by Jim Miller
Sorry that the cancellation of the Pro Football Hall of Fame game delayed your football Jones for another week. But hang in there! You can make it until Thursday when our local heroes open the 2016 preseason at New England. Although a game where the starters might go in for one series is not what Saints fans have been waiting nearly eight months for, but it IS football. Kinda sorta. And Who Dats did have the opportunity to both cheer and gnash their teeth during the Hall of Fame induction.
As the New Orleans Saints now begins its 10th year since returning back to the city after the devastations of Hurricane Katrina, there are few people who will long be remembered as a symbol of resilience, defiance and determination as one man, Arnie Fielkow.
After the 2005 hurricane, the Superdome was not usable, the team had to relocate for the upcoming season. The owner Tom Benson, at the time, expressed interest in moving the team.
by Jim W. Miller
It’s hard to write about anything else in sports today after watching the Classic two-man race for the British Open championship Sunday at Royal Troon. Yes, I still call it the “British” Open because to do otherwise is elitist, snooty and downright discriminatory to all the other “opens” in golf. Forgive my propensities toward the peasantry, but I will talk more about golf later.
Is this Drew Brees’ last year in New Orleans?
According to a WWL radio article, the New Orleans police are looking into some interesting and perrhaps shocking developments--the possibilities that Will Smith shot first, before he was gunned down. Also, the shooting of the the former Saint, might have been shot from an errant bullet, coming from Smith's gun.
This week has been a sad week for the New Orleans Saints. First, the sudden, horrific and tragic killing of Will Smith from gunfire on Sunday. Second, the death of long-time New Orleans Saint favorite, Hokie Gajan. Here are two columns by former New Orleans Saints Executive VP, Jim W. Miller:
by Jim W. Miller
The Saints are certainly doing a lot of wheeling and dealing for a team that reportedly doesn’t have any Salary Cap room left. The most recent example was the news Monday morning that the team has come to a one-year agreement with defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Reports said Fairley will be paid $3 million this season, which seems to conflict with other reports that say the Saints have as little as $273,000 remaining in their team cap. A few weeks ago, they signed TE Coby Fleener for a contract that will average $7 million per season, and they have agreed to a three-year contract with LB James Laurinaitis whose numbers have not been disclosed.
While the New Orleans Saints and fans debate the future of Drew Brees due to his $30 million dollar dent to the existing salary cap, there is little doubt that even in an off year, Brees is in a class of his own--even at age 36.
by Jim W. Miller
The way the first three quarters of the Saints season has gone, I’ve been expecting the “playing for pride” stories to emerge at any time. And, lo and behold, when I opened the local wipe on Sunday morning, there it was, right on schedule! The “playing for pride,” or PFP, story is a journalistic crutch which occurs when reporters covering a bottom-rung team have exhausted just about every other story idea possible.
The NFL New Orleans vs. the Atlanta Falcons rivalry over the decade has had its share of special moments.
It started during the first years in the sixties, when the New Orleans franchise took to the Tulane University Stadium. It grew with intensity during the last-moment-Falcon victories in the dirty-birds home. It worsened with that Hail-Mary Atlanta win in the Superdome, sending a hopeful crowd to the sad Poydras streets. Over the years, the two teams and their cities have fought, cursed and hated one another, with a football passion, like no other.