Super Bowl: New Orleans Under Attack By ‘Swamp People’
All the stars are out this week in New Orleans for the Super Bowl. Stroll through the French Quarter and youâre sure to see current and former NFL players, familiar faces from stage and screen (this intrepid writer spotted Neil Patrick Harris and Alec Baldwin at dinner on Friday night), television personalities and even a famous musician or two (you may have heard thatÂ BeyoncÃ© is performing the National Anthem on Sunday).
Among the breakout stars working the Super Bowl promotional circuit are the Landrys, the main characters in the History Channelâs hit reality show, âSwamp People.â The show follows Cajuns Troy Landry and the âLandry Gangâ during the 30-day alligator hunting season in the Atchafalaya River Basin in Louisiana. Since its debut in August 2010, “Swamp People” has become one of the History Channelâs biggest hits and Troy Landryâs âChoot âEmâ a popular catch phrase. The fourth season of the Landry Gang’s adventures premieres on February 14th at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on the History Channel.
Troy and the Landry Gang spoke to GuySpeed about the showâs success, Louisiana pride, local cuisine and their beloved New Orleans Saints.
How has your life changed since the show started in 2010?
Troy Landry: Oh goodness. My life has changed dramatically since the show started. Itâs unbelievable. It seems like I stepped on a rollercoaster about four years ago and never got off yet. Weâve gone traveling the whole country, busy busy busy almost to the point where we canât keep up.
When was the moment you realized you couldnât go out to dinner like a ânormalâ person?
Troy Landry: Now when we try to go somewhere we get mobbed everywhere we go. It donât matter where itâs at. What used to be a simple little ride out out on the town or go eat out at a restaurant or something and have a good time is almost impossible now.
What do people say to you when they see you?
Troy Landry: Oh people holler at me all the time, âChoot âem! Choot âem! Itâs a big one!â Thatâs what they want to hear the most.
What is the worst thing that youâve lost in the swamp?
Jacob Landry: His mind.
Troy Landry: No thatâs where I find my mind! I donât think I have lost things in the swamp.
Jacob Landry: His virginity! I knew thatâs what everybody was going for.
Is there a reason why you donât wear gloves when youâre pulling a line?
Troy Landry: We donât wear gloves for the simple reason we put leaders on our line — we have to tie and untie knots all day and it doesnât work with gloves youâd have to put them on then take them off to tie the knots, it slows you down more than anything. It would be a lot easier on our hands if we worked with gloves but it just doesnât work.
Do you have a favorite gator recipe to share?
Troy Landry: I love grilled gator. I love it grilled. Cheesinâ it up real good, throw it on the grill, very good.
As a native of Louisiana, what does it mean to have the Super Bowl back in New Orleans after Katrina?
Troy Landry: Itâs awesome to have it back. It gives a big shot in the arm to the city and the whole state. It brings in so many people from all around the country and all around the world even got people from other countries here and let them see how the cityâs rebuilt better than ever, nicer than ever and the peopleâs all fired up with all these visitors. Itâs just an awesome thing and Iâm so happy we were able to host it this year.
Jacob Landry: To me, thereâs nothing better. With the Super Bowl here, it just rejuvenates everybody and itâs been a great deal for us. We just hope that everybody walks away with a great experience.
How disappointed were you that the Saints didnât have the chance to play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium?
Troy Landry: It disappoints me they didnât get to make it this year but they just had a bad year with everything the controversy they had going on. But thatâs alright, itâs gonna make them even better than before. Theyâre gonna come back stronger than ever, just like the city of New Orleans!
Who are you picking to win this Sundayâs game?
Troy Landry: I will be there but I donât know who Iâm rooting for and Iâm not going to pick. I wish the Saints were playing, thatâs all I can say. May the best team win.
Jacob Landry: Redâs his favorite color, so the 49ers.
Troy Landry: Yeah, red is my favorite color. Iâve got a red truck, Iâve got a closet full of red shirts but it doesnât matter, Iâm not wearing red because Iâm pulling for San Francisco.
What is your favorite traditional Louisiana dish to eat?
Troy Landry: Boiled crawfish. Some kind of crawfish fixed some kind of way.
Jacob Landry: Boiled crawfish or crawfish Ã©touffÃ©e.
Chase Landry: Boiled crawfish or gumbo.
Whatâs your favorite restaurant in New Orleans?
Troy Landry: Iâve got a bunch of favorites. New Orleans is full of nice places and awesome restaurants. Just when you try one restaurant and you think itâs the best, a week later you go around the corner and try another one and think, âThis one is better than the last one!â