The Big Easy Mafia Challenge Coin

Posted by | June 29, 2020.

The History Of The Challenge Coin

There are many examples of traditions that build camaraderie in the military, but few are as well-respected as the practice of carrying a challenge coin—a small medallion or token that signifies a person is a member of an organization. Even though challenge coins have broken into the civilian population, they’re still a bit of a mystery for those outside the armed forces.

What Do Challenge Coins Look Like?

Typically, challenge coins are around 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter, and about 1/10-inch thick, but the styles and sizes vary wildly—some even come in unusual shapes like shields, pentagons, arrowheads, and dog tags. The coins are generally made of pewter, copper, or nickel, with a variety of finishes available (some limited edition coins are plated in gold). The designs can be simple—an engraving of the organization’s insignia and motto—or have enamel highlights, multi-dimensional designs, and cut outs.

Challenge Coin Origins

It’s nearly impossible to definitively know why and where the tradition of challenge coins began. One thing is certain: Coins and military service go back a lot farther than our modern age.

One of the earliest known examples of an enlisted soldier being monetarily rewarded for valor took place in Ancient Rome. If a soldier performed well in battle that day, he would receive his typical day’s pay, and a separate coin as a bonus. Some accounts say that the coin was specially minted with a mark of the legion from which it came, prompting some men to hold on to their coins as a memento, rather than spend them on women and wine.

Today, the use of coins in the military is much more nuanced. While many coins are still handed out as tokens of appreciation for a job well done, especially for those serving as part of a military operation, some administrators exchange them almost like business cards or autographs they can add to a collection. There are also coins that a soldier can use like an ID badge to prove they served with a particular unit. Still other coins are handed out to civilians for publicity, or even sold as a fund-raising tool.

New Orleans Saints New Requirements For Covid-19 Prevention

Posted by | June 16, 2020.

As NFL teams prepare to get to business during the coronavirus pandemic, the realities of how that might look are coming into focus.

The NFL sent a memo to teams Monday that detailed some of the requirements they’ll have to contend with in the 2020 season, according to multiple reports.

Staff and players will be required to wear masks at all times while inside the facility with the exception of some athletic activities, according to Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports.

Teams will also be required to reconfigure locker rooms to allow for 6 feet of space between lockers, and meetings should be held outside or conducted virtually “when possible,” the memo states.

Teams are also called on to promote social distancing and discourage physical engagements like handshaking, while creating one-way hallway flow and other elements to mitigate spread of the virus.

Give NOLA Day 2020 (June 2)

Posted by | June 1, 2020.

The annual charity event for the entire city of New Orleans “Give NOLA Day” is scheduled on Tuesday June 2, 2020. Big Easy Mafia is supporting Angels Place.

Angels’ Place was founded in 1997 by Anita Gilford. While her own son was in treatment for cancer, she found that there were few places her family could turn to for help. Being personally aware of this lack of support, she promised to dedicate her life to helping seriously ill children and their families. Her son won his fight against cancer and is now living a normal life. Anita fulfilled her promise and created Angels’ Place.

The mission of Angels Place is children’s respite service. Trained respite volunteers watch over Angels’ Place children at the hospital or provide household aid to the family free of charge. They receive clients through referrals from Children’s Hospital of New Orleans and Ochsner Health System.

When a child has a life-threatening illness, cancer or otherwise, it affects the whole family. The fight to preserve a child’s life is a tough one, so their respite volunteers are there to lend a hand when these families need any kind of basic help around the house or at the hospital. Sometimes, just having a shoulder to lean on makes all the difference.

Angels’ Place provides additional support to the families throughout the year with a gift card program and fun, family events such as Spring Fling, Art for Angels, and Halloween Booville. The largest of these events is the annual Christmas gift drive for all of the children of client families. With the help of hundreds of volunteers and donors, They give Santa a hand in making sure every Angels’ Place family gets a little Christmas cheer, especially if one of the kids will have to spend the holidays in the hospital.

What is GiveNOLA Day?

GiveNOLA Day, an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, is a one day online giving event. For 24 hours, everyone who loves our region can support their favorite local causes by donating to one or more of 700+ participating nonprofit organizations. Last year’s event raised nearly $5.9 million from over 50,000 donations across the nation and around the world. This year, we hope to do even more!

Please, if you are in a financial position to do so, consider donating to Angels Place for this years “Give Nola Day”

The Mercedes Benz Superdome Will Now Be Called “The Big Easy Mafia Superdome”

Posted by | May 20, 2020.

If there were a Mount Rushmore of professional sporting cathedrals, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the heart of downtown New Orleans would be on it. The historical venue is synonymous with iconic sports moments spanning generations, like Muhammad Ali’s 1978 heavyweight championship bout victory and Michael Jordan’s 1982 NCAA championship-winning shot. The Superdome’s cultural importance goes beyond sports, too: It also hosted the largest indoor concert (Rolling Stones, 1981) and Pope John Paul II’s papal address in 1987.

The New Orleans Saints host the best parties in the world at the Superdome ten to 12 times a year, depending on the length of their playoff run. With each passing event, the Superdome adds to its star power, which rivals that of other iconic venues like Madison Square Garden and Wembley Stadium.

The new name and sponsor of the Superdome has NOT been determined yet and unfortunately for us not going to be named “The Big Easy Mafia Superdome” but it sure looked and sounded good. Stay tuned for the announcement of the new Official Name.

The Superdome Will Be Getting A New Name….. Who Should Sponsor It And What Should It Be Called?

Posted by | May 19, 2020.

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the home of the New Orleans Saints, will be getting a new sponsor, and thus and a new title, coming next year.

According to a report by Forbes, the German automaker is parting ways with the Superdome to focus on the newly built Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, home of the Falcons, after nine years in New Orleans. The company became the namesake sponsor of the dome in the middle of the 2011-2012 season.

Mercedes-Benz was the first company to buy the naming rights to the Superdome. Even in these tough economic times, many other brands are likely willing to commit to such an investment, even for the NFL’s smallest market. The opportunity to become the naming rights sponsor for the Superdome is a proven way to connect with an engaged, passionate audience.

So who do you think should buy the naming rights and what should it be called?

Saints Game Day face mask, NFL, face masks are the perfect COVID-19 prevention for football fans, Where to get them

Posted by | May 14, 2020.

Looking to support your NFL favorite, New Orleans Saints, in these unprecedented times, look no further than purchasing a Saints facial covering. These facial coverings are to help protect the health and safety of fans amid the COVID-19 outbreak. What better way to show off your team’s colors than a facial covering with their logo?

These facial coverings come in a three-pack, adult and youth sizes available and are for pre-sale only, $24.99. These face coverings include three reusable, anti-dust face coverings with team-colored design and team logo displays and will ship no later than June 30th.

While the coverings allow for breathability, they are for personal use only and are not intended for a medical purpose.

The NFL and FOCO will support the CDC Foundation by donating all NFL proceeds from the sale of these licensed face coverings. The CDC Foundation is currently mobilized to support CDC, health departments, and others in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sean Payton Thinks The 2020 NFL Season Will Begin With No Fans In The Stands

Posted by | May 13, 2020.

Saints head coach Sean Payton joined CBS Sports and sounded confident about season starting on time, but wasn’t sure if there would be anyone in the stands.

“I think the biggest challenge obviously is the stadiums and fans”, said Payton. “Just myself personally, I think that would be a much more difficult challenge here as we look to kick-off the season in September. So, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the games being started on time in a much more controlled environment. And, the premium on television in watching the games, much like were doing now with a lot of different things; that would be the vehicle in this 2020 season.”

It’s hard to envision an empty stadium on Saints gamedays, especially since part of the Dome field advantage is the chaotic crowd noise being belted down at opposing offenses. Another topic Coach Payton was asked about is the quarterback situation with Drew Brees, Taysom Hill and now Jameis Winston joining the mix this season.

What do you think, Do you think the NFL games will play without fans? Sound off in the comments below

Sean Payton’s Interview with CBS Sports via Twitter

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Don’t Get Scammed This Saints Season

Posted by | May 9, 2020.

The fake ticket predators are running rampant this season just waiting to take advantage of a desperate diehard Saints fan. As any Saints fan knows, season tickets are very hard to get, at least at a decent price. Sure, you could easily find some, if you wanted to pay 10x the face value but were talking a “normal” price with a little markup of course. The main thing to remember when purchasing your Saints tickets is the old saying, “if it seems to good to be true… it is!

This couldn’t apply more to the purchase of tickets. The reason is, is because there usually is a time period of a week or two before you even find out that you got scammed. By that time the seller is long gone and you’re left looking like a fool and disappointed being turned away at the Superdome entrance.

Make sure when purchasing your tickets you go through a reputable company like Seatgeek which is actually approved as an authorized ticket reseller by the Saints. The prices are of course going to be higher than face value and yes you will pay some fees, BUT you are guaranteed to walk in the Dome and watch the Saints play.

New Orleans Saints 2020 Schedule

Posted by | May 9, 2020.

Certified Who Dat License And Member Sticker For Free!

Posted by | April 24, 2020.

We are giving away our famous “Certified Who Dat License” along with a Big Easy Mafia Member sticker, yes for FREE!

We’re trying to keep the Saints football hype up and do something positive for The Who Dat Nation when everyone’s going through trying times. “This Too Shall Pass”

All you need to do to receive one is send a stamped self addressed envelope to:
817 Lake Borgne Ct
Slidell La 70461

And make sure you LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and pass this on to other #Saints fans. We want everyone to receive one.

Official New Orleans Saints 2020 Draft hat

Posted by | April 23, 2020.

For years the NFL draft caps have been a laughing stock for fans of the New Orleans Saints. We all remember this atrocity, don’t we? But Fanatics has officially dropped the New Orleans Saints cap for the 2020 NFL Draft, and for the first time, they aren’t utter garbage.

There’s a reason the New Orleans Saints are viewed to have one of the best logos in the NFL. It’s simple, classy, and elegant, but also unique and representative to the team and the city’s Jesuit ties. That is also what makes the New Orleans Saints uniforms beloved by fans as well – they’re not flashy or “busy.” They’re simple. Clean.

Saints Re-sign RB Dwayne Washington

Posted by | April 16, 2020.


The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have re-signed running back  Dwayne Washington. The announcement was made by Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Originally selected in the seventh round (236th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions out of the University of Washington, Washington has appeared in 46 career games for the Lions (2016-17) and Saints (2018-19) with two starts, carrying 145 times for 523 yards with one touchdown, catching 13 passes for 82 yards, recording nine special teams tackles, deflecting a punt and recovering a blocked punt.

Since signing with New Orleans in 2018, the Lakewood, Calif. native has been a core contributor on special teams, while also performing in the running game when called. He has played in 29 games for the Saints, carrying 35 times for 214 yards (6.1 avg.) with a six-yard reception, adding five special teams stops, a deflected punt and a blocked punt recovery. In 2019, he played in all 16 games, carrying eight times for 60 yards (7.5 avg.) and catching a six-yard pass, while recording three coverage stops and deflecting a punt early in the first quarter of a Dec. 16 Monday night win over Indianapolis to flip possession.

Washington, 6-1, 223, played three seasons for the Huskies, carrying 226 times for 1,311 yards (5.8 avg.) and 17 touchdowns and catching 41 passes for 411 yards and four scores.

What do the Saints need in the Draft?

Posted by | April 9, 2020.

The Coronavirus has put the kibosh on many things this year. Namely, the livelihood of millions, sports, and fun in general.

We’re trapped in the house, waiting for anything to happen with sports. The NFL Draft will be a breath of fresh air. It’s already something that we look forward to each year. But this season, Thursday, it’s something we actually need as a community.

So, let’s look at the Saints’ Draft needs and possible early-round NFL picks starting on Thursday, April 23rd.

Top Team Needs for 2020 and Beyond
The consensus is pretty much unanimous that the New Orleans Saints need to shore up their defense at Linebacker. There is a lot of potential on the current roster, but there are also a ton of questions.

Both Craig Robinson and Demario Davis are going into the last season on their contracts. On top of this, there have been health issues with Kiko Alonso, Kaden Ellis, and Alex Anzalone. So, top talent at LB is a definite concern, even if to just get ahead of any future holes.

Sean Payton has been with the Saints since 2006. But the team has only taken a linebacker in the first round once – 2015– tending towards grabbing the middle of the defense in the middle rounds. But this year could be different. There is a need and there is some worthwhile talent on the board.

The Saints will probably get their first pick around No. 24 as long as trade values don’t swap around too much. Both Patrick Queen and Kenneth Murray are players worth getting if available in the last third of the first round.

Another significant team need is at wide receiver. They just picked up Emmanual Sanders in free agency and although slightly out of his prime at 22, he’s still got great hands, decent wheels –4.41 40– and a ton of football IQ. This is a boon for the Saints. Even Sanders said that he’s waited years for a pass-happy offense. But they still need talent and depth at the position.

New Orleans Saints Activity Book

Posted by | April 3, 2020.






Download the Saints Coloring & Activity Book

To help pass the time during quarantine, the New Orleans Saints have released an activity book! Download the Saints activity book as a .PDF and print it out for Saints-themed fun for the entire family!

Saints Bring Back Veteran Safety Malcolm Jenkins

Posted by | March 19, 2020.

Malcolm Jenkins is returning to the Big Easy.

The veteran safety has signed a four-year, $32M contract with $16.25M guaranteed and a max of $35M with the New Orleans Saints, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the deal.

The Philadelphia Eagles declined Jenkins’ option on Tuesday, making him a free agent.

The 32-year-old safety spent his first five seasons in New Orleans after being selected in the first round in 2009. He then headed to Philly in free agency in 2014, where he spent the past six seasons.

Last year, Saints coach Sean Payton said the decision to let Jenkins walk was an error.

He was probably one of the most important parts to our Super Bowl run,” Payton said in January 2019. “And that was only his rookie season. He’s one of my guys, and I mean that. Probably one of the bigger mistakes that we’ve made, and you have to ask yourself, ‘How did that happen?’ Letting him out of the building certainly wasn’t a smart decision.”

Now Payton has a chance to right that wrong.

While he’s not as fleet of foot as his first stint in New Orleans and can take some bad angles, Jenkins remains a solid defender on the back end, stepping up against the run, and can time a blitz. He compiled 81 tackles and 2.5 sacks with eight passes defended in Philly last year. Pro Football Focus gave Jenkins a 70-plus point grade each of the last six seasons. Also a durable defender, Jenkins didn’t miss a start in six seasons with the Eagles.

Saints Getting Rid Of Some Bad Apples

Posted by | March 19, 2020.

The New Orleans Saints are getting rid of some bad apples during the off season. Jerry McDonald reports that Saints cornerback Eli Apple agreed to terms on a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders; ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed the news that Apple will be signing with the silver and black.

Eli Apple, led the defensive backs with seven accepted penalties (three others were offset or declined by the offense) for a total of 10 penalties, many crucial in just the first twelve games.

“The GOAT Will Be Back On The Grass In 2020” – Drew Brees Returns

Posted by | February 18, 2020.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback and the NFL’s career passing leader will return for a 20th season after posting to Instagram on Tuesday that he will “make another run at it.”

Brees, who turned 41 in January, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent March 18, but he has made it clear for the past several years that he has no interest in testing the open market. So his only choices were staying in New Orleans or retiring.

The two sides will need to work out a new contract, but that shouldn’t be contentious. The last time Brees was a free agent, in 2018, he agreed to a two-year, $50 million contract that was slightly below market value — with only one year of salary guaranteed.


The Saints will also have to decide whether they want to try to keep both of their backups: unrestricted free agent Teddy Bridgewater and restricted free agent Taysom Hill. Coach Sean Payton said in late January that he thought it would be “very difficult” and “unrealistic” to keep all three quarterbacks with the Saints slammed tight against the salary cap.


Top 30 Blogs In New Orleans

Posted by | February 18, 2020.

Big Easy Mafia was recently listed as one of the top 30 blogs in New Orleans according to Feedspot. Feedspot has a team of over 25 experts whose goal is to rank blogs, podcasts and youtube channels in several niche categories. Publishers submit their blogs or podcasts on Feedspot using the form at the top of this page.

Their expert editorial team reviews and adds them to a relevant category list. Ranking is based on relevancy, blog post frequency(freshness), social metrics, domain authority, traffic and many other parameters. They routinely remove inactive blogs and those which are no longer relevant to a given list. List is updated as we receive new blog submissions and re-ranked every few weeks.

If you have a blog make sure you submit it to Feedspot and see if it makes it on the top 25 blogs in New Orleans.



Louisiana Sports Tickets

Posted by | January 31, 2020.

A perennial force in the NFC South, New Orleans Saints football comes equipped with prime personnel on both ends of the ball, giving fans plenty to cheer about inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. With marquee matchups against divisional foes like the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Carolina Panthers annually on the docket, as well as contests against other top NFL teams, be sure to purchase your New Orleans Saints tickets early for the upcoming season. Our countless seating options and unmatched personalized service provide customers with a hassle-free experience, while every confirmed Saints football ticket order comes backed by our 100% Buyer Guarantee, no matter which game you choose to attend.

The LSU Tigers have been playing football since November 25, 1893. They played against Tulane and lost. The loss ended up sparking a rivalry with the Green Wave. In 1896, the team joined the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association and officially declared themselves the Tigers. They also finally won. The early 1900s were spent building the school’s football program and team. Now, they have a winning record of 797–415–47 and a winning bowl record of 26–23–1. All the work has led to eight division titles and 15 conference titles. They have called Tiger Stadium home since 1924. In 1931, the idea of night games was introduced. Since then, many Tigers games take place under the lights. In 2015, there were 40 former LSU Tigers on the active rosters of NFL teams, which is considered a notable accomplishment. Their Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees include Jim Taylor and Steve Van Buren. The team’s College Football Hall of Fame inductees include Tommy Casanova, Jerry Stovall and Bert Jones. Top rivals include the Alabama Crimson Tide, Arkansas Razorback and Auburn Tigers.

The Pelicans moved from Charlotte to New Orleans in 2002, and NBA basketball returned to the city for the first time since the New Orleans Jazz relocated to Utah at the end of the 1970s. The Pelicans originally kept their previous name, the Hornets, after they moved. The New Orleans Hornets made the playoffs in their first two years back in Louisiana.
Because of damage to their arena and surrounding floods following Hurricane Katrina, the Hornets were forced to play most of the 2005-06 and 2006-07 in Oklahoma City, and the team called itself the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. They moved back to New Orleans full time for the 2007-08 season, and the Pelicans currently play at the Smoothie King Center.
For the 2013-14 season, the team changed its name to the New Orleans Pelicans, after the state bird of Louisiana. In the meantime, a new team—the Bobcats—had formed in Charlotte. The Bobcats reassumed the Hornets’ name and the history of the original franchise when it was located in Charlotte from 1988-2002). The NBA officially recognizes the Pelicans as having formed in 2002, when the team moved to New Orleans.

15 Best Places to Watch the Game in New Orleans

Posted by | January 18, 2020.

If you’re in New Orleans, you’re most likely here for the Saints. Let’s say you weren’t lucky enough to score tickets; but you can still make watching the game an incredibly enjoyable experience. Sure, you’ve got cable at home, so you could totally watch it in the comfort of your own living room. But nowhere is watching the game more of an event than in a traditional New Orleans sports bar.

The only problem is choosing just one – the best one. There are dozens to choose from, depending on preference. Which one will you choose? The one with the great food? The one with the big screens? What about the atmosphere? Is it the same in every bar? Here are the 15 best sports bars in New Orleans. Be mindful of the fact that most of these bars are 21 years old and up, but there are some good options that welcome all ages!

1) Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant
The surf-themed bar in the Warehouse District has traditionally been a Saints team member hangout. Drew Brees has even stopped by to give bar patrons a chant lesson. Check out a larger bar area courtesy of a recent revamp. Catch the game and then partake in post-game partying. Lucy’s is the official hangout for the Big Easy Mafia. There is no better place to cheer the Saints on.

2) Tracey’s
Another favorite of the locals, Tracey’s is an Irish bar, and boy, do they love sports here. This one’s a little busier, because it’s bigger and more well-known, so there’s always a pleasant murmur of people coming in and out. Since it’s an Irish bar, you’ll be able to sample the delicious dishes, all in an eccentric décor that includes a voodoo doll of a referee – make of that what you will.

3) R Bar
Who says that vegans can’t enjoy a good Saints game and delicious snacks at a local sports bar? Yeah, a lot of the “traditional” food served in sports bars is meat-based, but this place offers some mean vegan cheesesteaks. There are also pop-up food stalls to offer you options. Screens are available both indoors and outdoors, so you can take your pick of seat and enjoy yourself.

4) Wrong Iron
Technically, this is a beer garden. So, can you really think of a better place to watch a Saint’s game? I think not. One of the benefits is that the location is super accessible, so you can’t miss it. If you’re a drink man, you’ll love it here, because they’ve got a wide, and delicious array of drinks, from wine and cocktails to 50 different beers available on tap. They’ve got their huge TVs parked smack dab in the middle of their patio. Hurry up and grab a seat!