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  • The case for and against Saquon Barkley as a top fantasy pick

    The case for and against Saquon Barkley as a top fantasy pick

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    To draft or not to draft Giants RB Saquon Barkley in the top six?

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    To draft or not to draft Giants RB Saquon Barkley in the top six?

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  • The Extra Point: Best fantasy football seasons in the last decade

    The Extra Point: Best fantasy football seasons in the last decade

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    The 2018 fantasy football season is upon us, and to celebrate, we take a look back at some of the best performances of the last decade.

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    The 2018 fantasy football season is upon us, and to celebrate, we take a look back at some of the best performances of the last decade.

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  • FFF: Taysom Hill makes the Saints preseason a must-watch

    FFF: Taysom Hill makes the Saints preseason a must-watch

    Taysom Hill scores a TD in the 4th quarter in Jaksonville. Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Taysom Hill scores a TD in the 4th quarter in Jaksonville. Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    In this edition off FFF we talk all things Taysom Hill, another young American soccer player is making noise in Europe, and my visit to Chicken and Watermelon for some wings. FOOTBALL Drew Brees is the Saints quarterback for at least the next two years under his contract. He could play for another 1-3 years after that if he wanted. Brees is that good, and still in fantastic shape. So for the foreseeable future, the only time Saints fans will see Taysom Hill line up at QB will be in...

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    In this edition off FFF we talk all things Taysom Hill, another young American soccer player is making noise in Europe, and my visit to Chicken and Watermelon for some wings. FOOTBALL Drew Brees is the Saints quarterback for at least the next two years under his contract. He could play for another 1-3 years after that if he wanted. Brees is that good, and still in fantastic shape. So for the foreseeable future, the only time Saints fans will see Taysom Hill line up at QB will be in...

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  • FFF: Defense shining at Saints camp doesn't mean offense is struggling

    FFF: Defense shining at Saints camp doesn't mean offense is struggling

    Marcus Williams picked off Drew Brees in three straight practices. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Marcus Williams picked off Drew Brees in three straight practices. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    In this edition of FFF we dissect the Saints success on defense against Drew Brees, the Americans are taking over English soccer, and a Friday lunch at Galatoire's FOOTBALL Three straight practices Marcus Williams has intercepted Drew Brees. Yes, Williams is having a strong camp on Airline Drive, but this also doesn't mean Brees is struggling. It's time for plays of the day at #Saints camp on Monday. For the third straight practice Marcus Williams intercepted Drew Brees. @FO...

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    In this edition of FFF we dissect the Saints success on defense against Drew Brees, the Americans are taking over English soccer, and a Friday lunch at Galatoire's FOOTBALL Three straight practices Marcus Williams has intercepted Drew Brees. Yes, Williams is having a strong camp on Airline Drive, but this also doesn't mean Brees is struggling. It's time for plays of the day at #Saints camp on Monday. For the third straight practice Marcus Williams intercepted Drew Brees. @FO...

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  • FFF: Boston Scott is a Saint all fans should root for

    FFF: Boston Scott is a Saint all fans should root for

    Boston Scott played his prep ball at Zachary. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Boston Scott played his prep ball at Zachary. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    In this edition of FFF we dissect the rise of running back back Boston Scott, German club Bayern Munich invest in MLS talent, and a must-try sandwich spot right by the Saints facility. FOOTBALL The Saints 2018 sixth-round pick, Boston Scott, is one of us I feel like. He's my height, 5'7", and has a deep love for the Black and Gold growing up near Baton Rouge. He's the everyman back, but of course, he's much more talented than us. He's been doubted in his career (a walk-on at L...

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    In this edition of FFF we dissect the rise of running back back Boston Scott, German club Bayern Munich invest in MLS talent, and a must-try sandwich spot right by the Saints facility. FOOTBALL The Saints 2018 sixth-round pick, Boston Scott, is one of us I feel like. He's my height, 5'7", and has a deep love for the Black and Gold growing up near Baton Rouge. He's the everyman back, but of course, he's much more talented than us. He's been doubted in his career (a walk-on at L...

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  • FFF: Tight end Dan Arnold one of the big surprises of Saints camp

    FFF: Tight end Dan Arnold one of the big surprises of Saints camp

    Dan Arnold is in his second year with the Saints. Source: Nola.comDan Arnold is in his second year with the Saints. Source: Nola.com

    In this edition of FFF we focus on a tight end turning heads at Saints camp, an expansion soccer team in Los Angeles is fighting for the playoffs, and dinner at Antoine's never disappoints.  FOOTBALL Each training camp there's always one or two surprises that really no one could predict. The emergence of tight end Dan Arnold is a prime example. He's made a ton of big-time catches so far in camp, and has many fans going who's No. 85?  Arnold originally suited up for the Bl...

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    In this edition of FFF we focus on a tight end turning heads at Saints camp, an expansion soccer team in Los Angeles is fighting for the playoffs, and dinner at Antoine's never disappoints.  FOOTBALL Each training camp there's always one or two surprises that really no one could predict. The emergence of tight end Dan Arnold is a prime example. He's made a ton of big-time catches so far in camp, and has many fans going who's No. 85?  Arnold originally suited up for the Bl...

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  • Juan's World: Too Much Hype Too Soon?

    10 training camp practices will be open to Saints fans in July and August. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)10 training camp practices will be open to Saints fans in July and August. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
    10 training camp practices will be open to Saints fans in July and August. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)10 training camp practices will be open to Saints fans in July and August. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    Welcome in to Juan's World and I have a confession to make. In the past, I have been one of those media members that has 'Drank the Kool-Aid" or "Eaten the Cheese." Which means, I've bought in on a particular player early in camp, gotten overly excited about him, only to wonder what happened to him by the time camp came to a close. It's really something that happens every year at Saints camp and probably at every other NFL camp. One guy takes over the early part of cam...

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and I have a confession to make. In the past, I have been one of those media members that has 'Drank the Kool-Aid" or "Eaten the Cheese." Which means, I've bought in on a particular player early in camp, gotten overly excited about him, only to wonder what happened to him by the time camp came to a close. It's really something that happens every year at Saints camp and probably at every other NFL camp. One guy takes over the early part of cam...

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  • FFF: Rookie Tre'Quan Smith showing big-play potential a few days into camp

    FFF: Rookie Tre'Quan Smith showing big-play potential a few days into camp

    Tre"Quan Smith made a fantastic catch in traffic Saturday. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Tre"Quan Smith made a fantastic catch in traffic Saturday. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    In this edition of FFF we put our focus on possible breakout rookie wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith, a European soccer team that has the Saints fans in mind, and a visit to a legendary St. Bernard eatery. 

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    In this edition of FFF we put our focus on possible breakout rookie wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith, a European soccer team that has the Saints fans in mind, and a visit to a legendary St. Bernard eatery. 

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  • FFF: Is Alvin Kamara the second-most popular Saint

    FFF: Is Alvin Kamara the second most-popular Saint

    Alvin Kamara won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2017, Source: Mark LagrangeAlvin Kamara won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2017, Source: Mark Lagrange

    On this edition of FFF: I focus on the popularity of Saints running back Alvin Kamara, the World Cup final, and a treasure in Texas. FOOTBALL At Alvin Kamara's camp on Monday, teammate Marshon Lattimore made a guest appearance. The assembled media asked the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year for an interview. He laughed, said he plays on defense, all the flash is on offense. He still did the interview, but he makes a good point. Drew Brees is easily the most popular Saint on...

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    On this edition of FFF: I focus on the popularity of Saints running back Alvin Kamara, the World Cup final, and a treasure in Texas. FOOTBALL At Alvin Kamara's camp on Monday, teammate Marshon Lattimore made a guest appearance. The assembled media asked the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year for an interview. He laughed, said he plays on defense, all the flash is on offense. He still did the interview, but he makes a good point. Drew Brees is easily the most popular Saint on...

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  • FFF: Coach O on fire in recruiting

    FFF: Coach O on fire in recruiting

    Stingley committed to LSU last week. (Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Stingley committed to LSU last week. (Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    In this edition of FFF we dissect the 2019 recruiting class of Coach O, who's impressed at the World Cup, and the restaurant industry is opening too many spots. FOOTBALL In the last week Ed Orgeron pulled in th

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    In this edition of FFF we dissect the 2019 recruiting class of Coach O, who's impressed at the World Cup, and the restaurant industry is opening too many spots. FOOTBALL In the last week Ed Orgeron pulled in th

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  • FFF: Perfect timing for Moore and Thomas to enter Saints HOF

    FFF: Perfect timing for Moore and Thomas to enter Saints HOF

    Pierre Thomas was a big contributor in the Saints 2009 Super Bowl run. Source: Nola.comPierre Thomas was a big contributor in the Saints 2009 Super Bowl run. Source: Nola.com

    On this edition of FFF, we weigh in on the announcement of Lance Moore and Pierre Thomas going into the Saints Hall of Fame, dissect the World Cup coming to America, and stop at one of the best Italian restaurants in the New Orleans area. FOOTBALL The Saints Hall Of Fame announced today, Lance Moore and Pierre Thomas will be the latest inductees. I feel the timing of their elections is perfect timing. In Super Bowl 44, Moore and Thomas were both key contributors to a Saints victory...

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    On this edition of FFF, we weigh in on the announcement of Lance Moore and Pierre Thomas going into the Saints Hall of Fame, dissect the World Cup coming to America, and stop at one of the best Italian restaurants in the New Orleans area. FOOTBALL The Saints Hall Of Fame announced today, Lance Moore and Pierre Thomas will be the latest inductees. I feel the timing of their elections is perfect timing. In Super Bowl 44, Moore and Thomas were both key contributors to a Saints victory...

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  • Juan's World: Bring on the World Cup

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and with the turn of the calendar to the month of June, my heart beat has steadily picked up the pace in anticipation of the beautiful game holding a month-long celebration. In short, it's called the World Cup. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and with the turn of the calendar to the month of June, my heart beat has steadily picked up the pace in anticipation of the beautiful game holding a month-long celebration. In short, it's called the World Cup. 

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  • FFF: No one respects LSU Football in 2018

    FFF: No one respects LSU Football in 2018

    Myles Brennan is in a four-man race to start LSU's opener against Miami (FL). Source: Mark LagrangeMyles Brennan is in a four-man race to start LSU's opener against Miami (FL). Source: Mark Lagrange

    In this edition of FFF: Vegas gives no love to the LSU Tigers, U.S. Men's National Soccer Team is seeing a youth revolution, and Chick-fil-A a fast food titan. FOOTBALL Vegas released their win totals for the upcoming football season, and LSU wasn't looked on favorably.  Vegas says LSU wins 7 games; Tulane doesn't make a bowl game "The guys in the desert" said LSU will win SEVEN games this year, that's it. I'm not buying it.  The addition of Ohio State tr...

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    In this edition of FFF: Vegas gives no love to the LSU Tigers, U.S. Men's National Soccer Team is seeing a youth revolution, and Chick-fil-A a fast food titan. FOOTBALL Vegas released their win totals for the upcoming football season, and LSU wasn't looked on favorably.  Vegas says LSU wins 7 games; Tulane doesn't make a bowl game "The guys in the desert" said LSU will win SEVEN games this year, that's it. I'm not buying it.  The addition of Ohio State tr...

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  • FFF: Say it isn't so Mark

    FFF: Say it isn't so Mark

    Mark Ingram is a fan favorite after seven years with the Saints. Source: Michael DeMockerMark Ingram is a fan favorite after seven years with the Saints. Source: Michael DeMocker

    In this edition of FFF, we break down the Ingram suspension, a soccer club in Scotland is racking up titles at an insane pace, and I hit the Bywater for some Chinese food. 

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    In this edition of FFF, we break down the Ingram suspension, a soccer club in Scotland is racking up titles at an insane pace, and I hit the Bywater for some Chinese food. 

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  • FFF: You think you know, but you don't know

    FFF: You think you know, but you don't know

    The Pelicans will play the winner of the Spurs-Warriors series. Source: Pelicans.comThe Pelicans will play the winner of the Spurs-Warriors series. Source: Pelicans.com
    The Pelicans will play the winner of the Spurs-Warriors series. Source: Pelicans.comThe Pelicans will play the winner of the Spurs-Warriors series. Source: Pelicans.com
    In this edition of FFF we dissect "experts" who counted out the Pelicans, a soccer club gives fans refunds after a bad performance, and I visited to Bucktown to eat at a legendary spot FOOTBALL "You think you know, but you don't know." Former Saints head coach Jim Mora uttered those words to the media years ago, and now that sound bite rings true with the Pelicans. Before the season even started, so-called "experts" opined giving Jrue Holiday a max...more>>
    In this edition of FFF we dissect "experts" who counted out the Pelicans, a soccer club gives fans refunds after a bad performance, and I visited to Bucktown to eat at a legendary spot FOOTBALL "You think you know, but you don't know." Former Saints head coach Jim Mora uttered those words to the media years ago, and now that sound bite rings true with the Pelicans. Before the season even started, so-called "experts" opined giving Jrue Holiday a max...more>>
  • Juan's World: Pelicans playing championship winning basketball

    Juan's World: Pelicans playing championship winning basketball

    Anthony Davis racked up 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Source: Nola.comAnthony Davis racked up 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Source: Nola.com

    Welcome in to Juan's World and I know the Pelicans aren't playing the best in the west right now. But, Portland's pretty good and the Pels have made them look pedestrian in this series. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and I know the Pelicans aren't playing the best in the west right now. But, Portland's pretty good and the Pels have made them look pedestrian in this series. 

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  • Juan's World: Kings of the back court

    Pels and Blazers play game two Tuesday night. Source: N.O. PelicansPels and Blazers play game two Tuesday night. Source: N.O. Pelicans

    Welcome in to Juan's World and the Pelicans backed up last night what I've been thinking and saying, to myself, since they qualified for the playoffs. Anthony Davis is NOT the key to the Pels winning their series against Portland. Their back court is. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and the Pelicans backed up last night what I've been thinking and saying, to myself, since they qualified for the playoffs. Anthony Davis is NOT the key to the Pels winning their series against Portland. Their back court is. 

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  • FFF: There's four possible teams from the NFC who can make the SB, and the Saints are in that number

    FFF: There's four possible teams from the NFC who can make the SB, and the Saints are in that number

    The Saints host the Rams in 2018. Source: Nola.comThe Saints host the Rams in 2018. Source: Nola.com

    In this edition of FFF we focus on who's a contender to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 53, unruly soccer fans in England, and my visit to Manchu for some chicken wings. FOOTBALL We're a little over four months from the regular season kicking off, and I only see four teams in the NFC that have a shot at Super Bowl 53. The defending champ Eagles, Minnesota, the upstart Rams, and Sean Payton's Saints. The Vikings saw a weakness at the their QB spot in 2017. Problem solved, signing Ki...

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    In this edition of FFF we focus on who's a contender to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 53, unruly soccer fans in England, and my visit to Manchu for some chicken wings. FOOTBALL We're a little over four months from the regular season kicking off, and I only see four teams in the NFC that have a shot at Super Bowl 53. The defending champ Eagles, Minnesota, the upstart Rams, and Sean Payton's Saints. The Vikings saw a weakness at the their QB spot in 2017. Problem solved, signing Ki...

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  • FFF: Treasure Drew Brees, we don't know when #9 will be gone

    FFF: Treasure Drew Brees, we don't know when #9 will be gone

    Drew Brees inked a new deal in March. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com |The Times-Picayune)Drew Brees inked a new deal in March. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com |The Times-Picayune)

    In this edition of FFF we focus on the future of Drew Brees, the crazy debut of Zlatan, and a Netflix food series making you think outside of the box. FOOTBALL Drew Brees inked a new deal in March that assures he'll retire a Saint. The three-year deal is for $70 million, but the third year for $20 million, is set to void automatically in March 2020.  After Brees signed his new deal, he was of course asked how long he has left in the Black and Gold. In pure Brees fashion, he wa...

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    In this edition of FFF we focus on the future of Drew Brees, the crazy debut of Zlatan, and a Netflix food series making you think outside of the box. FOOTBALL Drew Brees inked a new deal in March that assures he'll retire a Saint. The three-year deal is for $70 million, but the third year for $20 million, is set to void automatically in March 2020.  After Brees signed his new deal, he was of course asked how long he has left in the Black and Gold. In pure Brees fashion, he wa...

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  • FFF: Saints and Pelicans on solid ground with Gayle Benson in charge

    FFF: Saints and Pelicans on solid ground with Gayle Benson in charge

    Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson will keep both teams on solid ground going forward. (FOX 8)Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson will keep both teams on solid ground going forward. (FOX 8)
    Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson will keep both teams on solid ground going forward. (FOX 8)Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson will keep both teams on solid ground going forward. (FOX 8)
    In this edition of FFF we focus on the future of the Saints and Pelicans, what's wrong with diving in soccer, and a great late-night spot to grab dinner in NOLA. FOOTBALL Before his passing, Tom Benson arranged a smooth transition for his wife, Gayle, to run the Saints and Pelicans. Mr. Benson was a strong businessman, and owner, all virtues his wife Gayle will no doubt carry on in the coming years. Gayle became the sole beneficiary of an estate controlling the Saints and Pelicans ...more>>
    In this edition of FFF we focus on the future of the Saints and Pelicans, what's wrong with diving in soccer, and a great late-night spot to grab dinner in NOLA. FOOTBALL Before his passing, Tom Benson arranged a smooth transition for his wife, Gayle, to run the Saints and Pelicans. Mr. Benson was a strong businessman, and owner, all virtues his wife Gayle will no doubt carry on in the coming years. Gayle became the sole beneficiary of an estate controlling the Saints and Pelicans ...more>>
  • Juan's World: Saints Show Brees the Money

    Drew Brees ready for another postseason run.Drew Brees ready for another postseason run.
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    Welcome in to Juan's World and here's what I know.

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and here's what I know.

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  • Juan's World: Just a Couple of Saints Observations

    Drew Brees needs to sign a new contract by March 14th, or he becomes a free agent. Source: Nola.comDrew Brees needs to sign a new contract by March 14th, or he becomes a free agent. Source: Nola.com
    Drew Brees needs to sign a new contract by March 14th, or he becomes a free agent. Source: Nola.comDrew Brees needs to sign a new contract by March 14th, or he becomes a free agent. Source: Nola.com

    Welcome in to Juan's World. It wasn't just any other manic Monday in the crescent city. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World. It wasn't just any other manic Monday in the crescent city. 

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  • FFF: Calm down, this Brees contract will get done

    FFF: Calm down, this Brees contract will get done

    Drew Brees needs to sign a new contract by March 14th, or he becomes a free agent. Source: Nola.comDrew Brees needs to sign a new contract by March 14th, or he becomes a free agent. Source: Nola.com
    Drew Brees needs to sign a new contract by March 14th, or he becomes a free agent. Source: Nola.comDrew Brees needs to sign a new contract by March 14th, or he becomes a free agent. Source: Nola.com

    In this edition of FFF we talk Brees' new contract, a wonder goal for Jesuit, and Pop's Poboys in Lafayette. FOOTBALL The Saints met with Drew Brees' agent, Tom Condon, Thursday night at the Combine to begin negotiations for a new contract. We knew all along this would get done. Coach Payton alluded to this Thursday afternoon. "Both Tom (Condon) and Mickey, there's some patience and understanding," said Payton on Thursday. "It might be tomorrow night's...

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    In this edition of FFF we talk Brees' new contract, a wonder goal for Jesuit, and Pop's Poboys in Lafayette. FOOTBALL The Saints met with Drew Brees' agent, Tom Condon, Thursday night at the Combine to begin negotiations for a new contract. We knew all along this would get done. Coach Payton alluded to this Thursday afternoon. "Both Tom (Condon) and Mickey, there's some patience and understanding," said Payton on Thursday. "It might be tomorrow night's...

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  • FFF: Sometimes you're just lucky with the NFL Draft

    FFF: Sometimes you're just lucky with the NFL Draft

    Reuben Foster was drafted 31st overall by the Niners in 2017. Source: Nola.comReuben Foster was drafted 31st overall by the Niners in 2017. Source: Nola.com

    On this edition of FFF we focus on lady luck in the NFL Draft, American Christian Pulisic is one of the top teenage soccer players in the world, and a review of restaurant Carrollton Market FOOTBALL Right after the 2017 NFL Draft it was well documented the Saints wanted former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster. The Niners swooped in right before the Black and Gold and took Foster. Reuben Foster: Saints 'were certain' they'd pick me The Saints instead drafted Ryan Ramczyk ...

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    On this edition of FFF we focus on lady luck in the NFL Draft, American Christian Pulisic is one of the top teenage soccer players in the world, and a review of restaurant Carrollton Market FOOTBALL Right after the 2017 NFL Draft it was well documented the Saints wanted former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster. The Niners swooped in right before the Black and Gold and took Foster. Reuben Foster: Saints 'were certain' they'd pick me The Saints instead drafted Ryan Ramczyk ...

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  • FFF: NOLA is a football town, and Dong Phuong worth the wait

    FFF: NOLA is a football town, and Dong Phuong worth the wait

    Dong Phuong bakery serves a tasty piece of king cake.Dong Phuong bakery serves a tasty piece of king cake.
    In this edition of FFF we're talking New Orleans thirst for football, another soccer legend could be coming to America, and Dong Phuong king cakes. FOOTBALL There's absolutely zero doubt that New Orleans is a football town. Covering the Saints is a 24/7-365 day business now. When the Saints are involved in any way, the Crescent City watches. This fact became crystal clear this past weekend with the Pro Bowl. Except for the Brees' boys fighting, the game didn't bring that much excit...more>>
    In this edition of FFF we're talking New Orleans thirst for football, another soccer legend could be coming to America, and Dong Phuong king cakes. FOOTBALL There's absolutely zero doubt that New Orleans is a football town. Covering the Saints is a 24/7-365 day business now. When the Saints are involved in any way, the Crescent City watches. This fact became crystal clear this past weekend with the Pro Bowl. Except for the Brees' boys fighting, the game didn't bring that much excit...more>>
  • Juan's World: Let's get Brees signed already!!!!

    Juan's World: Let's get Brees signed already!!!!

    Drew Brees exits the field at U.S. Bank Stadium.Drew Brees exits the field at U.S. Bank Stadium.

    Welcome in to Juan's World and Drew Brees isn't going ANYWHERE!!!! That's the message we got from GM Mickey Loomis on Tuesday from the Senior Bowl in Mobile. In fact, Loomis said "Obviously we want to get him signed and we want him to be our quarterback, you know, for as long as he wants to be our quarterback." As long as he wants to be our quarterback. That is the part of that sentence that needs to be paid close attention to because it's likely to come up again between no...

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and Drew Brees isn't going ANYWHERE!!!! That's the message we got from GM Mickey Loomis on Tuesday from the Senior Bowl in Mobile. In fact, Loomis said "Obviously we want to get him signed and we want him to be our quarterback, you know, for as long as he wants to be our quarterback." As long as he wants to be our quarterback. That is the part of that sentence that needs to be paid close attention to because it's likely to come up again between no...

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  • FFF: Super Bowl locations should no longer be in cold weather cities

    FFF: Super Bowl locations should no longer be in cold weather cities

    It was a bitter week in Minneapolis leading up to Saints-Vikings. (FOX 8 photo)It was a bitter week in Minneapolis leading up to Saints-Vikings. (FOX 8 photo)

    Look at the cover pic for this post, I look miserable. You know what, I was!! The week leading up to the Saints-Vikings game was awful weather-wise. 

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    Look at the cover pic for this post, I look miserable. You know what, I was!! The week leading up to the Saints-Vikings game was awful weather-wise. 

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  • Hagan's House: Don't let painful loss overshadow vintage Brees

    Hagan's House: Don't let painful loss overshadow vintage Brees

    Drew Brees exits the field at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Drew Brees exits the field at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    It's easy to forget everything that came before the dramatic ending in Minnesota, but don't. That second half performance from Drew Brees is one for the ages.

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    It's easy to forget everything that came before the dramatic ending in Minnesota, but don't. That second half performance from Drew Brees is one for the ages.

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  • Juan's World: Marcus Williams, I Forgive You

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

    Welcome in to Juan's World and I can NOT believe what I just saw. I can not believe that the Saints season came to an end the way it did. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and I can NOT believe what I just saw. I can not believe that the Saints season came to an end the way it did. 

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  • Hagan's House: Saints from near and far embrace New Orleans culture on Wild Card Sunday

    Hagan's House: Saints from near and far embrace New Orleans culture on Wild Card Sunday

    Cam Jordan and Marshon Lattimore celebrate Saints win over Carolina.Cam Jordan and Marshon Lattimore celebrate Saints win over Carolina.

    The city of New Orleans is truly one of a kind, and Saints players from near and far are embracing everything that comes with it.

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    The city of New Orleans is truly one of a kind, and Saints players from near and far are embracing everything that comes with it.

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  • Juan's World: Moving On to Minnesota

    Juan's World: Moving On to Minnesota

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

    Welcome into Juan's World and welcome back Drew Brees. We almost forgot that the Saints Quarterback could throw his team to a big win. This statement is less about Brees' ability to win a game and more about number nine having 'other' options to win a game, namely Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.

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    Welcome into Juan's World and welcome back Drew Brees. We almost forgot that the Saints Quarterback could throw his team to a big win. This statement is less about Brees' ability to win a game and more about number nine having 'other' options to win a game, namely Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.

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  • Juan's World: Time for Saints to turn the page

    Juan's World: Time for Saints to turn the page

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

    Welcome in to Juan's World and I've already turned the page on the Saints loss to Tampa on Sunday and you should too. In the grand scheme of things, today's loss to the Bucs won't mean a thing when the playoffs kick off next week in the Dome. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and I've already turned the page on the Saints loss to Tampa on Sunday and you should too. In the grand scheme of things, today's loss to the Bucs won't mean a thing when the playoffs kick off next week in the Dome. 

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  • FFF: Saints focus on the 2nd season, and two more restaurants close in NOLA

    FFF: Saints focus on the 2nd season, and two more restaurants close in NOLA

    FFF focuses on Saints and restaurant closures. Source: NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneFFF focuses on Saints and restaurant closures. Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

    In this edition of FFF, we focus on the Saints in the playoffs, your new favorite soccer team in England, and two legendary spots close down on the same night. 

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    In this edition of FFF, we focus on the Saints in the playoffs, your new favorite soccer team in England, and two legendary spots close down on the same night. 

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  • FFF: NFC teams want to face a Wentz-less Philly in the playoffs

    FFF: NFC teams want to face a Wentz-less Philly in the playoffs

    Carson Wentz is out for the rest of the season. Source: Nola.comCarson Wentz is out for the rest of the season. Source: Nola.com

    In this edition of FFF we focus on a weakened Philly squad, the insane year for Tottenham's Harry Kane, and we dive into the Pizzurger at Company Burger. FOOTBALL If you watched any of the Christmas night matchup between the Raiders-Eagles, first off I'm sorry, you can see Philly is a shell of their former self without Carson Wentz. The franchise quarterback tore his ACL against the Rams. Now, Nick Foles is at the controls, and it's not even close to the same. The Raiders-Eagles ra...

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    In this edition of FFF we focus on a weakened Philly squad, the insane year for Tottenham's Harry Kane, and we dive into the Pizzurger at Company Burger. FOOTBALL If you watched any of the Christmas night matchup between the Raiders-Eagles, first off I'm sorry, you can see Philly is a shell of their former self without Carson Wentz. The franchise quarterback tore his ACL against the Rams. Now, Nick Foles is at the controls, and it's not even close to the same. The Raiders-Eagles ra...

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  • Juan's World: One Final Challenge

    Juan's World: One Final Challenge

    The Saints held Atlanta without a touchdown in the contest. Source: Mark LaGrangeThe Saints held Atlanta without a touchdown in the contest. Source: Mark LaGrange

    Welcome in to Juan's World and I love that the Saints still have some unfinished business that they have to tend to next week. It's satisfying that they've accomplished their first goal of the season and that they reached it by beating the hated Atlanta Falcons. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and I love that the Saints still have some unfinished business that they have to tend to next week. It's satisfying that they've accomplished their first goal of the season and that they reached it by beating the hated Atlanta Falcons. 

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  • The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 16

    The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 16

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    The championship round is upon us, and it's not too late for you to make those final adjustments.

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    The championship round is upon us, and it's not too late for you to make those final adjustments.

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  • FFF: It's the most wonderful time of the year

    FFF: It's the most wonderful time of the year

    Mark Ingram and Michael Thomas both racked up over a 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 14 games. Source: Mark LaGrangeMark Ingram and Michael Thomas both racked up over a 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 14 games. Source: Mark LaGrange
    In this edition of FFF: It's December and we're talking Saints playoffs, how does America catch up with Europe in cultivating young talent, and should people visit John Besh's restaurants. FOOTBALL The holiday season is here, and we're talking playoffs in the Crescent City. Hallelujah!!! There's been a ton of losing on Airline Drive in the last three years. It's refreshing to see playoff scenarios that involve the Black and Gold. Saints win Sunday, they're in the playoffs. Saints w...more>>
    In this edition of FFF: It's December and we're talking Saints playoffs, how does America catch up with Europe in cultivating young talent, and should people visit John Besh's restaurants. FOOTBALL The holiday season is here, and we're talking playoffs in the Crescent City. Hallelujah!!! There's been a ton of losing on Airline Drive in the last three years. It's refreshing to see playoff scenarios that involve the Black and Gold. Saints win Sunday, they're in the playoffs. Saints w...more>>
  • Juan's World: Saints ground Jets, look to Falcons rematch

    Juan's World: Saints ground Jets, look to Falcons rematch

    The Saints meet up with the Falcons on Christmas Eve. Source: Mark LaGrangeThe Saints meet up with the Falcons on Christmas Eve. Source: Mark LaGrange

    Welcome in to Juan's World and as you know, this blog that I do is strictly an opinion piece with a few facts sprinkled in here and there. So, with that in mind, I'm under the opinion that the Saints should've been 'expected' to look past the Jets to next weeks rematch with the Falcons. How could they not look ahead to Atlanta coming to the dome next Sunday. And before you go all 'One Game at a Time' on me, think for a second. You're supposed to beat the Jets, who came in 5-8 and wi...

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and as you know, this blog that I do is strictly an opinion piece with a few facts sprinkled in here and there. So, with that in mind, I'm under the opinion that the Saints should've been 'expected' to look past the Jets to next weeks rematch with the Falcons. How could they not look ahead to Atlanta coming to the dome next Sunday. And before you go all 'One Game at a Time' on me, think for a second. You're supposed to beat the Jets, who came in 5-8 and wi...

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  • The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 15

    The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 15

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    By now, as we’re into round two of the fantasy football playoffs, you’ve either established yourself as one of the powers in your league or gotten really lucky week after week. But that’s the beauty of fantasy football. All it takes is luck.

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    By now, as we’re into round two of the fantasy football playoffs, you’ve either established yourself as one of the powers in your league or gotten really lucky week after week. But that’s the beauty of fantasy football. All it takes is luck.

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  • FFF: Time to ban NFL games on Thursday night

    FFF: Time to ban NFL games on Thursday night

    Alvin Kamara left the contest with a concussion. Source: Nola.comAlvin Kamara left the contest with a concussion. Source: Nola.com
    In this edition of FFF I say make NFL games on Thursday extinct, World Cup excitement is not a thing in America, and my stop at Atomic Burger. FOOTBALL Thursday NFL games need to end like right now. Just cancel the rest of them in 2017. You want to know why? Alvin Kamara, A.J. Klein, Kenny Vaccaro, Senio Kelemete. All left the Saints-Falcons game with injuries, never to return.  The body can't handle this much pounding in such a short period of time. The quality of play in th...more>>
    In this edition of FFF I say make NFL games on Thursday extinct, World Cup excitement is not a thing in America, and my stop at Atomic Burger. FOOTBALL Thursday NFL games need to end like right now. Just cancel the rest of them in 2017. You want to know why? Alvin Kamara, A.J. Klein, Kenny Vaccaro, Senio Kelemete. All left the Saints-Falcons game with injuries, never to return.  The body can't handle this much pounding in such a short period of time. The quality of play in th...more>>
  • Juan's World: Loss in Atlanta Doesn't Change Much for Saints

    The Saints suffered their first division loss of the season in Atlanta. Source: Nola.comThe Saints suffered their first division loss of the season in Atlanta. Source: Nola.com

    Welcome in to Juan's World and what a game in Atlanta last night. What a performance put together by a very depleted Saints team. Alvin Kamara, AJ Klein, Trey Hendrickson, Senio Kelemete...the list seems to go on and on of guys that left this game early with an injury. And yet, when the game was on the line in the final minutes, there were the Saints. In position to pull out a win or at least force overtime with a field goal. It didn't go the Saints way because Drew Brees made one ba...

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and what a game in Atlanta last night. What a performance put together by a very depleted Saints team. Alvin Kamara, AJ Klein, Trey Hendrickson, Senio Kelemete...the list seems to go on and on of guys that left this game early with an injury. And yet, when the game was on the line in the final minutes, there were the Saints. In position to pull out a win or at least force overtime with a field goal. It didn't go the Saints way because Drew Brees made one ba...

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  • Juan's World: The Winning Continues for the Black and Gold

    Juan's World: The Winning Continues for the Black and Gold

    Cam Newton and the Panthers got swept by the Saints in the 2017 regular season. Source: Mark LaGrangeCam Newton and the Panthers got swept by the Saints in the 2017 regular season. Source: Mark LaGrange

    Welcome in to Juan's World and I ask you...Who Dat Say they gone beat dem Saints? That's the question that Panthers Safety Mike Adams asked a reporter during an interview. But, if he knew then what he knows now..his smile would've been turned upside down because his Panthers were not the answer to his own question. What a statement win for the Saints and you could argue that today's win was more important than the first time they beat Carolina back in week three. Back in September, t...

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and I ask you...Who Dat Say they gone beat dem Saints? That's the question that Panthers Safety Mike Adams asked a reporter during an interview. But, if he knew then what he knows now..his smile would've been turned upside down because his Panthers were not the answer to his own question. What a statement win for the Saints and you could argue that today's win was more important than the first time they beat Carolina back in week three. Back in September, t...

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  • Juan's World: Practice makes perfect

    Juan's World: Practice makes perfect

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

    Welcome in to Juan's World and the Saints were reminded today that how you practice has a direct effect on how you're gonna play. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and the Saints were reminded today that how you practice has a direct effect on how you're gonna play. 

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  • Juan's World: Saints should send Thank You note to Robert Meachem

    Juan's World: Saints should send Thank You note to Robert Meachem

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

    Welcome in to Juan's World where I believe it's important to give credit where credit's due. And Robert Meachem is due some credit for the Saints latest comeback win over Washington on Sunday. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World where I believe it's important to give credit where credit's due. And Robert Meachem is due some credit for the Saints latest comeback win over Washington on Sunday. 

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  • The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 11

    The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 11

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    Rejoice fantasy football friends. It’s the last of the bye week as we hit the home stretch, and it’s an easy set of bye’s to withstand. The Panthers, Jets, 49ers and Colts don’t have a whole lot to offer consistently in terms of fantasy production outside of Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey. 

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    Rejoice fantasy football friends. It’s the last of the bye week as we hit the home stretch, and it’s an easy set of bye’s to withstand. The Panthers, Jets, 49ers and Colts don’t have a whole lot to offer consistently in terms of fantasy production outside of Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey. 

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  • FFF: Brees and Brady can play until the age of 45

    FFF: Brees and Brady can play until the age of 45

    Brees and the Saints are riding a 7-game win streak. Source: Mark LaGrangeBrees and the Saints are riding a 7-game win streak. Source: Mark LaGrange

    On this edition of FFF we delve into Tom Brady and Drew Brees playing into their mid-40's, Italy missing the World Cup for the first time in 60 years, and how is Shaya Restaurant doing after the John Besh fallout. FOOTBALL On more than one occasion Brees and Brady openly talked about playing in the NFL until 45. Brees I might add, usually has a smile on his face when the question comes up. It appears Brady will get his wish in New England with the trade of Jimmy  Garoppol...

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    On this edition of FFF we delve into Tom Brady and Drew Brees playing into their mid-40's, Italy missing the World Cup for the first time in 60 years, and how is Shaya Restaurant doing after the John Besh fallout. FOOTBALL On more than one occasion Brees and Brady openly talked about playing in the NFL until 45. Brees I might add, usually has a smile on his face when the question comes up. It appears Brady will get his wish in New England with the trade of Jimmy  Garoppol...

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  • Juan's World: I'm a Saints believer

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

    Welcome in to Juan's World and I guess it's time for me to come clean on being a Saints Believer. After today's win in Buffalo, I'm sold on not only how good this team is but, also on how good they can be and how far they can go this season. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and I guess it's time for me to come clean on being a Saints Believer. After today's win in Buffalo, I'm sold on not only how good this team is but, also on how good they can be and how far they can go this season. 

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  • The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 10

    The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 10

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    It’s week 10, and I don’t know about you, but it’s definitely crunch time for a lot of teams trying to make the fantasy football playoffs. 

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    It’s week 10, and I don’t know about you, but it’s definitely crunch time for a lot of teams trying to make the fantasy football playoffs. 

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  • Hagan’s House: LSU should start Myles Brennan at quarterback

    Hagan’s House: LSU should start Myles Brennan at quarterback

    Brennan played the final series for LSU against Alabama. Source: Mark LaGrangeBrennan played the final series for LSU against Alabama. Source: Mark LaGrange

    The most logical thing for LSU to do now is turn the reigns over to their quarterback of the future. 

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    The most logical thing for LSU to do now is turn the reigns over to their quarterback of the future. 

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  • FFF: Myles Brennan should be the starting QB at LSU

    FFF: Myles Brennan should be the starting QB at LSU

    Brennan played the final series for LSU against Alabama. Source: Mark LaGrangeBrennan played the final series for LSU against Alabama. Source: Mark LaGrange
    In this edition of FFF we talk who should start at quarterback for LSU, soccer in Atlanta is a real thing, and best pizza joint in NOLA. FOOTBALL Start Myles Brennan the final three games of the regular season Coach O. I hear fans wanting a 10-win season, it will help with recruiting, and double-digit wins looks good going into 2018. You know what looks good going into next season, a quarterback with experience. Danny Etling is gone soon, and Brennan could be the guy next year. Let...more>>
    In this edition of FFF we talk who should start at quarterback for LSU, soccer in Atlanta is a real thing, and best pizza joint in NOLA. FOOTBALL Start Myles Brennan the final three games of the regular season Coach O. I hear fans wanting a 10-win season, it will help with recruiting, and double-digit wins looks good going into 2018. You know what looks good going into next season, a quarterback with experience. Danny Etling is gone soon, and Brennan could be the guy next year. Let...more>>
  • Juan's World: Wild Ride Continues for Saints

    The Saints defense forced a big turnover against the Packers.  (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)The Saints defense forced a big turnover against the Packers. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    Welcome in to Juan's World and I have to admit something. I like how good the Saints have been during their five-game win streak. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and I have to admit something. I like how good the Saints have been during their five-game win streak. 

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  • Juan's World: Time to hop back on the band wagon

    The Saints defense forced a big turnover against the Packers.  (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)The Saints defense forced a big turnover against the Packers. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    Welcome in to Juan's World and from the moment we stepped foot into Packer Land, talk of getting to see the Brett Hundley era take off was a-plenty. Looked like word of the second coming of Aaron Rodgers didn't materialize. The reason why had as much to do with Mike McCarthy's decision as it did the Saints defense of him. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and from the moment we stepped foot into Packer Land, talk of getting to see the Brett Hundley era take off was a-plenty. Looked like word of the second coming of Aaron Rodgers didn't materialize. The reason why had as much to do with Mike McCarthy's decision as it did the Saints defense of him. 

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  • The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 6

    The Extra Point: Sit or Start Week 6

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    As the injuries, bye weeks and overall bad offenses start to play more of a factor, it’s becoming that much tougher to know who to have in your lineup for success. 

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    As the injuries, bye weeks and overall bad offenses start to play more of a factor, it’s becoming that much tougher to know who to have in your lineup for success. 

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  • FFF: The rise of Kamara made Peterson expendable

    FFF: The rise of Kamara made Peterson expendable

    Alvin Kamara was effective via the run and pass against Miami. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Alvin Kamara was effective via the run and pass against Miami. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
    On this edition of FFF, we look at the rise of Alvin Kamara contributing to the Peterson trade, heartbreak for U.S.A. soccer fans, and another way to make quick restaurant reservations in NOLA. FOOTBALL The NFL Draft can give many organizations more misses than hits. One example, not one player from the Saints 2014 draft is still on the team. The 2017 draft was very fruitful for the Black and Gold, with the likes of Marshon Lattimore, Ryan Ramczyk, Marcus Williams, Alex Anzalone, an...more>>
    On this edition of FFF, we look at the rise of Alvin Kamara contributing to the Peterson trade, heartbreak for U.S.A. soccer fans, and another way to make quick restaurant reservations in NOLA. FOOTBALL The NFL Draft can give many organizations more misses than hits. One example, not one player from the Saints 2014 draft is still on the team. The 2017 draft was very fruitful for the Black and Gold, with the likes of Marshon Lattimore, Ryan Ramczyk, Marcus Williams, Alex Anzalone, an...more>>
  • Juan's World: How Team USA missed the World Cup

    Juan's World: How Team USA missed the World Cup

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and welcome back to reality, Team USA.  For the first time since 1986, the Stars and Stripes will NOT be in the World Cup. Let me repeat that. For the first time since 1986, U.S.A. will NOT be in the World Cup. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and welcome back to reality, Team USA.  For the first time since 1986, the Stars and Stripes will NOT be in the World Cup. Let me repeat that. For the first time since 1986, U.S.A. will NOT be in the World Cup. 

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  • Juan's World: Adrian Peterson, we barely knew ya

    Adrian Peterson played 10 years for the Vikings. Source: Mark LagrangeAdrian Peterson played 10 years for the Vikings. Source: Mark Lagrange

    Welcome in to Juan's World where I want you to raise your hand if you saw this coming. Raise your hand if you expected Adrian Peterson  to be playing elsewhere before the midway point of the NFL season. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World where I want you to raise your hand if you saw this coming. Raise your hand if you expected Adrian Peterson  to be playing elsewhere before the midway point of the NFL season. 

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  • Gillen AP Poll: SEC well represented in top ten

    Gillen AP Poll: SEC well represented in top ten

    Auburn plays at LSU this weekend.  (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Auburn plays at LSU this weekend. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    Many national prognosticators opined this would be a down year for the SEC. After six weeks of college football, they might want to rethink that theory. Three SEC schools check into my top ten this week in Alabama, Georgia, and Auburn. The Tigers only loss is to undefeated Clemson on the road. One of the big movers in my poll this week is Michigan State. Go into "The Big House," and take down Michigan. Sparty shut down the Wolverines offense in brutal weather, and gets stat...

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    Many national prognosticators opined this would be a down year for the SEC. After six weeks of college football, they might want to rethink that theory. Three SEC schools check into my top ten this week in Alabama, Georgia, and Auburn. The Tigers only loss is to undefeated Clemson on the road. One of the big movers in my poll this week is Michigan State. Go into "The Big House," and take down Michigan. Sparty shut down the Wolverines offense in brutal weather, and gets stat...

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  • Juan's World: A Taste of Louisiana in London

    Juan's World: A Taste of Louisiana in London

    The stage is set at the Boisdale for a fantastic week of tailgating and they’re serving up dishes that are strictly New Orleans.

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    The stage is set at the Boisdale for a fantastic week of tailgating and they’re serving up dishes that are strictly New Orleans.

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  • Juan's World: Saints Win....Finally

    Saints defense registered three interceptions in their first win of the season. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Saints defense registered three interceptions in their first win of the season. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    Welcome in to Juan's World and it's amazing what a "Show of Unity' can do for a team, both on the field and off of it. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and it's amazing what a "Show of Unity' can do for a team, both on the field and off of it. 

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  • The Extra Point: Three sleeper pickups you didn't think about

    The Extra Point: Three sleeper pickups you didn't think about

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    Here are three sleeper pickups you should consider for your fantasy football team. 

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    Here are three sleeper pickups you should consider for your fantasy football team. 

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  • FFF: Is the Brees era with the Saints coming to an end?

    FFF: Is the Brees era with the Saints coming to an end?

    Drew Brees started with the Saints in 2006. Source: Mark LaGrangeDrew Brees started with the Saints in 2006. Source: Mark LaGrange

    In this edition of FFF we look at how long Drew Brees has left in New Orleans, meet the new world power in soccer, and a local dining spot setting up shop in London for Saints-Dolphins. FOOTBALL On "The Herd" this week, it's host Colin Cowherd, opined "This is probably it" for the Payton-Brees partnership. He went one step further asking Sports Illustrated's Peter King if his opinion was fact. King felt the same, "Yeah this is probably it." But then Ki...

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    In this edition of FFF we look at how long Drew Brees has left in New Orleans, meet the new world power in soccer, and a local dining spot setting up shop in London for Saints-Dolphins. FOOTBALL On "The Herd" this week, it's host Colin Cowherd, opined "This is probably it" for the Payton-Brees partnership. He went one step further asking Sports Illustrated's Peter King if his opinion was fact. King felt the same, "Yeah this is probably it." But then Ki...

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  • Juan's World: Saints give up on Stephone Anthony

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

    Welcome in to Juan's World and the signs were there a year ago. The 'sign' being... that the Saints had given up on Stephone Anthony. He was traded to Miami Tuesday for an undisclosed 2018 draft pick. A first round pick from three years ago, Anthony has been traded away after barely being used here. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and the signs were there a year ago. The 'sign' being... that the Saints had given up on Stephone Anthony. He was traded to Miami Tuesday for an undisclosed 2018 draft pick. A first round pick from three years ago, Anthony has been traded away after barely being used here. 

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  • Gillen AP Poll: Miss. St. moves in, and LSU moves out.

    Gillen AP Poll: Miss. St. moves in, and LSU moves out.

    Coach O and his LSU Tigers still hold down No. 25 in the national poll. Source: Mark LaGrangeCoach O and his LSU Tigers still hold down No. 25 in the national poll. Source: Mark LaGrange
    After a 37-7 thrashing at the hands of Mississippi State, LSU fell out of my poll this week. The Bulldogs enter the rankings at No. 23. The national AP Poll still has the Tigers in, barely at No. 25 We knew BYU and Chattanooga were not worthy competition to gauge how good LSU indeed was. This past Saturday in Starkville, we got our answer. Both the offensive and defensive lines of the Tigers are thin. They were flat-out embarrassed by State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. LSU will have ...more>>
    After a 37-7 thrashing at the hands of Mississippi State, LSU fell out of my poll this week. The Bulldogs enter the rankings at No. 23. The national AP Poll still has the Tigers in, barely at No. 25 We knew BYU and Chattanooga were not worthy competition to gauge how good LSU indeed was. This past Saturday in Starkville, we got our answer. Both the offensive and defensive lines of the Tigers are thin. They were flat-out embarrassed by State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. LSU will have ...more>>
  • The Extra Point: Odell Beckham Jr. gives fantasy footballers a reality check

    The Extra Point: Odell Beckham Jr. gives fantasy footballers a reality check

    Source: Edwin Goode, FOX 8Source: Edwin Goode, FOX 8

    Bad news, fantasy football players. Odell Beckham Jr. isn't going to be pressured by your flailing rosters.

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    Bad news, fantasy football players. Odell Beckham Jr. isn't going to be pressured by your flailing rosters.

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  • Juan's World: Where'd the offense go?

    Juan's World: Where'd the offense go?

    Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram combined for 102 total yards and no scores. (Source: Mark LaGrange)Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram combined for 102 total yards and no scores. (Source: Mark LaGrange)

    Welcome in to Juan's World and I don't recognize this Saints team. Let me be more specific. I don't recognize this offense. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and I don't recognize this Saints team. Let me be more specific. I don't recognize this offense. 

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  • The Extra Point: The week 2 running back dilemma

    The Extra Point: The week 2 running back dilemma

    While the fantasy football running back isn’t as dominant as it once was, it can still be a key piece to your squad. 

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    While the fantasy football running back isn’t as dominant as it once was, it can still be a key piece to your squad. 

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  • Juan's World: What did Adrian say to Coach Payton?

    Both Payton and Peterson deny there was a heated exchange. Source: ESPNBoth Payton and Peterson deny there was a heated exchange. Source: ESPN

    Welcome in to Juan's World. Did ya see the stare down...well, only Adrian Peterson was staring at Sean Payton and it was in slow motion. So, what was probably only a couple of seconds exchange seemed like five times that. What to make of 'this' kind of confrontation after the first game of the season? Well, it was Peterson's return to his former home. And Peterson had seen much better days than his six-carry, 18-yard performance. And Peterson's always been 'the guy' in the offense. S...

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    Welcome in to Juan's World. Did ya see the stare down...well, only Adrian Peterson was staring at Sean Payton and it was in slow motion. So, what was probably only a couple of seconds exchange seemed like five times that. What to make of 'this' kind of confrontation after the first game of the season? Well, it was Peterson's return to his former home. And Peterson had seen much better days than his six-carry, 18-yard performance. And Peterson's always been 'the guy' in the offense. S...

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  • Juan's World: Saints fall flat in opener

    Brees finished 27-of-37 passing, 291 yards, 1 TD. Source: Nola.comBrees finished 27-of-37 passing, 291 yards, 1 TD. Source: Nola.com

    Welcome in to Juan's World and honestly, I saw this coming. I saw this disappointing start to the season coming for the Saints because what Minnesota does so well, the Saints struggle to stop. 

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    Welcome in to Juan's World and honestly, I saw this coming. I saw this disappointing start to the season coming for the Saints because what Minnesota does so well, the Saints struggle to stop. 

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  • Gillen AP poll: Oklahoma moves up to No. 2, LSU holds firm at No. 8

    Gillen AP poll: Oklahoma moves up to No. 2, LSU holds firm at No. 8

    LSU opens conference play this Saturday at Mississippi State. Source: Mark LagrangeLSU opens conference play this Saturday at Mississippi State. Source: Mark Lagrange

    Quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners, officially threw their hat in the national championship ring with a 31-16 road win at No. 2 Ohio State. 

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    Quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners, officially threw their hat in the national championship ring with a 31-16 road win at No. 2 Ohio State. 

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  • Juan's World: Prediction time for the Saints

    Drew Brees knows how much a fast start means to his team. (Source: WVUE)Drew Brees knows how much a fast start means to his team. (Source: WVUE)

    Welcome in to Juan's World and what say YOU about this Saints season? Got them finishing with a playoff spot? I sure do. In fact, I'm predicting a 10-6 finish, which will get them the wild card. 

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    Drew Brees is a fantasy football must-start every week.Drew Brees is a fantasy football must-start every week.

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    Derrius Guice racked up a 122 yards rushing, two TD's, in shutout of BYU. Source: Mark LaGrangeDerrius Guice racked up a 122 yards rushing, two TD's, in shutout of BYU. Source: Mark LaGrange

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    Jonathan Banks finished 10-of-15 passing for 185 yards and three touchdowns to go with 69 yards rushing on 16 carries and a score. (Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Jonathan Banks finished 10-of-15 passing for 185 yards and three touchdowns to go with 69 yards rushing on 16 carries and a score. (Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

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    The Saints backup situation at QB is sub-optimal. Brees can't get hurt. Source: Mark LaGrangeThe Saints backup situation at QB is sub-optimal. Brees can't get hurt. Source: Mark LaGrange

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    Source: Tom Newby, Flickr CommonsSource: Tom Newby, Flickr Commons

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    Drew Brees will only play in one game of the preseason, and that's Saturday against the Texans. Source: Garland GillenDrew Brees will only play in one game of the preseason, and that's Saturday against the Texans. Source: Garland Gillen

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    FOX 8 photoFOX 8 photo

    In his NFL debut against the Chargers, rookie left tackle Ryan Ramczyk played 25 snaps; 21 of those snaps were viewed as positive.

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    For the second year in a row, Alabama is #1 in the AP preseason Top 25 Poll. (Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)For the second year in a row, Alabama is #1 in the AP preseason Top 25 Poll. (Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
    In this edition of FFF, I take a look at Alabama's history of being preseason ranked No. 1 under Nick Saban, soccer shows us you can go home, and my tiny obsession with fountain drinks. FOOTBALL Stop me if you heard this before, but Alabama is ranked No. 1 in the country. This time, the AP college football preseason poll anointed the Tide. I know, I know, fans of other schools are getting tired of this, and I have a simple idea to fix it, beat them on the field. Fear not those who ...more>>
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    Alvin Kamara's 50-yard touchdown run gave the Saints a 7-0 lead. Source: Nola.comAlvin Kamara's 50-yard touchdown run gave the Saints a 7-0 lead. Source: Nola.com

    Welcome in to Juan's World where it's time to brag. The Saints Won a preseason game. Yes, you read that correctly. The Saints finally finished on the right side of the scoreboard in the preseason. 

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  • After Further Review: Five players to watch for Saints vs Chargers

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    Marshon Lattimore should see his first work of the preseason tonight. Source: Garland Gillen, FOX 8Marshon Lattimore should see his first work of the preseason tonight. Source: Garland Gillen, FOX 8

    The Saints visit Los Angeles Sunday night to face the Chargers. The Black and Gold currently sport a ten-game losing streak in the preseason. Here's five players to watch in the Saints second preseason game of 2017.

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  • The Extra Point: Dont's of Fantasy Football drafting in 2017

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    Source: Raycom MediaSource: Raycom Media

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    Source: FOX 8 ImageSource: FOX 8 Image

    Wait...What? Helmet Slam? By Drew Brees? That can't be right but it's how I'm starting this edition of Juan's World, so welcome in.

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  • After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #14

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    (FOX 8 graphic)(FOX 8 graphic)

    Five takeaways from the Saints 14th practice of training camp. 

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  • After Further Review: Updated Saints roster projection

    After Further Review: Updated Saints roster projection

    Sean Payton is getting a clearer picture of his roster. (FOX 8 photo)Sean Payton is getting a clearer picture of his roster. (FOX 8 photo)

    With one preseason game in the books, it’s the prefect to update my 53-man Saints roster projections. A few players forced a few changes.

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  • After Further Review: Five takes Saints vs. Browns

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    (FOX 8)(FOX 8)

    TommyLee Lewis shines I must admit, even with a few good practices, I didn’t think TommyLee Lewis had a chance to make the final roster.

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  • Juan's World: Same Ole Saints?

    The Saints opened the preseason on the road without a lot of their starters on the field. Source: Edwin GoodeThe Saints opened the preseason on the road without a lot of their starters on the field. Source: Edwin Goode

    Welcome in to Juan's World and I understand. I understand that a Saints loss in the preseason has a tendency to bring on the....here we go again, from Saints fans.

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  • FFF: Sign Brees now!

    FFF: Sign Brees now!

    Brees is entering the final year of his contract. Source: Garland GillenBrees is entering the final year of his contract. Source: Garland Gillen

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    Brandon Coleman has made several big plays early in camp (Source: Garland Gillen, FOX 8).Brandon Coleman has made several big plays early in camp (Source: Garland Gillen, FOX 8).

    With the Saints set to take their first off day, it was the perfect time to reset my roster projection. It's still way too early, there's so much more to evaluate. Nonetheless, here's where things stand. Most have stayed the same but there have been some new moves. 

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  • After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice No. 4

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    Ted Ginn is capable of big catches and big drops as we saw Sunday (Source: Garland Gillen, FOX 8).Ted Ginn is capable of big catches and big drops as we saw Sunday (Source: Garland Gillen, FOX 8).

    Sean Fazende's five takeaways from Day 4 of Saints training camp.

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  • After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #3

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    Corey Fuller is pushing hard for a roster spot with an impressive camp so far. Source: FOX 8Corey Fuller is pushing hard for a roster spot with an impressive camp so far. Source: FOX 8

    Take One: Corey Fuller shines Corey Fuller has taken advantage of early opportunities. Saturday was his day to shine. During 1-on-1’s he beat Delvin Breaux on a go route. The coverage was good but Fuller was able to reel in the Drew Brees pass with one hand. Fuller also caught one earlier in the drill over DeVante Harris. Later, he got open on a shallow crossing route. There was a clear coverage bust as Fuller was all alone when he caught and raced for a big gain. Take Two: P...

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

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  • Juan's World: Camp Observations

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  • After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #1

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    Marshon Lattimore made a nice play at practice Thursday (Source: Garland Gillen, FOX 8).Marshon Lattimore made a nice play at practice Thursday (Source: Garland Gillen, FOX 8).

    It was an overall pretty vanilla practice to start training camp 2017. There were no pads, of course, and the team stayed in base personnel the entire practice. Take One: Ramczyk runs with the 1’s Just as Sean Payton said, Ryan Ramczyk was at left tackle Thursday. He split time with the first team at the position with Khalif Barnes. With no pads, it was hard to get a gauge on exactly how well he did. But the fact that the Saints were comfortable enough to put him there this qu...

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  • FFF: The Saints need to win now

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    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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    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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    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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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)

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  • Juan's World: Bring on AP

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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

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

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

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

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    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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  • 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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  • 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

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    FOX 8 Photo/FILEFOX 8 Photo/FILE

    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
    FOX 8 GraphicFOX 8 Graphic

    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: 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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>>
  • 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: Five Saints who need a big game

    After Further Review: Five Saints who need a big game

    Hau’oli Kikaha needs a quality effort tonight. (Source: Nola.com)Hau’oli Kikaha needs a quality effort tonight. (Source: Nola.com)
    Hau’oli Kikaha needs a quality effort tonight. (Source: Nola.com)Hau’oli Kikaha needs a quality effort tonight. (Source: Nola.com)
    Hau’Oli Kikaha Kikaha has been on the outside looking in all camp and hasn’t done much to change that perception. He’s played strong side linebacker and defensive end. And that partly illustrates his biggest problem. He’s a bit of a tweener and can’t seem to find a natural fit. He may be best suited as a standup outside linebacker in a 3-4 system which Dennis Allen obviously doesn’t run. Austin Carr Carr was a player I was high on before camp due...more>>
    Hau’Oli Kikaha Kikaha has been on the outside looking in all camp and hasn’t done much to change that perception. He’s played strong side linebacker and defensive end. And that partly illustrates his biggest problem. He’s a bit of a tweener and can’t seem to find a natural fit. He may be best suited as a standup outside linebacker in a 3-4 system which Dennis Allen obviously doesn’t run. Austin Carr Carr was a player I was high on before camp due...more>>
  • After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #11

    Marcus Williams continued his stellar camp Monday. Source: Nola.comMarcus Williams continued his stellar camp Monday. Source: Nola.com

    Take One: It’s time for a game Monday was the first time all camp, I felt like the familiarity of practicing against each other really showed. The defense played great once again, but I just couldn’t shake the feeling that a lot of it had to do with the fact that they easily recognized what was coming. We’ve reached that point in camp where it’s time to hit someone else and get under the lights of a game to gain a true evaluation for where this team is. Take...

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    Take One: It’s time for a game Monday was the first time all camp, I felt like the familiarity of practicing against each other really showed. The defense played great once again, but I just couldn’t shake the feeling that a lot of it had to do with the fact that they easily recognized what was coming. We’ve reached that point in camp where it’s time to hit someone else and get under the lights of a game to gain a true evaluation for where this team is. Take...

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  • After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #9

    After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #9

    TommyLee Lewis had a great practice Saturday.TommyLee Lewis had a great practice Saturday.
    TommyLee Lewis had a great practice Saturday.TommyLee Lewis had a great practice Saturday.
    Take One: Competitive Practice I really enjoyed Saturday’s practice. At times when you get to this point of camp the grind and monotony of hitting the same players everyday can lead to lethargy. It hasn’t really happened with the Saints all that much. I can only think of one practice so far that lacked energy. Today, the team did red zone and two-minute which are two pretty intense installs. Both sides made big plays and judging by the reaction of those plays, it was eas...more>>
    Take One: Competitive Practice I really enjoyed Saturday’s practice. At times when you get to this point of camp the grind and monotony of hitting the same players everyday can lead to lethargy. It hasn’t really happened with the Saints all that much. I can only think of one practice so far that lacked energy. Today, the team did red zone and two-minute which are two pretty intense installs. Both sides made big plays and judging by the reaction of those plays, it was eas...more>>
  • After Further Review: Updated Saints' 53-man roster projection

    After Further Review: Updated Saints' 53-man roster projection

    Saints tight end Michael Hoomanawanui makes the 53-man cut. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Saints tight end Michael Hoomanawanui makes the 53-man cut. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    As expected the first eight practices of camp have brought some changes to my roster projection. Here’s how I see things at this point in camp. Quarterback (3) Drew Brees Tom Savage Taysom Hill Though Hill has had a few solid practices, Savage has been a bit more consistent in executing the offense. Preseason games are going to be interesting in this competition. There’s likely to come a time when Hill’s athleticism takes over and he has a ‘wow’ mome...

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    As expected the first eight practices of camp have brought some changes to my roster projection. Here’s how I see things at this point in camp. Quarterback (3) Drew Brees Tom Savage Taysom Hill Though Hill has had a few solid practices, Savage has been a bit more consistent in executing the offense. Preseason games are going to be interesting in this competition. There’s likely to come a time when Hill’s athleticism takes over and he has a ‘wow’ mome...

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  • After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #7

    After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #7

    Alvin Kamara had a solid practice Thursday.Alvin Kamara had a solid practice Thursday.
    Alvin Kamara is having a solid camp. Source: Nola.comAlvin Kamara is having a solid camp. Source: Nola.com
    Take One: Modest Practice It terms of overall energy, I’d have to call practice #7 the lowest of camp. Perhaps it was the type of things they were working on, or maybe it’s because the freshness of camp has worn off and it’s starting to feel like a grind. For whatever reason, it just didn’t feel all that lively today on the field. Take two: Offense outplays defense in red zone Red zone made up the majority of the team work,  and the offense clearly outp...more>>
    Take One: Modest Practice It terms of overall energy, I’d have to call practice #7 the lowest of camp. Perhaps it was the type of things they were working on, or maybe it’s because the freshness of camp has worn off and it’s starting to feel like a grind. For whatever reason, it just didn’t feel all that lively today on the field. Take two: Offense outplays defense in red zone Red zone made up the majority of the team work,  and the offense clearly outp...more>>
  • After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #6

    Taysom Hill had a solid practice Wednesday. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Taysom Hill had a solid practice Wednesday. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    Take One: Practice goes indoors Wet fields forced the Saints to move practice indoors. 

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    Take One: Practice goes indoors Wet fields forced the Saints to move practice indoors. 

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  • After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #5

    After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #5

    The Saints dealt with the rain for the bottom half of practice. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)The Saints dealt with the rain for the bottom half of practice. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    Take One: Let it rain For the first time this training camp, the Saints got a taste of New Orleans summertime rain. About midway through the workout, the skies opened up and did not stop. But because there was no lightning, the Saints remained outside while it poured. It certainly added a different element to the practice and without question the defense handled it best. The Saints will play five outdoor games this season where weather could be an issue. Take Two: Defense dominates...

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    Take One: Let it rain For the first time this training camp, the Saints got a taste of New Orleans summertime rain. About midway through the workout, the skies opened up and did not stop. But because there was no lightning, the Saints remained outside while it poured. It certainly added a different element to the practice and without question the defense handled it best. The Saints will play five outdoor games this season where weather could be an issue. Take Two: Defense dominates...

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  • After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #4

    After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #4

    Saints completed their fourth practice of training camp. Cornerback Arthur Maulet had two big pass breakups. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Saints completed their fourth practice of training camp. Cornerback Arthur Maulet had two big pass breakups. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    Take One: Tre’Quan takes over Rookie Tre’Quan Smith has become the early training camp leader in ‘wow’ moments. The youngster was at it again today. First, during individual drills he put a double move on Justin Hardee to catch a touchdown from Tom Savage. Later, he beat Vonn Bell on a deep cross and shook being held to make the catch. On the final play of practice, J.T. Barrett lofted a deep ball to Smith who elevated high to make the catch. He likely would h...

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    Take One: Tre’Quan takes over Rookie Tre’Quan Smith has become the early training camp leader in ‘wow’ moments. The youngster was at it again today. First, during individual drills he put a double move on Justin Hardee to catch a touchdown from Tom Savage. Later, he beat Vonn Bell on a deep cross and shook being held to make the catch. On the final play of practice, J.T. Barrett lofted a deep ball to Smith who elevated high to make the catch. He likely would h...

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  • After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #3

    After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #3

    Coach Payton applauded his team' s first practice in pads. Source: Nola.comCoach Payton applauded his team' s first practice in pads. Source: Nola.com

    Take One: Best practice of camp With the pads on and fans in attendance, the Saints put forth their best effort of this young training camp Saturday. 

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    Take One: Best practice of camp With the pads on and fans in attendance, the Saints put forth their best effort of this young training camp Saturday. 

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

    After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #2

    The Saints have completed two practices in training camp. (Source: Edwin Goode, FOX 8)The Saints have completed two practices in training camp. (Source: Edwin Goode, FOX 8)

    Sean Fazende share five takeaways from day two of Saints training camp. 

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    Sean Fazende share five takeaways from day two of Saints training camp. 

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  • After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #1

    After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #1

    Coach Payton enters season 13 with the Saints. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Coach Payton enters season 13 with the Saints. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

    Take One: Okafor & Meredith return What a pleasant surprise it was to see numbers 57 and 81 on the practice field. I was not expecting to see Okafor in particular. But there he was getting a lot of the first team reps at defensive end. He did split a few with Marcus Davenport but overall he got the majority of them. In Meredith’s case, we saw him do some individual work during OTA’s but today he also received team reps. Okafor ruptured his Achilles in late Novem...

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    Take One: Okafor & Meredith return What a pleasant surprise it was to see numbers 57 and 81 on the practice field. I was not expecting to see Okafor in particular. But there he was getting a lot of the first team reps at defensive end. He did split a few with Marcus Davenport but overall he got the majority of them. In Meredith’s case, we saw him do some individual work during OTA’s but today he also received team reps. Okafor ruptured his Achilles in late Novem...

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  • After Further Review: Saints pre-camp 53-man roster projection

    After Further Review: Saints pre-camp 53-man roster projection

    Coach Payton will have some tough cuts to make this training camp. (FOX 8 photo)Coach Payton will have some tough cuts to make this training camp. (FOX 8 photo)

    Away we go with another Saints training camp. But for the first time since 2014 the Saints are coming off a playoff run. That adds to the expectations but so too does the depth on this roster. That depth became pretty clear after constructing my first way-too-early 53-man roster projection.

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    Away we go with another Saints training camp. But for the first time since 2014 the Saints are coming off a playoff run. That adds to the expectations but so too does the depth on this roster. That depth became pretty clear after constructing my first way-too-early 53-man roster projection.

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  • After Further Review: Fazende's Saints Mock Draft 3.0

    After Further Review: Fazende's Saints Mock Draft 3.0

    Saints general manager Mickey Loomis is set for another draft /FILE (FOX 8 Photo)Saints general manager Mickey Loomis is set for another draft /FILE (FOX 8 Photo)
    Saints general manager Mickey Loomis is set for another draft /FILE (FOX 8 Photo)Saints general manager Mickey Loomis is set for another draft /FILE (FOX 8 Photo)
    The time has come for my third and final mock draft. Free agency is mostly complete and while the Saints still have some needs they will remain committed to their ‘best player’ approach. Here’s my best guess on how things shake out. Round One (27th) Mike Gesicki, Tight End Penn St. First things first, I really wanted cornerback Josh Jackson with this selection. I just don’t think he is going to be around at 27. If he is available, then the Saints sh...more>>
    The time has come for my third and final mock draft. Free agency is mostly complete and while the Saints still have some needs they will remain committed to their ‘best player’ approach. Here’s my best guess on how things shake out. Round One (27th) Mike Gesicki, Tight End Penn St. First things first, I really wanted cornerback Josh Jackson with this selection. I just don’t think he is going to be around at 27. If he is available, then the Saints sh...more>>
  • AFR: Free agent target #1 Muhammad Wilkerson

    AFR: Free agent target #1 Muhammad Wilkerson

    Muhammad Wilkerson is a free agent, and the Saints could be a landing spot. Source: Nola.comMuhammad Wilkerson is a free agent, and the Saints could be a landing spot. Source: Nola.com
    Muhammad Wilkerson is a free agent, and the Saints could be a landing spot. Source: Nola.comMuhammad Wilkerson is a free agent, and the Saints could be a landing spot. Source: Nola.com
    Our No. one free agent target is former Jet Muhammad Wilkerson. It’s a player on the Saints radar as he will reportedly take a visit to New Orleans. The interest makes sense. The Saints need help along their defensive line, and Wilkerson is disruptive. At his best Wilkerson can be one of the best. He’s had multiple double-digit sack seasons. But he had his issues with the Jets, and there’s some concern there. There’s also a question of where he wou...more>>
    Our No. one free agent target is former Jet Muhammad Wilkerson. It’s a player on the Saints radar as he will reportedly take a visit to New Orleans. The interest makes sense. The Saints need help along their defensive line, and Wilkerson is disruptive. At his best Wilkerson can be one of the best. He’s had multiple double-digit sack seasons. But he had his issues with the Jets, and there’s some concern there. There’s also a question of where he wou...more>>
  • AFR: Free agent target #4 Morris Claiborne

    AFR: Free agent target #4 Morris Claiborne

    Morris Claiborne is a Shreveport native. Source: Nola.comMorris Claiborne is a Shreveport native. Source: Nola.com
    Morris Claiborne is a Shreveport native. Source: Nola.comMorris Claiborne is a Shreveport native. Source: Nola.com
    We head back to Louisiana roots for our No. four free agent target. Former LSU star cornerback Morris Claiborne had a slow start to his career, but has become a steady NFL corner. After getting drafted sixth overall back in 2012, he spent the first five years of his career with the Cowboys, where he battled injuries and inconsistency. He spent last season with the Jets. Where he appeared in 15 games, and had an interception. The Saints can use some help at the position, and Claibor...more>>
    We head back to Louisiana roots for our No. four free agent target. Former LSU star cornerback Morris Claiborne had a slow start to his career, but has become a steady NFL corner. After getting drafted sixth overall back in 2012, he spent the first five years of his career with the Cowboys, where he battled injuries and inconsistency. He spent last season with the Jets. Where he appeared in 15 games, and had an interception. The Saints can use some help at the position, and Claibor...more>>
  • AFR: Free agent target #5 Danny Amendola

    AFR: Free agent target #5 Danny Amendola

    Danny Amendola was clutch for the Patriots in the 2018 postseason. (Michael DeMocker, Nola.com / The Times-Picayune)Danny Amendola was clutch for the Patriots in the 2018 postseason. (Michael DeMocker, Nola.com / The Times-Picayune)

    Veteran, reliable, clutch. All accurate descriptions of our No. five free agent target, wide receiver Danny Amendola. Amendola has spent the last five years of his career playing for the NFL's top quarterback in Tom Brady, and the league's top organization in the Patriots. It's a franchise Saints Head Coach Sean Payton has immense admiration for. Amendola had 61 catches last season, but plays his best ball in the postseason. He is a true slot receiver, who can work the underneath a...

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    Veteran, reliable, clutch. All accurate descriptions of our No. five free agent target, wide receiver Danny Amendola. Amendola has spent the last five years of his career playing for the NFL's top quarterback in Tom Brady, and the league's top organization in the Patriots. It's a franchise Saints Head Coach Sean Payton has immense admiration for. Amendola had 61 catches last season, but plays his best ball in the postseason. He is a true slot receiver, who can work the underneath a...

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  • AFR: Free agent target #6 Jimmy Graham

    AFR: Free agent target #6 Jimmy Graham

    Jimmy Graham could be back in the Black and Gold. Photo credit: Mark LagrangeJimmy Graham could be back in the Black and Gold. Photo credit: Mark Lagrange
    Jimmy Graham will sign with the Packers according to a report. Photo credit: Mark LagrangeJimmy Graham will sign with the Packers according to a report. Photo credit: Mark Lagrange
    Jimmy Graham became an All-Pro during his time in New Orleans. After three seasons in Seattle, he's now a free agent. A reunion with the team that drafted him makes sense. Graham was never the star in Seattle that he was in New Orleans.  A lot of that has to do with quarterback, Drew Brees, who will be back in 2018. The Saints haven't had a dynamic pass-catching tight end since they traded graham, and are in the market for one now. Graham is older now at 31, and has suffered ...more>>
    Jimmy Graham became an All-Pro during his time in New Orleans. After three seasons in Seattle, he's now a free agent. A reunion with the team that drafted him makes sense. Graham was never the star in Seattle that he was in New Orleans.  A lot of that has to do with quarterback, Drew Brees, who will be back in 2018. The Saints haven't had a dynamic pass-catching tight end since they traded graham, and are in the market for one now. Graham is older now at 31, and has suffered ...more>>
  • AFR: Free agent targets #7 Trent Murphy

    AFR: Free agent targets #7 Trent Murphy

    The Saints need help on the defensive line. Source: FOX 8The Saints need help on the defensive line. Source: FOX 8
    A woman with muscular dystrophy said she has trouble accessing non-obstructed seats in the Superdome. (Source: FOX 8)A woman with muscular dystrophy said she has trouble accessing non-obstructed seats in the Superdome. (Source: FOX 8)
    Pass rusher has  been called the Saints biggest need this offseason. Our No. 7 free agent may be the best available on the market, mainly because the great ones don't get to free agency. His name is Trent Murphy, who enjoyed a breakout season in Washington in 2016 with nine sacks. He followed that up with one his worst in 2017. He was suspended four games for testing positive for PED's, tore his ACL, and never played a down. All of these could be reasons to stay away from Murp...more>>
    Pass rusher has  been called the Saints biggest need this offseason. Our No. 7 free agent may be the best available on the market, mainly because the great ones don't get to free agency. His name is Trent Murphy, who enjoyed a breakout season in Washington in 2016 with nine sacks. He followed that up with one his worst in 2017. He was suspended four games for testing positive for PED's, tore his ACL, and never played a down. All of these could be reasons to stay away from Murp...more>>
  • AFR: Is Malcolm Butler a good fit for the Saints

    AFR: Is Malcolm Butler a good fit for the Saints

    Malcolm Butler (R) will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. (FOX 8 photo)Malcolm Butler (R) will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. (FOX 8 photo)

    From Super Bowl hero, to Super Bowl no show. On the Patriots side, all the buzz from Super Bowl 52 surrounded Malcolm Butler's notable absence in their loss to Philly. Bill Belichick didn't divulge many details other than to say he did 'what was best for the team.' Butler will now enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Signaling a likely end to his time in New England. 

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    From Super Bowl hero, to Super Bowl no show. On the Patriots side, all the buzz from Super Bowl 52 surrounded Malcolm Butler's notable absence in their loss to Philly. Bill Belichick didn't divulge many details other than to say he did 'what was best for the team.' Butler will now enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Signaling a likely end to his time in New England. 

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  • After Further Review: Analyzing the market for Kenny Vaccaro

    After Further Review: Analyzing the market for Kenny Vaccaro

    Source: Mark LagrangeSource: Mark Lagrange

    Kenny Vaccaro ’s future in New Orleans is up in the air. Other than Drew Brees, he’s the club’s most marquee free agent this offseason. But, unlike Brees, he’s also the team’s most vulnerable to lose. The question is how much can Vaccaro realistically expect on the open market. 

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    Kenny Vaccaro ’s future in New Orleans is up in the air. Other than Drew Brees, he’s the club’s most marquee free agent this offseason. But, unlike Brees, he’s also the team’s most vulnerable to lose. The question is how much can Vaccaro realistically expect on the open market. 

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  • After Further Review: Saints head into offseason guarded against entitlement

    After Further Review: Saints head into offseason guarded against entitlement

    Sean Payton has a clear message: 2017 success doesn't guarantee anything (Source: FOX 8 Photo)Sean Payton has a clear message: 2017 success doesn't guarantee anything (Source: FOX 8 Photo)
    When the Saints met as a team for the final time of the 2017 season this week, it didn’t take long to figure out the premise of their offseason organizational message. Sean Payton: “"There's nothing promised. I think we've got a lot to do this offseason. We've got a lot of work to do in a lot of areas we've got to address.  I think I would just say we'll see."” Drew Brees: “While I think we do have a talented team, I know that each year you hav...more>>
    When the Saints met as a team for the final time of the 2017 season this week, it didn’t take long to figure out the premise of their offseason organizational message. Sean Payton: “"There's nothing promised. I think we've got a lot to do this offseason. We've got a lot of work to do in a lot of areas we've got to address.  I think I would just say we'll see."” Drew Brees: “While I think we do have a talented team, I know that each year you hav...more>>
  • AFR: Brees’ big day, and Panthers’ game plan, highlights new Saints image

    AFR: Brees’ big day, and Panthers’ game plan, highlights new Saints image

    Ted Ginn, Jr. hauled in an 80-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees. Source: Mark LaGrangeTed Ginn, Jr. hauled in an 80-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees. Source: Mark LaGrange

    It’s an approach I honestly never thought I’d see a team take with Drew Brees at the helm. The Panthers went into Sunday’s matchup with the gameplan stopping the Saints running game and forcing their opponent’s Hall of Fame quarterback to beat them. Carolina dared Drew Brees, one of the game’s all-time greats, to be great. He responded with his finest performance of the season. 

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    It’s an approach I honestly never thought I’d see a team take with Drew Brees at the helm. The Panthers went into Sunday’s matchup with the gameplan stopping the Saints running game and forcing their opponent’s Hall of Fame quarterback to beat them. Carolina dared Drew Brees, one of the game’s all-time greats, to be great. He responded with his finest performance of the season. |

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  • After Further Review: Sloppy wins still count for Saints

    After Further Review: Sloppy wins still count for Saints

    The Saints lead the NFC South via tiebreaker with a 10-4 record. Source: Nola.comThe Saints lead the NFC South via tiebreaker with a 10-4 record. Source: Nola.com

    I usually leave a Saints game with an overall theme or feeling about what I just observed on the field. It typically jumps out at me right away and this column is written. But after Sunday I was left with kind of a blah emotion. Their effort against the Jets was kind of weird. It certainly wasn’t an overly impressive victory to celebrate, but nonetheless, a win in the NFL by double digits is nothing they have to apologize for. Dodging a bullet may be the more accurate descript...

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    I usually leave a Saints game with an overall theme or feeling about what I just observed on the field. It typically jumps out at me right away and this column is written. But after Sunday I was left with kind of a blah emotion. Their effort against the Jets was kind of weird. It certainly wasn’t an overly impressive victory to celebrate, but nonetheless, a win in the NFL by double digits is nothing they have to apologize for. Dodging a bullet may be the more accurate descript...

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  • After Further Review: Lopsided losses make this slow start different for Saints

    After Further Review: Lopsided losses make this slow start different for Saints

    Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski racked up a 116 yards receiving and a TD against the Saints defense. (Source: Mark Lagrange)Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski racked up a 116 yards receiving and a TD against the Saints defense. (Source: Mark Lagrange)

    At this point, the Saints at 0-2 should shock no one. September slow starts have become the norm for this team. The Saints are now 1-11 since 2014 in September games, and have followed an all-too-familiar script in why they can’t seem to get the job done early in the season. 

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    At this point, the Saints at 0-2 should shock no one. September slow starts have become the norm for this team. The Saints are now 1-11 since 2014 in September games, and have followed an all-too-familiar script in why they can’t seem to get the job done early in the season. 

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

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

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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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    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: Saints updated roster projection

    After Further Review: Saints updated roster projection

    Jonathan Williams looked strong against the Cardinals. Source: Mark LaGrangeJonathan Williams looked strong against the Cardinals. Source: Mark LaGrange

    We’ve reached the midway point of preseason. Training camp is officially over though the evaluation is still on going. As we inch closer to the all important third preseason game, it looks like this roster is really starting to take shape. Here is how I see things as they head to LA. QB (3) Drew Brees Tom Savage Taysom Hill Four turnovers blinded any positive from Hill’s performance Friday. It was a tough night for him and showed why Savage is the safer pick at backup quart...

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    We’ve reached the midway point of preseason. 

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  • LSU checks in at No. 23 in Garland Gillen's AP Preseason Poll

    LSU checks in at No. 23 in Garland Gillen's AP Preseason Poll

    LSU opens at No. 23 in Garland Gillen's AP Poll. Source: Mark LaGrangeLSU opens at No. 23 in Garland Gillen's AP Poll. Source: Mark LaGrange
    LSU opens at No. 23 in Garland Gillen's AP Poll. Source: Mark LaGrangeLSU opens at No. 23 in Garland Gillen's AP Poll. Source: Mark LaGrange
    The AP preseason poll came out today, and of course Alabama is No. 1. I'm going to breakdown a few teams in my Top 25. This is the 9th year I'm doing an AP poll. Fist off, no shock, I have the Tide in the top spot. Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa, doesn't matter who's at QB. Week one they play Louisville in Orlando. Right now they're only 24-point favorites. Georgia holds No. 2 in my poll. Another year of Jake Fromme under center is a great reason to have the Dawgs here. South Carolina ...more>>
    The AP preseason poll came out today, and of course Alabama is No. 1. I'm going to breakdown a few teams in my Top 25. This is the 9th year I'm doing an AP poll. Fist off, no shock, I have the Tide in the top spot. Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa, doesn't matter who's at QB. Week one they play Louisville in Orlando. Right now they're only 24-point favorites. Georgia holds No. 2 in my poll. Another year of Jake Fromme under center is a great reason to have the Dawgs here. South Carolina ...more>>
  • Adrian Peterson signs with running back-depleted Redskins

    Adrian Peterson signs with running back-depleted Redskins

    Monday, August 20 2018 5:15 PM EDT2018-08-20 21:15:04 GMT
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    Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams cornerback Blake Countess (24) during the first half of an NFL football game against Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/MattArizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams cornerback Blake Countess (24) during the first half of an NFL football game against Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt

    The Washington Redskins have signed four-time All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson.

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    The Washington Redskins have signed four-time All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson.

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