If you had to caption this photo, what would it be?
If you had to caption this photo, what would it be?
@ChaseDaniel What a great day on the field today! It’s great to have that camaraderie back with my teammates! Get better everyday!
@BigTill66 Just got done with practice, now it’s time too sit back and relax in my room, definatly too hot too be outside now lol
@PostBroncos Porter said “it was in the back of his mind” that he might get punished by league because he was part of New Orleans defense
Jason La Canfora
@JasonLaCanfora DAL/WAS statement on salary cap decision: “We respect and will abide by the arbitrator’s decision to dismiss.”
@robyslyfe Felt good to get back on the field..good 1st day of OTA’s. This train roll’n..don’t stand on tha tracks!!!!!
@DougTatum Jimmy Buffett offers his pal Sean Payton a job parking cars at new casino (pretty sure Buffett was joking) http://www.nola.com/music/index.ssf/2012/05/jimmy_buffett_expands_his_marg.html
@MattTennant65 Great first practice. Felt good to get out on the field again. Have to get better everyday.
@moosedenied Dear Lexmark, deliberately programming your products to malfunction when loaded with 3rd party (read: reasonably priced) ink is a dick move.
@AdamSchefter NFL owners handed off issue of pushing back trade deadline two weeks to Management Council’s executive committee to discuss with NFLPA.
Jason La Canfora
@JasonLaCanfora At league meeting owners vote to make knee and thigh pads mandatory starting in 2013, but its subject to discussion with NFLpA
@dmcallister26 1st ask yourself. Wht is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the Worst. – Dale Carnegie
@mortreport Expected to pass today at NFL meetings in ATL: Trade deadline from wk 6 to wk 8, plus one IR player may be activated post-week 8
@moosedenied Kenny Wilkerson is pretty sure the holdup is because Drew can’t pass a physical. DUN DUN DUUUUUN!!!!!
@MartezWilson95 Thot 4 2day: be more concerned wit yo character than yo reputation. Character is what u really is. Reputation is what ppl say u are
@JohnnyPatrick32 It just got real!!!! Time to grind…..
@j_bushrod7475 Up early for meetings, practice and weight room… Let’s get better today! Annnd I want you to have a good day!
@Mark_Ingram28 Early bird get tha worm, I’m up way before ya!! Good morning y’all!!
@LanceMoore16 Back on the field today. Can’t wait to get out there n get busy. Have a great day everyone.
@drewbrees Concluded our golf tourney at La Costa in San Diego yesterday. Great turnout, very competitive…proud 2 say we net $200k for the foundation
@JoeHorn87 Joe Horns bayou87 smoked sausauge two Weeks will launch.The bayou87 food chain is growing get on board.The sausage is better than the SAUCE!
NFL says players must wear thigh, knee pads in 2013 – ESPN
The NFL has made thigh and knee pads mandatory equipment for the 2013 season, something the players’ union could oppose because the move was not collectively bargained.
Bounty scandal, player safety to be addressed at NFL Owners’ meeting | wwltv.com New Orleans
With the Saints bounty case moving to grievance hearings and court, NFL owners will talk about player safety when they meet on Tuesday.
Greg Schiano emphasizes control of Bucs by trading Kellen Winslow – Peter King – SI.com
You make a good point that you have to pay a player for what he will contribute, not what he has contributed. But history is the best measure of what the future holds with quarterback play (when quarterbacks still have prime years left), and I believe a younger Brees, signing 20 months after Brady should eclipse Brady’s $18 million average, and not by a little bit. As far as me not being objective, well, I’ve been accused of being Brady’s biggest cheerleader, which comes with the turf. But I’m calling this one the way I see it.
Browns’ Fujita says bounty charges “not true” | NFL Football | The Sun Herald
Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita says he is innocent in the New Orleans Saints‘ bounty scandal.
Besides Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints Draft Class Also Remains Unsigned
News continues to flow out of the NFL as teams begin to sign one draft pick after the another in preparation for upcoming mini-camps and OTA’s, meanwhile news on the New Orleans Saints picks remains slime to none.
Sports Radio Interviews ” Blog Archive ” Wade Phillips on Greg Williams Audio: “It made me sick. It’s something completely against what I believe in.”
I don’t know that they took it to heart and did it. I can’t say that somebody got up and said hey you oughta do this and that the players were doing that. I think a lot of them would say that themselves because I would imagine a lot of them went up and said hey I don’t feel right doing that. I’m sure some of the other coaches said hey you don’t need to do that and just play the game the way you play it.”
Brees, Saints playing franchise tender chicken | ProFootballTalk
As best we can tell, the current impasse arises from one fundamental disagreement: the Saints believe that Brees eventually will sign the one-year, $16.371 million exclusive franchise tender, and Brees currently has no plan to do so.
Jenkins thinks Brees’ absence will help defense learn new system | ProFootballTalk
Optimists see half-empty glasses as half full. Eternal optimists see fully-empty glasses as an opportunity to fill the glass. And that’s the attitude that Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins brings to Brees-free OTAs in New Orleans.
Buccaneers deal TE Winslow to Seattle, sign Clark | NFL Football | The Sun Herald
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded tight end Kellen Winslow to the Seattle Seahawks for a draft pick on Monday night and signed former Colts star Dallas Clark to replace him.
Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper say the New Orleans Saints players are ready for OTAs – New Orleans Saints Football NFL News – NOLA.com
‘It’s been a long offseason,’ safety says at golf outing
Could New Orleans end up hosting 2013 Pro Bowl? – New Orleans Saints Football NFL News – NOLA.com
League may make a decision Tuesday at its spring meetings
Saints upbeat despite Brees’ absence | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
New Orleans Saints are confident quarterback Drew Brees will return in time for 2012 season.
Seau’s suicide prompts worries about post-NFL life | NFL Football | The Sun Herald
Junior Seau’s suicide is troubling NFL players.
Jimmy Buffett expands his Margaritaville brand to Biloxi casino | NOLA.com
Ahead of tonight’s grand opening of the Margaritaville Casino, Buffett discusses Jazz Fest, Sean Payton and the ingredients of success
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson setting chess pieces in motion with recent promotions
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson setting chess pieces in motion with recent promotions.
Was the penalty against Jonathan Vilma too severe? [Poll] – latimes.com
Writers from around the Tribune Co. will discuss the NFL ‘s one-year suspension of New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma for his alleged role in the Saints ‘ bounty program. Check back throughout the day for their responses and join the conversation by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own.
Daily Special, May 22, 2012 – Who Dat Social Club
Bountygate is a rotten house. There’s nothing at all behind the façade, and when it falls apart it will happen suddenly, overnight. And already there are people gathering with sledgehammers.
ProFootballWeekly.com – Better NFL offense: Giants or Saints?
In the third matchup of our video series facing the NFL’s top offenses against each other, we look at the Giants vs. the Saints.
More than a week ago we were offered two predictions about when Drew Brees would sign a new long-term contract, one from Times-Pic beat man Mike Triplett and the other from former Saints Executive VP Jim Miller. Triplett believed the “chances of Drew Brees signing a long-term contract with the Saints before the first OTA practice May 22nd are practically zero” while Miller told us we “can bet, or merely feel reasonably confident, that Brees will be signed by that date.”
Well, today is that day. And, unfortunately, Brees still doesn’t have a new contract. Which means Triplett is our winner, Miller the loser. So what does all this mean? Not much, really. I suppose it means Triplett might know what he’s talking about and Miller’s opinion simply can’t be trusted. I will let each of you form your own opinion, but I definitely wanted to make sure I followed up with this and reported the outcome.
As far as the predicting prowess of our readers is concerned, it’s a pretty even split. Most of you agreed with Triplett that Brees wouldn’t be signed but many were a little too hopeful. Here is how you guys voted at the time:
Mike Freeman, Pete Prisco, and Skip Bayless are all card-carrying members of the trash talkin’ Saints hatin’ club. In fact, they are just the tip of the iceberg of media members and outlets who have relentlessly piled on the New Orleans Saints since the bounty scandal broke in March. It is clearly obvious that the media has come after the Saints without remorse because they are jealous of their success, while their darlings in Dallas toil in mediocrity. As Saints fans that’s what we’d like to believe.
That type of reaction to the media is what we take solace in. We’re used to being the underdog, the unwelcome guest. The role of being the favorite has never fit the Saints well (see: every matchup against the NFC West since 2010). We as Who Dat Nation are hoping the Saints take this attitude onto the field this season as well. “They talk about us like were criminals, they write about us like we’re mercenaries, we’ll show them mercenaries,” they’ll say. We’ll cheer on our rebels and the media will stew and cringe.
In reality the media could care less.
To the national media the New Orleans Saints = insert team name here. A sports franchise that found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. There was never any bias against the Saints in the media before the scandal broke, the Saints were victims of circumstance. Before the scandal, I doubt Prisco or Mike Florio could’ve even picked Jon Vilma out of a lineup with his #51 jersey still on. They, like others, are just sensationalist writers looking for an angle to exploit. These “journalists” would be burying Philadelphia just as easily as they are burying New Orleans if this were Philly’s burden to bear.
Am I saying Roger Goodell and the NFL are justified in the way they have handled this situation? Absolutely not. I am saying that the media would have consumed whoever the NFL’s target was, only because it benefited them financially. As Saints fans, the Saints are squarely the center of our focus but to the media and sports writers they are middle of the road NFL fodder.
If any semblance of bias exists whatsoever, it is likely that the advertising money driven sports media actually laments the fact that the Saints are the story here. It would potentially be far more lucrative for them if this were the Dallas Cowboys bounty scandal. If you thought the media coverage was relentless now, imagine if this were about the Dallas Cowboys or Chicago Bears. If Brian Urlacher was hit with a year long suspension, the coverage would be absolutely suffocating. Major sports media outlets would be pulling in countless advertising dollars due to huge increases in viewership and readers.
The media, though, will take what they can get, and what they got was the Saints. Tough break for them, catastrophic break for us. News out of Dallas, New York, and New England is like printing money for media outlets. New Orleans, Green Bay, and Pittsburgh are not ideal but they can spin those angles. They’re just glad this story didn’t break in Buffalo or Atlanta, ugh. Negative stories sell ads and new faces to negativity get people interested. If Plaxico Burress is involved in a strip club shooting it will get headlines for a while, if Tim Tebow is involved in the same shooting, your television would melt right before your eyes. Positive sells movies, negative sells headlines.
The Saints made for a good media story from 2005-2010 but the feel-good angle ran its course, and as much as America loves a rags to riches story we also love to see the mighty fall from good graces. This angle is working against us right now and it’s leaving a bitter taste in our mouths. The media thrives off sensational stories and this one is right in their wheelhouse. It works out perfectly for them because they can cover it ad nauseum without having to carry any of the emotional weight of a true scandal like Penn State. They can spin this any way they wish and can feign morality where no true moral issues exist.
Now, when the fleur-de-lis comes up on ESPN, I have a Pavlovian response where I cringe and wait for more bad news to follow. I have been conditioned to respond this way by the media, but they don’t do it out of spite or hate for us. They really don’t care about us enough to hate us. They would do it to any fanbase and they have.
To whom much is given (media attention), much is expected (stories and scandal). The higher the Saints climb the ladder of marketability, the greater the scrutiny against them will become. Just remember, it’s not personal, it’s business.
@TheJimmyGraham OTA’s start tomorrow. This off season has given me more than enough motivation to work harder than I’ve ever worked. Can’t wait!
@BrianFolkerts OTA’s start tomorow! Excited to play with some of the veteran Saints. We’ll see how many reps a new guy gets though…
@MalcolmJenkins Just hit my first natural par!!! On the last hole of the day….
@dmcallister26 I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. – Nelson Mandela
@dmcallister26 S/O to Mrs Cunningham’s first grade class At Madison Station for being a great listening group today. Congrats to her as well for 35 years
@LanceMoore16 When some-thing or some-one gets u down, just remember that it could always be worse. Be thankful and learn from your mistakes
@LanceMoore16 Violence is never the answer. RIP to former wshs wildcat baller Travis Martin. Senseless killing smh. We have to do better people!
@LanceMoore16 The power or positivity and doing the right thing is amazing. Imagine if we all could just learn to pay it forward
Gleason: What we take away from football is more than Super Bowl wins, it’s the people | wwltv.com New Orleans
On Friday afternoon, an announcement was made that Tom Benson, Jim Henderson and Deuce McAllister were to be inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame. Steve Gleason was also honored.
New Orleans Saints tight end David Thomas talking about OTAs and Drew Brees’ contract situation – Video | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints tight end David Thomas talking about OTAs and Drew Brees‘ contract situation at the Heath Evans Foundation charity softball game
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore talks about Drew Brees’ contract siutation – Video | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore talks about Drew Brees’ contract situation along with Chase Daniel filling in until Brees returns
Sports Radio Interviews ” Blog Archive ” Former Saints DB Darren Sharper: Players Hope Vilma’s Case Leads to Less Goodell Power
“During the collective bargaining negotiations this topic had been brought up. But before this topic was brought up, they were trying to make sure we got the money situation straightened, the health benefits — which were the top two issues on the board. Those dragged on a little bit, so when it got to the deadline, this issue of Commissioner Goodell being the judge and jury, there wasn’t enough time. … We went ahead and signed the deal. Now, looking back on it, we wish we would have spent a little bit more time trying to take away his ability to hand out fines and then also be the guy who hears the appeals of the fines. Now we have to deal with it for the next six years, but this case right here with Jonathan Vilma is going to try to take away a little bit of steam.”
Brainfarts. Lots Of Those In A Peter King Column | Kissing Suzy Kolber
When we last left Monday Morning Wicket Wanker, Peter King, he was extolling his love of breastfeeding, so long as it’s done where prying eyes that aren’t
Sports Radio Interviews ” Blog Archive ” Drew Brees: “Until we see proof or evidence I really don’t see how you could believe anything that is being said.”
“The second thing is I think a lot of people initially believe what they read in the paper and what they heard on the news and obviously you can’t believe everything you read. I think throughout this process our big issue has been just to see that proof and that evidence that has caused this accusations, that has caused the NFL to report the things they have tried to report and until we see proof or evidence I really don’t see how you could believe anything that is being said.”
Daily Special, May 21, 2012 – Who Dat Social Club
Brees remains unsigned. Did you know that? If you didn’t, if you’re unaware of the status of contract negotiations, go read Jeff Duncan’s piece at Nola.com. He manages 850 words without a single new fact or insight. Now that’s journalism. Seriously, you guys have no idea how hard that is. (Gotta give them credit, though: the photo illustrating the article is a hoot. If you’re not a Saints fan, I mean.)
Was penalty against Vilma too severe? – baltimoresun.com
NFL must prove guilt
Making sense of LeSean McCoy signing; wondering how much Drew Brees is worth – Peter King – SI.com
I’m going to show you some numbers, and then I’m going to make a point about why I think Brees is more in the right in this case of Saints vs. Brees in the big-money department.
New Orleans Saints Brees, Loomis looking out for their franchises long-term
New Orleans Saints Drew Brees and general manager Mickey Loomis are both looking out for their future in taking a great deal of time with the current contract talks.
No joy in Whodatville: A monologue by Terri Troncale | NOLA.com
With “Bountygate” and the contract impasse between Drew Brees and the team, the replays from the 2009 championship run just aren’t appealing
But I’m going to show you some numbers, and then I’m going to make a point about why I think Brees is more in the right in this case of Saints vs. Brees in the big-money department.
After reading each of King’s arguments, I can’t really say I disagree. Brees is the best quarterback in the league, he’s younger than Brady and Manning, and he’s stayed healthy since 2005. All signs point to: pay the man!
So how does King think it will all eventually play out?
I think the Saints will pay him before the middle of August, and it’ll be somewhere around $21 million a year. Looking at the precedents, that’s only fair.
The dollar amount seems right, but I’m really not crazy about the timeline. Can’t we get Drew signed by the end of May? Please?
What do you guys think about the numbers, timeline and argument that King is throwing around here?
It’s time, once again, for another edition of our ‘What Up With Dat?’ mailbag series, where you guys submit your Saints-related questions and I answer them. I know, I know, but please try and contain your excitement. You guys should all know by now how this whole thing works. Let’s not waste anymore time.
So if you’ve got a burning question you’ve been dying to know my answer to, send an email to [email protected], send me a tweet @csctweet, post on our wall at Canal Street Chronicles Facebook page or just ask me in the comment section below. They can be about the Saints, the NFL, the blog or even personal. Don’t forget to leave your first name and last initial so we can give you credit for your question if we wind up using it. I will round up the best questions and answer them in a timely fashion in a second follow-up post.
cameron jordan Back to my apt today, loved fam time
Corey White On the road to New Orleans
JUNIOR GALETTE Gr8 Service @ Church Blessings R Hidden Behind Pain & Suffering Just Continue 2 Serve God Thru Tough Times B Faithful & Humble God Is Love
Hakim: It’s okay, NFL Shield; Mama Rog will protect you. http://www.canalstreetchronicles.com/2012/5/20/3032389/hakim-its-okay-nfl-shield-mama-rog-will-protect-you (Photoshop)
Hakim: Rita’s new job – the one even Fletcher Mackel didn’t know about! http://hakimdropstheball.blogspot.com/2012/05/ritas-got-brand-new-job.html (Photoshop)
@NOLA_Fredo I’d marry it.
What movie should I go see today?
Is battleship worth seeing?
Anyone remember the movie “The Phantom” will Billy Zane? Just watched it again. Some of the lines are ridiculous, but not bad 4 the time.
Jedidiah Collins “If u learn how to control your mind, u may not be able to control WHERE you end up, but u will be able to control HOW you get there” #45
I can’t stop repeating Codex by Radiohead… -SG http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5c9w6uWBOI&feature=youtube_gdata_player “…jump off the edge. Into a clear lake…”
Saints announce promotion of Rita Benson to Vice Chairman of the Board, and Dennis Lauscha to Team President.
Also, Saints owner Tom Benson added Chairman of the Board to his business card. Seems to put granddaughter Rita in line as his successor.
Who’s watching the solar eclipse today? I’m told we can’t see it here in New Orleans. -SG
New Orleans Saints Announce Front Office Promotions; Lauscha Named Team President | neworleanssaints.com
The Team’s official announcement.
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson revamps leading edge of the front office | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett – Organization grows in myriad directions.
Benson promotes Lauscha to Saints president | NFL.com
Brian McIntyre – New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has kept busy this offseason. His most recent move was a front office reshuffling in which Dennis Lauscha was named the team’s president.
Report: Loomis will oversee basketball operations of New Orleans Hornets | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio – Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Loomis “likely” will oversee basketball operations for the Hornets.
New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma’s lawsuit Q&A: Part 1 | NOLA.com
James Varney and Peter Ginsberg
New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma’s lawsuit Q&A: Part 2 | NOLA.com
Varney and Gabe Feldman
Sean Taylor Memorial Meast Of The Week – Random Offseason Edition | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Christmas Ape – Featuring Jon Vilma and Ed Reed.
When Saints owner Tom Benson bought the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, we joked that Saints coach Sean Payton could spend his one-year suspension working for the team.
As it turns out, Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis will spend his half-year suspension doing just that.
Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Loomis “likely” will oversee basketball operations for the Hornets.
Mike F. makes a big leap with what he takes away from this story. But that’s kind of his schtick, isn’t it?