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My first season ticket in 1968 was a 10-game package (3 pre-season, 7 regular-season). Total cost: $15.00. That's $1.50 per game. You cant buy a single item in the Super Dome now for $1.50. It was part of a "youth ticket" program that carried into the first year of games in the Super Dome. The price went up slowly over time but not significantly.

And I truly was there for Dempsey's famous kick. My seats were about 20 rows up right behind the goalposts in the north endzone. I had a very good look at the ball as it inched over. Tulane Stadium went absolutely crazy.
 

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Before New Orleans had a team the NFL played an exhibition game here to see how it would work. They wanted to gauge turn out, infrastructure, things like that.

Black NFL players were turned away from hotels because they were still whites only and several were spit on and threatened in the streets.

The NFL said no way we would get a team. It’s literally a miracle we got one two years later.
It helped that Louisiana Senator Russell Long (Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee) and Louisiana Representative Hale Boggs (House Majority Whip) were on the job in D.C.

At that time the bill to merge the NFL and AFL was in congress. On its own, it would have to go through the Senate Judiciary Committee where it was unlikely to get out because it would have required an antitrust exemption which would have been opposed.

Hale Boggs came up with a plan and attached the merger bill to a tax bill heavily supported by LBJ. It included the antitrust exemption. Since it was primarily a tax bill, it would get routed to Long's Finance Committee, where he could steer it towards a vote.

Before the vote occurred, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle told Boggs that he didn't know how to thank him for helping out the NFL-AFL merger. Boggs essentially told him New Orleans gets a franchise immediately. That's the deal. The bill passed and New Orleans got its franchise.

After that game, Rickey Jackson was in a car accident. The rumor was he “partied” a little too hard after the win. Doctors said he would miss 8 weeks of the season after surgery to his face. He was back in 2 weeks and played with his jaw wired and a special helmet and face mask.
And what a helmet it was. It accompanied him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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We are the only NFL team to win & lose a game by the score of 62-7 (L-Falcons 1973; W-Colts 2011)
The Falcons were led that day by a journeyman QB named Dick Shiner.
 
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Grover Klemmer's "inadvertent flag" stopped the clock from running out on the last play of the game, and the Falcons beat us on the added play on the first "hail Mary" pass, called "Big Ben".

The following year the exact same thing happened on an "inadvertent whistle", on "Big Ben Left".
 

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The 1990 Saints finished 8-8.

They never won more than 2 in a row.

They also never lost more than 2 in a row.

They scored 274 points.

They gave up 275 points.

They were a maddeningly average team.

However, they managed to beat the then 13-1 , defending 2-time Super Bowl champion 49ers in Candlestick.

They also made the playoffs.
 

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