New Orleans – The NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers arrived Sunday afternoon in the Crescent City looking to capture their first Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years.
The AFC Champion Baltimore Ravens hit town Monday as they are looking for their second Super Bowl victory since trouncing the New York Giants.
For the first time in the history of the Super Bowl, the game will be coached by brothers of the opposing teams. Jim Harbaugh and his fiery style leads the Niners while his low key brother, John, handles the Ravens.
The game will be the swan song for Baltimore’s linebacker Ray Lewis, who announced his retirement at the start of the playoffs.
Many think his declaration has been the guiding force that has taken the team within one win for the Vince Lombardi trophy.
San Francisco has been spurred on by the play of rookie quarterback Colin (Tatoo Man) Kaepernick, who took over the starting job from Alex Smith after he suffered a concussion. Smith was cleared to play the week after but Kaepernick played so well that Jim decided to stay with the rookie.
Although, at times, he wasn’t quite sure that was the right decision. John on the other hand, was dealing with the inconsistent play of his own quarterback Joe (Joe Cool) Flacco. For the fifth straight year, since coming into the league, Flacco won a playoff game, making him the only quarterback in NFL history to accomplish such a feat.
While the teams got settled at their individual hotels, Monday was more of a preparation day for the city that will host thousands of out of towners, along with fans from both teams that will be descending on the Big Easy.
The stories will be plenty leading up to the big game from how the city will receive NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (the penalties he dropped on the New Orleans Saints as a result of “Bounty Gate” had a profound effect on the outcome of their season) to numerous player and coach interviews to the world wide media coverage (there will be more media attending media day on Tuesday than will actually cover the game), not to mention all of the parties that will take place and the celebrities that will attend them.
You will get a up close and personal perspective from the city that needs no reason to get their party on, because soon after the 2012 Super Bowl Champions are raising that golden trophy, the city will embrace the second biggest party that takes place every year: Mardi Gras!!!