Senior running back Orleans Darkwa gets interviewed by members of the local, state and national media
Dec. 19, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane Green Wave football squad is soaking up as much excitement as possible in the week leading up to Saturday's R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl battle against Louisiana-Lafayette, as evidenced by the full schedule of events partaken by the Green Wave on Wednesday and Thursday.
Wednesday saw the Green Wave take the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome - their current home stadium and the site of Saturday's contest - for a two-hour practice that kicked off at 8:30 a.m. The team worked on routine plays, as well as fundamental work as stressed by Tulane head football coach Curtis Johnson.
Following Tulane's practice on Wednesday, the team retreated to their hotel for a few hours for meetings before heading to the Shamrock at 4133 South Carrollton Ave. to take part in a party thrown for the team by the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The team dined on chicken wings, jambalaya, pizza and other food while playing pool, darts, air hockey and other games. Graduate defensive tackle Chris Davenport led the charge of rapping during the karaoke session, and he was joined on stage by a number of dancing Tulane football players.
Thursday was another early day for the Green Wave, as the Green Wave returned to the Superdome for a two-hour practice at 8:30 a.m., allowing the Green Wave coaching staff to put some final touches on their preparation for Saturday's matchup against the Ragin' Cajuns.
Shortly after practice, Johnson, senior kicker Cairo Santos, senior defensive tackle Julius Warmsley, senior running back Orleans Darkwa, junior quarterback Nick Montana and junior safety Sam Scofield attended the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Media Day, where they were peppered with questions from members of the local, state and national media representatives.
While at Media Day, Johnson and Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth took the time to pose for a photo with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl trophy and MVP award, a painted helmet by local artist Thomas "Tuna" Seither.
After their media obligations were fulfilled, 10 Green Wave football players, Tulane athletic department personnel and sponsors from R+L Carriers converged on the Children's Hospital New Orleans to visit its young patients. While there, the Green Wave players visited two floors of children while showering them with Tulane Mardi Gras beads, Tulane sunglasses and other Green Wave memorabilia. Davenport once again put his signing skills on center-stage, as he led the Green Wave in the singing of Christmas carols to some of the children as they visited the rooms.
Thursday is not over for the Green Wave, as Johnson and his coaching staff will join up with the Voice of the Green Wave, Todd Graffagnini, for the Bowl Weekend Kickoff Party at New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company (4141 St. Charles Ave.) at 6 p.m. Johnson. Graffagnini will have a special edition radio call in show for an hour, to be broadcast on the flagship station for Tulane football, WMTI 106.1 "The Ticket". From 6-7 p.m., fans who wear green will get a special discount on their entire meal at the restaurant.
Once the radio show has come to a conclusion, fans can join the "Wave Bowl Stroll" along with the Tulane Marching Band and cheerleaders, as three double-decker buses will take fans through the French Quarter. Wristbands will be given out beginning at 5:45 p.m. at New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company until supplies last. Those with a wristband will be able to take a ride on the buses through the historic French Quarter.
Johnson and his Green Wave will take on the University of Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. in the Superdome. The game will be broadcast live nationally on television on ESPN and will air locally on WMTI 106.1 FM `The Ticket" and nationally on ESPN Radio.
Tickets for the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl are $40 and $60 each and will be located on the west side of the Superdome behind the Tulane bench. The first 1,000 fans to purchase their tickets will receive a commemorative bowl T-shirt and a ticket to the men's basketball game on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22.
Please contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office, which is located on the first floor of the Wilson Center on Ben Weiner Drive, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.