, the rolling stones,       whose names are inscribed on banners that hang from the
the Harlem Globetrotters, President George H. Bush and Pope           rafters inside the superdome. the others are former new
John Paul ii, just to name a few – proves the idiom holds true.       Orleans Jazz star “Pistol” Pete maravich, former Grambling
   the superdome has provided entertainment for virtually every       coach eddie robinson, and three former saints – quarterback
audience imaginable. Whether it’s selling out monster truck           archie manning, linebacker rickey Jackson, and President/

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General manager Jim Finks, a member of the nFl Hall of Fame.
                                                                                 SUPERDOME FAq
   at various times, events in the superdome have attracted the largest
crowds ever to see an nBa game, a Final Four, a college football national        What items are prohibited from being
championship game, a college baseball game and an indoor concert.                brought into the Superdome for
   the crowd of 87,500 fans who attended a rolling stones concert on dec.        public events?
5, 1981 remains a record, as does the crowd of 79,651 who attended lsU’s            Cans, bottles, coolers or containers of any
38-24 victory against Ohio state in the 2008 Bowl Championship series title      kind; laser pens or laser products of any types;
game - the largest crowd to witness a football game in the dome.                 sticks or poles that exceed 42 inches; fireworks;
   a year after the papal visit, new Orleans and the superdome reinvented        any type of beverages or food; oversized
                                                                                 packages; weapons and contraband of any type;
political conventions when the republican Party nominated then-vice
                                                                                 animals and pets (except those assisting an ada
President George Bush, who would be elected ronald reagan’s successor
                                                                                 patron); any other item(s) determined to be
less than three months later.                                                    unacceptable by the louisiana superdome.
   then-Councilwoman Peggy Wilson was part of the host committee
and witnessed delegates’ reaction to a nearly flawless weeklong event,           Is smoking permitted in the Louisiana
as well as the venue.                                                            Superdome?
   “i remember people marveling at how we could have everything –                   in compliance with section r.s. 40:1261 of
the convention activities on the floor, meetings, and private parties in         the louisiana legislative statute, smoking is
the suites – in one building,” Wilson says. “they left here saying it was        prohibited in all areas of the superdome.
the perfect building.”
   the superdome, which is 273 feet high and has a 166,180-square-foot           Does the Louisiana Superdome have
                                                                                 on-site parking?
main arena floor, redefined the new Orleans skyline when it was erected.
                                                                                   there are four louisiana superdome parking
it became the most visible symbol of new Orleans, particularly as a world-
                                                                                 garages on-site with a total of approximately
class tourist destination and site of momentous events.                          5,000 parking spaces.
   a heroic effort by city, state and federal officials after damage sustained
during Hurricane Katrina brought the dome back bigger than ever. it              Does the Louisiana Superdome offer
reopened on sept. 25, 2006 for an emotional saints victory over the              tours of the facility?
rival atlanta Falcons on monday night Football. that victory remains the           Public tours of the superdome are no longer
seminal moment in saints history, and superdome history.                         available at this time.
   the superdome is once again a symbol – this time a symbol of the
revitalization of a great american city. the dome, like much of the area, is     Does the Louisiana Superdome
undergoing a multi-phased renovation.                                            provide hearing-impaired patrons
                                                                                 with assistance?
   the installation of new bronze-hued aluminum panels all around the
                                                                                    auxiliary hearing devices receiving a direct
sides of the structure is scheduled to be completed in about four months.
                                                                                 Fm audio feed from the Pa system are available
new sideline seating, an expanded plaza concourse, new club suites, and          to hearing impaired patrons. these devices are
additional hospitality areas will gradually be completed prior to the super      available from the security Control Office or a
Bowl in a little more than three years.                                          Guest services member may be contacted. a
   so the superdome is once again opening its doors – as new Orleans             driver’s license or other identification may be
characteristically opens its arms – for major sporting events. the r+l           collected and returned upon the return of the
Carriers new Orleans Bowl will be followed by the sugar Bowl 12 days             device. these devices will function from any
later, then at least one saints playoff game.                                    seating location in the stadium. the louisiana
   though most basketball events – including games of the nBa Hornets,           superdome uses the Phonic ear listening device.
who arrived from Charlotte, n.C., in 2002 to replace the Jazz who had left
                                                                                 Where can First Aid Station(s) be
for salt lake City in 1979, now take place in the 10-year-old new Orleans
                                                                                 located in the Superdome?
arena next door, the nCaa men’s Final Four will return to the superdome
                                                                                    a First aid station is located on the Plaza
in 2012. it was the dome, which hosted the first of its four Final Fours in      level near section 135.
1982, that proved to the nCaa that the Final Four could be bigger and               self-serve medicine machines (aspirin,
better in stadiums, revolutionizing the event.                                   ibuprofen, etc.) are located on the Plaza near
   in fact, the defining characteristic of the superdome may well be that it     section 135 and the terrace near section 536.
has revolutionized – and nearly perfected – the way events of almost any
type are conducted.                                                              Who manages the Louisiana
   Hot rod Hundley, the long-time play-by-play announcer for the Jazz,           Superdome?
witnessed record crowds and a mardi Gras-like atmosphere when the Jazz             the worldwide leader in convention and
played in the dome in the late 1970s.                                            entertainment management, smG started in
                                                                                 1977 at the superdome. Headquartered in
   “People ask me how we could play basketball in a building that size,”
                                                                                 Philadelphia, smG provides facility services to
Hundley said, “but when they rolled the seats in it was a perfect basketball
                                                                                 219 venues with more than 1.5 million seats
configuration. i’ve been in a bunch of domes, but when they named that           and 10 million square feet of exhibit space.
one the Superdome, they got it right.” •

                                                                                       2009 | R+L CaRRieRs New ORLeaNs BOwL | 63
 history of new orleans
  By JOHn maGill. imaGes COUrtesy OF tHe HistOriC neW Orleans COlleCtiOn.

    Few cities possess the culture or history of new Orleans,        appalachians became dependent on the port of new Orleans
which was founded by the French on the banks of the                  to export their goods. While boorish americans may have
mississippi river in 1718. at 10 feet above sea level it was         been disliked, they brought prosperity. in 1800 louisiana
higher than the surrounding swamp; its site protected the            reverted to France and soon the port’s closure to americans
southern end of louisiana while funneling trade through the          was threatened. to prevent this, President thomas Jefferson
river and lake Pontchartrain.                                        approached napoleon to purchase the isle d’Orleans only to
    the economy was chaotic and food sometimes scarce,               end up in 1803 with the louisiana Purchase.
especially after the company responsible for its founding               afterwards new Orleans boomed. it was like a country market
collapsed with the bursting of the “mississippi Bubble.” among       town, only its market extended to Pittsburgh. in 1812, the year
early French arrivals, Germans migrated to the “German Coast”        louisiana became a state, the first mississippi steamboat - New
upriver, and as successful farmers received credit for saving        Orleans - arrived from Pittsburgh. american fortune hunters arrived
the town from starvation. in 1719 african slaves arrived. more       altering the city’s French ways. in 1809 refugees from the Haitian
French settlers landed including the “Casket Girls” - wards of       slave revolt arrived doubling the city’s population, tempering
the crown carrying a few possessions in small caskets - who          americanization and re-enforcing French and african ways.
were contracted to marry colonists, and the Ursuline nuns were          smuggling through the bayous was part of the economy, as
charged with educating the young women. their 1750 convent           privateers like Jean lafitte hobnobbed among the city’s business
still stands, but save the French Quarter’s street grid nothing of
that era remains; all else fell victim to climate and fire.
    in 1762 louisiana became spanish when louis Xv gave
it to Carlos iii to prevent it from falling to Britain - whoever
controlled the mississippi controlled north america. although
governed by spain until after 1800, the established French
Creole attitudes, culture and language predominated. Creole
once meant europeans born in the colony, but for many it came
to mean anything new Orleans - white or black.
    during the spanish period americans west of the

Top: Circa 1850, this view is from near Press Street and shows
how much the city had grown since 1803. In 1850 open country
was still less than a mile away, but it is nowhere visible here.
Population with suburbs at the time approached 150,000. Right:
When this photograph of Canal Street was taken in 1928 New
Orleans was still the largest city in the South with a population
of about 450,000. Heavily trafficked, Canal Street was by far the
city’s dominant shopping district.

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elite. legend says the pirate lafitte
operated a blacksmith’s shop on
Bourbon street as a front for his
privateering enterprises. Built
sometime before 1772, lafitte’s
Blacksmith shop - now a bar –
still stands, and is one of the few
remaining examples of French
architecture in new Orleans.
   the British met with Jean lafitte
in their efforts to capture new
Orleans at the end of the War of
1812, but he rebuffed their offers
shifting his loyalty to the americans.
the resulting Battle of new Orleans
in 1815 was an overwhelming
american victory. it was the last
military battle between the United
states and Britain, and proved
Creole loyalty to the United states.
   new Orleans surged forward.
By 1840 it was the nation’s fourth
biggest city, and the largest in the
south until 1950. as a leading
                                          The Garden District, as viewed in the 1850s looking downriver from the fire station on
immigrant port, europeans –               Washington Avenue. This was a rapidly growing and wealthy American-style neighborhood
especially irish and Germans then         marked by large yards, as opposed to the tightly built French Quarter. Photo by Jay Dearborn
italians later in the 19th century        Edwards. Below: In 1803 this view looking from the Marigny Plantation – near today’s Elysian
– added new dynamics. more than           Fields Avenue – shows the town clinging to the river while swamps and woods are visible
half its population was african in        nearby. At the time the city’s population was about 8,000. Image by John L. Boqueta de Woiseri.
1800. By the early 1860s, white
immigrants left the city with fewer
than 15 percent black residents,
although an influx through
the 20th century renewed the
traditional ratio.
    the mid-1850s was the golden
age of the city. Cotton was king
in new Orleans; its wharves were
lined with tall-stacked riverboats.
the Garden district ranked among
the nation’s premier residential
areas, and Canal street was the
south’s leading shopping street. in
1835 the st. Charles railroad was
established and is now the oldest
operating streetcar line in america.
the Custom House, begun in 1848,                                       while railroads were dominating traffic elsewhere. swamps,
was among the nation’s largest government buildings. noted for         frequent floods and periodic horrific yellow fever epidemics
its love of opera, new Orleans sent professional traveling opera       undermined its reputation, as did its position as the nation’s
troupes nationwide. mardi Gras – which dates from colonial             largest slave market. resultant relative decline was only
days – got its first organized parade and ball in 1857 which is the worsened by the Civil War and reconstruction.
prototype for today’s private Carnival krewes and organizations.          in 1862 new Orleans fell to the Union after a
   negatively, new Orleans remained dependent on river trade           spectacular battle downriver at the Jackson and st. Philip Forts.

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Confederates burned city wharves and cotton bales to keep these        the area to be an irreplaceable national treasure. in the late
from enemy hands, but no real physical damage was inflicted on         1930s the Quarter became protected by the state constitution,
the city. after the war reconstruction was tainted by episodes         while organizations such as the vieux Carré Commission
of racially charged violence causing the city to be pilloried by the   oversaw its preservation. Once called a slum, the Quarter
northern press resulting in louisiana remaining one of the last        emerged as the engine for a thriving tourist trade.
states to be released from reconstruction rule in 1877.                   the 20th century was marked by both progress and decline:
    after this, the city’s business surged forward, fueled by          the region became one of the greatest ports in the world; oil
the textile industry’s insatiable demand for King Cotton. new          brought boom in the 1960s and bust in the 1980s. mosquitoes
Orleans was finally connected by railroads to the rest of the          were discovered to be the carriers and cause of yellow
nation. new exchanges and banks emerged. mansions lined st.            fever, and such epidemics ceased. in 1899 voters approved
Charles avenue as the city spread outward – mostly Uptown              construction of the city’s first real sewerage, waterworks and
and upriver where land was higher and flooding less of a               drainage systems. Cypress swamps were drained and built
problem. st. Charles was paved with asphalt in one of the              on to the shores of lake Pontchartrain, and basements were
world’s largest use of asphalt to that date, and by the mid-           built beneath new skyscrapers. Pumps, canals and levees were
1880s new Orleans had some of the best electric street lighting        touted as the city’s protection from floods, although levee
in the country. mardi Gras grew with more parades and balls.           failures during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 proved otherwise.
Jazz began to emerge as a popular style, combining the city’s              new Orleans was once the premier metropolis of the south
african and european musical traditions.                               and southwest, but in the 20th century it faced increasing
    By 1900 the French Quarter – the birthplace of new Orleans         competition and its own decline as newer southern and
– was in serious decline. the 1920s French Quarter attracted           western cities overtook it in banking, industry, trade and
creative Bohemian types who made it a little Greenwich village,        transportation – something also experienced by other cities in
creating a picturesque haunt of artists and writers looking for        older sections of the country. However, new Orleans’ culture,
cheap rents, but city boosters saw it as ramshackle and sought         music, food and architecture remain beloved, and prevail as
its demolition. at about this time preservationists recognized         revered icons on a universal scale. •

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  exploring new orleans
                                                       By les east
  the r+l Carriers new Orleans Bowl has helped make the           friendly opportunities during Christmas season as well. the
Christmas season a distinctive time to visit new Orleans just     r+l Carriers new Orleans Bowl lures fans of all types, from
as mardi Gras has done during the winter and the Jazz and         college students to young families to alumni and fans of every
Heritage Festival has done in the spring.                         demographic, and new Orleans has something for all of them.
  all the elements associated with mardi Gras and Jazz Fest –        “all of the great Christmas-themed things that there are to
great music, food and drink, as well as dancing and partying      do this time of year are either free or available at a very low
– are just as visible during the holiday season, but those new    cost,” romig says. “there are so many great ways to spend a
Orleans staples are further enhanced by countless holiday-        few days or more in new Orleans leading up to Christmas.”
oriented festivities.                                                For the last 23 years, locals have embraced Celebration
  in all, more than 100 Christmas festivities – featuring food,   in the Oaks, a spectacular Christmas light display among
drink, music, lights, decorations, santa Claus and more – are     centuries-old oak trees in historic City Park. the millions of
offered during december.                                          Christmas lights and other holiday exhibits complement the
  if you’re looking for a traditional new Orleans experience,     ingrained attractions of the park – amusement rides for kids
the streetcars are still running down historic st. Charles        and adults alike, the storyland fairytale-themed park, and
avenue as well as along Canal street and the riverfront, the      the historic new Orleans train Garden. the walking tour is

French Quarter is still open around the clock (and decked out     available from 6-10 p.m. on thursday through sunday and
for the holidays), plus the Garden district, the Warehouse        6-11 Friday and saturday. the cost is $7 per person, and
district and just about every other district are as attractive    children under three get in for free.
during the Christmas season as any.                                  a white Christmas takes place every day in new Orleans
   But if you’re looking for some Christmas spirit, new Orleans   on Fulton street in the Warehouse district during the
is never short on any kind of spirit or spirits.                  holidays. entrance is free to experience periodic “snowfalls,”
   mary Beth romig, director of communications and public         eye-popping lights and decorations galore. santa and his
relations for the new Orleans Convention and visitors Bureau,     reindeer are on hand, and you can have hot chocolate,
noted that last year Hdtv voted the Crescent City as the no.      spiced apple cider, and the traditional holiday menus from
1 city to visit during the holiday season; it’s a designation     the Fulton street restaurants.
that’s well earned. take the no. 1 city to visit period, and         speaking of restaurants, many offer revellion (French
sprinkle in plenty of Christmas cheer, and here’s what you        for “awakening”), an adaptation of an old Creole dining
come up with: the city that puts on “the greatest free show       tradition, and hotels offer attractive rates through the Papa
on earth” every Carnival season offers plenty of pocketbook-      nöel program. menus generally consist of multiple courses on

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a set menu, at reduced rates in comparison to dining at these               louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and shopping on magazine
acclaimed restaurants any other day.                                        street, the riverwalk and Canal Place. there’s also the
   this Christmas season features the return of one of the                  audubon Zoo, the audubon insectarium, and the aquarium
most revered holiday traditions in new Orleans. the lobby of                of the americas for the nature lover in you.
the elegant roosevelt new Orleans hotel has been turned into                   among the many museums in the city is the national
a block-long winter wonderland aptly dubbed the Waldorf                     World War ii museum, an american treasure that encourages
Wonderland lobby. the whole family will be enchanted by                     learning at all ages. millions of americans have learned a
the promenade of lights, decorations and towering birch trees               greater appreciation for the significance of World War ii and
as Christmas carols are played live on the lobby’s magnificent              the men and women who led the U.s. to victory in this war
baby grand piano.                                                           that changed the world.
   another feature of the roosevelt’s holiday celebration is the               if you want to take advantage of new Orleans’ mild climate
teddy Bear tea, a tradition that has delighted the children of              there are a host of outdoor activities to enjoy, including
new Orleans for years. Children will have teatime with their                fishing, golf, and swamp tours.
new teddy bears and share their holiday wishes with santa.                     For sports enthusiasts, in addition to the new Orleans Bowl,
   World-renowned new Orleans chefs offer free cooking                      there are the new Orleans saints of the nFl, the new Orleans
demonstrations around town, plus public concerts feature                    Hornets of the nBa, and college events featuring tulane and
popular local musicians, and gospel choirs will perform sacred              loyola universities, the University of new Orleans, Xavier and
music in historic st. louis Cathedral in the French Quarter.                dillard universities, and southern University in new Orleans.
   mardi Gras may be a few weeks away still, but that doesn’t                  if you’ve come to the Crescent City for the new Orleans
mean you can’t experience Carnival right now. Get a taste for               Bowl, then the lagniappe - French for “a little something
the season at the Presbytere museum or Blaine Kern’s mardi                  extra” - is that you’ll be enjoying a unique new Orleans

Gras World, where some of the most spectacular floats from                  tourist destination while you’re enjoying the game in the
mardi Gras krewes are on display.                                           louisiana superdome.
   if holiday festivities aren’t really your speed, there is still plenty     there’s no city in america more passionate about football
to see and do around town. in addition to the many restaurants,             than new Orleans – just look at the rabid support for the
music clubs and other watering holes, the French Quarter offers             saints. When it comes to blending football and the sights and
coffee and beignets at Café du monde, shopping at the French                sounds of a unique culture, no one can match new Orleans.
market, antique shops and art galleries on royal street, historic           throw in some more lagniappe – the Christmas season – and
architecture, and carriage rides through all the sites of the               you’ve got it all.
Quarter. artists in Jackson square, across the street from majestic           “Bowl games are designed to provide opportunities for
st. louis Cathedral, will even paint your portrait.                         fans of the two participating teams to be able to interact with
   new Orleans offers a variety of tours, including those of                everything that the destination city has to offer,” romig says.
numerous historic homes and riverboats that roll down the                   “the new Orleans Bowl does just that. new Orleans is already
mississippi river. there’s Broadway theater at the mahalia                  a great holiday destination, and having the game during the
Jackson theatre for the Performing arts, concerts by the                    Christmas holidays just sweetens the pot.” •

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              football for kids
the Football For Kids program is organized by the r+l Carriers new Orleans Bowl in conjunction with local businesses and
individuals. this program uses donations from companies and individuals to provide tickets that are distributed to underserved
youth in the new Orleans area, which has allowed them to be able to attend tonight’s game. this year’s contributors are:

                                                                                                         Dustin Dupepe

 Sean M. Bruno
 Certified Public Accountants

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                                             lockheed martin                              ernst Cafe
  spoRts founDation
                                             louisiana superdome & n.O. arena             Fair Grounds of new Orleans
 BaLfouR                                     mid-ship marine                              First nBC Bank
 aLLstatE insuRanCE                          mr. B’s Bistro                               martin insurance agency, llC
 u.s. aRmy                                   new Orleans Hornets                          new Orleans marriott
                                             Orleans Parish Civil sheriff’s Office        Premier event management
                                             Perlis                                       st. Charles surgical Hopital
 fBa                                                                                      U.s. army
                                             renaissance Pere marquette / arts Hotel

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