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Minnesota Vikings 9 @ New Orleans Saints 14: The View from Section 140 in Pictures

Unless you're extremely observant you probably didn't notice that I haven't been around the past three days. That is all credit to the other hardworking front page contributors - Andrew, Dave and Hans - because they all have one of the most important traits needed for a job like this: reliability. Much thanks to them for everything.

I was in the lovely city of Chicago to attend the nuptials of two good friends and was without internet access for the weekend. Because I left early Friday morning, I only had time Thursday night to do my usual writeup and never posted the requisite pictures to accompany it. So to continue the reliability theme of this introduction, I give to you my photos from the Saints victory over the Vikings on Thursday night. During the game it felt like I didn't take many pictures but as it turns out, there's a bunch.

Make the jump to see them.

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Traffic was backed up on St. Charles uptown.

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Streetcar was broken down due to lightning strikes so we had to take the bus. It was packed.

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No caption necessary.

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This guy was trying to get the bus driver to give a long, loud honk. She didn't.

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Entering Champions Square.

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Lots of food vendors.

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I went with the Prime Beef Cheese Steak from the Brennan family of restaurants. Very good.

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Looking up the stairs.

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The crowd of people trying to get inside the Dome.

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Madden video games set up just inside the door.

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Harry Connick, Jr.

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Benson came over to shake Voodoo Man's hand. Check out the Super Bowl Champions suit specially made for him.

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Looking for some face time on camera.

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Pre-game chat.

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Commissioner Roger Goodell made an appearance on the sideline.

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This picture makes it look like Roger Goodell and Mrs. Benson are about to start a heavy duty make out session.

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I believe that is Roger Goodell's wife and daughters.

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Fortunately, I didn't have to look at this all night.

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Andrea Kremer doing work.

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Harry Connick, Jr. leading the Super Bowl Champions float.

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A wider perspective.

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The unveiling. I wonder how cool it is to sit right underneath and to be so close.

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No player introductions. Probably didn't have enough time.

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Drew giving the signal to the crowd for the Who Dat chant like he's starting a 50's drag race.

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Unified front.

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This is what a really expensive steady cam looks like when it's broken.

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I think Gregg Williams needs a Manssiere.

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Or perhaps a Bro.

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Halftime performance.

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Just in case you missed it.

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Post-game sets for Fox, CST and WDSU.

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Rickey Jackson's Hall of Fame ring ceremony.

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For the ladies.

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For the fellas.

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Closeup.

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Rickey's ride.

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An actual picture of football.

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Vilma and Williams talking.

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Williams getting lots of hugs.

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Morstead walking off the field.

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Not to scale.


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That's the coolest office ever.