On Arrogance

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No sports story in the history of my fandom of the New Orleans Saints (which, for the record, does go farther back than 2006, but whatever) has made me feel more like an unstable mental patient than this undying saga about whether or not the Saints actually employed bounties. There are days I’m amused (Vilma sued the Commissioner!) depressed (Scott Fujita, one of the nicest men on the planet, who even after he left New Orleans, spent a large chunk of his Super Bowl check on NOLA charities), enraged (Vilma sued the commissioner!), but most of all I’m confused. The drama surrounding the Saints has been indicative of the fall of the American media.

It seems that this story has brought out every sanctimonious tendency in American sports journalism. Every few weeks, when the Commissioner carefully drops another breadcrumb, reporters from everywhere have another excuse to rehash why they are so disappointed. Sure, Mike Freeman and Pete Prisco at CBS Sports have certainly led the way in this self-righteous crusade, but they aren’t alone. But despite all the handwringing about how wrong the Saints are in all of this, there has been a significant lack of true investigative journalism and unbiased reporting. Instead we’re getting a pure recitation of NFL press releases.

Freeman has taken to the word arrogant to describe the Saints recently, and while that might have had a part in Sean Payton’s demise, it’s time to acknowledge that arrogance has been the driving force behind every stakeholder in this little shindig.

Of Authority

Let’s begin by focusing on the very center of this storm: Roger Goodell. http://assets.tumblr.com/javascript/tiny_mce_3_4_7/themes/advanced/img/trans.gif

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Week 4: Three Things We Watched For

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Every week, we give you three things to watch for. Let’s see how we stacked up this week:

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Ames Straw Poll (or The New Orleans Saints 2011 MVP Race)

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Perhaps a day late and a dollar short, but a good idea is a good idea.  We at Saints11 wanted to take advantage of the political posturing of the Ames Straw Poll this weekend in a more…appropriate context.  Here’s our detailed analysis of the Saints 2011 MVP race as seen through the prism of the GOP Political field.  Think you can do better?  We’d love to hear from you so feel free to drop us a note below!

  • Mitt Romney (or The Frontrunner) – Drew Brees

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Who else could this be? The Frontrunner has the looks and plays the part of a presidential candidate.  He’s the most gifted politician on in the field and despite some late pushes by the other candidates; he will undoubtedly end up winning this thing (and easily at that).  But that doesn’t mean we should give up on the other candidates.  This is a horse race and the fun lies in the competition, not the result.

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And yet more (this time video) proof of why I’d take Drew Brees over any other quarterback in the game.  If he has any flaws as a leader or a person, I’ve yet to see them.