New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (11) takes a hard hit by Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) near the sideline before the ball reaches him during the NFC Championship Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, January 20, 2019.  No pass interference was called on this play which forced the Saints to kick a field goal instead of a first down.  (Photo by Peter G. Forest)

😡 What The Ref?

We’re going through it with you, Who Dat Nation.

by Clint Durrett | January 24, 2019

We’re going through it with you, Who Dat Nation. On Sunday, it was complete denial. Then quick to rage. We want to ring the NFL commish, wanting some kind of bargain. We can sulk, but it’s a new weekend. A new dawn. We know in our hearts the true outcome had the refs not been living in the fictitious world of “Bird Box.” So while we round out the stages of grief, let’s look forward to lifting our spirits, drinking those spirits and getting in the Carnival spirit. After all is said and done, at least we didn’t blow a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl.

Therapy: Shop! Shop! Shop!

We’re collecting all the ways you can show your eyesight is better than the NFL refs at the game on Sunday. The best way to get over it, is laugh. From voodoo dammit dolls to eye exam shirts, local businesses are raging and offering up ways to let you get it out of your system.

Get your blood pumping

No, not via watching the NFC Championship. Don’t clean, get lean. (groan) It’s carnival season and temptation is everywhere. And you don’t have to have the strictest diet where you eventually start craving everything in sight including live children. Fill your king cake holes with some better options and fill your eye holes and brain with some information on battling the Carnival gut.

Immerse yourself … in theatre

Escape the reality of NFL injustices and escape the imprint of your cheeks from your favorite spot to watch Netflix on your couch by taking in some art. The NOLA Project is inside the Little Gem Saloon with a new production that’ll take your imagination hostage. We (willingly) take a look at “Stockholm Syndrome.”

Get Exotic

Horse racing is too normal for New Orleans. We need all the crazy and zany and hairy antics of riding an ostrich, camel and a zebra. The Fair Grounds is hosting its exotic animal racing on Saturday. It starts at 12:30 p.m. and only $5 to see this wacky race. The photos have us intrigued.


Your Weekend Planner


Blush Ball 2019 | Generations Hall | 8 p.m. | $40

The Pussyfooters have their annual ball at Generations Hall with the Brass-A-Holics. Part of the proceeds helps the Metro Centers for Community Advocacy.


Create Late at NOMA | NOMA | 6:30 – 8 p.m. | $25 members ($30 non-members)

Think drink and draw, but more sophisticated. (*Corrects monocle and twists fancy mustache*) This workshop shows how to draw flowing fabrics.


King Cake Fest | Champions Square | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.| Tasting Tickets 10 for $20

Twenty bakeries competing in different categories of royal confections? Sold. And it helps Ochsner Hospital for Children. Your face won’t be the only one smiling if you go.


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Clint Durrett

Clint Durrett

Hi. I’m Clint.
I’m the Local Market Manager for Very Local New Orleans. I’ve lived in New Orleans since 2001 and been living my best life in this rad place since that year.
I have 10 years of broadcast journalism and digital media experience. Before Very Local New Orleans, I worked for WDSU-TV – producing, product developing, digital media managing– I’ve done it all. I’ve seen first-hand the trials we’ve suffered in this city and the celebrations we’ve enjoyed. I love New Orleans. It’s home.
I’m going to work my hardest to bring you the content and experiences you care about to live your best life here in one of the best cities on the planet.
I love finding things to do here – concerts, food, drinks, nerding out, etc. And I love sharing those things with others.
Contact me via email. Gimme a shout on social. If you see something you think we should know about, hit me up. If you see something that needs fixing on the site, ditto. I want this website to be yours, too. Not just one I manage, but one we as a community and New Orleanians use to help us live our best lives.

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