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  1. This is the 1st year since I was in high school that I did not get informed on players, assess the team's needs, get a wish list, etc.,. Having said that, for sentimental reasons I'd love to see Irv Smith still there when we pick.
  2. Hence the Malcolm Brown signing?
  3. Corky was my WDZ brother. He always will be loved here as will you, MT, and your entire family. I just lost my brother-in-law a week ago and this compounds that sorrow.
  4. I've got no words to describe how sad I was at the news that Corky passed on. One of the original contributors here whose heart bled Black and Gold. Mother Theresa, we love all of you and I can't imagine the loss you and your entire family must be feeling.
  5. I'm guessing if Bridgewater leaves during the offseason, we'll get a compensatory pick back = to the one we traded for him.
  6. Steve Gleason honored for philanthropic achievement, trolls refs during acceptance speech Former Saint Steve Gleason was honored Saturday night in Atlanta at the Big Game Big Give Event held by the Giving Back Fund. By Tiffany Baptiste | February 3, 2019 at 11:11 AM CST - Updated February 3 at 2:03 PM NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Former Saint Steve Gleason was honored Saturday night in Atlanta at the Big Game Big Give Event held by the Giving Back Fund. Gleason, who attended wearing a referee shirt, accepted the philanthropic award. According to our partners at NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune, Gleason thanked the organization’s founder Marc Pollick by saying the award was a “tremendous honor” and added, “I get to wear my referee shirt, so like two weeks ago, there will be no flags thrown tonight.” The Big Game Big Give event is held annually on the night before the Super Bowl. This year’s event was hosted by Atlanta rapper and actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and The Black-Eyes Peas served as the musical entertainment.
  7. This.
  8. Even the refs in the Madden game make that call: https://971theticket.radio.com/articles/even-refs-madden-19-got-pass-interference-call-against-rams-right-video
  9. I refuse to watch this Super Bowl. I may be pissing up a rope, but I'll be doing my part to ensure that the illegitimate bowl has lower than expected ratings. The quicker the NFL wises up to the fact they have a dying product, the quicker change will come.
  10. I want a compensatory top 5 1st round pick or two.
  11. Some interesting rules Mike Florio highlights:
  12. https://www.businessinsider.com/harry-connick-jr-open-letter-nfl-roger-goodell-over-blown-call-2019-1 Harry Connick Jr sent an open letter to the NFL threatening he won't watch the Super Bowl over blown call that went against the New Orleans Saints Cork Gaines 0m Evan Agostini/Invision/AP The Los Angeles Rams defeated the New Orleans Saints for a spot in Super Bowl LIII with the help of a blown call near the end of regulation. Noted Saints fan Harry Connick Jr. was not happy and posted an open letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Instagram. Connick says he won't be watching the Super Bowl and wants changes to the NFL's replay review system. The New Orleans Saints lost a shot at being in Super Bowl LII thanks to a controversial blown call, and Harry Connick Jr. is not happy. Read more:Saints lose to Rams in NFC Championship after one of the worst missed calls you'll see on a huge fourth-quarter play After the game, Harry Connick Jr. posted an open letter on Instagram addressed to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Needless to say, the troubadour was not happy about how the game ended. In fact, he threatened not to watch the Super Bowl. The noted Saints fan started by saying he would have written the letter no matter who had been playing in the game. He goes on to call the missed call, "one of the most disgraceful no-calls" he has seen" before ripping the NFL over the state of officiating in general. He then goes on to say he is "out" and won't be watching the Super Bowl. "Until changes are made, specifically, booth review of outcome-altering no-calls, you can count me out," Connick wrote. "I'm not watching the AFC Championship game and I won't be watching the Super Bowl." Harry Connick Jr. It should be noted that Connick is a huge Saints fan.
  13. PHOTOS: Saints fans cheer so loudly, parts of Superdome ceiling falls PHOTO: Julie Boudwin twitter (@Julie_Boudwin) January 20, 2019 at 4:36 PM CST - Updated January 20 at 5:21 PM NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - Saints Head Coach Sean Payton said he knew fans would be loud during the NFC Championship game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams, but he had no idea. Who Dat fans cheered so loudly after an interception by DeMario Davis that portions of the Superdome’s ceiling began to fall. Amie Just, reporting for NOLA.com, said a custodian told her it’s the first time they have seen anything that strange happen in 19 years. Meantime, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods previously told a reporter he didn’t think Saints fans would have an impact on the game. “The game is in between the lines, not outside. The crowd should not have an impact and it won’t have an impact,” Woods said. WAFB 9Sports It seems he’s now eating those words
  14. The NFL enabled refs to rob the Saints of a Super Bowl berth By Mike Vaccaro January 20, 2019 | 7:42pm Modal Trigger Sean PaytonGetty Images MORE FROM: MIKE VACCARO Rams' Jared Goff quietly did everything he had to do The case for Rivera over Mantle on Yankees' Mount Rushmore Sean Payton has come long way since humbling Giants episode Dreaming of the MetLife chaos great Giants, Jets could cause Lou Lamoriello has brought 'chills' back to Islanders' fan base NEW ORLEANS — It was going to happen just like this eventually. Every week of every football season brings an egregious call or three from across the league, the kind for which the NFL must apologize a few days later — as if there’s any consolation in that. But you get one stolen from you in Week 6, you can come back from that. You get one stolen from you in Week 20 … Well, your dreams die. Your season ends. Your jacked-up stadium turns silent in an instant, but not before the partisans paste the referees with bile, spittle and slander — all of it absolutely well-earned. And make no mistake: The refs stole this NFC Championship from the Saints. No disrespect to the Rams, who overcame an early 13-0 hole to make a wonderful game of this and who made the key play in overtime when safety John Johnson intercepted a Drew Brees pass on his back — yes, on his back — before kicker Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein boomed a clinching 57-yard field goal that might have been good from 77. But by the time Zuerlein sent the Rams to Atlanta and Super Bowl LIII with a 26-23 win, he should’ve been back in a quiet visiting locker room comforting his teammates. The Superdome should have been a deafening madhouse of sound and fury, the 73,028 in the house celebrating a second trip to the Big Game. But that’s not how it worked out. Because the refs got in the way. They stole this one as surely as if they’d walked into a bank like Willie Sutton. It wasn’t an anonymous Week 6 game this time. It was the NFC Championship. And in a time when refereeing has never been more in the spotlight and more under the gun, this is one that will be remembered forever. And this time, the league didn’t even have to wait a few days to cop to the officials’ incompetence. This time, they talked to Sean Payton right after he walked off the field. “Just got off the phone with the league office,” Payton said. “They blew the call.” Payton’s expression mirrored that of his team and his fans and his city: Thanks for nothing, league office. The call was actually a non-call — and let’s really describe it properly: the most egregious non-call, perhaps, in NFL history. The Saints were driving for a go-ahead score late in regulation, facing third-and-10 from the Rams’ 13 when with 1 minute and 48 seconds left, Brees dropped back and threw toward his wideout, Tommylee Lewis. But before Lewis could catch the ball, a beaten and desperate Rams cornerback named Nickell Robey-Coleman did the only sensible thing he could do: He ran into Lewis. SEE ALSO Controversial, unreal no-call swings Saints-Rams game As an added bonus, Robey-Coleman also made helmet-to-helmet contact with Lewis. With the two penalties, the Saints would have been set up first-and-goal inside the 5. The Rams had only one timeout, so the Saints could have taken three knees, run about 82 seconds off the clock and would have kicked the chip-shot go-ahead field goal with about 25 seconds left in the game. Except the most obvious pass-interference call of the year went uncalled. And so did the helmet-to-helmet. The Saints kicked the field goal with 1:45 left. The Rams got the ball back with 101 seconds left in the game and needed only 82 of them to drive for the field goal that forced overtime. “I don’t know if there was ever a more obvious pass interference call,” Payton said. We can save him the time and the energy and the research: There has not. “That’s tough to swallow,” Brees said, “when everyone in the world saw it.” Because Brees oozes class, he also added, “It had no bearing on overtime, at least on me.” It was a nice sentiment. Brees knows the Saints, who made it look easy in the first quarter, did very little across the final three. Usually, when a referee’s call decides a game, there is at least a corresponding burden on the shoulders of the losing team. A few weeks ago, St. John’s was robbed of a win at the end of a basketball game with Seton Hall by a terrible call, but St. John’s had also allowed Seton Hall to erase a late 10-point lead and missed some key free throws. Same with the Saints. And blaming referees is almost always a loser’s lament. Except when a call this terrible comes in an elimination game. Then, it’s larceny. The NFL had been begging for something like this for years as the quality of its officiating eroded amid weekly yelps and protests. It was bound to happen sometime, to some team. It happened to the Saints. They were robbed.
  15. NFL’s worst nightmare unfolds in New Orleans Posted by Mike Florio on January 20, 2019, 6:37 PM EST Getty Images Nine years after an NFC championship game in New Orleans forced the NFL to overhaul the overtime rules, the NFL has more overhauling to do. With the Rams stealing the NFC championship in overtime from the Saints, the league office will be under siege for the inexplicable non-call at the end of regulation that kept the Saints from running the clock down to the final seconds and winning the game with a walk-off field goal. Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman not only interfered with Saints receiver Tommylee Lewisbut also applied an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver. Inexplicably, neither penalty was called. The non-call lit a fuse that burned throughout the rest of the game and will now explode. Saints coach Sean Payton, a member of the Competition Committee, will be tempted to unload. And he should, fine be damned. Few horrible calls have had a bigger impact on the game, especially at a time when the technology exists to fix any and all errors that happen in real time. It’s a shame that it will take something like this to wake up the Commissioner and the other stewards of the game, but if they don’t wake up now they never will. They may have no choice. The scrutiny arising from Sunday’s embarrassment will be unprecedented, and it should be. There’s no excuse for such mistakes to be made, no reason for the available technology to not be used to fix there errors in real time. Too much is riding on these decisions. From the money to the trophies to the legacies to the basic and fundamental integrity of the game, the league should be ashamed that this happened, and the league should be committed to fixing it. If the league decides to act, the league will act like it has had some sort of awakening. The awakening should have come long before today’s outcome. But if today’s outcome prevents another one like it, maybe at some point it will have been worth it. Saints fans, however, will never agree. And they never should. Today’s debacle was avoidable, and the league’s failure to ensure that all mechanisms are available to avoid and fix such blunders is the reason for it. Congratulations, NFL.