"I'm now convinced there's no louder sound in the world than the piercing scream of thousands of teenage girls when Justin Beiber [sic] walks on stage." — Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who took sons Baylen and Bowen to see teen idol Justin Bieber's concert at the New Orleans Arena Jan. 15.

  "They think we're still underwater. Or under indictment." — Mary Matalin, co-chair of the Super Bowl Host Committee, addressing members of the New Orleans media at a Jan. 16 luncheon. Matalin, along with husband and committee co-host James Carville and Mayor Mitch Landrieu, urged the local press to emphasize New Orleans' recovery when speaking to other TV and print folks in the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVII. More than 5,000 members of the media from around the world are set to descend on New Orleans in the week before the big game.

  "New Orleans is not for everyone. If you're intolerant of creative expression, the city will overwhelm you. ... If you are the reclusive, solitary type, the city will open you up like a can of sardines or maybe a lotus flower. If you're the type of person who gives up when adversity strikes, you won't last through hurricane or football season." — Former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason, offering his take on the city in the official media guide to Super Bowl XLVII.