Tag Archives: Drew Brees

Oh, Danny Boy!

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Tiger Fans Can Expect Miles To Vacillate On QB Decision

Bags are packed, early flight to Chicago early today and then van-time with other Louisianans as we go to South Bend, Indiana for a Notre Dame football game. Saturday night’s ND-Michigan State matchup marks my fifteenth game on the storied campus. Most of our travel group have been multiple times also. Continue reading

Brees’ Signing Results in Win-Win for Saints and Him

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Future Hall of Famer Wants to Finish in New Orleans

Drew Brees gave South Louisiana and Who Dat Nation something positive to think about Wednesday when he announced that he had signed a two-year contract extension for $44.5 million. The actual contract is for a five-year period, but the final three years of the deal will void. If the 37-year-old quarterback enjoys continued success during the 2016 season the Saints could revisit Brees’ contract and renegotiate before the 2017 season starts. Continue reading

It Has Been Super!

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Pro Football Popularity And Status In Sports World Defined By Super Bowls

By John Ventola

Super Bowl 50. Finally, a Super Bowl without Roman numerals. The annual game that pushed professional football to the top of the sports world popularity-wise, and cemented the sport as the most universally viewed athletic event, has reached into our culture and has an Arabic numeral for the first time. Continue reading

Players Returning From Knee Surgeries Quicker

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ACL Injuries Occurring More Frequently

By John Ventola

As athletes have become bigger and faster in recent decades, the number of debilitating injuries suffered playing football has increased. Today there is new evidence and concern about what repeated concussions can do to a human brain. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is real, a progressive degenerative disease that attacks current and former players who have suffered repeated brain injuries. Continue reading

Supercharged New Orleans Knocks Atlanta From Unbeaten Ranks

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Saints Accomplish Amazing Turnaround In 100 Hours

By John Ventola

What a difference a day makes! Quadruple that, and national football fans were able to see the fate of a professional franchise change before their very eyes. The New Orleans Saints recovered from an uninspired, inept performance on Sunday in losing to Philadelphia to defeat arch-rival Atlanta 31-21 in a raucous Superdome Thursday night. Continue reading

Saints On Life Support With Paper Bags Waiting

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Teams of Aging Quarterbacks Going Different Directions

By John Ventola

Last Sunday night I wrote a blog immediately after New Orleans’ overtime victory over Dallas predicting it would be a sunnier Monday because the hometown guys had won their first game of the season. This morning I can only declare the sun is out, emotions are raw, and a lot of Lexapro will be consumed in the Crescent City. The Saints looked terrible in a second-half collapse against Philadelphia yesterday. Continue reading

Brees’ 400th Touchdown Pass Gives Saints Overtime Victory

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Saints Give Fans Reasons To Look Ahead

By John Ventola

Folks in south Louisiana are walking more briskly and smiling more freely today. Last night’s overtime victory by the New Orleans Saints over Dallas has given them hope that their team can use the win to propel them to a much needed winning streak. With Carolina and Atlanta both off to 4-0 starts, the victory was needed to keep the National Conference’s South Division from becoming a runaway two-team  race. Continue reading

Play Calling And Lack Of Defensive Push Costs Saints Opener

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Palmer Leads Cards Over Saints In Season Opener

By John Ventola

Veteran Carson Palmer, returning after a knee injury ended his season last year, passed for three touchdowns Sunday to lead the home standing Arizona Cardinals over the New Orleans Saints 31-19 in an NFL season opener.   Continue reading

Frank Gifford Showcased Aptitude In Playing And Announcing

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Gifford Was Versatile On Field And In Booth

By John Ventola

Worthy athletic role models for our youth are getting increasingly harder to find these days. Off field behavior eliminates quite a few athletes, and for those who can stay within the guidelines of proper personal conduct, the overwhelming desire to win leads to errors in ethical judgment. Steroid use, doping, deflation of footballs—anything to get the slightest of margins in athletic completion. Continue reading

Time Will Determine Team Success In 2015 NFL Draft

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Saints Use Six Of Nine Picks On Defense

 By John Ventola

It is interesting how the so called experts are rushing to pin a franchise grade on the recently completed 2015 NFL Draft. Each of the 256 drafted players had their college performances evaluated, and were put through multiple in person testing (NFL Combine and school pro days) to determine if their skill sets and individual makeup would qualify them as a league member. Any grade can be assigned to teams now. The accurate answer will come three or four years from now when the professional body of work of the drafted players can be scrutinized and evaluated. Continue reading