NEW ORLEANS – It would have been too easy to take scene-setting photos of Bourbon Street Sunday night, documenting the massive amount of Patriots fans that littered the street while prepping for the Pats-Saints showdown Monday night. So instead we wanted to see if folks still had the pre-game gusto going the next morning. What we found was enough mid-morning evidence that people are rallying (despite the rain). Check back throughout the day for more scene-setters:
As you can see, rain clouds are forcing fans inside where they will surely have to hydrate
One of these Boston-area football fans is a contrarian, can you guess which one?
As far as I can tell, this place, the Bourbon Street Blues Company, headquartered Pats fans Sunday night
Later I got confirmation that the Bourbon Street Blue Company indeed targeted Pats fans, with one of their employees explaining that they purposely played 'Rock N' Roll' instead of 'Rap' and traditional Bourbon Street music to lure in the New England fans. I've got a feeling that signs like this one meant more to the Pats' fans that the music.
Even at 10 a.m. local time, Pats fans were chomping at the bit to offer another bit of Bourbon Street domination, as can be evidenced by this photo ...
... and this one (these guys wanted to make it clear they were from Marblehead and not just residents of Bourbon Street who just happen to like drinking beer and wearing Don Calhoun shirts in the middle of the morning) ...
... and this one (although these guys were from Atlanta and most likely heard the Bourbon Street Blues Company were offering 3-for-1 beers for those wearing Patriots shirts).
This guy, on the other hand, would not reveal who he was rooting for out of fear of alienating potential customers
I would say this guy was already practicing drowning his sorrows, but he did have a good line: "This should help the Patriots get used to seeing the back of Brees' jersey"
We can turn a blind-eye to one of the reasons some were so wide-eyed on Bourbon Street Monday morning - when events like this one come around, there is money to be made
Some people just market their product better than others