Drew Brees and Jonathan Vilma Are True Saints

Saturday, 18 February 2012 13:40 Written by

brees-familyNew Orleans Saints sensational quarterback, Drew Brees is talking more about parenting than contracts of late.

He was interviewed recently by Allison Winn Scotch, the New York Times best-selling author. She asked the Saints quarterback six questions for a column she was writing for Parents newsletter. Following are slices from the interview:

Jindal: Louisiana Sends State Police To New Orleans Post Parade Shooting
Friday, 17 February 2012 17:21 Written by
One day after a Thursday night brutal Mardi Gras parade shooting on St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told the media that the  State of Louisiana State Police is sending an additional one-hundred-and-fifty state troopers to New Orleans.  He said many of them would be plain clothes and undercover.  

The Louisiana Pop Star Budget Woes
Friday, 17 February 2012 12:19 Written by

legislature_jvlastnews_thumbWe have all read those stories many times. The professional athlete or new pop idol makes a fortune and in no time spends it all and is worse off than they were before riding the wave of fame. That syndrome is a metaphor to some degree for our state government.

Louisiana Politics: Bond Commision, Jindal's Reform, Contraception Debate, Black History
Friday, 17 February 2012 11:44 Written by

kennedy-smallNews of the day are the Louisiana State Bond Commision report by State Treasurer John Kennedy, Louisiana republican and democratic Congressmen actually agreeing and working with one another, the debate over Education reform in Louisiana, the spillover of the contraception issue, Black History Month and a speech by Tea Party favorite Congressman Allen West and finally, agreement in the House of Representatives.  

Saints quandary: Colston or Nicks and new Spagnuolo defense
Friday, 17 February 2012 11:01 Written by

TSpagnuolohe Saints may be made to choose between Marques Colston and Carl Nicks. Ultimately with other priorities, a talented bunch of wide receivers and concerns about Colston's balky knee, the Saints will probably let Colston enter the market.

If the Saints and Drew Brees are unable to reach an agreement in two or three weeks, the team will probably put the franchise tag on him. If Brees remains as a player with a franchise tag, he will not have to go to training camp or play in preseason games.

Brees isn't the kind of guy to miss camp or preseason games. The Saints believe they can host the Super Bowl this season.

While the New Orleans Saints revamp their priorities due to free-agency and attrition, there is the other major issue--a new defense.

The Saints scored a big victory when they hired Steve Spagnuolo as their defensive coordinator.

He was the guy Sean Payton had targeted for this job, probably even before previous defensive coordinator Gregg Williams left for St. Louis and a Reunion with Jeff Fisher.

If you want to know about Spag's defense, don't think too much about the St. Louis team he had been coach of since 2009. Think more about the Giants, when he was their defensive coordinator in 2007 and '08. The Giants won the Super Bowl in 2007 season.  Prior to that, Sprags had a long run as an assistant with the Eagles, who played in four NFC Championship Games during his tenure. He worked for the Eagles from 1999 through 2006.

In 2009, he decided to become head coach of the Rams and suffered through one of the most painful first seasons you can imagine, with a talentless team that might as well have been called the Sacrificial Rams. He was fired after last season. He still had a team meeting and told his players and told them how much he appreciated them and that he would remain their biggest fan.

Eagles coach Andy Reid was the first to call him. Twelve days late, after his head was cleared, he started talking with teams. The Falcons were interested. The Vikings called. So did the Colts. And then the Saints did. In the ultimate irony, Fisher, who had replaced Sprags in St. Louis, had lured Williams from the Saints.

Mardi Gras Shooting Means High Noon In New Orleans
Friday, 17 February 2012 10:03 Written by

high-noonWhile the Mardi Gras season may be a holiday for many people, criminals are still hard at work in New Orleans. Last night, two people were shot on picturesque St. Charles Avenue, steps away from a Mardi Gras parade. Fortunately, no one died and the shooter was apprehended. However, the troubling shootings are another indication that things are not well in the Crescent City.

Jindal Offended By Court Ruling Law Prohibiting Sex Offenders From Social Network To Be Unconstitutional
Thursday, 16 February 2012 18:27 Written by

jindal-supryaLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is upset and offended by a ruling by U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson today found that a law promoted by the governor to prohibit convicted sex offenders from using social networking websites was unconstitutional.

Louisiana Politics: Jindal, Vitter, Texting While Driving, Contraception Debate
Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:22 Written by

santorumDavid vitter fundraising,  Texting-while-driving prohibition, Governor Bobby Jindal's education plan, contraceptions, the federal budget, Santorum and Romney are at the top of the Louisiana world today:

Catholic Church, GOP going down slippery slope of religion
Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:33 Written by

slippery-slope-religionI’m confused about the controversy surrounding the debate over the President’s new birth control rule.  Some religious leaders, especially U.S. Catholic Bishops, as well as a litany of republican politicians, have criticized the White House proposal that all health insurance plans have to offer birth control options. But is it the birth control requirement that has engendered so much animosity, or is really more an issue of government interference in church related policy? Is it pelvic politics or religious freedom?

The White House has offered a birth control alternative that allows a religious employer to decline contraception options, but requires that the employer’s insurance company make these same options available directly to the employee. If any employee of such an institution desires the birth control option, the insurance company has to supply it free of charge to the employee.  But no service is free.  Somebody has to pay for it. If the insurance provider cannot charge additional cost to the religious based plan, the new charges will end up being paid by the other policyholders buying health insurance.  Like you and me.  There’s no free lunch.

Pinsonat: Unsweet Charity Hospital, The Who Cares Louisiana GOP Primary
Thursday, 16 February 2012 12:28 Written by

la-president-politicsSweet Charity Hospital going sour?  The Louisiana GOP Presidential primary irrelvant?

In Part 3 of an ongoing series of "Bernie Burns" with political analyst and Pollster for the Southern Media & Opinion Research, Bernie Pinsonat, does not   hold any matches as he torches the current Charity Hospital System concept and the meaning of the upcoming Louisiana GOP Presidential primary:


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