Ramblings: Half Marathon, Saints

WDSU morning anchor Melanie Hebert and me broadcasting live from the balcony of Ernst Cafe in the Warehouse District.

Half Marathon

The Second Annual Jazz Half Marathon benefiting Children’s Hospital was a huge success. Around $24,000 was raised last year. This year during our four-hour broadcast, $40,000 was raised. Incredible.

The winner of the 13.1 mile race, Matt Manning, shattered last year’s winning time of 1:12:37. Manning, 30, cruised to the finish line in 1:11:05. Click here for video of the winning moment from WDSU.com (that’s yours truly on the call, along with WDSU morning anchor Melanie Hebert).

The race was a lot of fun, but shining the spotlight on what Children’s Hospital is all about was equally as rewarding.

Saints

The Saints on 6 pregame show gets started at 2 p.m. Former head coach Jim Mora is back with us again, along with sports anchors Fletcher Mackel and Keli Fulton, Brad Edelman, Lolo Jones and more. I make a cameo, interviewing NBC’s Sunday Night Football play-by-play man Al Michaels.

This is a mid-season must-win for the Saints. And I think they will. After last week’s dreadful performance in a loss to the Browns, if the Saints are entertaining any thoughts of another playoff run, now is the time to start moving in that direction. 5-3 at the halfway point is a lot better than 4-4 and puts the team in a solid playoff position in the watered-down NFC.

Saints 27, Steelers 20.

 

 

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