Do we also have to remind you that our season spawned this post? When we say all the records, we mean ALL THE RECORDS. Go vote: http://on.fb.me/KU5Mfo
This is a list of ALL THE RECORDS set by the Saints during the 2011-2012 regular season.
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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.
Let’s begin by focusing on the very center of this storm: Roger Goodell.
Here’s a little something to get us through the long dreary scary Saints off-season.
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By Ryan Chauvin
Have you ever wondered why Roger Goodell’s “Bountygate” suspensions were so severe? It wasn’t because the Saints were openly engaging in a practice that is common throughout football history. No. Did you think that was it? Well, aren’t you cute.
The secret is.
It’s a whole lot more than that. The now-suspended Saints’ coaching staff began their twisted journey long before they targeted Brett Favre in a playoff game three years ago.
This is a plot so perverse and unbelievable that it simply must be true. From late night calls, to shadowy trips to a place called Jacksonville, to one man’s desire to change the very nature of New Orleans, this plot is so dense that it could only be orchestrated by the devious mind of a grandmaster.
To get to the bottom of this you have to go way back to November 23th, 2005, into the suburban sprawl of Dallas, Texas.
I. Setting up the Dominos
It’s not so much that what they did wasn’t wrong as the punishment was an absurdity. There was no precedence for suspending Sean Payton for the year. The Free Sean Payton shirts are simply the only way Saints fan can express solidarity with our team right now and make it known that we feel Goodell overreacted.
But by all means, reduce the argument to it’s basest form and join the pious indignation the ESPN and SI have taken up the last month.
I don’t think we have too much to worry about. Looks like the front office has finally woken up and (knocking on wood), we may get our first whispers of good news about the Saints in what feels like an eternity. Fortunately, this is the one time where Colston’s underrated-ness works out to our favor. I guarantee you, Sean and Mickey know full well how vital Colston is to the future of this team.
I’ll admit…not the best start to my day. Lazy waking up, tired on the drive in to work, my strawberry Greek yogurt tasted like ass, not to mention I have a crapload to get done today, but nothing I haven’t overcome before. Breakfast was leftover bacon cheese fries, so it was kind of like a…
Those are some god awful uniforms. But contrats to our boys though.
Please figure out a way to keep spammers off of tags. I’m tired of people trying to sell me second hand NFL gear on the #neworleanssaints tag (also #saints and #nfl and countless others I don’t frequent). This is an issue that needs to be resolved.
Brees in 2011: 468/657 5,476 71.2% CMP 46 TDs-14 INTs 110.6 QBR
Smith in 2011: 273/445 3,144 61.3% CMP 17 TDs-5 INTs 90.7 QBR
Alex Smith will outscore Brees.. how??
Small edit needed here. Those are their Quarterback Ratings. ESPN has now reserved QBR as the acronym for their spiffy new formula (which Brad despises, so I’m responding on my personal blog). If you’re curious, Drew’s QBR was 84 (when they set up the scale, 85 was predicted to be MVP caliber numbers) and Alex Smith was a 46.4 (also, 75 was thought to represent Pro Bowl level of play and 50 is league average). So yeah. 84 vs. 46…Your point still stands.
The camera fades in from black to reveal an old, rusty metal door. The ambient sounds of the city compete with the loud drone of the crickets. The air is heavy with humidity in defiance of the late autumn date. In the background a large, cylindrical building is beautifully lit in the night.
An ungraceful thump comes from the other side of the metal door as a key is being worked into the old lock. The door is thrown open and the rooftop is splashed with light from the stairwell. A man leans heavily on a pair of crutches and steps out into the November air. The man, donning a visor, is working furiously against a hapless stick of gum (what we can only assume to be Juicy Fruit) as he crosses to the far corner of the Benson Tower.