Dec 27, 2011
Dec 15, 2011
Dec 4, 2011
Nov 4, 2011
I'm saying nope. I think LSU walks away with this one in impressive fashion. Yes, I respect and appreciate everything Alabama has done this year, but I see LSU as the better team. LSU is more road tested and will relish the opportunity to play in front of 100,000+ fans in Alabama. This isn't the first time LSU has felt the pressure of playing a top 5 foe this year. Alabama has had a much easier road so far this year, and this will be the game that it comes back to haunt them.
I'll let my friend Josh explain it:
"It's Mo'vember, which is a cause that's been around for several years if you don't know. Basically guys, and some ladies if they're so inclined, grow mustaches and get people to donate money. It's like running a marathon but you burn no calories and look like a child molester at the end of it.Josh is on Adam Richman's (Man vs. Food) team and even got retweeted by Adam. Some of my other friends are participating as well (http://mobro.co/Dbricou, http://mobro.co/dwguidry). So hit up one of them with a donation to support this great cause.
So if you want to donate even a $1, no pressure, go here:
mobro.co/TheDupeAbides. I'm part of Adam Richman's team. Yes the guy from Man v. Food. So if you don't do it for me, do it for Adam.
Nov 1, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
Sep 15, 2011
The short week will be tough for both teams, but LSU is more rested and is the better team.
Prediction: LSU 34 Miss St. 20
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 9, 2011
Northwestern St. 0
Sep 7, 2011
AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC South: Houston Texans
AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC West: San Diego Chargers
Wild Cards: Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC South: New Orleans Saints
NFC East: Dallas Cowboys
NFC West: St. Louis Rams
Wild Cards: Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons
AFC Championship: Chargers over Patriots
NFC Championship: Saints over Cowboys
Super Bowl: Saints over Chargers
#1 Pick in 2011 Draft: San Francisco 49ers
MVP: Drew Brees, QB, Saints
Offensive Player of the Year: Mike Vick, QB, Eagles
Defensive Player of the Year: Ndomakong Suh, DT, Lions
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Von Miller, LB/DE, Broncos
Comeback Player of the Year: Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys
Coach of the Year: Steve Spagnuolo, Rams
This summer, more than a dozen former NFL players attended "Personal Branding for Athletes" at LSU. The program is put on by LSU Executive Education, in partnership with NFL Alumni. Check out the story at LSU.edu.
The AP Top 25
Record Pts Previous
1. Oklahoma (32) 1-0 1,4481
2. LSU (17) 1-0 1,415 4
3. Alabama (9) 1-0 1,409 2
4. Boise St. (2) 1-0 1,310 5
5. Florida St. 1-0 1,196 6
6. Stanford 1-0 1,154 7
7. Texas A&M 1-0 1,033 8
8. Wisconsin 1-0 1,031 11
9. Oklahoma St. 1-0 981 9
10. Nebraska 1-0 947 10
11. Virginia Tech 1-0 906 13
12. South Carolina 1-0 843 12
13. Oregon 0-1 828 3
14. Arkansas 1-0 752 15
15. Ohio St. 1-0 606 18
16. Mississippi St. 1-0 594 20
17. Michigan St. 1-0 530 17
18. Florida 1-0 382 22
19. West Virginia 1-0 357 24
20. Baylor 1-0 284 NR
21. Missouri 1-0 242 21
22. South Florida 1-0 221 NR
23. Penn St. 1-0 147 NR
24. Texas 1-0 135 NR
25. TCU 0-1 130 14
Others receiving votes: Arizona St. 119, Auburn 85, Southern Cal 69, Georgia 52, Northwestern 40, Maryland 34, BYU 33, Iowa 29, Houston 27, Utah 24, Notre Dame 22, Michigan 17, Air Force 11, Pittsburgh 11, UCF 10, NC State 8, Hawaii 6, Tennessee 6, Arizona 5, N. Illinois 5, Southern Miss. 4, Clemson 1, Georgia Tech 1.
USA Today Coaches Poll
Sept. 6, 2011
Rank, Team (first-place votes), Record, Points, Last week's poll
1, Oklahoma (43), 1-0, 1,454, 1
2, Alabama (9), 1-0, 1,412, 2
3, LSU (7), 1-0, 1,366, 4
4, Florida State, 1-0, 1,198, 5
5, Boise State, 1-0, 1,197, 7
6, Stanford, 1-0, 1,180, 6
7, Oklahoma State, 1-0, 1,038, 8
8, Texas A&M, 1-0, 997, 9
9, Wisconsin, 1-0, 988, 10
10, Nebraska, 1-0, 910, 11
11, Virginia Tech, 1-0, 863, 13
12, South Carolina, 1-0, 827, 12
13, Arkansas, 1-0, 786, 14
14, Oregon, 0-1, 752, 3
15, Ohio State, 1-0, 686, 16
16, Michigan State, 1-0, 584, 17
17, Mississippi State, 1-0, 497, 20
18, Florida, 1-0, 375, 23
19, Missouri, 1-0, 309, 21
20, Penn State, 1-0, 247, 25
21, Texas, 1-0, 231, 24
22, Auburn, 1-0, 197, 19
23, Arizona State, 1-0, 189, NR
24, West Virginia, 1-0, 185, NR
25, TCU, 0-1, 140, 15
No. 18 Notre Dame (0-1, lost to South Florida 23-20), No. 22 Georgia (0-1, lost to then-No. 7 Boise State 35-21).
Others receiving votes
Baylor 117; South Florida 97; Iowa 44; Utah 42; Georgia 35; Houston 31; Northwestern 30; Arizona 28; Central Florida 18; Hawaii 17; Michigan 15;North Carolina 15; Clemson 13; Northern Illinois 13; Southern Mississippi 12; Air Force 10; Notre Dame 8; Tennessee 5; Brigham Young 4; Maryland 4; Georgia Tech 3; Washington 3; California 1; Cincinnati 1; Texas Tech 1.
Sep 2, 2011
The LSU-Oregon game could be called the "Distractions Bowl" with both teams having faced off the field issues over the summer, but all that can be put behind them with a win this weekend. Both teams have national championship hopes with LSU being ranked #4 and Oregon ranked #3. A win on Saturday could propel either team for a special year.
LSU will be starting senior QB Jarrett Lee after Jordan Jefferson was suspended. Lee can sling it, but mistakes have proven costly in the past. If he can take care of the ball and rely on his talented running game, the LSU offense should be fine. On defense, LSU will have to deal with Oregon's fast-paced offense and the new faces stepping into more prominent roles don't get a cupcake game to get acclimated to the new season.
Les Miles is an x-factor in every game he coaches. He has the ability to get his players up for big games and his teams perform for the stage they are playing on and the college football world will be watching this game. Give Miles weeks to prepare for an opponent (just look at his bowl record at LSU), and he has his team ready to play. He's been preparing for Oregon all offseason, so LSU will come ready to play, despite the off-the-field distractions.
Aug 19, 2011
A few veterans are battling through training camp injuries, so it will be interesting to see who plays and how much they play on Saturday. It will also be another chance for rookies and new comers to shine in game action. Mark Ingram, Josh Morgan and Johnny Patrick got Saints fans buzzing about their potential after their preseason debut. It will be interesting to see how they follow it up and if anyone else steps up.
In looking toward the game, I mostly want to see production from the first team offense. They didn't do much in limited opportunity against the 49ers. I'd like to see them come out like the Patriots offense has done in the preseason and fire on all cylinders, but as it is preseason, however they look, it's important to remember that we are still weeks away from these games counting and mattering. The players and coaches are more concerned with getting reps through live action and executing the play how it was drawn up. So fans need to just sit back and enjoy football and not be too critical if things aren't clicking 100 percent. Don't worry though, I'm sure Gregg Williams will make things exciting by bringing the house on blitzes even though its preseason.
As always though, here's to hoping there are no injuries!
Aug 12, 2011
Here are some players I'll have my eye on to see how they perform:
- Mark Ingram, RB, #28 - of course all eyes will be on the former Heisman Trophy winner. This is the guy the Saints traded back into the 1st round for and reviews from camp so far have been glowing. This will be most Saints' fans first time to see Ingram in the black and gold.
- Cameron Jordan, DE, #94 - just like Ingram, Jordan was the Saints first 1st round pick this year and reviews have also been stellar so far. The Saints lacked a pass rush from their ends last year, let's see what Jordan brings.
- Patrick Robinson, CB, #21 - with Tracy Porter being out with an injury, Robinson has been seeing more reps and should get lots of playing time this year. Let's see what kind of improvements he's made from year one to year two.
- Men in the middle (Shaun Rogers, DT, #92 and Aubrayo Franklin, DT, #99) - the Saints beefed up the middle of their d-line with the additions of Rogers and Franklin. Let's see these two giants in action.
- Linebacker battle (notably Will Herring #53, Martez Wilson #95, Scott Shanle #58, Jonathan Casillas #52, Clint Ingram #57, others) - all training camp reports note OLB as the tightest and toughest race on the roster. Let's see who starts to separate themselves in this crowded group.
- Who's that guy? - every year fans latch onto to a "camp beast." We've seen fan favorites such as Junior Gallette (watch for him tonight as well), Pierre Thomas, Marques Colston, Rod Harper, Onome Ojo, Boo Williams, Zach Hilton, among others catch everyone's attention in the preseason. Who's it going to be this year? Some names that are being talked about in 2011 so far include Joseph Morgan, WR, #13; Joique Bell, RB, #20; Korey Hall, FB, #35; Tom Johnson, DT, #72; and Jarred Fayson, WR, #88.
- The Reggie Bush Factor - Reggie was a fan favorite, so everyone will want to see what we got for him (Jonathon Amaya, S, #40) and the man who is replacing him (Darren Sproles, RB, #43).
Aug 5, 2011
The man traded for Reggie Bush, Jonathon Amaya:
Free agent signings:
Saints 1st round picks:
Aug 4, 2011
Aug. 4, 2011 - preseason poll
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Jul 29, 2011
- Reggie Bush was dealt to Miami
- Remi Ayodele signed with Minnesota
- Jermon Bushrod resigned
- Usama Young signed with Cleveland
- 3rd round pick Johnny Patrick signed
- Scott Shanle, Chris Reis and Jo-Lonn Dunbar resign
- Danny Clark resigned
- Randall Gay was cut
- Darren Sproles was signed
Looking at the moves, the obvious big one is trading Reggie Bush. While Bush was loved and hated by Saints fans, he was great for New Orleans. He helped put the Saints on the map and gave the team star power when it needed it most. Now he's moving on to Miami, so to fill the void and not have to alter the offense too much, the team signed Darren Sproles. Sproles is smaller than Reggie Bush, but he is a similar player to Reggie. I think this is a solid move and the spotlight won't be nearly as big on Sproles as it was on Reggie, which will be a good thing. I with Reggie Bush the best of luck in Miami. I enjoyed watching him and rooting for him. Now, let's see if can really take this opportunity to be the man and fulfill his promise.
Out of the other signings, Bushrod is probably the most important. The Saints have one of the top O-lines in the league, so keeping continuity there is important. Now, the Saints biggest move will be signing all their draft picks and resigning Roman Harper ... Oh, and there's the tiny matter of Drew Brees' contract being up after this season.
Jul 27, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
Media are scrambling to get the timeline straight on when free agency will start, when teams can sign rookies and their own players, when trades can happen, when teams will report (Saints are rumored to be reporting for camp on Thursday). No matter what the logistics are, this will be a wild, wild week. Things that normally happen over the entire offseason are being squeezed into less than a week. Teams will report to camp before a large portion of the roster is even signed. It will be tough to keep up with, but fans across the country won't mind because America's game is back in business.
Welcome back NFL, now let the fun begin. WHO DAT!!!
Jul 20, 2011
Jun 8, 2011
May 23, 2011
May 2, 2011
In the first round, top-15 talent Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal, started slipping and the Saints eagerly scooped him up at #24 overall. Jordan doesn't blow you away as a speed rusher, but he fills a huge need and was one of the top defensive ends in the entire draft. But the Saints didn't sit on the hands waiting for their second round pick. They started asking, how can we get Mark Ingram as well, the top RB in the draft, and started making calls to get back in round 1. They found a suiter in the Patriots and sent their #2 and next year's #1 picks for the #28 pick and the opportunity to select Ingram.
This started a firestorm of debate regarding Reggie Bush's status and his future in New Orleans, especially after Bush tweeted that it's been fun New Orleans. But as Coach Payton said, Bush shouldn't be affected by Ingram. They are two different runners and Ingram is more of a Deuce McAllister-type than a Bush type. If I were Pierre Thomas or Chris Ivory, I'd be more worried than Bush should be. Payton loves Bush's diversity and caters his offense (sometimes too much) to Bush's abilities. With the injuries the Saints suffered at RB last year, they had to get the top runner in the draft and Ingram will look nice in the black and gold.
The Saints focused on defense in the rest of the draft. In the 3rd round, they had two selections: LB Martez Wilson, Illinois, at pick 72 and CB Johnny Patrick, Louisville, at pick 88. Wilson should compete for a spot on the outside and Patrick will start on special teams and could battle guys like Randall Gay and Leigh Torrence for playing time.
In the 7th round, the Saints took a chance on DE Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh, who is recovering from a torn ACL, at pick 226. If he comes back healthy, he could be a steal. With their last pick, #243, they took another special teams player in LB Nate Bussey, Illinois. Bussey is a tweener LB/S prospect, but he may be in the Steve Gleason/Chris Reis special teams mode.
All in all, it was a solid draft for the Saints, but fans won't really know the impact for a couple of years. Immediately, Jordan and Ingram should contribute, with Wilson competing with the other young LBs on the roster for playing time.
Apr 27, 2011
- SI.com Peter King: Adrian Claiborne, DE, Iowa
- SI.com Don Banks: Adrian Claiborne, DE, Iowa
- Times-Picayune Mike Triplett: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
- Times-Picayune James Varney: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
- NFL Draft Countdown: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
- Walter Football: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
- CBS Sports Pete Prisco: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
- Scout.com: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
- Fox Sports Peter Schrager: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
- ProFootballTalk: Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh
Apr 20, 2011
Here's the rest of the schedule for New Orleans:
Sept. 8 at Green Bay Packers (Thursday)
Sept. 18 CHICAGO BEARS
Sept. 25 HOUSTON TEXANS
Oct. 2 at Jacksonville Jaguars
Oct. 9 at Carolina Panthers
Oct. 16 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Oct. 23 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (Sunday Night Football)
Oct. 30 at St. Louis Rams
Nov. 6 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Nov. 13 at Atlanta Falcons Noon
Nov. 20 BYE
Nov. 28 NEW YORK GIANTS (Monday Night Football)
Dec. 4 DETROIT LIONS Noon
Dec. 11 at Tennessee Titans
Dec. 18 at Minnesota Vikings
Dec. 26 ATLANTA FALCONS (Monday Night Football)
Jan. 1 CAROLINA PANTHERS
Mar 31, 2011
It's MLB opening day! What better time than now for some guaranteed to be wrong predictions?
AL East: Boston Red Sox
AL West: LA Angels of Anaheim
AL Central: Chicago White Sox
Wild Card: Oakland A's
NL East: Atlanta Braves
NL West: San Francisco Giants
NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals
Wild Card: Colorado Rockies
ALCS: Red Sox over White Sox
NLCS: Braves over Rockies
Wold Series: Red Sox over Braves
AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez, New York
NL MVP: Albert Pujols, St. Louis
AL Cy Young: John Lester, Boston
NL Cy Young: Tommy Hanson, Atlanta
AL ROY: Michael Pineda, Seattle
NL ROY: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
Mar 4, 2011
The Saints have been active this week, as the NFL labor situation hangs over the entire league.
The Saints first locked down free agent DT Shaun Rogers to a one-year deal, which should help the defensive line and the run defense. Rogers is getting older, but upgrades across the defensive line were needed, and the Saints have taken chances with older d-linemen in the past.
Next, the team signed kicker Garrett Hartley to a five-year contract. Hartley has had an up-and-down first couple of years in the league, but despite some early struggles last season, he had a solid year. Hartley remains a fan favorite and has a well-established place in Saints history based off his game winning field goal in the NFC Championship game, sending the Saints to the Super Bowl. Holding the record for three 40+ yard field goals in the Super Bowl, also accentuates his resume. Locking down Hartley was another good move for the team, since kicker has been a revolving door since Sean Payton took over (John Carney, Olindo Mare, Taylor Mehlhalff, Hartley, Carney again, Hartley, and on and on ...).
Lastly, the Saints made a somewhat surprising move yesterday in signing a four-year deal with RB Pierre Thomas. The move isn't surprising that they'd resign Pierre, it's just that it came virtually out of nowhere. After the two sides remained far apart on an extension before last season, there seemed to be bad blood and then he got hurt. Rumors surfaced of the coaching staff questioning Thomas' toughness/healing ability; Thomas questioned team doctors as misdiagnosing his injury. All in all, many felt that it was Pierre's last year in the Black and Gold. Then out of the blue, he is signed to a four-year extension.
Thomas is a solid player and fits the Saints offense well. He can get tough yards and is one of the top screen-play running backs in the league. Brees loves checking down to him, and Payton loves calling screens for him. Pairing him with Chris Ivory creates a great 1-2 punch in the backfield. The signing does open up more questions, though, about the future of Reggie Bush. Will Bush be willing to take a pay cut, and if so, how much? Peirre reportedly got a $12 million deal over four years, Bush should get similar, but what if he gets more? How will that change the dynamic of both deals and the feelings of both running backs? Also, with three quality players at running back now, how do you split the load?
The signings of Rogers and Thomas fill needs for the Saints and they can now focus on other areas in the draft. Many had the Saints looking for a new running back in the offseason, but now I don't see them going in that direction. They may still bring in another defensive tackle, since Rogers is older and on a one-year deal, but it's no longer as big of a priority.
In other news, former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey has signed with division rival Carolina and former kicker John Carney is looking to be brought onto the coaching staff as a consultant or coach. Good luck to Shockey, except for when he plays NOLA and I like the Carney move, as he has filled that role before, consulting Hartley during the Saints Super Bowl run.
Mar 3, 2011
Here are some of the highlights of the night:
Eating all the popcorn he wanted:
Watching the game with his friend Cole:
Wait, there's a park here? This definitely put going to an LSU baseball game at the top of his LSU sports list:
Oh yeah, there was a baseball game going on too:
Feb 3, 2011
I see this as a defensive battle and I don't think the Packers will be able to move the ball on Pittsburgh the way they have the past couple of weeks. While I will probably be rooting for Green Bay, I think Pittsburgh's poise and experience will provide them with an edge.
So who's going to take home the Lombardi trophy?
MVP: Troy Polamalu
Feb 1, 2011
Here's a look at who the Saints may be targeting with the #24 pick:
- Sports Illustrated's Don Banks: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
- Foxsports: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
- Mike Detillier: Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal
- DraftCountdown.com: Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal
- Walter Football: J.J. Watt DE, Wisconsin
- NE Patriots Draft: Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
- NFL Draft Today: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
- Running the Zone: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
- Fantasy Football Xtreme: Cameron Hayward, DE, Ohio State
- Optimum Scouting: Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
- FootballFanSpot: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
- NFL Draft Blitz: Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal
- New NFL Draft: Adrian Clayborn, DE/DT, Iowa
- NFL Draft Updates: Bruce Carter, OLB, UNC
- Football Draft Analysis: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
- New Sport Draft: Adrian Clayborn, DE/DT, Iowa
- Fantasy CPR: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
- Draft King: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
- Draft Tek: Mikel LaShoure, RB, Illinois
- Ultimate Mock: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
- Xtra Point Football: Allen Bailey, DE/DT, Miami