by Jim W. Miller
Imagine a small-time beauty queen, say Miss County Rural Electric, who has won her way through some local competitions on her way to winning the state prize. The girls notice her, especially when she drapes her Rural Electric banner across her swimsuit, and the boys notice her because, well, because they’re boys. But one day she is asked to attend a function with other contest winners when another invitee enters and sucks the air out of the room. All talking stops and all eyes turn as another contest winner has arrived, sashaying into the room with an elegance you can’t teach and a smile brighter than the diamonds at Jared.
If somebody had told me Saturday night the Saints defense would pull Sean Payton’s acorns out of the fire for an unlikely victory the next day, I would have scoffed. No, I would have done more than scoff. I would have continued dining on the Trout Payton at Impastato’s in Metairie and might even have ordered a side of the Veal Payton.
The New Orleans Saints, who six weeks ago were given up for dead are showing some life and some playoff hopes as they scratched their way to a 5-5 season by besting the Oakland Raiders 38-17.
Yes, 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.
RIP Van Buren
RIP: Steve Van Buren, the Hall of Fame RB who led the Eagles to NFL titles in 1948 and 1949, has died. He was 91. The former Warren Easton and LSU star led the NFL in rushing four times. He was born in Honduras. When his parents died when he was 10, he moved to New Orleans to live with his grandparents. He is survived by three daughters.