Wednesday, 16 February 2011 15:03

New Orleans Saints: Deuce McAllister, Chris Ivory, NFL Collective Bargaining

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Ed Staton--Louisiana SportsAlthough Deuce McAllister has been out of football for two years, he still stays close to the game,

One Saints player who has caught his eye is running back Chris Ivory.

"Ivory is a powerful back, but still has surprising speed," said McAllister. "When defenders see him and his size, they don't think he can move as quick as he does. One thing he has to do now is continue to understand the playbook and keep injuries to a minimum. That will be important to whether he will last in the league."

Some weeks ago, Ivory underwent Lisfranc surgery to repair torn tendons between many of the tiny bones in the top of the foot.. His recovery is expected to run well into the offseason program.

Last year McAllister joined CBS College Sports Network as an analyst of SEC Tailgate, a live one-hour show that telecasts from the site of CBS Sports' SEC "Game of the Week."

He said he enjoyed covering the games and that his playing career background, including exclusive knowledge of the SEC, made it easy for him to fill that role.

"I'm an a little more in the know of what's going on when watching than the average fan just because of my experience," said Deuce. "I will notice different blitzes or if somebody missed a block or had a good read, I can spot that pretty quickly."

Another way McAllister provides analysis is though his Twitter account. McAllister has built a strong following on social media and he has used it to voice his opinions on current events and engage in discussions with fans.

"Social media helps me continue to interact with fans and let them know how I feel about issues and what I am up to," said Deuce. "It's been a neat tool for me and I have enjoyed interacting with them and staying in touch with the Saints fan base."

McAllister said his philanthropy and television work keep him busy, but that he hopes to one day get into coaching, just not anytime soon.

"I think I will eventually be coaching, but right now I don't think I am there yet in my life." said Deuce. "I think I would do well with coaching and it's something I could really succeed at."

Some hither, others yon: Cornerback Randall Gay is a candidate to be released by the Saints soon. If the former LSU and Patriots player stays it will have to be for a lower salary as he is likely to be replaced by the first-round draft pick Patrick Robinson as the primary nickel back. Gay played in only four games last season before being placed on injured reserve with a concussion....


NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says that "the time has come to make a deal." What has changed in the last six days since the NFL stormed out of a collective bargaining session? Nothing. The clock is still ticking toward the expiration of the labor agreement, and the two sides are no closer to sitting through and working out the various issues. The league so badly wants to be able to lock out the players and shut the game down for the full offseason and possibly beyond-- that the league is willing to sue the union to keep the players from exercising their ability to surrender their collective bargaining rights in the hopes of acquiring a little of that which they currently don't have. I believe the lockout will end before the regular season. Most of the players live paycheck to paycheck and don't save money.

PEYTON Manning has become the first four-time MVP to get slapped with the franchise tag. Manning gets 120 per cent of his 2010 salary, which is expected to be a little more than $23 million. While $23 million seems sweet. the Colts quarterback doesn't seem likely to ever sign the one-year deal. He probably has to wait for a new collective bargaining agreement before he gets it.

Since the NBA bought the Hornets, rumors started of a possible destination for the Bees. New Orleans wants nothing more than to keep its basketball team, but the franchise could move to Las Vegas. The UNLV Rebels are coming off another solid year on the court and at the gates during which they averaged 13,917 fans, ranking 18th among the 133 basketball-paying schools. On opening night against a bad UC Riverside team, more than 12,000 fans turned out to support the Rebels -- 2,000 more than the Hornets had against the Pistons the other night. The average attendance of the NBA is somewhere around 16,000, but the Sin City may need to build a new state of the art dome on the strip to draw even more excitement and pizzazz...

The LSU baseball team won 41 games last season, captured the SEC Conference Tournament for the third straight year and advanced in NCAA postseason last year. The 2010 season, however, was seen as a disappointment because the Tigers won their sixth national championship in 2009 and advanced to the College World Series in 2008. The new season begins on Friday as the No. 22 Tigers host Wake Forest at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. and noon games on Saturday and Sunday. If the Tigers are to return to Omaha, they will ride youth there as coach Paul Mainieri signed the No. 1 class in the nation. The last time he did that was in 2007, and the Tigers won the national title two years later. "I think we're going to be much better than last season." said Tigers centerfielder Mikie Mahtook. "The new talent on this team is unbelievable. They've come in and meshed fast, and we need them to. We don't have a choice."...

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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