Angelina & Scott Repopulate New Orleans

2 March 2007

They’re taking different approaches, but the net effect will be more people in our fair city.

Angelina’s will take a while, but if she maintains consistency, I’m confident that we’ll soon have our own little Musicians’ Village of Jolie-Pitts:

A U.S. adoption agency representing the 31-year-old actress filed the papers at Vietnam’s International Adoption Agency, said Vu Duc Long, the agency’s director.

Scott‘s approach is a less direct, but it could perhaps have a greater impact, as people around the country see the hunky anchor’s willingness to come here (Might his safety be a concern, Tracy? Do you think the system’s in place to handle his entourage, Shaq?) as validation of our livability:

I am pleased to announce that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, the nation’s most-watched news anchor and a friend of Tulane University, will deliver the keynote address at Commencement 2007, May 19 at 9 a.m. in the New Orleans Arena.

In all honesty, I’m no celeb-worshipper, but I’m one of the few people around here who’ll admit to being glad to have Brad & Angelina, John Goodman, Jennifer Coolidge, etc calling NO home. Not only do I think it sends a message to the celeb-worshippers who are in such numbers around the country, but I admit to finding it strangely validating to have people who could live anywhere call our city home. These folks choosing New Orleans (h/t Mr. Melpomene on that one) makes me feel just a little bit less crazy.

Update:  Angelina Jolie, Womb Raider

Say It Ain’t So, Joe!

2 March 2007

Well, Joe Horn is no longer a Saint. Sounds like this is his choice. As sad as I am to see him leave, and I don’t want to sound like it’s sour grapes, but he is getting old. Mainly, we want players who want to play for us, and Joe doesn’t want to. Joe, thanks for the good times; we’ll miss you.

Now, Charles Grant is the only Saint I’ve ever really met and talked to (we shared a panel about racial slurs), and I like him. He’s a good guy and a great player. But I remember when being franchised was a complement, and Grant acts like it’s a slam. Give it a rest, Charles.