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SMITH: A super win for Ethan and Dylan

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 3:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 3:48 p.m.

A mere week ago, Forestville-reared brothers Ethan and Dylan Loudon had no idea they'd go to the Super Bowl — much less in grand style, as guests of one Vernon Davis.

Today the El Molino alums are soaking up their last bit of New Orleans hospitality before jetting home.

“My voice is still recovering,” Ethan, 24, said Monday from the Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter.

The Class of '07 El Mo grad recalled that it was just last Wednesday he received an email touting a Super Bowl raffle by 49ers great Davis.

Ethan saw the fundraiser would benefit the tight end's project to bring meaningful opportunities for art to the lives of inner-city kids. So he bought $100 worth of tickets.

The Sonoma County native had a little trouble believing the phone call he received last Thursday.

He'd won — two tickets to the game, up to $4,000 for airfare, three nights at a French Quarter hotel, two passes to a VIP pre-game House of Blues party hosted by Mike Ditka and Archie Manning, autographed Vernon Davis gear, $500 in spending cash and almost $4,000 to pay the inevitable income taxes.

As a bonus, Ethan and Dylan hooked up with former El Molino classmate Todd Horwath, who was in New Orleans on business.

Ethan said the seats were excellent and the game exciting, despite its “heart-wrenching” end. He did not get together with Vernon Davis, who played a superb game — six pass receptions for 104 yards. But a face-to-face may yet happen.

As we spoke Monday, Ethan was in heaven, with a shrimp and oyster Po-Boy.

“This is like a bucket-list item for me,” he said. “I got to see one of best games in Super Bowl history.

“And I got to see it with my brother.”

OVER SO SOON? There'd already been a heap of Super Bowl hoopla at the Santa Rosa home of Ben and Christina Grace when 6-year-old Emma heard the great cheer fill the Superdome as Alicia Keys polished off her elegant National Anthem.

Emma looked at the TV, then glanced around at the adults in the room and asked, “Who won?”

A COW RESTORED: A good many commuters on Highway 37 in Sonoma County's southeast corner phoned Sonoma Raceway in recent months, quite concerned.

They asked, “Where's the cow?”

“Burnin' Bovine,” a souped-up hot-rod of a fiberglass cow, had stood on the great raceway marquee since 2004. Artist Eric Reyes had decked it out as one of the 42 statues personalized and displayed for Sonoma Valley's public-art project, COWS!

Burnin' Bovine came down off the highway sign last fall for a bath and re-painting. Reyes spent more than 50 hours beautifying her before she was hoisted back onto the raceway sign on Monday.

Drive by and you'll see she now sports new face paint, an ivory base coat and racy flames that fade from yellow to tangelo pearl.

The traffic's intense right there, so check her out but keep mooooving.

Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and

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