Announcing a New New Orleans Tradition: Lindi Gras

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Published: February 17, 2012

It’s the last remaining take on the point guard’s name and the beginning of a new era in New Orleans basketball.

When the schedule was first released we all looked at tonight’s game and groaned. Hornets vs. Knicks. In New York. On ESPN. We were going to have to watch Chris Paul chop and screw us on national television while the country laughed at us.

You don’t need to me tell you that a lot of that isn’t going to happen. Chris Paul isn’t a Knick (wedding toasts mean nothing these days) and the game isn’t on ESPN anymore. You also don’t need me to explain Jeremy Lin to you.

For those of you who aren’t as familiar with Carnival season as others, however, allow me to explain Lundi Gras to you. It’s the day before Mardi Gras and generally is much, much more rowdy than Fat Tuesday. The King of Rex arrives by boat, there’s live music and fireworks by the river and most people don’t go sleep to get a head start on the next morning’s festivities.

This year I’m announcing a new tradition. Three days before Lundi Gras is Lindi Gras. The night the New Orleans Hornets end King Jeremy Lin’s temporary reign over the NBA. The victory will be celebrated with every single NBA writer on the planet reading Mason and Will’s response to the Sheridan Hoops article and agreeing to document our team’s rise to championship contender status with honor and research. We’ll make time to read your articles but we won’t have time to respond to all of them. We’ll be too much too busy tending to parade season. Championship parade season, I mean.

Booyah.

Commence Lindi Gras!

Follow Chris Trew on Twitter here and watch his campaign to own the Hornets here. His comedy theater, The New Movement, opens in New Orleans this March.