Got our mojo working

8 December 2009

Sunday’s game against Washington (not too keen on their name) wasn’t pretty.  Well, actually, yes it was.  Both teams actually played pretty well, but we were the beneficiaries of some amazing and timely turns of events. I don’t know what their order of importance they have, but here’s what made it work for us:

  • Robert Meachem (of Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School, home of the Hornets and my alma mater) steals a Drew Brees-thrown interception and returns it for a TD
  • Morstead’s shanked punt bounces off the back of a ‘Skin, to be recovered by Usama Young
  • Shaun Suisham misses a gimme figgie, leaving us less than 2 min, but only 1 TD down
  • Jonathan Vilma intercepts, leaving Washington unable to score at the end of regulation
  • Sweet forced fumble (and that ball was coming out, y’all) gets us the ball back, and you knew Brees would get it in there.  Frankly, I would’ve run another safe play on 2nd down at the goal line, but all’s well that ends well

This was one that the “old” Saints would have lost and the “new” Saints probably should have.  But I’m with Brees, who notes that we’ve had more than our share of Washington’s experiences in our history.  This was our good fortune, but we’ve had the bad fortune many times.

One thing I hate is athletes claiming they won because, “We refused to lose,” or, “We just wanted it worse than they did.”  I much prefer Jonathan Vilma’s reminder that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.  Amen, and there’s no shame in saying we caught some breaks.  But if we weren’t a good team, we wouldn’t have been in position to get them or to capitalize on them.  And that’s why this team is great.  Not good, Great.

BTW, I knew we were in trouble, but I didn’t know it was THIS bad (thanks A-train).

Douchebag of the Day: Rich Rodriguez

4 December 2009

While normally I don’t care about the suffering of this prick and how he continues to make Michigan fans miserable (which I secretly enjoy, since I have a number of MSU fans as friends), but when ANYone starts comparing their candy ass struggles to Katrina, it’s on.

It’s really kind of ironic that the New Orleans Saints overcame the hurricane a few years back. I used to live and coach in New Orleans for a couple years, and I know how devastated that city is and how they overcome and rebuild the stadium and rebuild the program.

And we’ve had a few hurricanes of our own. We had a big hurricane in August, and it kind of hit us like a ton of bricks. But you had 120 young men and a bunch of people on the staff that said this is not going to tear our program apart.

Thanks to DetroitForLife via ExtraMustard.

Adventures in Sports Journalism

2 December 2009

Alright, for a big Saints game like Monday night’s, I lose that day and the next to scouring the Internets for any and every mention of the game.  A few observations:

  • If you missed the game, here‘s the recap, courtesy of Gary.
  • I love Bob Marshall’s environmental reporting, but does he know anything about the Saints?  WTF is this “Who Dat talkin’ ’bout beatin’ dem Saints?”  “Talkin’ bout???”  Never heard anybody say it that way.
  • Speaking of awkward writing, how about this excerpt from the NYTimes about the Pats:  “They are 7-4 and still lead the American Football Conference East by two games.”  Who the hell spells out American Football Conference?  Someone who doesn’t write much about sports.  Or is that just a stylistic thing like the New Yorker pompously spelling out all numbers and putting an umlaut over the 2nd e in words like re-establish?
  • You gotta read Peter King on McKenzie’s re-signing.  Turns out, a little initiative can really pay off.  He was a real stud.
  • Speaking of McKenzie, Dude, call me. 
  • And those Patriots will stop at nothing.
  • If you love reading about the 12th person heroes as much as I do, take a listen to the first 12 min or so of Bill Simmons’ BS Report.  This coming from a real Boston guy.
  • Michael Homan received the following tweet about the game:  Somebody show the Patriot’s defense the molestation doll and ask them “Where did Mr Brees touch you?”
  • My brother texted me at 10:12pm the following:  ESPN is doing everything possible to try to make this seem like a game.  It ain’t.  Saints are scoring at will…Brady looked like a beaten man on the sidelines in 2nd quarter.
  • I hope if I’m ever involved in a worldwide scandal, these guys pick up the story and animate the re-enactment.

This could be big

19 November 2009

This might mean that people drop the “natural disaster” BS and start understanding what really happened.  Well, we can dream, right?

Saints fans

2 November 2009

From Peter King:

New Orleans (6-0). My friend from Montclair, Mike Norman, and his two boys, Ben and Josh, can’t get over how they were treated as Giants fans in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago.

They were dressed in their Giants’ gear. Big game. Lots at stake. And they’re not shy — they cheered openly for their team (though there wasn’t much to cheer about in the Saints’ rout of the G-men). And over and over again, fans in the stands and on the street were beyond charitable to them. “They all kept saying, ‘Thanks for coming to New Orleans,’ ” Mike said.

Great line

26 October 2009

From ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski

And the Dolphins (2-4) once again found a way to dominate an opponent for large stretches of a game and lose. Not just lose, but lose spectacularly. They were last seen curled into a ball, mumbling something about their mommy.

I have contempt for court

23 October 2009

I’m on jury duty this month, for the first time (lucky, I know).  Every time I try to complain about the unbelievable inefficiency of it all, all I hear is, “What do you expect?  It’s jury duty.  It’s supposed to be that way.”

But it doesn’t have to be.  As I’ve always said, if stuff happening as it should is your top priority, then New Orleans isn’t the place for you.  But this is absurd because of the incredible disrespect it shows for people’s time.

In case you’ve never had jury duty or it’s been awhile, here’s how it works:  You show up at the appointed time of 8:30.  Around 10:30 or 11, they announce that judge X is ready for a pool, and they call 25-50 names to go up.  If Judge X really isn’t ready (which I’ve seen happen), or if Judge X realizes that this isn’t a jury case (which I’ve seen happen), then you come back down and resume waiting.  If Judge X is ready, then you go in and actually do something–answer questions from incompetent and ignorant ADAs or public defenders (lord help me if I ever need one of them) who are basically just kissing your ass so you’ll like them and vote their way.  If they’d read the questionnaire you so carefully filled out, then they wouldn’t really need to ask you anything, but they haven’t.  If you’re picked for the jury, then you’re stuck for the day and perhaps the night.  If you’re not, you go back down and wait some more until they decide to let you go home.  When I initially came in, they told me I’d know by noonish if I would be on a jury, but that was a lie.  So now I’m having to ask for special permission to get out in time to teach my 1:15 class.  Most people don’t go home til 3:30 or 4.

Here’s my main beef:  Why are the potential jurors–the only people in this process who aren’t paid–forced to work around everyone else’s schedule?  Can’t they ask what would be a good time for ME to come in?  And why the hell do they tell us to come in at 8:30 when the know damn well they won’t be ready for at least 2 hours after that?  If the judges have to get “ready” for the jurors, then they should have done that last night, not when 150 kind souls are down there waiting.  The disrespect is unfathomable.

I’ll say this–the people you meet are generally lovely, as one would expect from New Orleanians.  Although everyone is frustrated with the operation, they don’t take it out on each other or the staff who read the names and check us in/out.  I’ve had some nice conversations with a great cr0ss-section of people, which makes me that much more angry with the judges who abuse them.

I’m one of the lucky ones.  I make a salary, and even if I have to cancel class for a trial, I won’t be fired over this.  But my neighbor Donald is there with me, and he makes his living doing odd jobs in our neighborhood.  What the hell is he supposed to do?  This is stealing from him, all because they can’t just have him come in when they’ll need him.  But he’s still there, in good spirits, holding court (so to speak).  He’s too good for them, and so are most of the other people I’ve encountered.

Why not put us on call, and say that we have to report within, say, an hour of their calling us?  Why not give us the option of coming in at night?  Why not be prepared for us when they tell us to show up, so they can run us through a series of interviews back to back?  Why not do what most places do and have us call an automated number to find out if we need to report?  Anything would be a better system.  Hell, I’d rather have just taken one whole week off to do it than this drawn-out, williteverend shit.

This much I know:  I finally know how to vote for judges.  I’ve always felt weird voting for judges because I don’t know who’d be good and who wouldn’t.  Now I do.  I’m voting against every single one of these sitting judges, and I’m voting for any candidate who can realistically promise to overhaul the jury system and show a little more respect for the good people of the city.

The judges are the only ones there with any power, so this system is their responsibility.  And they all suck.

Bush’s gophers

23 October 2009

I meant to post this a while back, but McSweeney’s’ recent list is a classic and contains the following suggestion of what Bush should do in retirement, regarding the gophers on his ranch:

When gopher holes flood, do not send help. Gophers can fend for own selves. Tell them to go to doghouse for shelter. Continue to ignore even as they signal from roof of doghouse.

I can’t believe…

2 October 2009

…that I actually have a reasonable, relatively sane Republican representative, but even he can’t get our unreasonable, insane Republican governor to get behind light rail.

…that the Twilight Zone started 50 years ago today.  I’m not scifi fan, but I sure love that show.

…that the Saints and Jayhawks both have undefeated football teams, and it’s already October!

…that this is the first photo of a molecule.

…that this creepy-ass footage is real.

…how badly my new backgammon app kicks my ass.

…that I have two weddings to go to tomorrow (congrats, Kate, Justin, Tania, & Gordon!).  Good thing we don’t start beating the Jets til 3 on Sunday!

Tuesday Noonish Quarterback

29 September 2009

Want to know how to claim 100,000 people in your stadium?  You do this and this.

The Saints win again, and although I would’ve enjoyed Brees cruising toward a bunch of records, the team did more this week to scare our coming opponents.  Yep, even if the passing game isn’t going lights-out, the running game, the defense, and now, even the special teams will beat you.  And beat you bad.

Great to see it happening, and I hope the team can keep this kind of harmony going when the chips fall a bit, which they will at some point.  But here’s hoping for a 3-game sweep of the state of New Yawk.  I can’t wait to host the Jets.  Should be a great game.  I like the way they’re playing, but I hope we paste them and their chanty fans.  Also wouldn’t mind if this fall weather stuck around this long.

Thanks to Chef and the gang for hosting us.  What a blast.

Back to Jerry’s ‘Boys.  I was ambivalent last night because I should root against the other teams in our division, but Carolina’s not much of a threat to us this year, and I hate Dallas enough to let that pass anyway.  I’m pleased, though, by the rising consensus that Romo will never be a “great” QB.  It also cracked me up when Kenny Mayne asked Jerry if he was going to have any daytime games this year.  (btw, enjoyable interview with Kenny Mayne on the Sound of Young America podcast.)

A few quick hits:

  • If that’s how Pierre Thomas runs with the flu, look out, league.
  • So sweet to see Colston kicking ass and holding on to the ball so well.
  • I agree completely with Brees:  This is one that we would’ve lost in previous years.  Something’s different now.
  • I think the Bears are the luckiest team going.  They just seem to squeak into every win.
  • Great to see Charles Grant and Will Smith getting ferocious again.  Can you believe that was Smith’s first interception in his career?
  • Sweet, sweet tackle by Lynell Hamilton on Roscoe Parrish’s kick return.  And here I thought Hamilton was a tailback!  Methinks we’ll be seeing that highlight set to the tune of The Saints Are Coming.
  • Pretty nice to shut down Terrell Owens, and this is pretty funny, but that prick loses to us, doesn’t catch a ball, and yet he’s still the main point of the game recap.  After he wears this douchebag ensemble to the press conference and complains that he’s being antagonized by the press.   What a tool.
  • Everybody’s saying it, but Tony Dungy is a real score for NBC.  His analysis of the game is outstanding, and it’s amazing that such a sweet guy could be so good in this league.
  • Speaking of announcers, I can’t believe how much I have enjoyed Matt Millen’s analysis.  He’s a lot better on tv than running a team.
  • The Right can imagine French wimpiness all they want, but Pierre Thomas and Pierre Garcon are a couple of badass frogs.
  • Peter King echoed Mike Greenberg, and they captured what I’ve been thinking but didn’t realize:  Week 4 is too early for a bye week.  You gotta play 5 or 6 at least before the injuries mount up to make that worth it.
  • After I saw that Kurt Warner pulled a Reggie Bush (if RB were a QB) and got a 28-yard sack, I started wondering what the greatest distance to go for a first down in NFL history was.  So I searched the Interwebs with the Google and found this.  Why do these pinheads even give an answer if they don’t know?  I’m not asking what’s the biggest to-go you remember; I want to know what the damn record is!
  • I’m sorry to hear Pennington’s likely done for the year.  I like him.
  • Anybody know why we have so many 3pm games?  I don’t mind, but it seems like we always have noon games, especially in town.  This year, not so much.

Can’t wait to see the chess match between Gregg Williams and Rex Ryan.  Tee hee.  Is it Sunday yet?