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  1. Plus the deal for a vegas casino sponsorship. All political.
  2. I am with you Richard. I just packed up all my gear & will no longer support the NFL. I will find other ways to support New Orleans than buying gear with the NFL logo on them. I have been looking into some of the organizations that Saints players have started & I am looking at going that route. There are alot of good guys that play for the Saints that I feel it would be better to support their organizations than the NFL itself. All of you that I have had contact with from this site I have grown to respect each of you. i will not be saying anything again about the NFL. Maybe a section should be set up on the site for fans to support some things the players are doing on their own. I would be interested in that. Mind you this is not out of anger. Money talks in the NFL, & quality walks. Thanks everyone, FloridaSaint
  3. There’s nothing wrong with a sports rivalry, as long as it doesn’t cross the line. And the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons have a great rivalry. Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said about the possible participants in Super Bowl LIII, which will be held in Atlanta, that she wanted “anybody other than the Saints.” Well, yeah. Maybe there are some stray Saints fans living in Atlanta, but presumably everyone else in Atlanta agrees with the mayor. It was a little odd for a politician to say that before welcoming the world to her city for the Super Bowl, but it wasn’t wrong. In fact, fans in New Orleans probably respected it, in a way. Nevertheless, she had to explain Wednesday that it was a joke, like most sane people didn’t know that already. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms had a message for Saints fans who might be coming to Super Bowl LIII, if New Orleans wins the NFC. (AP) Atlanta mayor: ‘Anybody other than the Saints’ Here was Bottoms’ initial comment, made to Terrell Thomas of These Urban Times. And extra credit for the callback to the Saints’ “bountygate” scandal. “Just anybody other than the Saints. I know there’s going to be a bounty on my head for saying that,” Bottoms said. “But, if it can’t be the Falcons, then hey, as long as it’s not the Saints then I am happy.” And, proving that New Orleans understands where she was coming from, New Orleans City Councilman Jay Banks shot back and referenced the Falcons blowing a 28-3 lead to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. “I’m sorry she feels that way. We would welcome them here,” Banks told the New Orleans Advocate. “At the end of the day they shouldn’t be mad at us that they suck. “It’s not our fault that they choked.” If you can’t appreciate the back-and-forth, you likely aren’t a sports fan. But Bottoms, being a politician, had to clarify her comments. Atlanta mayor welcomes all fans, even Saints fans Bottoms joked at the start of a press conference that she needed “extra security because of these New Orleans fans that I seemed to have offended.” “So before we get to the real stuff, let me explain: it was a joke,” she said, according to WWL. “But I don’t know of a Falcons fan who wants to see New Orleans and the Patriots in the Super Bowl.” Bottoms then said she was thankful for everyone who would come to Atlanta for the Super Bowl. Even Saints fans. The possibility of the Saints invading Atlanta for a Super Bowl, and even using the Falcons facilities for the week as NFC champs, is a fun twist to the old rivalry. Bottoms has nothing to explain; we all know who Atlanta will be rooting for in the Super Bowl if the Saints win on Sunday.
  4. Now that is old school football!!!!
  5. Okay last one.....
  6. This is what we need for this game.......yea we have seen it over a 1000 times but I know I never get tired of it.......
  7. I saw this on the Yahoo board & thought it was so fitting.............. Reporter: Drew, do you think Nick Foles will have a great game Sunday? Drew Brees: Nick Foles, Nick Young, Nick Cannon, Nick Jonas, Nicki Minaj, Nike, Nick at Night, Nickelodeon, you can even nick nack paddy whack and give a dog a bone. It don't make a difference, The Saints are playing in THE DOME! Whodat?!
  8. Key Stats Offense 6094 Total Yards 6199 4524 Net Yards Passing 4174 1570 Net Yards Rushing 2025 17 Turnovers 24 346 First Downs 377 100 / 852 Penalties / Yards 94 / 939 41 Touchdowns 59 Defense 348 Points 353 10 Interceptions 12 44 Sacks 49 366.19 Total Yards Per Game 349.06 269.25 Passing Yards Per Game 268.88 96.94 Rushing Yards Per Game 80.19
  9. Offense Team Ranks Passing Yards Per Game (8th) 282.8 Rushing Yards Per Game (28th) 98.1 Total Yards Per Game (16th) 380.9 Defense Team Ranks Passing Yards Per Game (30th) 269.25 Rushing Yards Per Game (7th) 96.94 Total Yards Per Game (23rd) 366.19 Passing Yards Per Game (15th) 260.9 Rushing Yards Per Game (6th) 126.6 Total Yards Per Game (10th) 387.4 Passing Yards Per Game (29th) 268.88 Rushing Yards Per Game (2nd) 80.19 Total Yards Per Game (14th) 349.06
  10. New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor went into his Week 17 game with two goals in mind: Leave the day with a win, and get one more sack to trigger a $400,000 bonus in his contract. He ended up being disappointed on both counts, but the Saints did Okafor a solid by buying out the bonus and just cutting him a $400,000 check. This was first reported by Field Yates of ESPN. Okafor has emerged as an important piece for the Saints on defense and special teams, starting at defensive end alongside All-Pro Cameron Jordan and getting work on plays designed to pressure opposing punters. He was the guy rushing next to Taysom Hill when Hill created a game-changing blocked punt against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers several weeks ago. This move shows some good faith on the Saints’ part, possibly helping sway Okafor’s decision on whether he’ll exercise a player option to get out of his contract in March 2019. It says that they’re open to rewarding players who step up for their team, and could indicate that they’re willing to get competitive should Okafor reach the free agent market.
  11. Wait for it............................
  12. The Saints were beating the Eagles 38-7 in the fourth quarter when they went for it on fourth down and threw a 37-yard touchdown pass. But New Orleans coach Sean Payton says he wasn’t running up the score. Payton said he just called the play that made the most sense on fourth-and-6 with 13:15 left in the game and a 31-point lead. “It was gonna be a long field goal, longer than we wanted, with a potential block. We still weren’t at that point in the game. You know, you just have to play in one game where you’re up 31 in the fourth quarter and you lose,” Payton said, via ESPN. For the record, no team in NFL history has ever been up 31 in the fourth quarter and lost. Only once in NFL history has a team lost a game after it led by more than 28 points, and that was the January 3, 1993 playoff game in which the Buffalo Bills came back from a 32-point deficit to beat the Houston Oilers, 41-38. But that comeback wasn’t in the fourth quarter. In that game, the Bills’ scoring surge came in the third quarter, and by the start of the fourth quarter it was a four-point game. In this game there was no realistic chance of the Eagles coming back, and it’s fair to ask both Payton and Doug Pederson why they’d have Drew Brees and Carson Wentz in the game, risking injuries when it was all over. But as far as the accusation of running up the score, Payton is under no obligation to keep his own team from scoring. That’s the other team’s job, and other teams are having a hard time of that against the Saints. https://www.yahoo.com/sports/sean-payton-defends-fourth-quarter-154251251.html
  13. The Saints, the NFL, and coach Sean Payton have come a long way since the bounty scandal of 2012. But the scars remain for the man who was suspended for a full year due to the misconduct of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and who believes that the league office wanted to see not a suspension but a coaching change. “When you say a year and you’re not able to talk to any coach, you’re not able to talk to any other player, and you know that the league office actually contacted two other owners to talk to Mr. Benson about finding a way to have you fired, like they are trying to break you,” Payton told Graham Bensinger in an interview that was published in early October but that had largely gone unnoticed. “I just know that the late Mr. Benson, to his credit, came to me and said, ‘I’ve just gotten two calls from two other league owners, and I know that came from the league office,” Payton said. It’s clear that Payton continues to have hard feelings about the fiasco, and for good reason. The NFL, as former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue concluded in the ruling that overturned the suspensions imposed on Saints players, opted to deal with a widespread cultural problem by catching one team red handed and ignoring the others that were and had been doing the same thing, often with Gregg Williams on the payroll. “One of the things that we’ve seen, and it’s just the truth,” Payton said. “Our league’s no different than a large political party. They’re experts at pushing their message through the media. Look, it was in full force. ‘It’ meaning the league, the machine, in pushing their message out early.” Payton found himself in the middle of a mess, given the league’s motivation to make an example out of him and the Saints. “It was brutal,” Payton said. “I can’t even begin to tell you. The more and more people looked at it, and the more and more people looked at where the information came from. The disgruntled Saints employee [Mike Cerullo] who happened to miss two weeks of work and never reported to any one of us where he was that we knew we were firing after the season, the disgruntled employee who happens to work for the league know, who just got hired last year and we get wind from former league employees this was a done deal and the Saints, we knew better, too.” Payton, whose abilities and work ethic have landed him a spot on the Competition Committee, remains willing to speak his mind about the manner in which the league handled the situation, all the way up to the top of the league. “Look, it’s one of the weaknesses of our Commissioner,” . There’s too much emotion. When the penalties came down, it was just, it was foolish.” The whole thing was foolish, even if the goal was to display sensitivity to player health and safety at a time when concussion lawsuits were being filed by the day. The league was determined to make an example out of Payton, and it’s now clear that Payton believes the league wanted him to be gone from the Saints for more than just a year. https://www.yahoo.com/sports/sean-payton-league-office-tried-173821953.html
  14. Sports Here's what you don't see about Drew Brees and the Saints' reascension up the NFL hierarchy The news came as a shock. In 2015, one year removed from a Super Bowl victory and only a few weeks removed from what should have been a successful defense, the Seattle Seahawks made what the local paper called “one of the bigger blockbuster trades in Seattle history.” They added star tight end Jimmy Graham, swiping the 28-year-old from the New Orleans Saints for a first-round pick and an offensive lineman who played only six regular-season games the year prior. New Orleans had dealt away Drew Brees’ favorite target in his prime and one of the most popular players in the city. Why? “It was a hard thing as a player,” says Zach Strief, then an offensive lineman for the Saints and since retired. Strief is still close with Graham. Three years later, Graham is out of Seattle and the first-round pick, Stephone Anthony, is out of New Orleans. What remains, though, is Max Unger, the center who was reportedly not long for Seattle even if he weren’t dealt. Unger has become the literal centerpiece of an offensive line rebuild that now has the Saints looking like the best team in the NFL. Since the start of October, Brees has 13 touchdowns and 30 incompletions. So if the pectoral injury to left tackle Terron Armsteadis a matter of only a few weeks as reported, the group should be very dangerous in December and after. “We do the yard work, the dirty stuff,” Armstead says. “We take pride in it.” The Jimmy Graham trade was one of the best deals of the decade – for the team that gave away the superstar. Here’s a look at why the Saints’ offensive unit is so special. Drew Brees is still playing at a high level, but there’s much more to the Saints’ success than him. ( Getty Images) Max Unger If Brees is the brain trust, Unger is the nerve center. He has never been a big name, of course, but he’s seen it all. He was the third-longest-tenured player for the Seahawks when they traded him, having been drafted in 2009, so he has been on Super Bowl runs and he knows the league as well as any center. Teammates say he’s a wizard in meeting rooms, spotting tendencies as if he were a longtime coach. “He’s an extremely smart person and player,” Armstead says. “Always identifying defenses and fronts. He’s probably the most cerebral player I’ve ever been around. His preparation is unreal.” He has missed only one game since his arrival. Terron Armstead Maybe the key to Armstead’s success was the “Fat Man Relays.” He was a shot-putter in high school but his track coach in Cohokia, Illinois, Leroy Millsap, used to run him in an exhibition race after meets, with pizza and hot dogs going to the winners. “Pizza will make kids run when they’re hungry,” Millsap said with a laugh. Something worked: Armstead ran an offensive-line record 4.71 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL scouting combine. Millsap says Armstead’s speed was less about the pizza and more about “a whole lot of power cleans.” Either way, now he’s a freak with size and speed. He hasn’t been healthy for long periods – and he is now dealing with that injury – but when he’s in there, good luck getting around a 6-foot-5, 305-pound blocker with 4.71 speed. Andrus Peat He is one of the trio that cemented the line after the Unger deal. Peat was the Saints’ top pick in 2015 – weeks after they acquired Unger – and he was only 22 in his first full season. He’s now coming into his own as a tackle, and he was a key to slowing Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh two weeks ago. “We needed to keep somebody in [Donald’s] face at all times,” Armstead says. “So that he would not know who was going to approach. Keep his head on a swivel.” Donald and Suh combined in the Superdome for zero sacks and two solo tackles. Larry Warford Remember when the Saints were so pass-dependent? Well, consider that the team ran the ball 44 times in Sunday’s win against Geno Atkins and the Bengals, and averaged more than 5 yards per carry. “We are getting enough production early on to be able to carry the momentum,” says Unger, “and being able to run the ball later in the game.” Some of that is because of Warford, the guard who signed a free-agent deal in 2017 and then made his first Pro Bowl. Being able to win road games on the ground will be a key to the Saints’ postseason, although right now it doesn’t look like they’ll have to leave New Orleans. Either way, it’s hard to travel anywhere against Warford. Unger calls him “a monster.” The New Orleans offense is now one cohesive unit. (AP) Ryan Ramczyk He was the team’s first-round pick in 2017, and he was a natural. He could take coaching and put it into practice faster than most linemen. “Some people, when you say you have too much weight on your outside foot, they have a lot of trouble transferring that into physical action,” Strief says. “It might take 500 reps or three years.” Ramczyk could do it right away. The tackle is so technically apt that Strief says, “You cannot push Ryan backwards.” Drew Brees What? You thought the offensive line was just about the blockers? Brees is a huge key to his own protection. “If it’s a five-step drop, I know he’ll be at 6.5 yards,” Strief says. “Every time. I know when I pass set, at 6.5 yards I’m getting to the point where I don’t have to keep this guy anymore.” That preserves energy for a lineman and it also prevents needless holding calls. “Drew’s not going to get up eight yards on a five-step drop,” Strief says. “As a lineman, that couldn’t be more valuable.” Mark Ingram Yep, the running backs help too. And it’s not just picking up the blitz and finding the gaps. Ingram is uniquely valuable for something else: his screens. “A running back, on a screen play, has to get open in a way that’s tight enough so that he doesn’t out-leverage his linemen,” Strief explains. “As the running back gets wider, the MIKE linebacker is already gone – he’s already out-leveraged you. Mark Ingram is as good as there is at staying in that phase so we can keep our leverage.” Want to see it in action? Here’s a video of Ingram lingering just long enough for Peat to get ahead of him and make a key block on a touchdown against the Bengals. Alvin Kamara A common perception is that Ingram is the power back and Kamara is the scat back. To the blockers, though, they’re pretty interchangeable. Kamara can bulldoze and Ingram can play in space. So the offensive linemen know what’s coming and the defensive lineman cannot be sure. “Defenses get no keys,” Strief says, “which makes life so much easier.” The payoff The cementing of the Saints’ offensive line in the years since the Unger trade has allowed the group to meet defensive hesitancy with offensive certainty. The group has only allowed nine sacks all season. Ingram has come back from suspension fresh, and Kamara is now in his second year in this offense. Adding “Swiss Army knife” Taysom Hill has stretched the playbook even more. Then there’s the rock, Brees, who is always the same. Unger is his mental match. They don’t show nerves, no matter the situation, because they’ve seen it all. So every huddle is the same, whether in preseason or postseason, because they are both in there. Brees is arguably the best NFL player never to win MVP honors. That could change this year, finally. Part of the reason is because of the less visible players who are most valuable to him. https://www.yahoo.com/sports/heres-dont-see-drew-brees-saints-reascension-nfl-hierarchy-213313166.html
  15. U.S. The Latest: Judges hear arguments for killer of ex-NFL star The Associated Press 6 hours ago Reactions Reblog on Tumblr Share Tweet Email FILE - This April 10, 2016, file photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office shows Cardell Hayes. Hayes was convicted of manslaughter Sunday, Dec. 11, in the fatal shooting of retired New Orleans Saints defensive leader Will Smith. A Louisiana appellate court is set to hear the case of Cardell Hayes, the man convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith. In the appeal, Hayess attorneys say the judge in the case should have granted a new trial because a witness who contacted the defense a day after Hayes' conviction said he had heard two guns at the time of the shooting. (Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office via AP, File) NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Latest on an appeal court hearing in the case of Cardell Hayes, convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A lawyer says a manslaughter conviction should be overturned for the man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints Star Will Smith in 2016. Louisiana's 4th Circuit Court of Appeal heard arguments Wednesday in the case of Cardell Hayes. Hayes is serving a 25 year sentence for killing Smith and wounding Smith's wife during a confrontation following a traffic collision. Hayes insisted he fired in self-defense. Among defense attorney Paul Barker's arguments is that someone living in the area of the shooting contacted the defense after trial to say he believes he heard two guns fired at the time Smith was killed. Prosecutors say there were no witnesses or physical evidence to indicate Smith ever held or fired a gun. The appellate judges did not indicate when they would rule. --- 8 a.m. A Louisiana appellate court is set to hear the case of Cardell Hayes, convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith. Hayes insisted he shot Smith in self-defense after Smith grabbed a gun and fired as the two argued following a 2016 traffic collision. No one else testified Smith held a gun. A handgun was found loaded but unused in Smith's car. Hayes is serving a 25-year sentence. Arguments before Louisiana's 4th Circuit Court of Appeal were set for Wednesday afternoon. An immediate ruling was not expected. Hayes's attorneys say a judge should have granted a new trial because a witness who contacted the defense a day after Hayes' conviction said he had heard two guns at the time of the shooting. https://www.yahoo.com/sports/latest-judges-hear-arguments-killer-ex-nfl-star-223341555--nfl.html