Give me gumbo in the morning and the 49ers in the evening

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galloway NEW ORLEANS -- Going down to Mother's this morning for a Sunday breakfast of seafood gumbo, the best 12 bucks you'll spend anywhere in America.

Dang me.

It's always good to be back in this old river/party town. It's also good the Super Bowl is back in this old river/party town for the first time since 2002 and, of course, post-Katrina.

The Super Bowl should be played here every year.

That's not opinion; that's fact, and normally I don't bother with facts, but, Jack, I've personally seen Super Bowls played in (follow along here, while humming I've Been Everywhere by Hank Snow or, if you prefer, the Johnny Cash cover):

Miami, Houston, Pasadena, Tampa, Palo Alto, San Diego, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Tempe, Jacksonville, Detroit, Glendale and, yes, Arlington.

I think for me its 36 Super Bowls in all, but who's counting?

As of today, it will be the eighth time I've covered a Super Bowl in New Orleans, including two Cowboys wins down here.

Please, based on that extensive itinerary over the decades, don't come around here with any arguments on the best of Super Bowl cities.

It should be played in New Orleans every year.

Moving along:

After a week of the usual pregame BS feeding a verbal and print deluge, it finally comes down to actual football today. San Francisco vs. Baltimore is not exactly a classic matchup, but it's a matchup with a telling football message.

The storylines have been rather feisty from here this week, but, to be honest, I couldn't give a flying flip about Ray Lewis or the opinion of some guy from the 49ers on gays in the locker room.

From the press box, my binoculars will be focused totally on Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers quarterback. In a year of refreshing new QBs to hit the NFL, he's here, and he's The Story. OK, that last part is just a personal opinion.

But overall, this season's emergence of the 49ers as a team is a blueprint for almost every NFL club, particularly the one that calls Valley Ranch home. San Fran was down and out for so long, and then to see the bounce-back that began last season and combine it with Kaepernick popping like he popped, it's all tasty stuff.

The 49ers are an example of what happens with the right coach, the right quarterback and the right approach from ownership on down.

Now, the Ravens, well, that's an organization with much more success over recent years (haven't had a losing record since '07, and three AFC Championship Game appearances in the last five seasons).

As stated a week or so ago, I'm shocked this Ravens club is in the Super Bowl based on how it looked in mid-October against the Cowboys and then losing four of the last five games in the regular season.

But of all the quotes last week coming out of New Orleans, the one that hit home for me came from the Ravens' owner. His name is Steve. Steve Somebody. I could look up his last name, but who cares?

Steve Somebody was asked to explain his ownership success with the Ravens, and the answer was short and to the point:

"I trust in Ozzie."

Bingo.

I, of course, know Ozzie's last name. Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' GM.

It's a positive double whammy that the owners of both Super Bowl teams are basically unknowns because they stay in the background. And when Steve Somebody was asked to explain his success, he simply deferred to his highly respected GM.

You think about the Cowboys' situation, and then you compare it to that. Go ahead, throw up, and then start your day.

But while lacking the high-profile matchup, this Super Bowl continues a trend of what playing for a world championship should represent.

Stable franchises with the right organizational structure -- they get here. Idiot organizations don't get here.

Go back to the Arizona Cardinals, who should have beaten heavily favored Pittsburgh in the 2009 Super Bowl, and that's the last time an idiot organization was one of the last two teams standing.

Outside of the Cardinals, there was Oakland, with Al Davis still alive, getting blown out by Tampa Bay in the 2003 game. Another idiot organization made it but faded fast afterward.

Over the last decade, the teams that did it right made the Super Bowl even if sometimes it's a one-shot deal involving a lot of luck, such as Carolina and Seattle in the middle of the last decade.

The Ravens, admittedly, bore me. But, hey, they do it correctly with Ozzie.

The 49ers -- now that's a refreshing added twist to this Super Bowl.

Otherwise, it's good to be back in New Orleans. Bring on the gumbo for breakfast.

Randy Galloway can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on Galloway & Co. on ESPN/103.3 FM.

Randy Galloway, 817-390-7697

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