38 Years Means Nothing to Tom Benson
WDSU reported tonight that Tom Benson has notified the NFL league office that he is compiling a portfolio of reports presenting him in a negative light or personally attacking him aired on/written in New Orleans media. He plans to submit this to the other thirty one NFL owners to prove the hostility towards him in New Orleans prevents him from bringing the team back to the New Orleans. Of course, his deliberate actions (and inactions) post-KTMB have absolutely nothing to do with the savage "hostility" towards him in New Orleans and Louisiana.
Everything now appears to be setting up for a court battle where New Orleans-native Tom Benson is going to attempt to circumvent the NFL's wishes to keep the team in New Orleans and permanently relocate the team to BensonLand West, San Antonio. Oh, ya, and because of some legal maneuvering executed in October, the case will be heard in Texas. I suggest that legal steps are taken on this end to prevent the name "Saints" from being used if the team moves--similar to what was done with the "Browns" name when Modell left Cleveland. I do not think New Orleans would ever be awarded another NFL franchise like Clevleand if Benson leaves, but my opinion is that the Saints are of New Orleans and only New Orleans. Fine, Tom, go ahead and sell us and your soul out--but not as the Saints.
With that, below are some shots of some of the fan-made signs I saw at the Carolina/Saints game today at Tiger Stadium. Remember, 38 years of unquestionable loyalty--20 years with Tom Benson as owner--is meaningless to Mr. Benson. It is a distinct possibility today's game in Tiger Stadium may have been the last game in Louisiana for the New Orleans Saints. Quite a sad thought . . .
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