I thought I had seen every possible way for the Saints to lose a game. Then John Carney missed the extra point after the amazing triple lateral final play. Wait, we can't forget about the Saints/Falcons game last week were the refrees gave Falcons' kicker Todd Peterson a generous second attempt. Though once again Saints lost another game, another heartbreaking way. And for the second straight week, the single changing event that lead to the Saints defeat had nothing to do with say... an Aaron Brooks's interception or a Donte' Stallworth fumble. The Rams were without Marc Bulger, Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, and their head coach Mike Martz. In addition, Saints scored on their first two possessions going up 14-0. Yet as the game went on the lead evaporated. Down 21-17, Brooks and the Saints had one more chance. Though it does not help when FOX once again points out the fact Brooks has had 17 4th quarter comebacks. Everytime they point that out the game is done. Saints lose. Everytime. On a crticial play, Brooks guns a pass to Ernie Conwell who juggles it but none the less, while tangling with a cornerback lands on his back with the ball on this chest. Conwell is down...right? A St. Louie player picks it up and runs 66 yards for the score. This can't be? Conwell was down. You can clearly see on the instant replay Conwell was in fact down. So would not the play be dead? Refrees thought Conwell was juggling it so the touchdown stands. Challenge it! New Orleans was out of timeouts. Alright, but because there is 1:55 left in the game the booth upstairs can view it, right? No they can't because even though there is under 2:00 the officials never officially declared 'Two Minute Warning.' That sums everything up. It is the 2:00 warning so just because they do not say 'Two Minute Warning' then it technically isn't even the two minute warning? Wow. Nuff said. Saints got a raw deal. And for the second straight week the NFL officials can kiss my left butt cheek.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
I attended the LSU/Auburn game last night. My dad and younger brother came down for the slugfest. Quite the amount of excitement. Tiger Stadium had an awesome atmosphere. After the big win against the Gators, LSU knew they had to cut down on turnovers and penalties. The offense overall did not look that impress. JaMarcus Russell missed some practices this past week and Coach Miles said during the Auburn game the playbook was trimmed so pain would not be felt in his shoulder. It seemed like something had to be wrong with Russell. His passes were continuously hitting the ground. After suffering through the 10-9 loss last year to Auburn I have to say I am glad John Vaughn missed 5 field goals. After all it was quite lucrative that Mr. Vaughn was even given a second chance during last year's showdown. I am also iffy about the cornerbacks. We could not stop the pass...and the run. LSU has a lot to work on still, but the heart was there. I will give JaMarcus a lot of credit for once again leading the team to a tying field goal. In conclusion, the important thing is LSU won. It was not pretty, but beating Auburn anyway is a huge plus.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
I came into the NFL season thinking the New Orleans Saints could be a powerful force. They upgraded in the offseason and showed great signs of improvement. For once, it seemed the whole chaotic situation with Aaron Brooks and Jim Haslett was finally going to be settled. That was until Hurricane Katrina crushed the Gulf Coast. At a time like this you would never think that an owner of a team would consider about moving a franchise. But I guess you do not know Tom Benson. When the city of New Orleans fell to the ground, Tom Benson kicked it in the face by advancing in talks about moving the franchise to the Alamo. Unless something miraclous happens (Tom Benson recieves a much needed heart attack) the Saints are set to move to San Antonio. The best of circumstances would be that some time in the future New Orleans would be granted a team again. But let's be honest, who wants to wait 3-5 years for a team? I for sure don't, but by the looks of it I have no choice. None the less the Saints still have a chance to do some damage. Yes, that is quite the outrageous thing to think. The Saints are 2-4 and do not show any signs of making a second half surge. The Deuce is out, Joe Horn is still injured, and Mr. Aaron Brooks is as consistent as say....John Starks? Despite these negative facts I still believe....better yet, I still have faith. I just find it hard to comprehend that the last year they are tagged with the name 'New Orleans' the team will do lousy. If there was one movie I wish the Saints could mirror there season off of, it would have to be Major League. Just maybe some magic gets running and all the pieces fall together. Just maybe that unthinkable season happens and everyone can get that much needed sigh of relief during this great time of turmoil. I can see it now, "Nomadic Saints Run the Tables!" But then again why should I think this team will recieve good fortune? I mean they are only known as the Saints.