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Jan 13, 201409:21 AM
The Editor's Room

Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

Football Seasons Have Their Ash Wednesdays, Too

The Saints may have lost, but New Orleanians have lots of other reasons to celebrate.

We’ll be experiencing two Ash Wednesdays between now and March 5: the one that comes the day after Mardi Gras and the one that we are feeling now that began Saturday evening around 6:40. Ash Wednesday is supposed to remind us of the humility that follows the celebrations – a time for fasting after feasting. For all those weeks from September through mid-January, we, still emboldened by memories of a Super Bowl win only four seasons ago, feasted on the prospects that there might be another trophy in our immediate future. Through two wins over Atlanta and Tampa Bay, a Sunday night bashing of Dallas, trouncing the Dolphins on a Monday night, a prime time win over San Francisco, a Sunday night home romp over Carolina, the celebrating continued.

All but one of the playoff team cities will experience their Ash Wednesday, too, only they will not be as conditioned as we are at enduring the contrast. We are experienced at seeing revelers on a corner one day, trash sweepers on the same corner the next morning.

As the other playoff cities face their reality, they will return to the dead of winter. Folks in Philadelphia, Charlotte and Cincinnati, once hopeful of playoff heat are already feeling the freeze.

We’re different down here. As one season of glory ends, Carnival season begins. There will be celebrations, partying and abandonment. We will have our own victory parades, only the victory is in the celebration of life and not of a football season. All of it will reach a crescendo on Mardi Gras, March 4. The next day we will face the reality of another Ash Wednesday, but by then it will be welcomed because we can use the rest.

After all, pre-season will only be five months away.

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Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

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Errol LabordeErrol Laborde holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans and is the editor-in-chief of Renaissance Publishing. In that capacity he serves as editor/associate publisher of New Orleans Magazine and editor/publisher of Louisiana Life magazine.

Errol is also a producer and a regular panelist on Informed Sources, a weekly news discussion program broadcast on public television station WYES-TV, Channel 12. Errol is a three-time winner of the Alex Waller Award, the highest award given in print journalism by the Press Club of New Orleans. He also received the National and City Regional Magazine Association Award for Best Column for his New Orleans Magazine column, beating out 76 city magazines across the country. In 2013, Errol received the award for the "Best News Affiliated Blog," awarded by the Press Club of New Orleans.

Errol’s most recent books are Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu and Marched the Day God: A History of the Rex Organization. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and traveling with his wife, Peggy, to anywhere they can get away to, but some of his favorite spots are the Caribbean and historic locations around Louisiana. You can reach Errol at (504) 830-7235 or errol@myneworleans.com.

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