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goodellIt was not a surprise to regular readers of this column that a federal judge dismissed Jonathan Vilma's defamation suit against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Thursday afternoon. League spokesman Greg Aiello announced the decision by federal Judge Ginger Berrigan via Twitter.

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goodellSo Drew Brees, recent practitioner of the pass into triple-coverage, this week used Paul Tagliabue's Solomonic decision to vacate the Bountygate player suspensions to milk the public's disdain of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Drew, old buddy, a pretty smart guy once told me that when you point a finger at somebody, you still have three fingers pointing back at you, thumb notwithstanding.

 

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saints-aintsYes, the New Orleans Saints are off to a 2-5 start this season.   And yes, they lost to teams they should have beaten, and often by squandering opportunities.  However, they are far from the New Orleans “Ain’ts” of old.  With some additional leadership, hard work, and a nasty, can do attitude, they could turn the season around.

 

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kangaroo-court2Now that the NFL’s Roger Goodell appears to have unveiled what might be the pinnacle of his “mountain of evidence” against the New Orleans Saints, has he made his case? 

In an affidavit the NFL produced Monday sworn to by former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, Vilma helped to fund an illegal pay-for-performance incentive pool and offered a $10,000 reward to any teammate knocking Brett Favre out of the 2009 NFC Championship Game. 

 

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vilmaAccording to a declared affidavit signed by former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the New Orleans Saints had a "pay-for-performance/bounty program.   Here is a copy of the sworn affidavit.  The Affidavit was given to Jonathan Vilma, the New Orleans Saints linebacker who was suspended by Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner.

 

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payton@edwerderespn Ed Werder

"With suspensions overturned and players meeting with Commish Goodell, Drew Brees told me he still somehow hopes Sean Payton coaches in 2012" 

So, according to the tweet, Drew Brees hopes that Sean Payton might return to coach the New Orleans Saints this year. 

After last week’s embarrassing loss to the Washington Redskins, he better hope the return will come soon as in immediately. 

 

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Brees-panthersThe New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers, both losers of their opening games, are hoping to get back on the road to victories when they play one another on Sunday.

The game could be a get-even-affair as some Panther fans and players have accused the Saints defenders of trying to hurt some of their star players in prior football games, particularly Carolina’s QB sensation, Cam Newton.

 

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goodellSo the Lord High Commissioner has agreed to meet with the four suspended players and hear their reasons why they should not be excommunicated from the realm for parts or all of the current season. In fairness, that opportunity was open to Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove since the suspensions were announced. But the elements of what makes them superb athletes - high emotion, a touch of arrogance and conviction in their own position - compelled them to walk out of such an opportunity. With Commissioner Roger Goodell's position softened by a three-judge appeals panel, he has opened the door once again and the players are going to walk through it, probably early next week.

 

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vilmaTwo, four, six eight…who don’t we appreciate?

Roger Goodell, NFL, Boo bountygate…

Perhaps that should be one of the pep rally cries right now as the New Orleans Saints team takes on the Washington Redskins in the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Sunday for the first game of the 2012 regular season with Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith now able to play after their suspensions were suddenly lifted.

 

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kangaroo-courtPrejudged or not prejudged, that is the question?

On Friday, the NFL Players Association filed documents in court as requested by federal Judge  Ginger Berrigan in the ongoing bountygate legal dispute.

 

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catRarely, have I seen few issues that have generated as much raw heat, tension, and passion than the Confederate monuments controversy. 

Just as existed during the real civil war, where brothers battled brothers, social media is the battleground, particularly Facebook, pitting friend against friend.

On one side of the tense divide, there are those who are protecting the New Orleans civil war era monuments.  Burnt in effigy, forever, is the symbol of Mayor Mitch Landrieu for up-ending what the monument protectors consider to be the loving civil society of New Orleans.

Lately, events have turned somewhat militaristic.

Some protectors of the Confederate monuments have been staying vigilant, in person and online, even surveilling during the wee hours of the morning, waiting for the next Mayor Landrieu attack. On Sunday morning, with protections of snipers, masked workers and a dumbstruck audience, the worst of all of the monuments was cut and carried., the Liberty Monument. 

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miller nfl live2 5It’s D-Day or Draft Day tomorrow in the NFL.

More specifically, Thursday represents the first day of the NFL draft 2017.

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trump curtainsThe major President Trump news of the day focuses upon taxes, not only the tax cuts he is proposing but his own taxes, which he obviously, refuses to unveil.

 

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At a press conference today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the CAT Tax did not pass the House Ways and Means Committee.  The Governor, in addressing the media said that "the fate of that bill was decided long before we unveiled it".

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