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Brees rides Mardi Gras float, throws a lot of footballs

ALeqM5gfeYCxXsJCEFhicG5AknIx0AK5aQ.jpgFive days after the Saints commandeered the streets of New Orleans and a bunch of the best Mardi Gras floats, quarterback Drew Brees returned to serve as “monarch of Bacchus” in one of the largest Mardi Gras parades.

Per the Associated Press, Brees threw 10,000 black and gold footballs into the crowd.

While riding a float that looked like a Roman chariot.

And while dressed like the Commodus from Gladiator.  (Ray Edwards’ nickname for the 2010 season should be “Maximus.”)

Brees was escorted to the float by police officers and parade officials, and the crowd chanted both Brees’ name and “who dat.”

And Brees probably prefers “who dat” to the “what dat?” treatment he recently received from Oprah Winfrey.

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43 Responses to “Brees rides Mardi Gras float, throws a lot of footballs”
  1. LewD says: Feb 14, 2010 10:32 PM

    I can’t believe so many people are infatuated by her bs …. what a waste of time, when I could be doing something productive … like leaving a dump …

  2. Hooby says: Feb 14, 2010 10:34 PM

    dan marino had 9811 attempts in his career. i doubt he ‘threw’ 10000 balls into the crowd. more like tossed or dropped.

  3. 8man says: Feb 14, 2010 10:43 PM

    As he should.
    Big game! Big effort!
    Live it up, New Orleans! Celebrate until you have nothing left. Leave it on the field just like your team did!
    Congratulations!

  4. tatum32 says: Feb 14, 2010 10:46 PM

    # LewD says: February 14, 2010 10:32 PM
    I can’t believe so many people are infatuated by her bs …. what a waste of time, when I could be doing something productive … like leaving a dump …
    Taking a dump vs. seeing a multi-millionaire and a Super Bowl celebration for a long suffering franchise and region…..
    hmmm…have to think about that one. (eyes roll)

  5. nerd says: Feb 14, 2010 11:11 PM

    Where’s the “like” button on this page?

  6. bearsfan says: Feb 14, 2010 11:13 PM

    someone needs to do the exact math on this, I’m too lazy. But as far as I can tell, it would take nearly three hours to throw, toss or otherwise distribute 10,000 of anything at once per second. Unless Brees was dumping them from a box or handing out two or more at a time, it didn’t happen the way it was reported. Even more likely is Brees and whoever else was with him handed out 10,000 total footballs.
    And why is this a story and why am I wasting my time on it?

  7. downwithdansnyder says: Feb 14, 2010 11:15 PM

    He should have asked her if she was pregnant…

  8. PatricktheDookie says: Feb 14, 2010 11:24 PM

    Throwing one football per second, he would have to throw footballs for close to three hours nonstop to reach 10,000.
    Highly unlikely.

  9. Occam says: Feb 14, 2010 11:33 PM

    “Brees threw 10,000 black and gold footballs into the crowd while riding a float that looked like a Roman chariot. ”
    Do you like gladiator movies, Drew?

  10. pkrlvr says: Feb 14, 2010 11:37 PM

    Not a chance he threw 10,000 balls. Someone screwed something up.

  11. Crizzz says: Feb 14, 2010 11:40 PM

    He threw them but they were mini footballs unlike the almost 10000 Marino threw.

  12. downwithdansnyder says: Feb 14, 2010 11:44 PM

    It’s B.S. There are 120 minutes in two hours. How long was he on the float. IF he threw footballs for TWO SOLID HOURS he would have thrown 83+ balls per minute (or nearly 1.4 per SECOND) to throw 10,000 in two hours. I’d take the under ever single time. Sometimes just a tad of thought needs to be put into something before repeating it.

  13. Crizzz says: Feb 14, 2010 11:48 PM

    He threw them but they were mini footballs unlike the almost 10000 Marino threw.

  14. Bender12 says: Feb 14, 2010 11:48 PM

    Hooby, he was throwing tiny little nerf footballs

  15. similis says: Feb 15, 2010 12:15 AM

    damn, you guys are really double dipping…
    This story, the Gunther Cunningham story, etc. If a story is mentioned in the “one-liner” section, it’s kind of annoying when it’s posted as a “new” story later on… lame.

  16. animel says: Feb 15, 2010 12:32 AM

    No Marino never even threw 9,000 attempts. It’s Favre who has thrown 9,811 attempts. But its hard to believe he handed out 10,000 football. That is quite a bit!

  17. UncleTuna says: Feb 15, 2010 1:01 AM

    Hoobstink…you’ve never left your ice/fish house for Mardi Gras, have you?
    I’m still trying to figure out how talking heads like Jay Leno, Ofrah, Letterman, and Conan have made as much as they have with NO TALENT!
    Must be the same executives that told Bill Gates they’d be happy to lease the software and disclose any proprietary secrets they had…

  18. scomibord says: Feb 15, 2010 1:39 AM

    The correct term would be “Grand Marshal”. Do a little research before making yourself look like an idiot. Anything you read from New Orleans would let you know that. Parades in N. O. don’t have monarchs, this isn’t London.

  19. HereThere says: Feb 15, 2010 2:39 AM

    Anybody else getting sick of this guy?

  20. Raydahz says: Feb 15, 2010 3:15 AM

    Awesome, stuff. Brees is on top of the world right now. Could not have happened to a better person.

  21. OscarMooseFarmer says: Feb 15, 2010 4:11 AM

    Hooby…yeah, no i’m pretty sure he actually rocketed every singel one of them into a packed crowd of non NFL recievers..

  22. afiresnake says: Feb 15, 2010 4:34 AM

    Yup, 10.000 sounds resonable.
    If it took him just two sec (watch out, Tim Tebow!) to throw one, he would have used about six hours. Sure thing.
    Watch your pitch count, jedi.

  23. medic406 says: Feb 15, 2010 6:45 AM

    That’s 10,000 black and gold potential law suits. For example,
    Attorney-“The defendant threw the ball into the unexpected face of my client. Client, were you able to protect yourself with your hands?”
    Plaintiff-“How could I? I had a little too much to drink and he throws really hard.”
    Attorney- “Why didn’t you just move out of the way?”
    Plaintiff- “As I said, I had a little too much to drink, the beads I was wearing were very heavy, the ball came too fast, and I had my shirt up so high that it was covering my eyes.”
    Attorney-“Your shirt?”
    Plaintiff-“These beads don’t win themselves.”
    Attorney- “I rest my case, that’ll be $12 Million thank you.”
    Judge- “next! calling plaintiff 8,493″
    Lesson- This euphoria in NO won’t last forever. And the American “justice” system will find a way to ruin this for everyone.

  24. ispysomething7 says: Feb 15, 2010 7:05 AM

    I bet Brees is seeing a lot of tit right now!

  25. tv says: Feb 15, 2010 7:19 AM

    The previous article discussed the team partying too hard but it seems that Brees is throwing a lot of footballs in preparation for next season.
    Enjoy it dude!

  26. Rip says: Feb 15, 2010 8:00 AM

    FYI – The Krewe of Bacchus is lead by a king, not a grand marshall.

  27. Pervy Harvin says: Feb 15, 2010 9:06 AM

    Who cares how many he threw.The real story is the Oprah link. What a stupid idiot she is! He should have told her she looks much fatter in person.

  28. Saintnation says: Feb 15, 2010 9:43 AM

    HereThere says:
    February 15, 2010 2:39 AM
    Anybody else getting sick of this guy?
    ___________________________________
    Nope, just negative asses like yourself.

  29. nolajess says: Feb 15, 2010 9:51 AM

    # bearsfan says: February 14, 2010 11:13 PM
    someone needs to do the exact math on this, I’m too lazy. But as far as I can tell, it would take nearly three hours to throw, toss or otherwise distribute 10,000 of anything at once per second. Unless Brees was dumping them from a box or handing out two or more at a time, it didn’t happen the way it was reported. Even more likely is Brees and whoever else was with him handed out 10,000 total footballs.
    And why is this a story and why am I wasting my time on it?
    math is correct- the parade took about 4+ hours to go from one end to the other…. given that he would throw more then 1 ball at a time it is possible

  30. RayDaMayor says: Feb 15, 2010 9:51 AM

    To all the skeptics wondering if Brees threw all 10,000 footballs >>>
    Yes he did. He threw then handfuls at a time. That’s how it’s done at Mardi Gras. Nobody throws one string of beads, you throw a handful.
    Debate over.

  31. thej says: Feb 15, 2010 9:56 AM

    I guess most people don’t know how parades in New Orleans during Mardi Gras work. These are not hour or two parades. The parade Brees was in took 3 hours to pass any given point and took 7 hours total to complete. So yes, 10,000 is a very likely number.

  32. saveneworleans says: Feb 15, 2010 9:57 AM

    Scomibord, YOU do your homework. I am an 8th generation New Orleanian who has been a Mradi Gras monarch. ALL, repeat, ALL, monarchs are kings and queens, except for Endymion and Orpheus, two nouveau riche parades invented in the last 25 years.. See tomorrow’s paper at http://www.nola.com to read about REX, the KING of Carnival. We also have kings of Proteus, Chaos, Babylon, Hermes, and countless other groups. In fact, we are made a lot of fun for it because we arent London and people think we are cooks for having all of this faux-royalty. Where did you get the idea that this wasnt true???

  33. Cajungrl says: Feb 15, 2010 10:00 AM

    I’m a native New Orleanian… ya’ll don’t know that you could be waiting 3 hours for the parade to even get where you are on the route. Of course he threw 10,000 footballs. If the parade started at 5:00, it didn’t even get to the end until after 10:30. Now YA’LL do the math!!!

  34. ThePragmatist says: Feb 15, 2010 10:19 AM

    Did Brees get that hat from Scut Farkus?

  35. FinFan says: Feb 15, 2010 10:24 AM

    How’s his arm now NICK SABAN!!!???
    nick you A-hole! (disgruntled dolphin fans hate you)

  36. slipkid says: Feb 15, 2010 10:34 AM

    at least he didnt have to sign hundreds of 12 cent royalty checks.

  37. NolaTigaBait says: Feb 15, 2010 10:47 AM

    To all you Brees and Saints haters: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHH…We are Super Bowl champs.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get used to it. I love the Bears fan complaining….If you didn’t have Rex Grossman for a few years you would have done something…..wah wah wah….
    As far as the 10,000 footballs….That is the number for the entire float. There were 25 people on that float…Thats how you distribute 10,000 footballs….Oh and the parade lasts over 5 hours too.

  38. Pervy Harvin says: Feb 15, 2010 10:54 AM

    Oprah should be rolled flat and her blubber boiled down for lamp oil…

  39. mreev90 says: Feb 15, 2010 11:14 AM

    I was at the parade and it is possible he threw 10k balls. They were small nerf size balls and he threw handfuls at a time. But that’s not all he threw. He also threw thousands of doubloons, plastic cups thousands of beads for extra measure. The parade takes about 4 hours from start to finish so there was plenty of time. After all, this is Drew Brees the King of Bacchus and Super Bowl MVP – not simply a mere mortal.
    BTW- Why am I wasting my time one this? There is so much partying to do!
    WHO DAT!

  40. mamachka says: Feb 15, 2010 11:16 AM

    Y’all are hysterical. You really need to come to New Orleans for a parade sometime and then you’ll understand the story. First, he is a monarch – not a grand marshall. Parades have both. The grand marshall – usually called a Captain is a leader of the Krewe (the organization which puts on the parade). Each year the Krewe selects its King and Queen. Bacchus chooses a celebrity and chose Drew Brees to serve as its King several months ago. Tonight the Krewe of Orpheus has Sean Payton as King.
    Second, the parade lasts nearly four hours and Drew was firing balls into the crowd at a dizzying pace when he passed us so 10,000 seems right. NO ONE else on that float was throwing footballs – just beads. Talk to a Krewe member about how much stuff they throw in a 3-4 hour span and the 10,000 number doesn’t seem all that high at all.

  41. bexology says: Feb 15, 2010 11:46 AM

    scomibord – Drew Brees ‘reigned’ as King Bacchus XLII. He was Grand Marshall of Bacchus in 2007.
    10,000 little footballs being tossed isn’t really that big of a deal and it is completely possible. All of you saying there’s no way he did it obviously never rode in a Mardi Gras parade before. ;)

  42. warchild1957 says: Feb 15, 2010 6:09 PM

    bexology said it right, it is very obviously that a lot of people posting here have never rode in a parade or maybe even have been here for a Mardi Gras. It was also mentioned that most parades last about four hours. This one was about seven hours.
    I ride in a crew and I throw no less than 120 gross of beads. Do the math, 12 dozen = 1 gross = 144 strings of beads. Now lets take 120 gross X 144, you finish off the math. Thats not counting all the other throws (cups, doubloons, stuff animals ect) that I throw.

  43. BeadThrower says: Feb 17, 2010 10:41 AM

    warchild1957 you da man….stop over by the nola MG forum sometimes. as for the rest of you that have no clue. It is not only possible that Drew Brees threw 10k footballs, it’s a fact. I was there when they loaded pickups full of them on his float Saturday Morning. Down here where we know how to party, we do it right. Also, I seemed to have missed the mass destruction news reports from when the Saints won SB44. No I guess that was just all the other towns that can’t seem to celebrate responsibly.

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