The one thing that has jumped out to me so far in this Saints offseason has been the number of serious injuries. Even before training camp opened, the team lost prized free agent linebacker Victor Butler for the season.
This might come as a shock to Who Dat Nation, but football season officially began Sunday.
Jim Finks has been given his just due for escorting the New Orleans Saints franchise from the outhouse to the NFL penthouse.
When I was a candidate for athletic director at the University of New Orleans in the fall of 2002, I knew nothing about running a college athletics department. I was a journalist my first eleven years out of college and then spent the next two decades in the National Football League.
As you might expect, when NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that the Pelicans drafted Kentucky center Nerlens Noel with the sixth pick, I jumped up, thrust my fist in the air and danced a whirlygig.
So the Saints signed their first-round draft choice, DB Kenny Vaccaro, last week. They followed that up with signing the rest of their draft choices at the team’s rookie mini-camp this past weekend, just two weeks after the draft. My only comment is: “Where’s the fun in that?”
It's the most exciting off-season week of the year for NFL faithful, but Draft week is gut-wrenching for NFL general managers, head coaches and personnel staffs.
Today's theme, at least in New Orleans, is out with the old and in with the new. The Hornets lost to the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night to end a dismal 27-55 season, but on Thursday morning the New Orleans Pelicans are undefeated and looking skyward. At midnight, the Hornets turned into a pumpkin likely to be returned to Charlotte, and Tom Benson's new Pelicans franchise officially opened for business.
In the beginning, there was the Cap, and it was good. NFL owners of diverse means but common interest gazed upon this foundling and were sorely amazed.
The aging athlete is a pitiful thing in America, especially when their glory days are more a matter of our own conjecture than any pen-and-ink record of accomplishment.