New Orleans has long been known as a city that can put on a great show for any huge sporting event.
A quick look at past events held in the Big Easy will back that up:
10 Super Bowls: Super Bowl IV, Super Bowl VI, Super Bowl IX, Super Bowl XII, Super Bowl XV, Super Bowl XX, Super Bowl XXIV, Super Bowl XXXI, Super Bowl XXXVI, Super Bowl XLVII (2013)
5 Final Fours: 1982, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2012
2 NBA All Star Games: 2008, 2014
4 BCS National Championship Games: 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Well, don't tell that to ESPN's Colin Cowherd. As he sees it, "Can I ask you something, why is the least safe major city in the country now the default destination for every big sporting event? It is the least safe major city in the country, not my opinion, statistically the least safe. I have been to every major city in the country outside Kansas City. There are only two where locals will tell you turn around don't go that way - Detroit and New Orleans. And nobody from Louisiana calling me can even debate that."
Times have changed since the Bounty scandal and New Orleans has been the new target for criticism, some more than just a little strange. Today's problem, Cowherd cannot understand why the NFL would play the Pro Bowl in New Orleans, forgetting the NFL doubled up hosting the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl in the same city in 2009 in Miami, he was amazed at New Orleans potentially hosting the game.
Cowherd in his rant went on to criticize Louis Armstrong Airport, saying, "It doesn't have a world class airport, it is not geographically easy for much of the country to get to. If you live Rocky Mountains west, New Orleans is a long way away. Again, it's not a world class airport like an Orlando or LAX. It's not. It's a small airport. It's amazing, I don't know what it is."
It is amazing what New Orleans has been able to accomplish since Hurricane Katrina hit the city in 2005, and while there are crime issues and problems still to be solved, Cowherd might do well to look at the accomplishments that have been made and the spectacular sporting events that the Big Easy continues to put on each time it's called upon to do it.
Click here to check out Cowherd's comments about New Orleans.
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