On "Sports Talk" today, the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert glumly shared his thoughts on New Orleans losing the bid to host Super Bowl LII in 2018, which will be in Minneapolis. The deal is widely thought to be based on the completion of a brand-new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.
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"I'm shocked," he told Deke Bellavia at the top of the show. "You don't wanna count your chickens before they hatched, so to speak, but I am shocked. It's almost like a punch in the gut. Not quite like a death in the family, but it just goes to show you that you can't take anything for granted."
The defeat for New Orleans is a record-breaker. The Crescent City had previously been awarded a Super Bowl ten times out of ten attempts.
"Look at the track record. New Orleans was ten for ten. Now, New Orleans WAS Minneapolis one time in Super Bowl history. The first winning Super Bowl bid in 1969 was a major upset when New Orleans beat out Miami. Everyone had assumed the Super Bowl was Miami's to lose, kinda like this one was New Orleans' to lose, and Minneapolis came out on top."
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What exactly have football fans lost with the decision to shut out the Crescent City?
"To me, an opportunity to celebrate such a historic event in one of the NFL's most historic cities... I mean, New Orleans is older than the United States! I don't even know if that comes into consideration."
Hebert wasn't so down in the dumps that he couldn't find a few nice things to say about the announcement.
"That being said, the stadium in Minneapolis is spectacular, state-of-the-art, but I thought they could have their cake and eat it too, and host the 2019 Super Bowl. Right now, I'm looking and I thought we'd have had two occasions of possibly getting in that rotation before the lease runs out on the Superdome in 2025, I think we're gonna get one more Super Bowl before that.
Listen to the full segment here: