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kcchief
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posted December 01, 2000 07:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcchief   Click Here to Email kcchief     Edit/Delete Message
Now that the Chiefs are in a freefall - I need a new team - I'm thinking the Saints - because they've never won anything and they're in the thick of it. The only problem is that now that a hapless Chief fan is now routing for the Saints - I may have given them the Chiefs curse - which is a terrible burden to carry.

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jpgordo
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posted December 03, 2000 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message
I'll go along with that. I want to see the Rams and Redskins miss the playoffs. It will take the sting out of my team's dismal performance to see those two (especially the Redskins) go down.

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posted December 03, 2000 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcchief   Click Here to Email kcchief     Edit/Delete Message
I guess I should apologize to the Saints fans for getting behind your team and giving you the Chiefs jinx. I see they're getting blown out by Denver.

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Oostrich_143
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posted December 11, 2000 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oostrich_143   Click Here to Email Oostrich_143     Edit/Delete Message
Check out my Aints! Could it be we'll make the playoffs without any of our top talent? That's nuts. It's all going to come down to the St. Louis game.

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posted December 29, 2000 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oostrich_143   Click Here to Email Oostrich_143     Edit/Delete Message
TOMORROW IS THE BIGGEST DAY IN SAINTS HISTORY! GO AINTS!

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Oostrich_143
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posted December 30, 2000 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oostrich_143   Click Here to Email Oostrich_143     Edit/Delete Message
HOW BOUT MY SAINTS! The first playoff win in franchise history! And to stomp the hell out of the Rams! What a big day! The way they played today, it's possible they could beat the Vikes next week -- I'm getting ahead of myself.

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fred
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posted October 04, 2001 12:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
How about those Saints? I don't really know... bump...

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TypewriterMonkey
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posted December 20, 2001 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TypewriterMonkey   Click Here to Email TypewriterMonkey     Edit/Delete Message
I was really pulling these guys against the hated Rams. Oh, well...

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PegLegSmith
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posted August 06, 2003 10:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PegLegSmith     Edit/Delete Message
The Ain'ts will be Aint's again. They were so close 2 years ago.

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posted October 02, 2005 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Saints Get Home Game ... in San Antonio By JIM VERTUNO, AP Sports Writer


Finally, a "home" game for the New Orleans Saints. While actually far from home — the Saints are 550 miles west of New Orleans because of the damage inflicted by Hurricane Katrina — the players and coaches say they're looking forward to a game Sunday in front of a crowd that will be pulling for them for a change.

"It's comfort zone to know that when you make a play, you'll have 50 to 60 thousand people screaming" said Saints wide receiver Joe Horn.

That hasn't been the case so far this season.

When the hurricane and its aftermath left the New Orleans Superdome unusable, the NFL sent the Saints on a nomadic journey around the country. The stops included San Jose, Calif., Oakland, Charlotte, and East Rutherford, N.J.,

Temporarily headquartered in San Antonio, the Saints (1-2) will play three games at the Alamodome, starting with Sunday's matchup with the Buffalo Bills (1-2). They also will play four games in Baton Rouge to be closer to their Louisiana fan base.

Their first "home" game was against the Giants in New Jersey. The crowd certainly wasn't there to cheer on the Saints and some players complained about a game that was "home" in name only.

It should be much different Sunday. San Antonio has long ached for professional football and Alamo City leaders have pushed for a large turnout to showcase the city as a viable NFL market. But after an early flurry, sales for the last 10,000 tickets had slowed to a trickle.

"I'm hoping there's 65,000 people that are cheering the Saints on and it's loud," said coach Jim Haslett.

For the Saints, the crowd isn't the only thing. A home game also means getting to spend more time with family before and after the game and sleeping in familiar beds.

"After the game you can take a shower, not have to rush to a bumpy plane ride back to San Antonio," Horn said. "You can go to a restaurant or sit back and relax or go out in the parking lot and have some barbecue. I'm sure it will be a great feeling for the guys."

The long and winding road away from New Orleans has been pretty rocky.

After opening the season with a surprising win at Charlotte, the Saints have lost two in a row, thanks in large part to 10 turnovers. Twice they fumbled the opening kickoff, leading directly to touchdowns. In a 33-16 loss last week to the Vikings, the Saints were down 7-0 in just 13 seconds. Adding to the misery of the last two games were 27 penalties.

"We've got to cut those things out," Haslett said. "Let's not make excuses. Us traveling the last few weeks really don't have anything to do with our play on the field. We've played bad the last two weeks."

Buffalo hasn't been much better. After opening the season with a win, the Bills have lost two in a row as the offense struggles to find its identity under first-year starter J.P. Losman at quarterback.

Defensively, Pro Bowl linebacker Takeo Spikes was lost for the season after tearing his right Achilles' tendon in last week's loss to Atlanta.

Losman was Buffalo's first-round pick out of Tulane in 2004 and was handed the reins to the offense in February over Drew Bledsoe, who was granted his release and is now starting for the Cowboys.

But after engineering five straight scoring drives on Buffalo's first five possessions in a season-opening win over Houston, Losman and the offense have faltered. In their last 10 quarters, the Bills managed five field goals and a touchdown. The frustration is starting to show.

"We've just got to be able to score points," said receiver Eric Moulds. "It's good to get in the red zone, get three points here and there. But you've got to score touchdowns eventually. We've scored, what, one or two?"

Losman said he realizes much of the offense's success hinges on his ability to adapt quickly as a first-year starter.

"I've just got to go out there and play," Losman said. "Just throw the ball like I know how to with authority, with some confidence. Sooner or later (the offense) is going to have a breakout game and get this thing rolling."

The Saints don't want that game to come against them. Safety Dwight Smith said the Saints will prepare for Losman like he's a seasoned veteran.

"In this league, all it takes is one game," Smith said. "I mean, who was Ben Roethlisberger?

"You can't go into this game saying this guy is young and you can exploit him," Smith added. "As soon as you believe that is when you get slapped in the face."

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posted October 27, 2005 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
Report: NFL might move Saints to L.A.
League considering relocation if New Orleans can't recover from Katrina

The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The NFL will consider relocating the Saints to Los Angeles if New Orleans is unable to recover from Hurricane Katrina, the Washington Post is reporting Thursday, citing three sources familiar with the league’s deliberation on the matter.

The Saints have been based in San Antonio since they were forced out of the Crescent City by the hurricane in August. But sources have said the NFL has no interest in the Texas city as a permanent home for the club.

L.A. is the second-largest television market in the country and has been without an NFL team since the Raiders moved back to Oakland after the 1994 season.

On Wednesday, New Orleans' two major league sports teams made moves to calm fears about their future in the city.

Saints owner Tom Benson published a full-page letter in area newspapers and also sent it by e-mail to season-ticket holders on Wednesday, the same day Saints officials announced they would be donating more than $500,000 to New Orleans-area charities.

A day earlier, Hornets owner George Shinn launched a community relations initiative that he said would start the process of returning his team to New Orleans.

The bold-faced introduction to Benson’s letter read: “Tom Benson wants to return to New Orleans.”

“After reviewing the reports about our team and the abundance of wide-sweeping negative media commentary and columns, I offer this: No decision has been made about the future of the team,” the letter said. “We have continued to operate and represent the city and fans of New Orleans. When the time is right and the factors that are yet unresolved are resolved, a decision of the future of the team will be made.”

Meanwhile, Shinn went to Baton Rouge before Tuesday night’s preseason game against the Miami Heat at LSU. Shinn announced the Hornets would be raising money for Habitat for Humanity homebuilding projects in the New Orleans area, an effort that began with a telethon during Tuesday night’s game.

“New Orleans is our home, and we are committed to rebuilding New Orleans brick by brick and house by house,” Shinn said. “The Hoops for Homes initiative is important to us as an organization, and to me personally, because it begins the process for our eventual return to a rebuilt and revitalized New Orleans.”

Hurricane Katrina damaged the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena, the homes for the Saints and Hornets. Officials at the Superdome say that facility won’t be available for football until 2006 at the earliest. The arena is expected to be ready for basketball by this spring.

In the meantime, the Saints have been based in San Antonio and the Hornets in Oklahoma City. Politicians and business leaders in both places have seized the opportunity to prove their cities would be suitable long-term homes for the franchises. San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger has even discounted New Orleans’ ability to recover sufficiently from the disaster and stated he will work to keep the Saints in Texas permanently.

Benson, who has a home and business relationships in San Antonio, was silent for days after Hardberger’s comments, then added to speculation about his team’s plans by requesting cancellation of his lease of the Saints’ training headquarters in suburban New Orleans.

Shinn has bought a home in Oklahoma City and been highly complimentary of the support for his team there, pointing to aggressive efforts by the business community to take part in sponsorship deals. The Hornets also took “New Orleans” off their home jerseys, bought the Internet domain name “okchornets.com” and changed the official name of the team to the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.

All of those developments have made fans nervous in New Orleans. Both teams’ owners addressed the matter this week, with the Hornets being more definitive about returning.

“It’s not a matter of if we return to New Orleans, but when,” Hornets spokesman Michael Thompson said on Wednesday.

Benson has been more noncommittal, saying his business is like many others that have had to re-evaluate their future in a hurricane-ravaged city, much of which was devastated by widespread flooding.

“No one within our organization has offered or made any official comment about what our long-term plans are,” Benson said in his letter. “It is too early to determine, but my desire is to return to New Orleans.”

Benson also shot back at criticism from New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Last week, Nagin said he was appalled by talk of the Saints relocating elsewhere, calling it was an insult to longtime fans who are struggling to rebuild their lives. Nagin also said he would not buy tickets to the four upcoming Saints games in Baton Rouge.

“Comments from our current mayor are made without a single phone call being placed to our team to check on our plans or to get the facts,” Benson’s letter said. “If the Saints and Tom Benson were as important to the city as the mayor of our city has claimed in the recent past, why such harsh comments, when a simple phone call could have saved him from embarrassment?”

Nagin was more conciliatory Wednesday, showing up for a public meeting on hurricane recovery sporting a Saints sweatshirt and cap. He was not apologetic, however.

“I expressed what most New Orleanians expressed: frustration with the fact that, while we’re down on our knees — why is this happening?” he said.

He said he wanted to show his support for the team after seeing Benson’s full page ad expressing a desire to stay in New Orleans.

“So I went scrounging around and found this old T-shirt and I’m putting it on saying, ‘Hey, I’m a Saints fan and I’d like to see them here.”’

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MNF gives distraction from Katrina losses
Saints-Falcons in restored Superdome takes on a larger meaning for city
The Associated Press


Updated: 6:39 a.m. PT Sept 25, 2006
NEW ORLEANS - Brian McGowan never hesitated when it came time to renew his New Orleans Saints tickets.

On Monday night, he gets to use them when the Saints reopen the Superdome with a game against Atlanta that’s got all the trappings of a Super Bowl one year after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city.

Along with his wife and two sons, McGowan is still living in Dallas. The government trailer they’ve been waiting on for months has yet to materialize, and they’re only now starting to rebuild their home. Their close-knit family is strewn across the country — some in Phoenix, some in Baltimore, only one sibling in New Orleans.

“I said, ’Brian, we lost everything we had. We have nothing. We’re fighting with the insurance company and FEMA, and you’re going to spend money we don’t have to hold onto these tickets?”’ LaChandra McGowan recalled.

“He said, ’That’s all I have left and I won’t let them go. We’ll put it on a credit card, we’ll do whatever it takes. I won’t let them go.”’

Sure enough, the McGowans were back in New Orleans on Sunday. Their trip will be brief, time enough to see some family and friends and the Saints’ triumphant return home. But their presence — and that of thousands others like them — is as much a testament to the loyalty of Saints fans as to the resilience of the city itself.

On Monday night, the musical group U2 will perform and the first President Bush will make an appearance. The game will be a celebration of one of the country’s most unique cities, and the people who call it home.


“It’s the beginning for New Orleans to come alive again,” said Beverly Broussard, a season-ticket holder who has been making the three-hour trip from Mamou, La., for years now. “It’s a celebration of life, back in our city.”

New Orleans has always had a unique — albeit complicated — relationship with the Saints. The team has been dismal for most of its existence, not finishing with a winning record until 1987 and managing it only six times since then. Legend has it that the tradition of embarrassed fans donning paper bags began here, and the team was often derided as the “Aints.”

But much like Green Bay and its beloved Packers, the Saints are considered family in New Orleans. You may not like them much sometimes, but they’re yours and the only one you’ve got.

Fans filled the dome year after year, and the city’s mood rose and fell with the team’s won-loss record. Monica Ramsey took her devotion one step further, decorating her kitchen with Saints wallpaper, curtains and a rug, and topping it all off with a black and gold ceiling fan.

“We like our little team,” said Larry Broussard, Ramsey’s father.

Which made last year’s hardships all the more difficult. Residents who were evacuated scoured their “new” cities for sports bars that showed Saints games. Some couldn’t always get the games, and had to be content with highlights here and there. Fans living outside New Orleans missed the routine they’d settled into over the years.

Tom Lambert, a New Orleans native who now lives in Tampa, has been making the 20-hour round trip for Saints home games for years. But the closest he got last season was watching on television with the half-dozen relatives who took shelter in his house.

“It was kind of odd,” he said.


Even those who got to see the Saints play in person said it didn’t feel quite right. Chased out of New Orleans like most residents when Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005, the nomadic Saints played “home” games in Baton Rouge, San Antonio and New York.

“It was a little hard. I went to games in Baton Rouge, but it wasn’t the same,” said Kris Trahan, a season-ticket holder from New Orleans who was already wearing his Saints T-shirt on Sunday. “You’ve got to be in the dome.”

Added Ramsey, “The dome is just home for us. It’s where we belong.”

So when the Saints announced they were coming home to New Orleans this season, their fans responded with an unprecedented show of loyalty.

Though the city’s population is about half of what it was pre-Katrina and many residents are still trying to put their lives back together, the team sold out the dome for the entire regular-season schedule. More impressive, all of those seats were bought as season tickets, meaning there are no single-game tickets available.

Seats were so hard to come by, the McGowans bought a season ticket for their son Brian Jr., who turned 8 on Sunday and asked to see the Saints as his present.

“New Orleans is my home,” Brian Sr. said when asked to explain his family’s ties to the team. “And I’m really anticipating coming back.”

Some fans bought Saints tickets simply to give a beleaguered city a boost.

Though Wade and Sherri Adams had always followed the Saints, their home in Gulf Shores, Ala., is about 3½ hours away from New Orleans. But they’ve had enough close calls with hurricanes — a tree fell on their daughter’s bedroom during Hurricane Danny in 1997 — to know how devastating the storms can be.

When the team announced it would return to New Orleans, the couple bought eight Saints season tickets.

“We could afford to, and it needed to be done. We wanted to support the city,” Wade Adams said. “We will probably be lifelong season-ticket holders from here on.”

As people like the McGowans, Ramseys, Broussards can tell him, the team has a way of getting in fans’ blood. Fans dressed in black and gold wandered downtown, where banners reading, “Our Home. Our Team. Be A Saint,” lined the streets. There was a festive mood rarely seen in the past year.

Some neighborhoods may still be deserted, the recovery is moving slowly and it will be years before the city is fully on its feet again. But on this weekend — and seven others after it — it was like old times in New Orleans again.

“It’s very exciting,” Lambert said. “I’ve been waiting all year for this.”

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posted January 13, 2007 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EthanRubidoux   Click Here to Email EthanRubidoux     Edit/Delete Message
Makes me want to root for them today.

Little Sisters of Poor root for Saints By MARY FOSTER, Associated Press Writer
Sat Jan 13, 12:07 PM ET


For years it was the most shopworn of jokes about the New Orleans Saints: They couldn't even beat the Little Sisters of the Poor.

But now the Saints are in the playoffs, and the nuns consider themselves part of the team that will face the Philadelphia Eagles in the Superdome on Saturday night. It's a pretty potent combination, Sister Paul believes.

"Who else but the Saints would the Little Sisters of the Poor support?" she said, speaking of the venerable order, which was founded in France and has a long history in New Orleans. "You can say the order is behind the Saints 150 percent."

Sister Paul was the mother superior for the order's Mary Joseph Residence for the Elderly in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina. The 80 residents were unable to return after the storm because emergency personnel had commandeered their building. So they moved out to the order's other 30 facilities.

Paul, four other nuns and 30 of her charges ended up at Sacred Heart Residence for the Elderly in Mobile, Ala.

"We are total fanatics," Paul said in a telephone interview. "We can't be in New Orleans, but we'll be glued to the set. We're having a box-supper so we can eat in front of the television."

The New Orleans residents being cared for by the nuns range in age from 82 to 104, and Paul acknowledges that bets are being made around the home.

"It isn't all that much," said resident Andree Briant, 97. "There aren't many people that will bet against the Saints here."

Briant, born and raised in New Orleans, began attending Saints games when the franchise was first established in 1967.

"I haven't missed a lot of the games over the years," she said. "But I don't think I've ever been this excited."

Another resident, Estelle Falgouft, 82, had season tickets for 10 years, and always hoped to see the team in the Super Bowl. Now she believes she will.

"I keep up with them every day," Falgouft said. "It's a good team now, not like those old teams. I think the Saints will win by two or three touchdowns."

Falgouft is looking forward to a wild Saturday night.

"We're going to have it on the big screen," she said. "It'll be chaos, bedlam, wonderful."

The nuns have private prayer throughout the day, divine office five times a day and Mass daily, Paul said. Prayers during those times are not formally devoted to the New Orleans Saints, but there's still a lot of other praying for them going on among the residents.

"We're praying for a win," Briant said. "It's going to be wonderful, it's going to be a miracle, kid."

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posted September 28, 2010 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
John Carney is back...


Agent: PK John Carney will return to the Saints

1 hour, 36 minutes ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Veteran kicker John Carney(notes) is returning to the New Orleans Saints.

Carney’s agent, Jack Mills, confirmed in an e-mail Tuesday to The Associated Press that his client would be signing a contract with his former team. Terms of the deal were not released.

Carney, who is 46, worked out for the Saints Tuesday after starting kicker Garrett Hartley(notes) missed a 29-yard field goal in overtime Sunday that would have given the Saints a 27-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons. For the season, Hartley is 4-for-7 on field goal attempts.

The Saints have not announced who would be waived to create a roster spot for Carney.

In 2009, the Saints carried both kickers for most of the season after Hartley returned from a four-game suspension.

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