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Minnesota Vikings 28 @ New Orleans Saints 31: The View from Section 140 (Pictures!)

The wife and I had a Mardi Gras ball to attend the night before at the Hilton Riverside so we decided to stay at the hotel and make a weekend out of it. We spent the day walking around downtown and being tourists in our own city. I brought the camera with me everywhere we went and I think the result is a pretty cool photographic journey through the day. There's a good bit here and I hope it conveys the entire feel of the day. My finest photographic work to date, if I do say so myself. Enjoy. 

 

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Sort of a homemade frontiersman-type Saints outfit. 

 

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Don't ask because I have no idea. 

 

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Viking pimps.

 

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Best shirt of the day. Drew looks pretty scary. 

 

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$2,500 original. I'm waiting for the print. 

 

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The morning's headline.

 

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Saints RV

 

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Saints RV

 

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The calm before the storm.

 

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Theme of the night. 

 

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This is where I start to get nervous. 

 

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I'll let you guys caption this one. 

 

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Payton is driving this offensive...plow? 

 

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Fans watching the AFC game inside the Superdome lounge. 

 

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Good one. 

 

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Normally the Voodoo Man. 

 

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George Bush, Sr. with the Bensons.

 

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Brunell shaking hands with Bush and Rita being told a secret. Shhh. Tracy Porter also came over to chat with Bush for a moment. 

 

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James Carville

 

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Apparently Carville is always working. 

 

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Roger Goodell and George Bush having a chat. 

 

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Pre-game chant. 

 

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Pre-game stretches.

 

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Tom and Gayle doing a walk around before the game, just in case he doesn't get to make one afterwards. 

 

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Yes, that is the Ying Yang twins chillen' with a couple of nuns. Bet you never thought you'd see that. 

 

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Caption this photo, too. 

 

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Scary. But probably not for the reasons he thinks. 

 

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Another good one. 

 

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Deuce and Reggie watching the action. 

 

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Why would I stop now?

 

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Reggie set to return a punt. 

 

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Here we come to get you. 

 

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More Favre signs. 

 

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Jay Glazer

 

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I think this was the 4th down play in OT. 

 

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Getting the confetti shooter ready. 

 

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Security in place. 

 

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The kick heard 'round the quarter. And... 

 

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...pandemonium... 

 

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He can't believe it. 

 

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Benson boogieing onto the field. 

 

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Post-game ceremony. 

 

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More confetti. 

 

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How many trees were killed in the making of this celebration? Who cares, it's worth it. 

 

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Payton raising the trophy. 

 

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Sharper on the big screen. 

 

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Zach Strief

 

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Jonathan Goodwin

 

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Payton walking around the stadium.

 

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Sharper walking around the stadium with the trophy. 

 

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This ought to cover us in the mojo department for all of next season. 

 

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Mickey Loomis greeting fans. 

 

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And signing autographs. 

 

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Beautiful. 

 

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Cleaning up. 

 

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Sign outside stadium on Poydras St. ramp. 

 

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