A New Orleans-based newspaper recently trolled the recent Super Bowl after their own team lost out on a chance to play in the big game to the Los Angeles Rams.
In the scrimmage of social media, New Orleans newspaper, The Times-Picayune, swiftly threw shade as expertly as a Super Bowl-winning NFL player. The city known as the "Big Easy" was still dealing with the painful sting of their team, The Saints, not making it to this year's Super Bowl and as only New Orleanians would have it, the city spent the better part of the weekend partying in protest over the non-call that occurred during the NFC Championship Game that many believe ended up costing the Saints their place at Super Bowl LIII.
According to AOL, the local Times-Picayune decided to handle the result of the big game with humor. After the New England Patriots' won the Super Bowl with a massive 13 - 3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, the newspaper ran a mostly blank front page with the only text reading, "Super Bowl? What Super Bowl?"
Adding to the reason for the humorously shocking front page is that the team that the Saints lost to in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 20th was the Los Angeles Rams who lost big in the Super Bowl. The critical moment of the NFC Championship Game was when Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman appeared to interfere with Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis but the Rams player was not flagged for it. The Los Angeles team ended up winning in overtime with a score of 26 - 23.
Adding to the ribbing was a huge billboard proclaiming "NFL BLEAUX IT!" The billboard was paid for by Matt Bowers, a Nissan dealership in New Orleans. The message included a play on words of "blew" spelled with a French twist as "bleaux."
If we didn't know before, there are two things that the Crescent City has taught us through this front page prank. Firstly, NOLA has a great sense of pride and loves their Saints dearly and secondly, the city has no problem banding together to poke fun with a good sense of humor.