Saints fans find a haven on Super Sunday 

It didn’t matter on a sunny Sunday in The City whether blue or black conquered Super Bowl XLIV, because most people just wanted booze, grub and a reason to cheer.

And die-hard fans of the New Orleans Saints at the packed Black Magic Voodoo Lounge near Russian Hill were especially fervent to put on their jerseys, feather boas and beads, and paint the iconic fleur-de-lys on their faces.

“This is a colossal year for [the Saints],” said Mill Valley resident Sasha Overton, 39, who was raised in New Orleans and every year plans her birthday parties around Saints games at sports bars in San Francisco. “But it’s not whether we win or lose. It’s about supporting where you’re from ... and we just want a reason to party.”

That partying was sure to last well into the night in the Big Easy after the Saints upset the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 on Sunday.

Overton said she started the day at the Saints bar with her customary Bloody Mary and was moving on to Abita beer, which is brewed 30 miles north of New Orleans.

“It’s hard to replicate, but this is exactly what it would be like [in New Orleans],” she said.

Final Final — the closest thing to a Colts bar because a bartender who was not there is a known fan — lacked the passion that Saints enthusiasts had, but drew a blithe crowd.

The 10 flat-screen televisions and popcorn brought a swarm of about 75, but there was still room to walk and only a handful were wearing Colts colors.

“We just Googled ‘sports bar’ in San Francisco and found this place,” said Brendan Bourke, 26, who was one of the handful wearing blue with his wife and sitting at the end of the bar. “Of course I want them to win, but we’re just here for fun.”

One question that will always stir debate did cause some Bay Area partiers’ jaws to drop: Could Colts superstar Peyton Manning surpass 49ers legend Joe Montana as the NFL’s best quarterback of all time?

Three men at Final Final who weren’t really loyal to either the Colts or Saints but wanted a “guy’s day out” had a debate that started with “How can you say that?” and ended with this:

“Joe Montana is like a cell phone and Peyton Manning is like an iPhone,” said San Francisco resident Stephen Flynn, 25. “The cell phone was a revolutionary invention, but the iPhones have changed cell phones forever.”

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

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