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Louisiana Superdome getting a corporate name


Louisiana Superdome at night June 2009 (photo by Daniel Schwen via wikipedia commons)

The Louisiana Superdome will be getting a new name.

The domed landmark, which opened on August 3, 1975, will be known as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after the German automaker signed a 10-year naming rights contract with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.

Financial terms have not been revealed.

The Superdome seats 76,468 for football, 55,675 for basketball and 63,525 for baseball.

Info compiled from staff, Radio & TV news

Buckeyes end season with 31-26 thriller over Arkansas; loss streak to SEC in bowls ends

The Buckeyes enter the off-season on a high note for the second year in a row.

They finally knocked the monkey off their backs by beating Southeastern Conference member, Arkansas 31-26 in the Big Easy of New Orleans and the Sugar Bowl. It ended a 33-year drought.

The Buckeyes move to 12-1 to end the season while Arkansas falls to 10-3.

(courtesy of Sugar Bowl via Wikipedia Commons)

The Razorbacks came back from a 28-7 deficit to 31-26. They blocked an Ohio State punt. with 1:08 left, Arkansas was set up to serve OSU another SEC loss, but they had to drive down the field without any timeouts.

But two plays later, with 58 seconds left, defensive end Solomon Thomas, one of the five players facing a 2011 suspension and the only backup player involved, intercepted a Ryan Mallett pass.

There was a crowd of 73,879 at the Louisiana Superdome. The game lasted 3 hours, 41 minutes.

All of the suspended players of NCAA violations played well.


QB Terrelle Pryor was 14 of 25 passing for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Pryor was equally as good on rushing the ball 15 attempts for 115 yards with a 7.7 yards per rush.

OL Mike Adams played well on the offensive line.

TB Daniel Herron rushed 24 times for 87 yards and 3.6 a carry.

WR Devier Posey caught 3 passes for 70 yards and 1 touchdown.

DL Solomon Thomas  had a rare interception of a Ryan Mallett pass with 58 seconds remaining to stop the winning touchdown drive. He dropped back into pass coverage and intercepted the ball at the Ohio State 10-yard line.

Stars of the game would be Cameron Heyward who played with an injured elbow. Terrelle Pryor set a career record for rushing by an OSU quarterback and tied the school record for career touchdown passes.

Ohio State played in its sixth consecutive BCS game and has the most BCS bowl appearances, with nine. The Buckeyes are 6-3 in those games.

The Buckeyes bowl record stands at 20-22 overall. Under Jim Tressel, they are 6-4.

With 115 yards rushing, Terrelle Pryor surpassed Cornelius Greene (2,066) as OSU’s all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks. Pryor now has 2,164 yards.

The Buckeyes said goodbye to 24 seniors after the game. The 2010 senior class won 44 games, which tied the 2009 class for most wins in school history.

Terrelle Pryor also tied Bobby Hoying’s career record for touchdown passes with 57.

The Buckeyes allowed only 94 yards per game rushing.

The Buckeyes allowed seven touchdowns through the air in 12 games and interecepted 18.


QB Ryan Mallett completed 24 of 47 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns.

Arkansas is 0-4 against Big Ten teams in bowl games.

Arkansas is now 12-22-3 in bowl games overall.

The Razorbacks had the 16th-best pass defense in the nation, allowing 182.3 yards per game.

Safety Tramain Thomas leads the defense with 71 tackles and four intereceptions.

QB Ryan Mallett had 30 touchdowns and 11 intereceptions.

compiled from staff & Ohio State news

2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl: #6 Ohio State vs. #8 Arkansas in New Orleans

(courtesy of Sugar Bowl via wikipedia commons)

The 77th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic will feature the University of Arkansas, from the Southeastern Conference, against the Ohio State Buckeyes, from the Big Ten Conference, tonight January 4.

The game will be played in the Louisiana Superdome at 8:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. This will be the first meeting between the two programs.

This will be the sixth Sugar Bowl appearance by the Razorbacks, the seventh-most in history. However, this will be Arkansas’ first trip to the Sugar Bowl since 1980. Ohio State will be making its fourth trip to the Sugar Bowl, and its first since 1999. The Buckeyes also made an appearance following the 2007 season, battling LSU in the 2008 BCS Championship Game hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Arkansas is 1-4 in its five previous appearances, while the Buckeyes are 1-2. Schools that are currently in the Big Ten have a 2-7 all-time record in the sugar Bowl, while SEC teams have registered a 33-34-1 record.

Overall, the Razorbacks have made 42 bowl appearances, winning 12 games.

The Buckeyes are making their 42nd bowl appearance, having 19 wins.

While this is the first meeting between Arkansas and Ohio State, the Razorbacks have played six games against Big Ten teams, posting a 1-5 mark (defeated Northwestern in 1981). Ohio State has a 7-11-2 all-time mark against SEC teams.


46 237 Jim Tressel On Playing in Sugar Bowl against Arkansas (V-Teck)

46 238 Jim Tressel On facing Arkansas first time ever & Ryan Mallett (V-Teck)

46 239 Jim Tressel Two great conferences playing SEC & BTC (V-Teck)

46 241 Jim Tressel What comes to mind about Arkansas Ryan Mallett or running attack (V-Teck)

46 245 Jim Tressel OSU 9 BCS game in 13 yrs why is OSU attractive (V-Teck)

46 247 Jim Tressel On Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino (V-Teck)

46 249 Jim Tressel On team MVP Dane Sanzenbacher (V-Teck)

46 253 Jim Tressel On thoughts of Ryan Mallett as frosh what thought when he left UM (V-Teck)

46 256 Jim Tressel Why OSU always closes season strong in November (V-Teck)

Info courtesy of Sugar Bowl, Ohio State and Arkansas athletics news

2011 ALLState SUGAR BOWL: Ohio State vs. Arkansas


Jim Tressel answers questions about upcoming Bowl opponent, Arkansas (

Adam Jardy (foreground) and the rest of the Columbus area media covering Ohio State's bowl invitation press conference (

The Ohio State Buckeyes, 11-1 and co-champion of the Big Ten Conference for a record-tying sixth consecutive season, will play the Arkansas Razorbacks, 10-2 and from the tough Southeastern Conference, in the All-State Sugar Bowl Tuesday, January 4 at 8:30 p.m. (EST).

ESPN will televise the game from the Louisiana Superdome which has a capacity of 72,000.

This will mark the 11th consecutive season Ohio State will be playing in a bowl game, the longest streak in the Big Ten, and the game represents a national record ninth Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game and sixth consecutive for Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 5-3 in BCS games, which is tied with Florida for the second-most BCS wins behind USC’s six.

Ohio State, #6 in the final BCS poll released Sunday, and #8 Arkansas have never met in a game. The matchup will feature two hot teams.

The Buckeyes have won five straight games since an October 16 loss at Wisconsin. The streak includes November wins over Penn State, at Iowa and Michigan which clinched the Big Ten championship.

Arkansas, who finished second in the SEC West to unbeaten Auburn, has won six in a row since losing October 16 at Auburn. The Razorbacks’ streak includes wins at SEC East champion South Carolina, and a win over LSU in its last game of the regular season.

Tomorrow, we’ll have press conference audio from Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel.

2010 NFL season kicks off with a familiar matchup: Minnesota at New Orleans


The 2010 NFL season is upon with the opening game Thursday night from the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, with Minnesota once again visiting New Orleans. It’s a rematch of the 2009 NFC championship game which New Orleans won on their way to a Super Bowl title.

If everyone recalls, the Vikings outplayed the Saints in several stat categories and might’ve won the game if they hadn’t committed five turnovers, three fumbles and two interceptions.

Brett Favre Minnesota (NFL)

Drew Brees New Orleans (NFL)

There is plenty of interest in the game because of the return of QB Brett Favre of Minnesota, who is starting his 20th season despite having surgery on his left ankle during the offseason. The controversial Favre almost retired for the third time.

Minnsota will need a strong defensive effort to stop the Saints explosive and speedy offense. The Vikings led the NFL with 48 sacks last season, led by defensive end Jared Allen’s 14 1/2. They’ll have to put pressure on QB Drew Brees.

The New Orleans offensive unit led the NFL in 2009 in total yards with 403.8 per game.

The Saints defensive unit has three new starters with free safety Malcolm Jenkins, holding the fort until All-Pro Darren Sharper continues his rehabilitation from offseason knee surgery.

Minnesota is without two of their key offensive players, WR Sidney Rice is injured and third-down back Chester Taylor went to Chicago for more playing time.