Posted on: January 27, 2010 9:37 am
Edited on: January 27, 2010 3:23 pm
Yesterday we linked to a story about Saints fans buying all the newspapers in New Orleans. Today, those menaces are at it again, because now they're buying all the hotel rooms in Miami.
The Miami Herald tells us that Saints fans are booking hotel rooms in droves, while Colts fans are not so much. How do hotel managers and owners know this? ACCENTS!
"The callers we're getting all have Cajun accents,'' said Robert Finvarb, who owns four Marriott hotels in Broward and Miami-Dade. ``Indianapolis is a dog for Super Bowl."
Aside from being a hotel owner, Robert Finvarb must be some kind of genius detective because he figured all this out via the accent of his potential guests.
But Ralph Abravaya, owner of the Cavalier Hotel in Miami Beach, is corroborating Finvarb's claims that this will be a mostly-Saints fan crowd. Abravaya's proof is based on experience, as well as the knowledge that Colts fans just don't seem to give a crap.
"Last time we had the Super Bowl, I had one Indianapolis fan for every 10 Chicago fans," said Ralph Abravaya, owner of the Cavalier Hotel in South Beach. ``I had a heckuva crowd at the restaurant [for the 2007 Super Bowl] and only one table had Indianapolis fans."
But the overall booking of rooms for Super Bowl weekend seems to be a slow-go this year. Some might blame the troubling economic times. Others might blame the fact that Miami hotel rooms go for $1,000 a night. Overall, however, hotel owners like Abravaya are willing to lower their prices.
[Abravaya's] hoping fan interest will pick up as Super Bowl approaches. ``New Orleans might surprise me,'' he said. ``Indianapolis will not.''
So to recap: hotel rooms in Miami are not selling as fast as their owners would like, Saints fans all have Cajun accents, and Colts fans can go suck it. The end.