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  • FFF: The Saints need to win now

    FFF: The Saints need to win now

    Drew Brees could be done with the Saints if they fail to make the playoffs in 2017. Source: Nola.comDrew Brees could be done with the Saints if they fail to make the playoffs in 2017. Source: Nola.com

    FOOTBALL This 7-9 business won't work again on Airline Drive. You finish with that mark four years in a row, and Drew Brees will be gone after the 2017 season. Vegas has the Saints over/under on wins at 8, so the bettors think they'll stay close to that 7-9 record. Will they finish at .500, or under again as they did in 2014-16, I can't give you a definitive answer on that. No Dannell Ellerbe this season, and the offensive line missing Terron Armstead and Max Unger for cam...

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    FOOTBALL This 7-9 business won't work again on Airline Drive. You finish with that mark four years in a row, and Drew Brees will be gone after the 2017 season. Vegas has the Saints over/under on wins at 8, so the bettors think they'll stay close to that 7-9 record. Will they finish at .500, or under again as they did in 2014-16, I can't give you a definitive answer on that. No Dannell Ellerbe this season, and the offensive line missing Terron Armstead and Max Unger for cam...

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  • Hagan's House: Roger Federer is the greatest of all-time

    Hagan's House: Roger Federer is the greatest of all-time

    Source: John Togasaki / Flickr CommonsSource: John Togasaki / Flickr Commons

    Roger Federer stands at 19 major titles and counting. Given how well he played at Wimbledon this year, winning the tournament without dropping a set, it's safe to say he's the man to beat wherever he goes.

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    Roger Federer stands at 19 major titles and counting. Given how well he played at Wimbledon this year, winning the tournament without dropping a set, it's safe to say he's the man to beat wherever he goes.

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  • FFF: It's LSU Football prediction time, and some thoughts on New Orleans hamburgers

    FFF: It's LSU Football prediction time, and some thoughts on New Orleans hamburgers

    Bud's Broiler and LSU Football are in this week's edition of FFF. Source: FOX 8/Nola.comBud's Broiler and LSU Football are in this week's edition of FFF. Source: FOX 8/Nola.com

    In this edition of FFF, I focus on the LSU Tigers in 2017, and a legendary hamburger spot in New Orleans. 

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    In this edition of FFF, I focus on the LSU Tigers in 2017, and a legendary hamburger spot in New Orleans. 

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  • Juan's World: Fairley's Out for the Season

    Juan's World: Fairley's Out for the Season

    Source: David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneSource: David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

    Welcome in to Juan's World where the word 'condition' takes on a whole new meaning today. We we're reminded once again that every time the Saints seemingly take one step forward, it won't be long before they're falling two steps back. Nick Fairley's heart condition will keep him out for the 2017-18 season. It's a blow that, up until a couple of months ago, the Saints didn't anticipate having to deal with. After-all, this 'condition' is something that Fairley has been dealing with eve...

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    Welcome in to Juan's World where the word 'condition' takes on a whole new meaning today. We we're reminded once again that every time the Saints seemingly take one step forward, it won't be long before they're falling two steps back. Nick Fairley's heart condition will keep him out for the 2017-18 season. It's a blow that, up until a couple of months ago, the Saints didn't anticipate having to deal with. After-all, this 'condition' is something that Fairley has been dealing with eve...

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  • FFF: Vegas and fans taking a guarded approach to 2017 Saints

    FFF: Vegas and fans taking a guarded approach to 2017 Saints

    Drew Brees is entering the final year of his deal with the Saints.  (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Drew Brees is entering the final year of his deal with the Saints. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
    In this edition of FFF I focus on the wait-and-see attitude of Saints fans going into the 2017 season. Plus, a look at Emeril Lagasse's restaurant Meril. FOOTBALL With five weeks to go until Saints training camp starts, usually in the summer months Who-Dat Nation is chatting up "This could be the year talk." That's usually, but in 2017 that's not the case. First off Vegas is ho-hum on the Saints in 2017. Their predicted win total for the Black and Gold is eight. Well...more>>
    In this edition of FFF I focus on the wait-and-see attitude of Saints fans going into the 2017 season. Plus, a look at Emeril Lagasse's restaurant Meril. FOOTBALL With five weeks to go until Saints training camp starts, usually in the summer months Who-Dat Nation is chatting up "This could be the year talk." That's usually, but in 2017 that's not the case. First off Vegas is ho-hum on the Saints in 2017. Their predicted win total for the Black and Gold is eight. Well...more>>
  • FFF: Why Odell Beckham, Jr. is making a great financial decision

    FFF: Why Odell Beckham, Jr. is making a great financial decision

    Odell Beckham, Jr. is skipping OTA's, and it's the right  move. . (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Odell Beckham, Jr. is skipping OTA's, and it's the right move. . (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
    In this edition of FFF I weigh in Odell Beckham, Jr. bailing on OTA's, and what to make of a saturated New Orleans restaurant scene. FOOTBALL The biggest non-story of the summer in the NFL is easily the practice habits of Odell Beckham, Jr. The former Newman Greenie and LSU Tiger skipped voluntary OTA's for the Giants, and the national media are "losing it" because of his absence.  These practices are "voluntary." He's not getting fined for missing these wo...more>>
    In this edition of FFF I weigh in Odell Beckham, Jr. bailing on OTA's, and what to make of a saturated New Orleans restaurant scene. FOOTBALL The biggest non-story of the summer in the NFL is easily the practice habits of Odell Beckham, Jr. The former Newman Greenie and LSU Tiger skipped voluntary OTA's for the Giants, and the national media are "losing it" because of his absence.  These practices are "voluntary." He's not getting fined for missing these wo...more>>
  • FFF: Brees ready for the 'competition' of OTA's

    FFF: Brees ready for the 'competition' of OTA's

    Drew Brees and the Saints begin OTA's this week. (Mark LaGrange)Drew Brees and the Saints begin OTA's this week. (Mark LaGrange)

    In this edition of FFF we catch up with Drew Brees as OTA's start for the Saints. Plus, what the closing of Primitivo means for Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. 

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    In this edition of FFF we catch up with Drew Brees as OTA's start for the Saints. Plus, what the closing of Primitivo means for Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. 

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  • FFF: 5-stars in high school, doesn't mean success in NFL Draft

    FFF: 5-stars in high school, doesn't mean success in NFL Draft

    Speedy Noil was a five-star recruit coming out of Edna Karr. (Source: Nola.com)Speedy Noil was a five-star recruit coming out of Edna Karr. (Source: Nola.com)

    In this space last time out, I broke down how tough it is to pick a star quarterback in the NFL draft. For every Tom Brady there's a JaMarcus Russell.

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    In this space last time out, I broke down how tough it is to pick a star quarterback in the NFL draft. For every Tom Brady there's a JaMarcus Russell

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  • Juan's World: Bring on AP

    Juan's World: Bring on AP

    Welcome in to Juan's World where I'm happy with the Saints newest addition.

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    Welcome in to Juan's World where I'm happy with the Saints newest addition.

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  • FFF: Drafting a franchise QB can involve some luck

    FFF: Drafting a franchise QB can involve some luck

    JaMarcus Russell was considered a can't-miss QB when the Oakland Raiders drafted him in 2007. (Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)JaMarcus Russell was considered a can't-miss QB when the Oakland Raiders drafted him in 2007. (Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

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    For the first time in ten years, I'll be covering the NFL Draft this week in Philadelphia. Back in 2007, the big story was former LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell going first overall to the Oakland Raiders. 

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  • Football, Fùtbol, Food: Should the Saints take Fournette if available?

    Football, Fùtbol, Food: Should the Saints take Fournette if available?

    Fournette is projected to go in the top ten of the NFL Draft. Source: Mark LaGrangeFournette is projected to go in the top ten of the NFL Draft. Source: Mark LaGrange

    FOOTBALL Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette is projected by many mock drafts to be picked in the top ten. He dropped the "water weight" from the NFL Combine, and now weighs in at 228 pounds. The Jaguars (4th pick) and the Panthers (8th pick) could be nice landing spots for the St. Augustine alum. But, he could drop, it happens, just ask Aaron Rodgers.  The Saints pick at #11 in the first round. So if Fournette was still available at the Saints spot, should they...

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    FOOTBALL Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette is projected by many mock drafts to be picked in the top ten. He dropped the "water weight" from the NFL Combine, and now weighs in at 228 pounds. The Jaguars (4th pick) and the Panthers (8th pick) could be nice landing spots for the St. Augustine alum. But, he could drop, it happens, just ask Aaron Rodgers.  The Saints pick at #11 in the first round. So if Fournette was still available at the Saints spot, should they...

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  • NOLA Ice: Stanley Cup Playoffs preview

    NOLA Ice: Stanley Cup Playoffs preview

    Source: PixabaySource: Pixabay

    It has been 15 years since New Orleans saw professional hockey in town and while that drought has no end in sight, there is plenty to be excited for on the ice as the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs crank up Wednesday night. 

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    It has been 15 years since New Orleans saw professional hockey in town and while that drought has no end in sight, there is plenty to be excited for on the ice as the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs crank up Wednesday night. 

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  • Saints free agent film study: Ted Ginn, Jr.

    Saints free agent film study: Ted Ginn, Jr.

    Ginn is still one of the fastest players in the NFL (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune).Ginn is still one of the fastest players in the NFL (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune).
    Ted Ginn, Jr. WR Contract 3 years/ $11 million Strengths: Speed- At 31, Ginn can still fly and is showing no signs of slowing down. In their Thursday night game against the Saints, Ginn dealt the Saints a devastating blow when he ran a deep post before halftime. Craig Robertson attempted to drop in coverage but was not match for Ginn who caught the ball just falling out of bounds. Against Oakland, Ginn was  once again in the slot with a defender playing eight yards...more>>
    Ted Ginn, Jr. WR Contract 3 years/ $11 million Strengths: Speed- At 31, Ginn can still fly and is showing no signs of slowing down. In their Thursday night game against the Saints, Ginn dealt the Saints a devastating blow when he ran a deep post before halftime. Craig Robertson attempted to drop in coverage but was not match for Ginn who caught the ball just falling out of bounds. Against Oakland, Ginn was  once again in the slot with a defender playing eight yards...more>>
  • Football, Fútbol, Food: Faith in the Saints could win you big money in Vegas

    Football, Fútbol, Food: Faith in the Saints could win you big money in Vegas

    Malcolm Butler (AP Photo)Malcolm Butler (AP Photo)

    Patriots Owner Robert Kraft told the assembled media at the NFL Owners' Meetings words no Saints fan wants to hear on cornerback Malcolm Butler:

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    Patriots Owner Robert Kraft told the assembled media at the NFL Owners' Meetings words no Saints fan wants to hear on cornerback Malcolm Butler:

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  • Report: Brandin Cooks at center of trade discussions

    Report: Brandin Cooks at center of trade discussions

    Cooks leaped onto our list of top five best bargains on Saints roster in 2015Cooks leaped onto our list of top five best bargains on Saints roster in 2015

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks could be on the trading block.

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    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks could be on the trading block.

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  • QB Brandon Harris transferring from LSU

    (Brett Duke, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune) Brandon Harris will transfer from LSU.(Brett Duke, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune) Brandon Harris will transfer from LSU.
    Brandon Harris is transferring from LSU, he announced Monday. Harris made the announcement on his twitter page. "After consulting with Coach O and family, I've decided the best decision for me and my future is to transfer away from LSU. Coach O has given me a FULL release. I look forward to finishing school and graduating and finding the best place to further my education and playing career next season. To my teammates who I shared a bond with it's been fun & special, I look...more>>
    Brandon Harris is transferring from LSU, he announced Monday. Harris made the announcement on his twitter page. "After consulting with Coach O and family, I've decided the best decision for me and my future is to transfer away from LSU. Coach O has given me a FULL release. I look forward to finishing school and graduating and finding the best place to further my education and playing career next season. To my teammates who I shared a bond with it's been fun & special, I look...more>>
  • Football, Fútbol, Food: Super Bowl edition

    Football, Fútbol, Food: Super Bowl edition

    Tom Brady is primed to grab his fifth Super Bowl trophy. (FOX 8 photo)Tom Brady is primed to grab his fifth Super Bowl trophy. (FOX 8 photo)

    FOOTBALL Super Bowl prediction time here on Football, Fútbol, Food. I know Saints fans don't want to see a Falcons victory, and I believe their hopes and dreams will come true. 

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    FOOTBALL Super Bowl prediction time here on Football, Fútbol, Food. I know Saints fans don't want to see a Falcons victory, and I believe their hopes and dreams will come true. 

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  • Hagan's House: Late-night tennis is where it's at

    Hagan's House: Late-night tennis is where it's at

    Source: (Flickr commons Rexness)Source: (Flickr commons Rexness)

    Personally, it’s one of my favorite times of the sports year. NFL playoff football, NBA basketball, NCAA basketball and Australian Open tennis all happening at the same time. 

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    Personally, it’s one of my favorite times of the sports year. NFL playoff football, NBA basketball, NCAA basketball and Australian Open tennis all happening at the same time. 

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  • The Extra Point: Fantasy football round-up

    The Extra Point: Fantasy football round-up

    It’s not hard to pick out the best quarterback, running back or receiver values, but as it is every year, there were some pleasant and unpleasant surprises. Whether they came via the draft or waiver wire, some picks were truly boom or bust.

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    It’s not hard to pick out the best quarterback, running back or receiver values, but as it is every year, there were some pleasant and unpleasant surprises. Whether they came via the draft or waiver wire, some picks were truly boom or bust.

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  • The Extra Point: Sit or Start, Week 16

    The Extra Point: Sit or Start, Week 16

    It’s fantasy football championship week, and it’s only fitting that it’s one of the toughest weeks of the year. From a depleted pool of waiver wire pickups to crushing injuries league-wide, it’s very tough to find that winning combination sometimes. 

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    It’s fantasy football championship week, and it’s only fitting that it’s one of the toughest weeks of the year. From a depleted pool of waiver wire pickups to crushing injuries league-wide, it’s very tough to find that winning combination sometimes. 

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  • The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 14

    The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 14

    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    It’s playoff time! And while I hate deviating from a plan that works and shaking up the lineup too much, sometimes you’ve got to make a little change as injuries stack up and new roles develop with different teams. 

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    It’s playoff time! And while I hate deviating from a plan that works and shaking up the lineup too much, sometimes you’ve got to make a little change as injuries stack up and new roles develop with different teams. 

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  • FOOTBALL, FÙTBOL, FOOD: Tom Benson's best franchise is GMB Racing now

    FOOTBALL, FÙTBOL, FOOD: Tom Benson's best franchise is GMB Racing now

    Tom's Ready and Mo Tom represented GMB Racing in the Kentucky Derby. Source: Nola.comTom's Ready and Mo Tom represented GMB Racing in the Kentucky Derby. Source: Nola.com
    FOOTBALL   The Saints and Pelicans easily make the most money for Tom Benson, but it's his horse racing operation, GMB Racing, that's now the most successful of his three franchises.    Thursday night, the Pelicans' playoff chances took a massive hit losing to the lowly Sixers. I know it's only 23 games into the season, but you don't lose to a squad with four wins entering the contest, and nursing a 23-game road losing streak. Alvin Gentry's coaching seat is on fire, ma...more>>
    FOOTBALL   The Saints and Pelicans easily make the most money for Tom Benson, but it's his horse racing operation, GMB Racing, that's now the most successful of his three franchises.    Thursday night, the Pelicans' playoff chances took a massive hit losing to the lowly Sixers. I know it's only 23 games into the season, but you don't lose to a squad with four wins entering the contest, and nursing a 23-game road losing streak. Alvin Gentry's coaching seat is on fire, ma...more>>
  • Juan's World: Keeping the faith....kinda

    Photo by Mark LagrangePhoto by Mark Lagrange

    Welcome in to Juan's World and I'm gonna keep this brief. It's hard 'keeping the faith' when it comes to the Saints. What they do one week to draw us in, they completely push us away the 'next' week by doing the opposite.

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and I'm gonna keep this brief. It's hard 'keeping the faith' when it comes to the Saints. What they do one week to draw us in, they completely push us away the 'next' week by doing the opposite.

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  • After Further Review: Bad look for Sean Payton in Sunday's loss

    After Further Review: Bad look for Sean Payton in Sunday's loss

    Photo by Mark LagrangePhoto by Mark Lagrange

    Welcome to the mediocre world of the New Orleans Saints. One that goes above and beyond to settle a score with a former employee one week. Then completely forgets to show up against a playoff team the next.

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    Welcome to the mediocre world of the New Orleans Saints. One that goes above and beyond to settle a score with a former employee one week. Then completely forgets to show up against a playoff team the next.

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  • The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 13

    The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 13

    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    The playoffs are upon us. You’ve either begun or are about to begin your run to the money! In a crucial week with the Titans (a fantasy football gold mine) on bye, here are a few moves to consider. 

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    The playoffs are upon us. You’ve either begun or are about to begin your run to the money! In a crucial week with the Titans (a fantasy football gold mine) on bye, here are a few moves to consider. 

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  • Juan's World: Coach O named Tigers full time head football coach

    Juan's World: Coach O named Tigers full time head football coach

    Ed Orgeron (Source: Mark Lagrange)Ed Orgeron (Source: Mark Lagrange)

    Welcome in to Juan's World where over the last 48 hours everybody showed their hand in regards to LSU's head coaching position. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World where over the last 48 hours everybody showed their hand in regards to LSU's head coaching position. 

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  • Hagan's House: Joe Alleva legacy rests in Orgeron's hand

    Hagan's House: Joe Alleva legacy rests in Orgeron's hand

    Saturday, November 26 2016 12:50 PM EST2016-11-26 17:50:07 GMT
    LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva.. Source: Nola.comLSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva.. Source: Nola.com

    12 long months ago, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva and LSU President F. King Alexander botched the firing of Les Miles and probably a chance to hire Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, only to waste a golden opportunity of a season and hire their defensive line coach to replace Miles.

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    12 long months ago, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva and LSU President F. King Alexander botched the firing of Les Miles and probably a chance to hire Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, only to waste a golden opportunity of a season and hire their defensive line coach to replace Miles.

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  • After Further Review: Plan 'B' should be Plan 'O' for LSU

    Coach Orgeron should be a high priority in LSU's coaching search. (Photo by Brett Duke, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)Coach Orgeron should be a high priority in LSU's coaching search. (Photo by Brett Duke, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)

    Joe Alleva is absolutely correct in reportedly wanting Jimbo as his top guy. But what happens if Jimbo doesn’t want to be that guy? That’s where things would appear to be complicated. But should be real simple. Stick with Ed Orgeron.

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    Joe Alleva is absolutely correct in reportedly wanting Jimbo as his top guy. But what happens if Jimbo doesn’t want to be that guy? That’s where things would appear to be complicated. But should be real simple. Stick with Ed Orgeron.

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  • The Extra Point: Start or sit Week 11

    The Extra Point: Start or sit Week 11

    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Either you’re right around the corner from the playoffs or just starting them in your fantasy league. But either way, it’s time to scour the waiver wire and/or make those pivotal decisions that will get you the next win. 

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    Either you’re right around the corner from the playoffs or just starting them in your fantasy league. But either way, it’s time to scour the waiver wire and/or make those pivotal decisions that will get you the next win. 

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  • The Extra Point: Start or Sit Week 10

    The Extra Point: Start or Sit Week 10

    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    We just survived one of the worst bye weeks of the season, and if you were good enough to win last week, congratulations.

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    We just survived one of the worst bye weeks of the season, and if you were good enough to win last week, congratulations.

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  • The Extra Point: Start or Sit Week 9

    The Extra Point: Start or Sit Week 9

    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    This is an absolutely brutal bye week, to say the least. Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New England and Washington have the week off. That means from Tom Brady to David Johnson and A.J. Green, some of the league’s most productive players at the position, and the bread-winners of your fantasy team, won’t be there. Time to take advantage of the favorable matchups and pray.

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    This is an absolutely brutal bye week, to say the least. Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New England and Washington have the week off. That means from Tom Brady to David Johnson and A.J. Green, some of the league’s most productive players at the position, and the bread-winners of your fantasy team, won’t be there. Time to take advantage of the favorable matchups and pray.

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  • Football, Fútbol, Food: The very thin line between wins and losses in the NFL, and the best spots for steaks

    Football, Fútbol, Food: The very thin line between wins and losses in the NFL, and the best spots for steaks

    The Saints 2-4 record could be better if mistakes were cut to a minimum. (Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)The Saints 2-4 record could be better if mistakes were cut to a minimum. (Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    In the NFC, 8 of 16 teams possess records either a game above .500, at .500, or a game below .500 in the standings. For Saints fans holding on to playoff dreams, this is fantastic news. 

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    In the NFC, 8 of 16 teams possess records either a game above .500, at .500, or a game below .500 in the standings. For Saints fans holding on to playoff dreams, this is fantastic news. 

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  • The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 7

    The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 7

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    It’s hard to believe we’ve already reached week seven, and hopefully in your fantasy league, you’ve started to separate yourself from the pack. It’s all about just getting into the playoffs. Anything can happen from there. As for the present, week seven brings another challenge with bye weeks.

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    It’s hard to believe we’ve already reached week seven, and hopefully in your fantasy league, you’ve started to separate yourself from the pack. It’s all about just getting into the playoffs. Anything can happen from there. As for the present, week seven brings another challenge with bye weeks.

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  • Football, Fútbol, Food: NFL GM's need quarterbacks to survive, and English soccer gets an American coach

    Football, Fútbol, Food: NFL GM's need quarterbacks to survive, and English soccer gets an American coach

    Ryan Pace and Mickey Loomis know the importance of a big-time quarterback running their team. Source: Nola.comRyan Pace and Mickey Loomis know the importance of a big-time quarterback running their team. Source: Nola.com
    FOOTBALL The NFL always has been and always will be a quarterback league. If you have a great quarterback, you can win a title, or multiple titles (Belichick with Patriots). No QB, probably no job long term (Belichick with Browns). Mickey Loomis took over as general manager of the Saints in 2002. In the four years before Drew Brees, the Saints’ record was 28-36. The Aaron Brooks and the Todd Bouman’s of the world just won't get you...more>>
    FOOTBALL The NFL always has been and always will be a quarterback league. If you have a great quarterback, you can win a title, or multiple titles (Belichick with Patriots). No QB, probably no job long term (Belichick with Browns). Mickey Loomis took over as general manager of the Saints in 2002. In the four years before Drew Brees, the Saints’ record was 28-36. The Aaron Brooks and the Todd Bouman’s of the world just won't get you...more>>
  • Jim Henderson’s Black and Gold Breakdown: Saints vs Panthers

    Jim Henderson’s Black and Gold Breakdown: Saints vs Panthers

    Thursday, October 13 2016 5:38 PM EDT2016-10-13 21:38:24 GMT
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    You won’t get much sympathy from Saints fans when you play without some starters out with injuries. But when two of the five starters you were missing as the Panthers were on a Monday night home loss to Tampa Bay include your quarterback/NFL MVP and top running back, it’s bound to make a difference. 

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    You won’t get much sympathy from Saints fans when you play without some starters out with injuries. But when two of the five starters you were missing as the Panthers were on a Monday night home loss to Tampa Bay include your quarterback/NFL MVP and top running back, it’s bound to make a difference. 

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  • The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 6

    The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 6

    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    As we enter week six, one thing has become pretty clear. It’s not the year of the fantasy football running back. 

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    As we enter week six, one thing has become pretty clear. It’s not the year of the fantasy football running back. 

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  • The Extra Point: Sit or start Week 5

    The Extra Point: Sit or start Week 5

    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    We dive deeper in the bye weeks, which means you’ll have to dive deeper into your bench. 

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    We dive deeper in the bye weeks, which means you’ll have to dive deeper into your bench. 

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  • Juan's World: Saints defense turns back Chargers

    (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)(Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    Welcome into Juan's World where I'm pondering this. Seven minutes, three turnovers. It's the kind of script that losing teams usually follow. And they did. San Diego did. Not the Saints. They were the ones putting together these kind of late-game heroics.

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    Welcome into Juan's World where I'm pondering this. Seven minutes, three turnovers. It's the kind of script that losing teams usually follow. And they did. San Diego did. Not the Saints. They were the ones putting together these kind of late-game heroics.

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  • After Further Review: Saints beat Chargers, reporter learns his lesson

    After Further Review: Saints beat Chargers, reporter learns his lesson

    FOX 8 photoFOX 8 photo

    I know better. At around the eight minute mark of the fourth quarter, I had my post game script written. The Saints had just punted the ball back to the Chargers down, 34-21 and were well on their way to an 0-4 start. 

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    I know better. At around the eight minute mark of the fourth quarter, I had my post game script written. The Saints had just punted the ball back to the Chargers down, 34-21 and were well on their way to an 0-4 start. 

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  • Football, Fùtbol, Food: Alleva has one choice for LSU job, Tom Herman

    Football, Fùtbol, Food: Alleva has one choice for LSU job, Tom Herman

    Joe Alleva focus should be solely on Tom Herman. Source: Nola.comJoe Alleva focus should be solely on Tom Herman. Source: Nola.com
    Football LSU athletic director Joe Alleva can end his search now for a new head coach. It's one person only, Tom Herman. The Houston head coach is 1 and 1A on the list.    For goodness' sake, Herman is making University of Houston football relevant again. I don't recall paying attention to the Cougs since the run-and-shoot's offensive heyday run by Andre Ware and David Klingler.   He's a flat-out winner to start. Under Herman, the Cougars are 18-1. Plus, he's an offens...more>>
    Football LSU athletic director Joe Alleva can end his search now for a new head coach. It's one person only, Tom Herman. The Houston head coach is 1 and 1A on the list.    For goodness' sake, Herman is making University of Houston football relevant again. I don't recall paying attention to the Cougs since the run-and-shoot's offensive heyday run by Andre Ware and David Klingler.   He's a flat-out winner to start. Under Herman, the Cougars are 18-1. Plus, he's an offens...more>>
  • The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 4

    The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 4

    Let me start out by saying that no one’s more excited to see Saints TE Coby Fleener finally produce than me. Not only do I have have him in one of my leagues, but I was risking a lot of credibility vouching for his future fantasy football production.

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    Let me start out by saying that no one’s more excited to see Saints TE Coby Fleener finally produce than me. Not only do I have have him in one of my leagues, but I was risking a lot of credibility vouching for his future fantasy football production.

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  • Saints continue painful start to season

    Saints continue painful start to season

    Welcome and Juan's world where, if you've noticed, I like to wait 24 hours before dropping an opinion on the Saints. I feel like I should preface my first statement by saying they're not what we thought they would be.

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    Welcome and Juan's world where, if you've noticed, I like to wait 24 hours before dropping an opinion on the Saints. I feel like I should preface my first statement by saying they're not what we thought they would be.

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  • Hagan's House: LSU's Ed Orgeron talks the talk

    Hagan's House: LSU's Ed Orgeron talks the talk

    But can he walk the walk? The Tigers' interim head coach Ed Orgeron said all of the right things, but executing them will be the tricky part.

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    But can he walk the walk? The Tigers' interim head coach Ed Orgeron said all of the right things, but executing them will be the tricky part.

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  • After Further Review: What I'll always remember about Sept. 25, 2006

    After Further Review: What I'll always remember about Sept. 25, 2006

    I don't recall exactly how I got the job. Such was life for me in the six years between graduating from college and actually getting a full-time job covering sports. I paid my dues during the days and

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    I don't recall exactly how I got the job. Such was life for me in the six years between graduating from college and actually getting a full-time job covering sports. I paid my dues during the days and picked up whatever side jobs I could whenever possible. So when the opportunity came to be one of the guys that shot confetti outside of the Superdome for the re-opening, I jumped at the chance. 

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  • Juan's World: The Saints are 0-2. How bad is dat?

    Juan's World: The Saints are 0-2. How bad is dat?

    Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    Welcome in to Juan's World where for the third straight year, Saints fans are being asked by 'their' team to BELIEVE. Believe that they're gonna be able to turn this season around. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World where for the third straight year, Saints fans are being asked by 'their' team to BELIEVE. Believe that they're gonna be able to turn this season around. 

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  • Saints fall to Giants on the road, 16-13

    Saints fall to Giants on the road, 16-13

    FOX 8 graphicFOX 8 graphic

    The Saints defense played an outstanding game keeping the Giants offense out of the endzone, but it wasn't enough as New Orleans loses on the road, 16-13.

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    The Saints defense played an outstanding game keeping the Giants offense out of the endzone, but it wasn't enough as New Orleans loses on the road, 16-13.

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  • Football, Fútbol, Food: Loyalty will ultimately be Les Miles undoing

    Football, Fútbol, Food: Loyalty will ultimately be Les Miles undoing

    Les Miles decision making has come into question over his offensive coordinator and quarterback. Source: Nola.com I Times-PicayuneLes Miles decision making has come into question over his offensive coordinator and quarterback. Source: Nola.com I Times-Picayune

    Football Loyalty is a strong trait to possess, and commands respect amongst your peers.

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    Football Loyalty is a strong trait to possess, and commands respect amongst your peers.

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  • The Extra Point: The Wide Receiver Dilemma

    The Extra Point: The Wide Receiver Dilemma

    Photo by Mark LagrangePhoto by Mark Lagrange

    The best part about the start of the new fantasy football season is seeing new stars emerge and sometimes replace the top fantasy earners of the past. The worst part about the start of the new fantasy football season is seeing the new stars emerge and sometimes replace the top fantasy earners of the past.

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    The best part about the start of the new fantasy football season is seeing new stars emerge and sometimes replace the top fantasy earners of the past. The worst part about the start of the new fantasy football season is seeing the new stars emerge and sometimes replace the top fantasy earners of the past.

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  • The Extra Point: Week 1 review

    The Extra Point: Week 1 review

    Saints WR Willie Snead pulls in a pass from Drew Brees during the Saints overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans. (Photo by Mark Lagrange)Saints WR Willie Snead pulls in a pass from Drew Brees during the Saints overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans. (Photo by Mark Lagrange)

    Week one, as always in fantasy football, came with its ups and downs and a fair share of surprises. That includes teams league-wide and locally with the Saints. 

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    Week one, as always in fantasy football, came with its ups and downs and a fair share of surprises. That includes teams league-wide and locally with the Saints. 

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  • Saints fall to Raiders 35-34

    Saints fall to Raiders 35-34

    Sunday, September 11 2016 5:08 PM EDT2016-09-11 21:08:54 GMT
    Source: Mark LagrangeSource: Mark Lagrange

    Oakland gambled with a 2-point conversion that David Carr converted with a pass to Michael Crabtree for the winning points with 47 seconds left to help the Raiders beat the New Orleans Saints 35-34 on Sunday.

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    Oakland gambled with a 2-point conversion that David Carr converted with a pass to Michael Crabtree for the winning points with 47 seconds left to help the Raiders beat the New Orleans Saints 35-34 on Sunday.

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  • Football, Fútbol, Food

    Football, Fútbol, Food

    Source: Nola.com I Times-Picayune, Adam Biderman, and Leicester City FC.Source: Nola.com I Times-Picayune, Adam Biderman, and Leicester City FC.

    Some interesting Saints information in 'All or Nothing' documentary covering the Arizona Cardinals

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    Some interesting Saints information in 'All or Nothing' documentary covering the Arizona Cardinals

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  • Football, Futbol, Food: Saints first four are vital, agents making bank, a new sandwich spot

    Football, Futbol, Food: Saints first four are vital, agents making bank, a new sandwich spot

    (Source: WVUE)(Source: WVUE)

    Expectations for the Saints are low if you listen to national pundits

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    Expectations for the Saints are low if you listen to national pundits

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  • Football, Fútbol, Food: Polls, Premier League, Part & Parcel

    Football, Fútbol, Food: Polls, Premier League, Part & Parcel

    (Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)(Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    Polls go for more hype than substance the naysayers point out

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    Polls go for more hype than substance the naysayers point out

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  • FOOTBALL, FÚTBOL, FOOD: LSU drops big-time in my AP Poll, and how to avoid the big lines at Parkway.

    FOOTBALL, FÚTBOL, FOOD: LSU drops big-time in my AP Poll, and how to avoid the big lines at Parkway.

    (Sources: Nola.com I Times-Picayune, Fox 8, and Parkway Bakery Instagram)(Sources: Nola.com I Times-Picayune, Fox 8, and Parkway Bakery Instagram)

    LSU drops big-time in my AP Poll, and how to avoid the big lines at Parkway. FOOTBALL I woke up Sunday morning in a Green Bay-area hotel with a feeling of disbelief. I kept asking myself, how did I

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    LSU drops big-time in my AP Poll, and how to avoid the big lines at Parkway

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  • The Extra Point: Week 1

    The Extra Point: Week 1

    (Source: Mark Lagrange)(Source: Mark Lagrange)

    The Extra Point Week 1 The goal of The Extra Point is to, indeed, get you that extra point whether it be your kicker, defense or running back that falls forward one more yard and gives you that win to get into the playoffs or more importantly, get you bragging rights. 

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    The Extra Point Week 1 The goal of The Extra Point is to, indeed, get you that extra point whether it be your kicker, defense or running back that falls forward one more yard and gives you that win to get into the playoffs or more importantly, get you bragging rights. 

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  • After Further Review: Rankins dazzles in Saints-Patriots practice

    After Further Review: Rankins dazzles in Saints-Patriots practice

    Source: Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneSource: Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

    Sheldon Rankins has had a very good camp thus far, but on Tuesday, Rankins was magnificent.

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    Sheldon Rankins has had a very good camp thus far, but on Tuesday, Rankins was magnificent.

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  • After Further Review: Latest Saints 53-man roster projection

    After Further Review: Latest Saints 53-man roster projection

    (FOX 8 Photo) Ranking the Saints: #19 C.J. Spiller.(FOX 8 Photo) Ranking the Saints: #19 C.J. Spiller.

    An unexpected break in a very physical training camp provided the perfect opportunity for a Saints’ roster projection. Preseason games could shake this up drastically

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    An unexpected break in a very physical training camp provided the perfect opportunity for a Saints’ roster projection. Preseason games could shake this up drastically, but as of now here’s my view of the 53

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  • After Further Review: Brees struggles, defense dominates Saints Saturday practice

    After Further Review: Brees struggles, defense dominates Saints Saturday practice

    (Source: David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)(Source: David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    When we look back at of some of the best performances of the illustrious career of Drew Brees, practice nine of Saints training camp 2016 will not be a part of the highlight reel. In what may been his worst performance at a camp practice ever, Brees was stifled by the Saints’ defense and threw four interceptions. The biggest question post-

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    When we look back at of some of the best performances of the illustrious career of Drew Brees, practice nine of Saints training camp 2016 will not be a part of the highlight reel. In what may been his worst performance at a camp practice ever, Brees was stifled by the Saints’ defense and threw four interceptions. The biggest question post-

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  • After Further Review: Assessing the Saints through eight practices

    After Further Review: Assessing the Saints through eight practices

    We may not have technically hit the midway point of the entire Saints’ training camp but we are officially on the back half of our time here in West Virginia. With that in mind,  now feels

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    We may not have technically hit the midway point of the entire Saints’ training camp, but we are officially on the back half of our time here in West Virginia.

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  • After Further Review: Lewis returns, defense makes plays during Saints practice #6

    After Further Review: Lewis returns, defense makes plays during Saints practice #6

    FOX 8 graphicFOX 8 graphic

    Fresh off their first off day, the Saints put in another spirited effort for practice number six. They shifted things down to the lower field and were in just shoulder pads and shorts. Overall, the defense got the upper hand.

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    Fresh off their first off day, the Saints put in another spirited effort for practice number six. They shifted things down to the lower field and were in just shoulder pads and shorts. Overall, the defense got the upper hand.

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  • After Further Review: Sacks & PBUs highlight Saints practice #5 and other observations

    After Further Review: Sacks & PBUs highlight Saints practice #5 and other observations

    FOX 8 graphicFOX 8 graphic

    Five practices in, we’ve officially transitioned into a new phase of training camp. The newness has worn off while the end is nowhere near in site.

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    Five practices in, we’ve officially transitioned into a new phase of training camp. The newness has worn off while the end is nowhere near in site.

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  • After Further Review: Secondary shines, Grayson rebounds and other observations from Saints practice four

    After Further Review: Secondary shines, Grayson rebounds and other observations from Saints practice four

    (FOX 8)(FOX 8)

    It was another grueling session for the second day of pads for the Saints.

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    It was another grueling session for the second day of pads for the Saints. 

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  • Football, Fútbol, Food

    Football, Fútbol, Food

    Source: GMB Racing, Root Instagram, USA Soccer.Source: GMB Racing, Root Instagram, USA Soccer.

    Gayle and Tom Benson horses, a movement to can the U.S. men's soccer coach and a creative social media campaign to get the word out about a local restaurant

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    Gayle and Tom Benson horses, a movement to can the U.S. men's soccer coach and a creative social media campaign to get the word out about a local restaurant

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  • Football, Fútbol, Food

    Football, Fútbol, Food

    In this space I'll talk all things "football, fútbol, food." Which means a heavy dose of: Saints, LSU, Tulane, soccer around the world, and go in-depth with the chefs and owners of crescent city restaurants. more>>
    In this space I'll talk all things "football, fútbol, food." Which means a heavy dose of: Saints, LSU, Tulane, soccer around the world, and go in-depth with the chefs and owners of crescent city restaurants. more>>
  • After Further Review: Robertson & Williams flash and other Saints mini camp Day 1

    After Further Review: Robertson & Williams flash and other Saints mini camp Day 1

    Source: Kyle EncarSource: Kyle Encar

    Recognizing Robertson Craig Robertson had another impressive practice Tuesday. Robertson had two pass break-ups as he spent the majority of the day with the first team. This is the second consecutive

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    Thoughts on Saints mini camp

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  • Juan: Atlanta Tops New Orleans for Super Bowl LIII

    Juan: Atlanta Tops New Orleans for Super Bowl LIII

    New Orleans last hosted a Super Bowl in 2013. (Source: Flickr Commons)New Orleans last hosted a Super Bowl in 2013. (Source: Flickr Commons)

    Call it a sign. Atlanta being awarded Super Bowl 53 over New Orleans came down to one thing. Stadium.

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    Call it a sign. Atlanta being awarded Super Bowl 53 over New Orleans came down to one thing. Stadium.

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  • Juan's World: A difficult week for Saints fans

    Juan's World: A difficult week for Saints fans

    Tuesday, April 12 2016 1:38 PM EDT2016-04-12 17:38:50 GMT
    Former Saints defensive end Will Smith and his wife were shot multiple times Saturday (Source: Mark LaGrange)Former Saints defensive end Will Smith and his wife were shot multiple times Saturday (Source: Mark LaGrange)

    What a difficult 72 hours it's been for Louisiana football fans.

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    What a difficult 72 hours it's been for Louisiana football fans.

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  • Juan's World: Losing A Leader

    Juan's World: Losing A Leader

    Tuesday, March 8 2016 10:42 PM EST2016-03-09 03:42:12 GMT

    Welcome in to Juan's World where I've been disappointed again with a decision made by one of our professional sports franchises.

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    Welcome in to Juan's World where I've been disappointed again with a decision made by one of our professional sports franchises.

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  • Juan's World: The sheriff exits stage left

    Juan's World: The sheriff exits stage left

    Love him or hate him, you have to respect what Peyton Manning did for the game. You have to admire his approach to the game. more>>

    Love him or hate him, you have to respect what Peyton Manning did for the game. You have to admire his approach to the game.

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  • Hagan's House: Last chance for the Tigers

    Hagan's House: Last chance for the Tigers

    Monday, February 22 2016 8:15 PM EST2016-02-23 01:15:18 GMT
    With four games left in the regular season, there’s no question that this is the Tigers last chance to prove they’re worthy of more than just the NIT. more>>

    With four games left in the regular season, there’s no question that this is the Tigers last chance to prove they’re worthy of more than just the NIT.

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  • Hagan's House: Cam Newton missed his chance

    Hagan's House: Cam Newton missed his chance

    Monday, February 8 2016 6:39 PM EST2016-02-08 23:39:33 GMT

    Cam Newton missed his chance to close the book on his critics and show he’s matured.

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    Cam Newton missed his chance to close the book on his critics and show he’s matured.

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  • Juan's World: Black and gold get thrilling win on 'All Saints Day'

    Juan's World: Black and gold get thrilling win on 'All Saints Day'

    Photo by Mark LagrangePhoto by Mark Lagrange
    In Juan's World on this All Saints Day, I can't help but be thankful for what I just saw. more>>
    In Juan's World on this All Saints Day, I can't help but be thankful for what I just saw. more>>
  • Juan's World: Mauti's exceptional punt block

    Juan's World: Mauti's exceptional punt block

    Friday, October 16 2015 5:00 PM EDT2015-10-16 21:00:36 GMT
    (Source: Mark Lagrange)(Source: Mark Lagrange)
    A funny thing happened while I watching last night's Saints/Falcons game from the comfort of my own couch.more>>
    A funny thing happened while I watching last night's Saints/Falcons game from the comfort of my own couch.more>>
  • Juan's World: Snap, block, score...Broncos steal win in Dome

    Juan's World: Snap, block, score...Broncos steal win in Dome

    (FOX 8 photo)(FOX 8 photo)

    Welcome in to Juan's World where I stand by what I said on Twitter. The refs made the right call on Will Parks score on a blocked extra point. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World where I stand by what I said on Twitter. The refs made the right call on Will Parks score on a blocked extra point. 

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  • Juan's World: Saints hit the reset button after beating Panthers

    Saints Hit the Reset Button after Beating Panthers

    Source: Mark LagrangeSource: Mark Lagrange

    Welcome in to Juan's World where, if we truly break down the Saints win against the Panthers on Sunday, all it was was one win, right? When it happened, how it happened, against whom it happened mean the answer is an emphatic NO!!! 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World where, if we truly break down the Saints win against the Panthers on Sunday, all it was was one win, right? When it happened, how it happened, against whom it happened mean the answer is an emphatic NO!!! 

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  • After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #2

    Take One: Ramczyk stays with the 1’s Another day with the first team at left tackle for Ryan Ramczyk. Ramczyk split reps with Khalif Barnes but received the majority of them at the position. #71 will be one of the first players I observe Saturday when the pads officially come on. Take Two: Nickel looks The linebacker group remained the same Friday but the Saints did unveil a few wrinkles to their nickel package. When the Saints went five defensive backs, Klein shifted over t...

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    Take One: Ramczyk stays with the 1’s Another day with the first team at left tackle for Ryan Ramczyk. Ramczyk split reps with Khalif Barnes but received the majority of them at the position. #71 will be one of the first players I observe Saturday when the pads officially come on. Take Two: Nickel looks The linebacker group remained the same Friday but the Saints did unveil a few wrinkles to their nickel package. When the Saints went five defensive backs, Klein shifted over t...

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  • Delvin Breaux, cornerbacks ready to step up

    Delvin Breaux, cornerbacks ready to step up

    Delvin Breaux at Saints training camp.Delvin Breaux at Saints training camp.

    The Saints' cornerbacks have their work cut out for them during training camp.

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    The Saints' cornerbacks have their work cut out for them during training camp.

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  • Michael Thomas embracing criticism in second year

    Michael Thomas embracing criticism in second year

    (Source: David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) Michael Thomas has gained the trust of Drew Brees.(Source: David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) Michael Thomas has gained the trust of Drew Brees.

    Michael Thomas was the sixth receiver taken in the 2016 NFL Draft, yet he won the rookie receiving triple crown of catches, yards and touchdowns, fueled in large part by the fact that he was overlooked until the 47th overall selection. 

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    Michael Thomas was the sixth receiver taken in the 2016 NFL Draft, yet he won the rookie receiving triple crown of catches, yards and touchdowns, fueled in large part by the fact that he was overlooked until the 47th overall selection. 

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