206 Miles to New Orleans

Gulf Breeze, FL – We’re in the home stretch. 1,856 miles down. We’ve done a lot of driving during the past seven days — New Orleans to Ft. Lauderdale to Miami to South Beach to Hollywood (FL) to Miami Gardens and points in between.

During my career, which includes work in sports and news, I’ve covered a college world series, bowl games, NCAA basketball and baseball regionals and a U.S. Women’s Open. I’ve traveled to some great locations and seen a lot of great moments in sports up close and personal (remember Valpo’s Bryce Drew knocking Ole Miss out of the NCAA’s in 1998?). But this seven day trip tops them all. By a mile.

I, like many others, waited as long as I can remember to see the Saints reach the Super Bowl. I’m only 34. Some waited much longer. Some didn’t live to see it.

Not only did a lifelong dream come true Sunday night, but I was there — on the field and covering the Super Bowl for my hometown. To me, nothing has been more gratifying, exciting and emotional than covering Super Bowl XLIV and relaying the atmosphere back to the people of New Orleans.

No program in the history of television was watched by more people than Super Bowl XLIV. That’s incredible. And it’s a night I’ll never forget.

I kept telling people who thought the Colts could win that only one ending was possible for this story. And it was a happy one.

So much for that Superdome curse.

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