Thank You-San Jose Mercury News
The next Superbowl up for bid is 2011. New Orleans better be bidding on it.
I know that this deals with New Orleans issues. But, dammit, New Orleans is a national issue (even if the president doesn't think so). Therefore, I have to bring this up. This has been building up in me for weeks and months. And when I have watched the way the TV news channels have covered the 2008 presidential race, and then watched the way the TV news channels have covered the responses to the State of the Union Address and President Bush's request for more troops in Iraq, I have only gotten angrier and angrier. So here it is.
I write this as I hear the mechanical rumble and occasional "hey" (the guys collecting the cans yelling to the driver to move forward) of the garbage truck a few blocks away. After nearly a year and a half, garbage collection has returned as a twice-a-week affair within the City of New Orleans. My neighborhood's days are Wednesday/Saturday. I vaguely recall pre-KTMB my area was Tuesday/Friday--but I am not totally sure if I remember correctly as its been so long. Unfortunately, the city's recycling program remains indefinitely suspended and honestly (as pathetic as this is) I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't ever return as the cost of the program was cited pre-KTMB as too expensive to run. Minimally, the City of New Orleans should at least offer a few central recycling drop-off sites to at least have a token program running not dependent on curbside pick-up.
There was no mention of New Orleans in the State of the Union Address.
Okay. Now that I got that off my chest, let me point out that the Saints still could have won the game, but blew it in the 3rd quarter. In that quarter, two inexcusable things happened:
Then, after that, Rex Grossman finally realized that Fred Thomas was in the game, and that was all she wrote.
It was a great ride while it lasted. Thank you Saints for a great season. Right now I'm trying to be grateful that they went farther than any Saints team in history, but it's still hard. These chances to get to the Super Bowl don't come very often. Three of last year's final four teams (Steelers, Broncos and Panthers) didn't even make the playoffs next year. And with a division as competitive as the NFC South, there's no guarantee that the Saints will get back next year. You MUST take advantages of your opportunities when they're presented to you.
With that being said, I think this Saints team could be set up to be good for a long time. Brees is locked in. Bush, Evans and Colston were rookies. And the Saints defense had a good season in spite of having the worst cornerback in the NFL.
What are the keys to the Saints' success in 2007? Besides getting rid of Fred Thomas? In my opinion, they need to find a veteran cornerback or two in free agency. It would be a good idea to get a tight end or two as well. The draft could be used to get more depth at cornerback and tight end. In addition, I would like to see the Saints pursue a wide receiver, backup linebackers, an offensive lineman, a young backup quarterback, and a kicker in the draft too (or free agency). Then, do what they can to tie up Will Smith and Jammal Brown with long-term contracts. And as long as the coaching staff and front office stays pretty much the same, everything should be okay.
And now, depression sets in. Only one more meaningful football game, and the Saints aren't in it again. No more Saints games until August, and only free agency, the draft, and training camp to tide me over.
But I have rarely been so optimistic about the future of the Saints, on the field at least.
I was born a Who Dat, and I will die a Who Dat. It was seasons like this one that convince me that it's all been worth it.
And yet, I will be wearing a Colts jersey in 13 days.
Well, we're now almost 48 hours away from the biggest day so far in New Orleans Saints history.
I know we've been in overdrive in regards to the 2006 Saints season over the past several months here at TBNO. Obviously, many more serious things are there to be concerned with and to be focused upon regarding post-KTMB New Orleans. However, I believe the New Orleans Saints are relevant to our city as their success this season has served as a unifying rallying cry (rich/poor, black/white, Orleanian/Jeffersonian/St. Tammanian) for New Orleans, and to borrow Mr. Clio's "bread and circus" analogy, something which has acted as a positive diversion for those of us choosing to remain here as New Orleans' viability and future quite honestly lingers in question.
I'm sure we have all heard the news reports and tales of unique Architectural pieces getting "liberated" from damaged houses throughout the city. Well, it turns out that close friends of mine that own a flooded Mid-City house have been frequent victims of this crime. And even though the criminal was caught red handed, he was back on the street within a few hours and only a half block from where the crime was committed. Since this guilty party is a local business man I can think of no better justice than to announce his name so that others can avoid him. Please read my friends' account of the events below:
I want to pass on information about an incident that happened yesterday. In short, Long Hardwood Floor Restoration, LLC uses stolen wood to restore customers' floors.** As most of you know, xxx & xxx are having the house on Telemachus demolished and are re-building on the same lot. The plans are pretty much in place; we are just waiting for the house to be knocked (waiting since October)Over the past several weeks, individuals have been stealing items from our home such as doors, all of our windows, the air-condition unit, etc. It has been upsetting for us - even though we are not using these items in the new house, these things are still OUR property and the fact that people are just helping themselves to our things really chaps our rears.Anyhoo - yesterday, we got a call from a concerned neighbor stating that someone was in our house removing the window frames. xxx & xxx rushed over to the house to find some guy working away in our house, taking what he wanted. After recovering from the blood vessels popping in our heads, we called the police, they arrived QUICKLY, arrested him and took him to the police station. Happy ending? No. ----A few hours later, we saw him walk in Finn McCool's for a drink with his friends. Essentially, he was just slapped on the hand by the police (he was only charged with trespassing) and released.We are furious and want to pass on this information about this guy to warn our friends that this business uses wood stolen from people's homes. I have said this dozens of times to people - if they want things from our house like wood, windows, etc., all they have to do is ask us for these things. We will give them these things. We would rather see these pieces used elsewhere then be demolished. We just want to be ASKED!So, here is the information about the guy who stole wood out of our home without our permission:Steven LongLong Hardwood Floor Restoration, LLC504.621.1165He is a thief and I encourage you to not give him your business. He uses stolen wood to restore wood floors.Thank you.xxx & xxx (NAMES REMOVED)
How about this one. The parents of the baby, who's embryo was rescued from the flood, have named the newborn Noah.
Random thoughts from the last 24 hours:
This is one of the happiest sports-related nights of my life. We just keep erasing the "you've never..." statements we always heard.
I know this blog sometimes gets overloaded with Saints posts, but it's articles like this that help explain why the New Orleans Saints are critically important to this area.
Posted at Seymour's request.
It reminds me of one of the best lines ever from "The Simpsons": If you pause the video, you can see the exact moment his heart breaks.
I think I saw this commercial 50 times this weekend. And I laughed out loud EVERY SINGLE TIME.