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Mar 13, 201808:05 AM
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'The games we play in New Orleans and beyond'

You Gotta Give Back

Get some exercise and do good deeds

Jingle Bell Run New Orleans 2017

Melanie Warner Spencer


I don’t want to hear about how it’s a “little chilly,” because this weather is beautiful and you’re going to wish it felt like this in about 45 days. So, basically, it’s the perfect time of year to get outside and do some non-standing-on-a-street-watching-floats go by exercise. And, you know you made that New Year’s resolution to start giving to and participating in charity work this year so why not combine the two and feel good in all kinds of ways?

“Doin’ good and feelin’ good,” is one of my favorite sayings and, if you feel the same, you should check out some of these events coming to New Orleans.

For instance, if you like your charity work with a side of star power, then check out Tyrann Mathieu’s Kickball Classic at the “Shrine on Airline” on March 24 at 2 p.m. This looks like it’s going to be a good time with an insane lineup. Forget those star charity events where only the sad Fifth Temptation or a Beatle shows up, this is a stacked lineup featuring a ton of local talent like the Saints’ Delvin Breaux and Ted Ginn Jr.

For the Purple and Gold lovers, former LSU stars are in abundance, led by the likes of — in addition to Tyrann Mathieu himself, of course — Patrick Peterson and Jarvis Landry and even younger dudes like Arden Key. Even Cash Money Records’ Birdman will be out at the Shrine. This looks like it’s going to be a blast.

While my digital media editor, Kelly Massicot, is on the board of the Arthritis Foundation and participates in its annual “Jingle Bell Run” 5K, I prefer standing around with a beer in my hand for my charity work.

That’s why I’m looking forward to the Irish Channel Block Party, on March 15, going from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It all goes down at Annunciation Park and there will be free entertainment and music for all of your friends and family. Libations and food will be sold with proceeds benefiting St. Michael Special School.

Next month holds another great charity event that, while not for us old people, still needs our help. It’s the “Girls On The Run New Orleans Spring 5K Run” that pops off on April 21 at 7 a.m. As a kid, the only thing I would wake up for that early was the awesome cartoons but this organization and event is far cooler than a new episode of “Spiderman.”

Girls On The Run is an organization focusing on impacting young girls’ lives by instilling self-confidence and creating healthy relationships. Confidence, character and care are just some of the goals that Girls On The Run strives for and while the race is for the girls, we can still pitch in. Check out the many ways in which you can volunteer and help out the cause.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention something about Super Sunday, which happens March 18 in A.L. Davis Park and the surrounding neighborhood. There’s something called the “Super Sunday Bike Train” that will bike to the stellar event from City Park. Super Sunday is arguably the greatest event of the year in a town full of great events.

The bike ride might not be a charity-based event but you can still get your exercise and hanging out in the community with your neighbors is sometimes all you really need to do.


And like a fine wine with a steak dinner, every game should be accompanied by a beverage and song.


“Beer” Pairing: Guinness Brewing’s “Guinness Draught”

Playlist Recommendation: Professor Longhair – “Tell Me Pretty Baby”


Around the Way

It’s almost as if someone said last week that Keagan Gillies was coming on strong for the Tulane Green Waveoh right, that was me. Nice.

Even nicer was Gillies’ performance versus the Purdue Boilermakers (9-4) on Sunday, a victory that delivered Tulane a critical series win, it’s second of the year. Gillies, who knocked out Cal State Fullerton last Sunday, absolutely shredded the Boilermakers, striking out 11 batters and only giving up two runs over seven innings. Check out this cool reel from the game created by the Green Wave staff.

The Green Wave faithful know I also love to write this and yell this at the park…Spooooooon! Grant Witherspoon put on yet another Spoooon-worthy performance with two solo home runs and pushed his season average to .313 and has 16 RBI’s in 16 games.

If you like watching great college baseball then you’ll want to be at Turchin Stadium as the Green Wave take on UL-Lafayette (6-9) tonight at 6:30 p.m. and Southern Miss (11-4) Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Don’t let the Ragin’ Cajuns’ record fool you, this club has already played four ranked SEC clubs with victories over Vanderbilt and LSU. Southern Miss kicked off 2018 with a sweep of Mississippi State and will enter the game ranked 16th in the country. This is real baseball, y’all. Get thee to the stadium and yell Roll Wave.


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Mark Patrick Spencer is a writer and assistant director whose work has published in the pages of many literary journals, including Hobart and Midwestern Gothic

Spencer has worked in the entertainment business for 10 years. He broke into film as a production assistant on the football-based "Friday Night Lights," in Austin, Texas. Spencer moved to New Orleans in 2014, and has assistant directed films such as "By Way of Helena," and "Kickboxer: Vengeance."

Spencer lives in Uptown, where he can be found sitting on his porch telling lies about how great he was during his high school football years. 

Contact Spencer at markspencer7@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at @TheSonOfNoise. Follow Full Sport Press at @FullSportNOLA.






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