Saturday, March 24, 2012

A WHODAT kind of post

Jason Calbos posts this just in time for our WHO DAT hearts.

excerpt:
"You can hand us the short end of the stick but, we will never bow our heads again. We have had enough of your piety and Holier than Thou attitude. We know we messed up but, what you have done is just plain messed up. Come bring your friends and point out our short comings. Act like your team(s) walk on water never doing anything wrong. Just wait. "

Friday, March 23, 2012

Thanks to a Falcons Fan

A very complimentary post from a Falcons fan regarding Goodell's harsh punishment for the Saints.

Excerpt


But never before has the NFL dumped this kind of acrimony on top of a fan base with such a hereditary disposition to isolationism and contempt. For decades, New Orleans football fans searched for relevance, along with woebegone lots like Atlanta, Cincinnati and modern day Jacksonville. Now that they have that safely in the record books, Saints fans just need the smallest of perceived sleights to brew a righteous indignation and become rebels the likes of which the league's never dreamed of.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Reactions to Goodell's Slamdown of Payton


Well thought out posts regarding the harsh penalties against the Saints for "bounty-gate"


Dave Gladow - New Orleanian and Saints Supporter

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Root for the best, as ever. Support your team, as ever. The circling of the wagons by your average Saints fan is commendable on some level, though also certainly misguided in its attempts to #freeseanpayton. The team deserves your support right now, Saints fans, this is true. But let the individuals who created this mess pay for their part in it. If Payton needs to sit a year, let him sit a year. If the rest of the suspensions need to happen, let them happen.

Maybe then, we can all move past the mire.


From the blog Hurricane Radio
excerpt:
The Saints aren't supposed to win football games. And the people of New Orleans damn sure aren't supposed to make money selling black and gold items that included a fleur de lis or the words "Who Dat." The league came to remind the people of New Orleans that the NFL owned the colors black and gold, the fleur de lis, the term "Who Dat," and if New Orleanians weren't really respectful about stopping all this nonsense, they were coming after the paper bags, too. If there was any money supposed to be made off the sale of those items, that money should be coming to the league, where it is supposed to be. Stop screwing up the story line here.

But the people of New Orleans told the league to get the hell off their soggy lawns.



My cyberpal Amy Mueller's post on Nolafemmes about the over-the-top punishment given to Sean Payton

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If you look at the NFL’s roster, it’s full of DUIs, incidences of domestic violence, drug possessions, assault and battery, and weapons charges. The media rarely gives these incidences the attention that they have given the Saints and Bountygate, and Roger Goodell and the NFL CERTAINLY have not handed out the punishments for this behavior. In fact, it seems there exists a culture where they turn their heads, pretend these incidences didn’t happen, and hope that people forget about it come Sunday Game Day.



Cenlmar writes about an Unrepentant Saints Fan (that's what I am) at this link

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Greg Williams, incidentally, has taken full responsibility for and ownership of the so-called bounty program, something he also, allegedly, employed while coaching for the Washington Redskins and the Buffalo Bills. Neither of those teams, by the way, have faced any scrutiny; no one is calling for those teams to place asterisks next to their wins. Before ever investigating whether this practice also occurred in other organizations, Goodell imposed stunningly draconian sanctions against the New Orleans Saints– and indeed, by extension, their entire fan base, specifically the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana, who directly subsidize the National Football League.




From Jason Calbos at New Orleans Rising blog


excerpt
Sean Payton has been handed a suspension that dwarfs Ben Roethlisberger’s for multiple rape accusations. Payton’s suspension is also longer than Micheal Vick’s suspension for dog-fighting, murdering dogs, and gambling. Payton’s suspension outpaces Ray Lewis’s for being part of a murder committed by his posse… longer than Michael Irvin’s for cocaine possession….. longer than Chris Henry’s for assaulting a teenager…… longer than Tank Johnson’s for his arsenal of guns and assaults… and longer than Plaxico Burress’s for illegally discharging a gun in a New York nightclub. If Goodell says he’s here to protect the integrity of the game I’m gonna throw up. If you play in the NFL it’s Apparently ok to rape women, do drugs, kill people or at least hold them while my buddies stab them, run over people crossing the street while drinking and driving, assault teenagers, own more guns than Ted Nugent and discharge weapons in night clubs. But, the moment you get caught continuing an unspoken tradition that is well-known in the NFL by its participants your hammered to the wall?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

ouch!


N.F.L. Suspends New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton for One Year Over Bounty Program

 

The National Football League on Wednesday suspended New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton for a year without pay for his role in the team’s bounty program, which promised money to players if they knocked opponents out of games. The former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who is now in the same role in St. Louis, was suspended indefinitely — but for no less than a year — for his role in the program.

 

Read More:

http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na

 

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG, DOJ?????



Look at that face. Does he look like a thug? Does he look like he wants to shoot you?

Apparently in February of this year, George Zimmerman - clearly a racist sociopath - thought that 17 year old Trayvon Martin was a menace to society. Trayvon was walking thru the neighborhood, eating a bag of skittles and Mr. Zimmerman assumed he was up to no good.

Zimmerman gunned down Trayvon in cold blood. Zimmerman has yet to be arrested.

Today - March 20, 2012 - the Department of Justice has FINALLY decided to do something about this travesty of justice. I think it has to do with the uproar in social media (duh!)

From


From
LATIMES dot com:
According to local media reports, Zimmerman took seriously his volunteer role as captain of the neighborhood watch group in the diverse community. He had aspirations of being a police officer at one point in his life, and had called 911 to report suspicious activity in the neighborhood nearly 50 times in the last year, according to the Miami Herald.

Zimmerman's father wrote a letter to the Sun Sentinel that insists that his son is neither a racist nor guilty of being the aggressor in the deadly encounter. The statement was published in full on the newspaper's website. It reads in part:

"George is a Spanish speaking minority with many black family members and friends. He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever.... The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth."

What? What?



Monday, March 12, 2012

More on Kony

One of my favorite NOLA bloggers, Jason Calbos, has put some heart and soul into a post about the notorious Joseph Kony here His question to you doubters:
"what’s really at stake here?
The Lives of children that’s all.
Real children.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Kony 2012

In the 1980's the outside world largely looked the other way as Uganda's north sunk into violence and deprivation. That changed in the early 2000s, when images of thousands of children taking refuge in the town of Gulu, Uganda, first hit mainstream television. Various celebrities began to speak out about the war, mostly focusing on shocking incidents associated with Kony's rebels; the Ugandan government's aggressive counterinsurgency measures, however, were shocking as well. For example, the government forced the region's population to relocate into what were effectively concentration camps. There, they were poorly protected from attacks, and faced dreadful living conditions. A study carried out under the auspices of the World Health Organization in 2005 found that there were 1000 excess deaths per week in the Acholi region.

Watch this 29 minute video to witness the atrocities happening in Uganda and see how a movement half a world away was born and is growing. Become involved.

KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.

Letter From Drew Brees About NFL Investigation

WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports - Letter From Drew Brees About NFL Investigation
A LETTER TO THE FANS

March 09, 2012

This has been an eventful offseason for me and my family. Brittany and I would like to thank all of you for the thoughtful words and well wishes since we announced that baby boy #3 is on the way. While we were all disappointed with the way the season ended, the offseason has given us the opportunity to reflect back on what was a truly memorable year. It has also given me the opportunity to enjoy some much needed quality time with my family.

I do feel a responsibility to my teammates, the Saints organization and to the fans, to address the "Bounty" allegations.

There is no place in the National Football League, or any sport played at any level, for players to conspire, to be coerced, or to be incentivized to intentionally injure another player. I did not participate in any Bounty program, nor did I have any knowledge relating to its real existence. I have spent the last several years as an Executive Committee Member of the NFLPA making health and safety a priority and I am proud of the advancements we've made and will continue to make.

As a leader of our football team, I feel comfortable in stating that I know well the integrity of our organization from the ownership level, to management, our head coach, and the players on our team. We, as Saints players, pride ourselves on playing this game with honor and hold ourselves to a very high standard. We also share a great sense of responsibility to our community and to each other, a strong belief in our purpose, a resiliency to overcome adversity and a work ethic and commitment to leave things better than we found them.

The accusations and perceptions alone created by this issue make us feel like we should all apologize to the young people that love our game and aspire to be in our shoes. Regardless of the outcome of the "bounty" issue, we owe it to them to provide the best example of how to behave as professionals and more importantly, as people of integrity.

To our fans, please reserve judgment until the investigation is complete and the facts in their entirety are known. We are all working diligently to find the truth in this matter and if the facts prove there was improper behavior, we will hold ourselves accountable. Until that time, we will stand together and remain united as an organization.

Thank you for your support.

Drew

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Much ado about nothing?

The Wall Street Journal reviewed all of the Saints games from 2009 to present and found "Little Booty in Saints Bounties". Hm, imagine that.

Here's a quote:

A Wall Street Journal review of every regular- and postseason Saints game since 2009 makes clear what the NFL report didn't: Seldom did a Saints-inflicted injury force an opponent to leave the field.


In 48 regular-season and six postseason games, such incidents occurred only 18 times. The Saints player involved in the largest number of those cases was safety Roman Harper. That number was four.


Let's see where this goes......

Here are some links to local football bloggers:

Canal Street Chronicles

Moose denied (excellent post)

Hakim Drops the Ball (his style is different, but I find him hilarious)

Cliff's Crib

Soul of the Saints

Saints Nation

Mutiny on the Bounty

Monday, March 05, 2012

Clancy Dubois on "Bountygate"

Clancy Dubois has penned an article in Gambit that is ruffling a few New England Patriots fans feathers, judging by the first few comments Here's an excerpt:

When sports writers jawbone about the Saints’ bounty program, they love to say that it was worse than the New England Patriots’ “Spygate” scandal of 2007. I say, bullshit.

Let’s be clear: What Gregg Williams and others in the Saints organization did was wrong. Period. They should be punished. Severely.

But to say that what the Saints did is worse than spying on an opposing team — and turning it to a competitive advantage — is pure bullshit. Unfortunately, the bullshit doesn’t stop there.


Read the rest of the piece here. Oh, and drop a comment for the Pats fans, please.

:)