[caption id="attachment_23315" align="aligncenter" width="496"] The scene from the House of Blues - repeated across New Orleans.[/caption] This is a guest post from Stuart Flint @stuartflint, who is lucky enough to be going to Super Bowl XLVII this year. A true fan, he’ll be sharing his experience with us as he watches his 49ers take on the Ravens in the biggest game of the year. You can view part 1 here, and part 2 here. I had planned on visiting Baton Rouge but an extreme storm cell put paid to that idea. The places I had recently visited were battening down the hatches as tornado warnings hit the majority of counties in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. I thankfully, was out of the way of the tornadoes and waited for the storm to pass before heading to New Orleans. The media is focusing on the PEDs (performance enhancing drug) stories involving both Ray Lewis and also A-Rod, with two separate stories breaking at very similar times. The host on ESPN thought that you’d be crazy to think that athletes like Ray Lewis and Adrian Peterson are not using everything they can to rehabilitate. I hope Peterson’s unbelievable season is legit, although apparently according to the host that means I have an IQ lower than salad dressing! The realisation I am actually going to the Super Bowl has actually sunk in, as I drove to the airport to drop off the car. Both the lady at Thrifty and a random guy on the way to the hotel shuttle will be cheering on the Ravens – it seems that the underdog status was the reason. The lady from the car rental place told me she was a Saints fan, by saying “I’m a who dat!”. Luckily I knew what she was talking about, or I’d have thought she was nuts. I spent the day looking round downtown New Orleans. I ate Jumbalaya at the Bubba Gump shrimp company. To say it was delicious is a severe underestimation. After getting the lay of the land, including checking out where CBS and ESPN were filming (it should be noted CBS ‘s was barricaded from the public, whilst ESPN wasn't), I went to a brew pub. There I met a Ravens fan making the most of the two days of freedom before his wife arrived. Afterwards, I met a 9ers and MLB Giants fan who I talked with for hours…if I got any information out of him it is that he can tell when the 9ers will win by the first three plays, two runs or more and they will thrive. I met his dad and his friends who have been to almost all of the last twenty Super Bowls. I heard lots of great stories, varying in truth, one that involved Elway kissing a pig, one of them having to talk to Jeff Fisher (the St. Louis Rams Head Coach) for many hours, which involved him giving Fisher advice on playcalling, plus a big party with Eli Manning that the rest of the group missed out on. I look forward to meeting up with them later in the week, as I feel I barely scratched the surface. Amazingly it took me three hours from there to get back to the hostel. In New Orleans you can take your drink with you and drink in the street (as long as not in a glass receptacle), as such I kept stopping along Bourbon Street at some dives. New Orleans will get busier as the week goes on, nonetheless there were funny times to be had. I have to be up early to observe a flag football game, but that is for Part 4. Keep an eye out for future updates from Stuart, living the Super Bowl experience. Have fun mate!