News teams assemble and compete to “Save the Coast”


Posing with the prizes we didn’t come close to winning.

A call was put out for for local media members to get together at the Pelicans facility on Airline Drive to compete for Coast-saving supremacy.

The Pelicans recently launched the ‘Quest for the Coast’ game on the team app. In a nutshell, a flying Pierre the Pelican moves along the coast collecting items that help with coastal restoration and avoiding the ones that hurt. The Pelicans are the first NBA team to launch such an in-app game.

To help bring awareness to the new game and the Pelicans’ focus on coastal restoration, the ‘Quest for the Coast Media Challenge’ was born. To make sure we all showed up, they offered to feed us. That guarantees attendance.

The trash talk heated up Thursday morning, hours before the games began. Then, at noon, it was time for people to back up all the talk.

I defeated WWL sports anchor Bryan Salmond in my first round matchup, but lost in round two to WGNO’s Anne Cutler by THREE points. Devastating. The final saw WWL Radio’s T-Bob Hebert and WVUE’s Garland Gillen battle it out. Hebert, the crowd favorite, lost a tight one, allowing Gillen to claim the title.

My colleagues, sports anchors Sharief Ishaq and Fletcher Mackel, both lost in round one. Of all the competitors, Fletcher had the low score total of the day — 41.1. Embarrassing.

There were even trophies. No one on Team 6 received one.

Better luck next year.

Check out the photos below. Some are mine, some are borrowed from various participants’ twitter accounts.


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