Sunday, 13 March 2011 22:40

New Orleans Saints, NFL Takes Lockout Seriously

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NFL teams are taking this "no contact with players" thing seriously. A coach's contact with a player would be reason for firing with cause.

Ed Staton--Louisiana sportsTwitter offers an unprecedented level of player-fan reaction, and players responded to online questions found themselves in in spirited and mostly good-natured debates.

Saints fullback Heath Evans posted links to union-friendly articles on the labor dispute, then spent Friday night and Saturday explaining his position to fans.

The discussions weren't always constructive and Evans told one commenter "your feet are ugly." The over-all give-and-take was constructive, and even a little hopeful. One fans said, "I hope us fans don't miss a whole season due to greed." Evans' reply sounded confident:  "U won't!."

Saints cornerback Tracy Porter added some levity to the lockout, "Now that I'm unemployed, I wonder what people would say if they see me in the unemployment line trying to get a check. Stupidlockout."

The people who will be hurt the most if there's no NFL season are those whose jobs, businesses and even charity work depend on games. According to the Associated Press, it's the 2,500 ticket takers, janitors, bartenders and other game-day employees at the Super Dome, the suburban dry cleaner who washes all their uniforms.

Teams would be hit hard because they collect a lot of the money spent on game days (concessions, parking, souvenirs), especially in newer stadiums to maximize their haul.

Local tax districts would suffer, too, most of all in places where there are tariffs on tickets or parking spaces to repay stadium costs.

BODOG,com has the Saints a 3-1 choice to sign Tiki Barber. The only team more likely to sign the former Giants running star are the Bucs 2-1 and he Broncos 5-2. Barber, who gave up the NFL for television, is the guy who dumped a pregnant wife for another female and now wants to return to the game and fame...If guys don't make passes at girls who wear glasses, they sure do at girls who drain them...

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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