Who would have thunk it?
An award-winning prized journalist, Mark Schleifstein who has served the community and his colleagues with absolute distinction would ask this today on social media about a decision that is so personal:
Where are the New Orleans Saints’ contract talks with Drew Brees going, anyway?
Perhaps down to the wire. Hopefully the end zone. My gosh, if there is a fumble.
Down to the wire is the take of one pundit, Andrew Brandt of ESPN who suggests things are not as hunky dory as we all hope to believe but that ultimately the Saints star quarterback will pen the contract, right at the nick of time.
What groups, organizations and/or industries were the winners and losers during the past legislative session?
Legacy Lawsuit Legislation winners and losers: The controversial back burner issue during this session was of course Legacy Lawsuits. Legacy Lawsuits have been around for about twelve years and finding a final resolution had been elusive with no end in sight. This session finally produced legislation that satisfied most parties.
The arbitrator University of Pennsylvania professor Stephen Burbank ruled Monday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove for the New Orleans bounties program. Now, the big day appears to be next Monday as according to FoxSports, Hargrove, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith, and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with Cleveland, appealed their suspensions and will appear before Goodell next on that day.
While the court room might be the venue for attorneys punching their witnesses with cross-examinations, Thursday night will hold court of another type. Kicking off for its season, Stephen Baldwin, a member of the Hollywood "Baldwin brothers", who has been spending some time in federal court fighting Kevin Costner over BP-related technology, will be the featured panelist for Politics with a Punch, Year 11.
A group of citizens calling themselves the “Citizens Group” has announced major advertisers who support the continuation of a New Orleans daily paper. The announcement (which is below) supports a paper daily but does not state what the advertisers might do should the Times-Picayune decides not to remain a daily paper.
According to Bleacher Report, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and the team could be closer than ever, which couldn’t come a day too soon.
“Drew Brees has had since Thursday to mull over the new offer that Mickey Loomis and the Saints' front office extended to him. With no immediate news out of Brees' camp, my thoughts are that the offer was better than expected, and that he has been deciding whether to accept it or not,” wrote Jason Bernos for Bleacher Report.
Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled on Friday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's power to impose discipline on ex- and current Saints players is valid for their roles in the 2009-11 Bounty scandal.
The players tried to get their suspensions and fines overturned on grounds that the wrongdoings occurred prior to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
On Sunday June 10th, Governor Bobby Jindal will be 41 years old.
Admittedly, at times, I have been critical of him in past years, but I also believe I am one of his fondest admirers. I think he is one of the most brilliant individuals I have ever met and believe he has an incredible future behind him.
He has been called by Newt Gingrich “transformational” and indeed he has been that. Simply take a look at the Louisiana Republican Party since Jindal came onto the scene. Surely, he was aided by Hurricane Katrina, which flood overwhelmed former Governor Kathleen Blanco. Also, President Obama has become an easy target here in Louisiana and through the Deep South. Plus, President Obama’s policies have pushed Louisiana towards the right enabling the Governor, an able speaker, to target the Democrat both locally and nationally. Still, Jindal has been the driving force in transforming the state from blue to red without even parking for purple.
Jindal, this year took on education reform and now is a shining star on the national scene more than ever before due to many reasons including that agenda. He also has instituted pension reforms although he has not been able to pass that full package.
I am amazed as to how quickly time has passed. It seems like his 40th birthday was yesterday.
Last year, I posted the following. For his birthday, I would like to republish. After you head the column, perhaps you will agree with me--time runs quickly, while change walks forever slow: