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

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

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

The Saints pick at #11 in the first round. So if Fournette was still available at the Saints spot, should they take him? Times-Picayune columnist Jeff Duncan asked Saints GM Mickey Loomis just that during LSU Pro Day.

Duncan: Put you on the spot. You're on the clock at pick #11.
Loomis: Yeah, you know I'm not going to answer that. I can tell where this is going.
Duncan: Leonard Fournette is available. Would you take him?
Loomis: Yeah I can't answer that Jeff. Look, we think a lot of Leonard Fournette. He's a great player, a great running back. Certainly worthy of anyone's first-round pick, but I can't answer what we're going to do at pick 11. You know better than that. 

Head coach Sean Payton always preaches take the best player available during the draft. I say not this time for the Saints. They have way too many needs on defense, to burn it on a running back. 

FÙTBOL

The World Cup will be in North America for 2026, book it. On Monday, USA, Mexico, and Canada put up a joint bid to host the biggest sporting event on Earth. The last time North America hosted the World Cup, way back in 1994. 

This will be the first time since the 2002 World Cup that joint countries will try to host the event. Never in the World Cup's existence has the spectacle been staged in three countries. Other possible countries in the running, Colombia and Morocco. I can't see this bid losing to the tri-country bid.

80 games total will be played over the summer of 2026. 60 in America, 10 in Canada, and 10 in Mexico. 2026 will be the first time FIFA expands the field from 32 to 48 countries playing in the World Cup. The biggest cup ever, deserves the biggest bid ever.

FOOD

The ninth annual Hogs for the Cause was by far one of the most successful charity-wise, and one of the best atmospheres I can recall. Sunny skies for both days was the key to a fantastic event. 

The new venue, University of New Orleans, gave swine enthusiasts much more room to avoid swells of crowds. 90 cooking teams raised $1.3 million. The Grand Champion title went to Blue Oak BBQ. A place I eat at on a regular basis, but now I have a feeling it could get a little more crowded.

Festival season is in full-force around New Orleans now. French Quarter Fest did the city proud this past weekend, but Hogs for the Cause was a great kickoff to what should be a memorable season of "festing."

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