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Sports have become a major part of the long holiday season each winter. Whether you like it or not, there's probably a TV broadcasting a game as your holiday gatherings. New Orleans football fans may have a hard time concentrating on holidays this year, with so many football games involving home teams that will be held in New Orleans this season. Both LSU and the Saints could go all the way again this year.

1. THE 2013 SUPERBOWL

To say the Superbowl in New Orleans is a major event is an understatement. Even aside from the big football game, there will be days of events, activities and parties - including several that are free and open to the public. And it's coming during Carnival season too.

2. Sugar Bowl

The second oldest bowl game in the United States is the Sugar Bowl. To my mind, it's also the bowl with the best bowl name by far. It's in New Orleans at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in early January. The Sugar Bowl game traditionally matches two high ranking teams, usually including the SEC champ.

The Sugar Bowl began in 1935 and has been held in New Orleans every year except for 2006 due the damage from Hurricane Katrina and the New Orleans flood to the Superdome. That year it was held in the Georgia Dome. Before its Superdome venue, the Sugar Bowl was held in Tulane Stadium which "ain't dere no more".

There are other Sugar Bowl events such as a Fan Fest in the Jax Brewery parking lots off Decatur Street, a second line parade, and the Fan Jam in Champion's Square outside the Mercedez-Benz Superdome. Other Sugar Bowl sports include prep football, sailing, basketball, swimming, lacrosse, and track.

3. The Bayou Classic

Two historically African-American colleges in Louisiana, Southern University Baton Rouge and Grambling State University, have long been rivals. That rivalry is played out on the Superdome football field every year in the State Farm Bayou Classic in New Orleans on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

The Bayou Classic is one of the traditional Thanksgiving events in New Orleans . Related festivities include a Thanksgiving Day parade and events through the weekend.

Reportedly the Grambling Tigers and the Southern Jaguars have each won 29 times. Grambling has won the most recent three Bayou Classic games in a row.

4. New Orleans Bowl

New Orleans has hosted a second annual college bowl game since 2001, although it was temporarily held in Lafayette's Cajun Dome right after Hurricane Katrina. The very literally named New Orleans Bowl, known as the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, is a NCAA post-season college game between the Sun Belt Conference champs and a Conference USA team.

A Louisiana team competed in the 2012 New Orleans Bowl. The Ragin' Cajuns of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette were in a bowl for the first time since the 1970 Rice Bowl in Baton Rouge.

5. The Saints in the Dome

Who Dats will be watching the Saint winter games, even though they are already out of the Superbowl running. .

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