Friday, 10 June 2011 16:11

New Orleans Saints Brees: End This Lockout

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New Orleans SaintsSaints quarterback Drew Brees said on Thursday "We have to end this lockout."

Brees recognizes progress in being made -- and he wants to see more of it.

"I am the eternal optimist," Brees told WWL radio. "I know that there has been progress made in regards to the discussions that have been taking place both last week and this week in Chicago and New York.

"These discussions are ongoing. There's a lot of issues to get through, but that's something that both sides really want, certainly us as players to not miss any time. We want to get to training camp on time and we want to play games on time."

Of course, the quarterback couldn't resist taking a mild shot at the owners.

"We were not the ones who instituted the lockout," said Brees. "We were the ones who were forced to be locked out, to not have the opportunity to train, and to be at our facilities with our coaches. We very much want to be able to play and I think the big thing that is in front of us:  Let's end this lockout.

"We have to end this lockout. It's in court right now and we, as players, don't want this lockout. We want this lockout to be over so we can play and then we can continue discussions for as long as it takes, but while we're continuing those discussions we're at least playing football and not taking anything away from the fans."

The NFL won't be ending the lockout without a new labor deal (absent a court order instructing the league to end the lockout), we'll continue to be optimistic that a new deal is coming at some point between late June and the middle of July. 

Super Tough

 Earlier this week, ESPN's NFL bloggers ranked the top 10 toughest NFL venues for visiting teams, The Superdome came in at No. 6 on the list. Saints fans voiced their opinions on the team’s social media outlets with why they believe the Superdome should be No. 1.

Listed below are some of the best responses:

"At the Dome, you're not just playing the Saints, you're playing New Orleans the city, the idea, the spirit and the force." -- Facebook follower Ira Goldman.

"Are you kidding? The noise level at the Dome is off the charts. It's deafening, easily the toughest!" -- Twitter follower @chasewindler.

"The Saints are the best team, have the best fans and their stadium is the best ever! It's the loudest and most fun place to be!" -- Facebook follower Riley Stivers.

"It is LOUD! Not only that but we have the best anthem that plays after we score...Stand UP and Get Crunk!: -- Twitter follower @_SpotlightsOnMe.

"The energy in there is like nowhere else in the world. The love & passion are insane!!!"  --  Facebook follower Candace Callaghan.

"Because we're a bunch of crazy cajuns ...then put us in a dome where the sound is amplified and it's game over!" -- Twitter follower @chlgrl.

"Because simply put, people in New Orleans know how to enjoy every moment of every good thing in their lives and celebrate those moments fully. We put ALL of ourselves into our joy. It is what makes us special." --  Facebook follower Janice D'Argonne LaRocca.

"The Superdome is the roughest, toughest, loudest, most raucous and rowdy an opposing team could ever play! The fans are themost loyal, frenetic, frantic, proudest and loudest fans of any other team in the NFL, period." -- Facebook follower Slick Richard.

"Saints vs. Falcons, Sept. 25, 2006. Steve Gleason. What else do you need to say? #HomeSweetDome." -- Twitter follower @NOLA_Julia.

"Saints and their fans have HEART!! The players play their hearts and souls out for their city and the fans show the love and give their heart and soul to the team...a bond like that is hard to beat!!! :) GEAUX SAINTS!!!"  -- Facebook follower Jan Clark OHare.

"Because the fans in south LA bleed Gold and sweat black. Go black and gold!" -- Twitter follower @jeremyjameyson.

"The Superdome is the toughest place to play for football visitors!! Everyone knows that SAINTS fans are the best by far! We support our team all year long. The games at the Dome are very loud and a lot of fun. Our rivals fear us because they know we are dedicated to our Saints! Just go to an  y of the games in the Dome and you can experience first hand and understand what I am talking about." -- Facebook follower Michelle King.

 Brad Edelman

Former Saints Pro Bowl guard Brad Edelman believes the NFL will have a full season this year. He said stranger things that have happened. Edelman retired in 1989 and has operated Brad Edelman Photography in the French Quarter since...Former LSU receiver /returner Sklyer Green is now an impact player for the Voo Doo. He joined the Arena Football League team on May 31 and against the Jacksonville Sharks had 132 yards receiving with four touchdowns and anther TD on a 57-yard kickoff return...The Voo Doo's next game in June 25 against Spokane...

THE NFLPA has moved the rookie symposium from Washington, D.C. to Bradenton, Fla.  Plenty of rookies are working out in Florida near Bradenton at the IMG facility, The event is June 28-29...Here's one solution for the NFL season, which is better than an eight-game schedule, is extending the season into March with a full schedule...


Saints 2011

SOME hither, others yon: has ranked the warmth of every NFL coach's hot seat. Sean Payton's job security rating is very high.  The website writes: "One year removed from a Super Bowl championship, Sean Payton was able to guide his Saints back to the playoffs again, but a Wild Card Round exit to the likes of the lowly Seahawks (7-9 regular-season record) must have been a humbling experience.

" With the arrival of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and Reggie Bush appearing to be still on board, Drew Brees should have enough of a running  attack to keep defenses honest and throw to his stable of wide receivers.

"With each passing year, the Saints will have to prove that the Super Bowl win was not a fluke, so if they get bounced again in the first round or fail to make the playoffs, it will take some on the shine off this coaching star."

Useless: Shuler, JaMarcus has come up with a list of the  most useless players in the history of every NFL franchise. Quarterback Heath Shuler is its Saints selection. "Shuler combined a rare career of horribleness in multi-places. He was the third pick in the draft by the Redskins. Saints coach Mike Ditka traded for him and Shuler had a particularly depressing year. He played on a foot injury and his two touchdown passes were offset by 14 interceptions." Today, Shuler is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for his North Carolina district...The site picks former LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell as the most useless Raiders player. "So many options, As good as the Raiders once were, they've had some seriously worthless players. We all know the story with JaMarcus. It's just tragic."...Here's the quote for the day: "College football is a sport that bears the same relation to education that bullfighting does to agriculture." -- Elbert Hubbard...

by Ed Staton

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