NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Football
Patriots Owner Robert Kraft told the assembled media at the NFL Owners' Meetings words no Saints fan wants to hear on cornerback Malcolm Butler: "I hope he's with us and signs his offer sheet and plays for us. I have a great affection for him."
Kraft could be playing the public relations game in public, but going to a different plan in private. The private moves are the ones Who-Dats need in order to land Butler. The Saints are in great need of cornerbacks, and Butler would be a nice piece to add. Right now the Black and Gold has the tandem of Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams at corner. Breaux is still a strong corner, but Williams can't seem to stay healthy.
The offense is good to go on Airline Drive, but the defense never seems to get it right as of late. Two first round picks, plus the $20M in cap space after Jairus Byrd comes off the books, give the defense a fighting chance in 2017.
If you think Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis can make better decisions on defense through the draft and free agency, then it's time to make a flight to Vegas my friend. The Saints odds of winning the "Big One" sit at 70-1. Meaning if you bet $100 dollars on the Black and Gold to win it all, your payday would be seven thousand dollars. Not a bad pickup if you're dreaming of the Saints winning Super Bowl 2018.
USA Soccer won a match 6-0. I don't get to type those words together that often, or at all. First off Honduras, the squad on the losing end of the match, isn't a heavyweight in the soccer world. But that shouldn't take anything away from USA's 6-0 demolition in World Cup qualifying. Losses to Costa Rica and Mexico to start qualifying cost Jurgen Klinsmann his job. Bruce Arena was brought on board to do one thing: qualify. A 6-0 win against any country is a great start.
Another sense of optimism going forward for US Soccer is the lethal combination of Christian Pulisic and Clint Dempsey. Pulisic, only 18 years old, helped the old-timer Dempsey (34 years old) achieve a hat trick against Honduras. With these two in-tune, a trip to Russia for the 2018 World Cup looks like a reality for good old U-S-A.
Three years ago, NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune restaurant critic Brett Anderson opined on the proper amount of time to review a restaurant after it's opening. Anderson felt that two months was appropriate before visiting an establishment for a review.
These days, most restaurant reviews start on Day One. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook all start heating up in the first week a new restaurant opens it's doors. A mediocre meal in Week One could turn off potential customers before they even consider coming in.
A prime example is a new Uptown restaurant which opened to much fanfare in the last year. Three separate groups of people gave me average reviews in the first ten days of it's opening. I never went in. There are too many great restaurants in this city to waste a meal on one that's just average.
I had a recent conversation with the owner of another Uptown establishment who agreed with me on this point. When he opened his doors, it was with complete confidence the restaurant was ready to go. It was a well-oiled machine from the get-go, not waiting for a review nine weeks later.
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Football