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Epic Final Four fits Big Easy

Originally Published: March 26, 2012
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

They don't do understated in New Orleans. The flavors are bold, the jazz is smooth and the funerals are festive.

Even the NFL penalties are groundbreaking.

From the Superdome to the alcohol/mixer ratio, the Big Easy majors in big and minors in nothing. This is a place that greets a Christian period of abstinence with a day of excessive carousing without a touch of irony. Where party hosting is a civic duty and a good time a moral obligation.

All of which makes ...

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