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Chad Sabadie: Super week in New Orleans a resounding success

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New Orleans, La. - For anyone who doubted whether New Orleans was ready to host the world's biggest sporting event, feel free to hop aboard the Big Easy train. Not only will New Orleans host another future Super Bowl, but the Crescent City will also continue to host other marquee events, such as college basketball's Final Fours, college football national championships and NBA All-Star Games. 

But what about the blackout?  Sure, that was an unfortunate issue that will always be connected to Super Bowl XLVII, but the way the city came together before, during and after those 34 minutes, shows why New Orleans is and will always be an ideal destination. The hospitality was second to none for the teams, the fans and locals alike. From the hotels, restaurants, parties, service events and other cultural events, the Big Easy was the Big Showcase for the past week.

The power issue inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was corrected and when the lights came back on, the game was better than ever. The San Francisco 49ers closed a 28-6 scoring gap and made it a fight to the finish. Either team could have won, making it one of the more competitive games in recent Super Bowl history, and in the end, the Ravens held on to proudly claim the Lombardi Trophy with a 34-31 victory.

Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco, the quarterback for the Ravens, gushed about his experiences over the past seven days.

"It was an awesome week," said Flacco. "The city did a great job. It was awesome to be here. We got to enjoy a little bit of it early in the week, then kind of get down to business as the week went on. We were definitely here for a long time. It's a little unusual to be in an away hotel as long as we are because we're so used to being in and out of the city. Like I said, New Orleans did an unbelievable job. It was great to be here."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell echoed those sentiments: "To New Orleans, an absolutely spectacular job hosting the Super Bowl. The people here, the officials, just did a fantastic job, and we're deeply grateful for everything. They were fantastic, could not have done a better job."

Goodell also firmly stated that he believes the Big Game will be back in the Big Easy, despite the power outage Sunday night. "This will not affect the people's view in the NFL about the success of the game here in New Orleans. We know that they have an interest in future Super Bowls and we look forward to evaluating that going forward. I do not think this will have any impact at all on what I think will be remembered as one of the great Super Bowl weeks. And, again, we thank the people of New Orleans for that."

New Orleans moves forward with even more history on its side now, first Super Bowl to have a blackout, further adding to the local mystique that anything is possible in New Orleans. And if the only knock against Super Bowl XLVII was temporarily losing power, then fans of the Crescent City should be confident that Super Week will one day return -- because honestly, the city has been through a lot worse than 34 minutes without lights, and we also know that New Orleans always come back better than ever.    

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