SIGHTS & SOUNDS: FROM NEW ORLEANS
Kings leaving would be 15-yard penalty
Mike Pereira, the NFL's former vice president of officiating and current analyst for Fox Sports, is staying at the hotel that is housing the Baltimore Ravens and dozens of media members. When we bumped into each other in the lobby, the longtime Sacramento resident had one question: "Are we keeping the Kings?"
He added that, "People are coming up and asking me the same question.
"I can't imagine our community without the Kings. I hope they're able to get something done."
Pereira, who cuts quite the dapper figure on television with his slicked-back hair and narrow, black-framed glasses, is also sticking with his assessment of Harry Douglas' reception two weeks ago in Atlanta. Though he doesn't think the Falcons receiver had possession when he hit the ground, he said there was insufficient evidence, based on the replays, to reverse the call.
"If Atlanta had won that game," he added, "that would have been extremely controversial."
'Jaws' can still move
Don't include former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, 61, on the list of former players whose bodies have been ravaged by injury.
The man known as "Jaws" walked toward the French Quarter on Friday night at a very brisk clip.
"Most people like to take cabs," he said. "I like to walk."
So what's his take on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick?
"I liked him since college," Jaworski said. "I just didn't think it would happen this quickly."
Archie Manning's establishment on Fulton Street, called simply, "Manning's, the place to eat drink cheer," offers a wide menu and, more importantly, has television screens situated throughout the bar and dining area.
The Saints legend and father of Super Bowl MVPs Peyton and Eli lives nearby and is said to frequent his establishment about two or three times a week.
Heads or tails?
Bettors worldwide are expected to wager $100 million on the coin-toss outcome at Sunday's Super Bowl.
That's according to gambling expert R.J. Bell of Pregame.com, which tracks betting trends in casinos in Nevada and elsewhere.
Bell says in the past 46 Super Bowls, the coin has fallen heads 23 times and tails 23 times. But the NFC has won 14 of the past 15 Super Bowl tosses.
Bettors might think that means the Ravens are due for the AFC, but their chances of winning the toss: Still 50 percent.
A nationwide poll shows Republicans hope the 49ers win (by a wide 43 percent to 26 percent margin), but Democrats prefer the Ravens 39 percent to 33 percent.
Clarus Research Group