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New Orleans officials respond after Atlanta mayor says ‘Anybody other than the Saints’

Posted at 12:53 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 17:45:02-05
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New Orleans officials have hit back after the Mayor of Atlanta’s comments on who she wants to see play in the Superbowl this year.

Her answer to who she would like to see, “Just anybody other than the Saints.”

According to, New Orleans City Councilman Jay Banks said that he was “disappointed” that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms “felt that way.” He offered her this statement as a rebuttal.

“We are still coming. And it’s not our fault that her team sucks. I mean, if they could win, then they wouldn’t have this problem.”

Another councilman Joe Giarrusso added that on behalf of the entire council, “we expect to see you in Atlanta in just a couple of weeks.”

Bottoms in a press conference Tuesday reiterated that the comments were a joke and that she welcomes all teams and fans who make it to Atlanta for Super Bowl 53.

According to WWLTV, Bottoms said, “we are so very thankful for those who come to Atlanta for this Super Bowl. In all seriousness, that includes Patriots fans, that includes New Orleans fans, that includes whoever may be in town.”


Read more below on the comments that started this battle of the smack talk.


Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms isn’t quite sure which teams she wants to see in Atlanta in a few weeks for Super Bowl 53, according to The Advocate.

But she definitely knows whom she does not want to see…

“Just anybody other than the Saints,” Bottoms said last week. “I know there’s going to be a bounty on me … for saying that. But if it can’t be the Falcons, then, hey, as long as it’s not the Saints then I’m happy.”


It’s no secret that the Saints and the Falcons are big rivals. The teams and their fans have been known to lay on the name calling, create memes, and point out unfortunate losses like the Falcons blowing that 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots during the third quarter of Super Bowl 51.

Rivalries aside, the Saints seem determined to make it to the Super Bowl this year. The Saints first and only Super Bowl appearance in 2010 ended in a win, 31-17,  against the Indianapolis Colts.

The team will host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Sunday at 2:05 pm.