Former New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey will meet with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and he said he will sign with a new team before the expiration of the current NFL year, and in turn the possible commencement of a lockout.
It's been about two months since the defending Super Bowl champion Saints had the rug pulled out from under them against Seattle 41-38 in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.
"For all of us it was immediate disappointment," said Saints coach Sean Payton. "When it really hits you is when you're at the Super Bowl and you're working it."
Payton was serving as an ESPN analyst during Super Week in Arlington, Tex. "There were a number of segments we did with ESPN and one of the segments is 'OK, what is going on with these two teams this week? Being there and yet not being involved in the game was difficult. At one point, Drew Brees was on the set with us and I remember when the piece ended and I visitedwith him, it was like, 'Hey, we got to get here and out of these suits and ties.'
Despite persuasive witnesses and stacks of evidence against former council member and legislator Renee Gill Pratt, the government was unsuccessful in garnering a conviction in her trial. One lone juror believed the fable that Gill Pratt was oblivious about the consistent pattern of lawbreaking in the Jefferson family. It was a perfect example of OJ justice, Louisiana style. Eleven jurors were ready to convict Gill Pratt, but in federal criminal cases, verdicts need to be unanimous and the lone juror refused to be swayed by any evidence. Thankfully, government prosecutors are not deterred by this mistrial and will pursue another case against Gill Pratt.
New Orleans area women are simply “mad” about the New Orleans’s Opera Women's Guild annual Mad Hatter luncheon and masquerade event. This year, the Patron party was held on February 20 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stewart and the luncheon and masquerade were held on February 24 at the Astor Crowne Plaza. The masquerade featured a very competitive best hat contest, fashion show, and this year, the master of ceremonyies was "I am New Orleans, musician Vince Vance.
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Libya is under a state of chaos as Indian evacuees from Libya have arrived in New Delhi and UN Security Council diplomats are disagreeing over whether the violent assaults upon protesters should be referred to International Criminal Court. A draft resolution includes travel bans, arms embargo, asset freeze of Gadhafi and his associates.
SOME hither, others yon: Former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey passed a physical for the Miami Dolphins trainers on Thursday. According to the Miami Herald, the negotiations have not yet intensified, but something is likely to happen fast if a deal is going to get done. Shockey, who was a star at the University of Miami currently lives in Miami. “It would be a dream to play for the Dolphins,” Shockey told the Miami Herald. “They’ve got great coaches – Tony Sparano and (tight ends coach) Dan Campbell. I played with Dan on the Giants. And they’ve got a bunch of good guys on that team.
“It’d be an honor to play here. But we’ll see. This is unchartered water for me.”
Saints on how much longer can Drew Brees continue playing at his current Pro Bowl level: "He hasn't even finished the front nine yet and made the turn. With the way he's played for us the past five years, he's still a guy we can sell to other free agents who are thinking of coming here and even our own free agents who might be thinking of going elsewhere. 'Hey, come join us. We have Drew Brees playing quarterback for us.' No, he' still playing at a very high level and I don't see any reason for that to change."...
However, there is a posting on Bleacher Report that suggests that New Orleans Saints do what it can to find a replacement for Brees should the star fade.
According to the piece, Green Bay found Aaron Rodgers to back up Brett Farve but the Phoenix Cardinals did not do the same with Kurt Warner
by Ed Staton
With Mardi Gras, now in full swing, there's parades such as choctaw, Adonis, Pontchartrain, Nemesis and Olympia, Sparta, Caesar and Pygmalian floating around. Then, for family fun, try Family Gras in Metairie.
Tis' the list from Frank Stansbury and LaFete News
People of New Orleans, do you carry your personal plans with you?
After all, hurricanes have a way of just popping up at any time of the day or night almost as often as a crime gets committed on the streets of Katrina Alley.