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The 2015 Saints Hype Tracker

The 2015 Saints Hype Tracker

Look, there’s nothing like preseason hype articles. You know the ones, the character stories in July and August that exist only to fill arbitrary inches at newspapers or post requirements for ESPN. There’s an art to hype articles, a beauty. These 800 word gems sometimes capture the rising stars of a team, but mostly, they exist only to build the narrative of hope around a player or team. Maybe Dannelle Ellerbe is healthy for the first time in a year. Maybe Akiem Hicks is hungry for a bounce back year. Maybe Terron Armstead is preparing to be the best offensive
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The Anti-Season and the Saints’ Darkest Timeline

The Anti-Season and the Saints’ Darkest Timeline

I’ve come to the realization that the NFL offseason is the inverse of a season of television. For the purposes of this blog post, we’ll refer to it as the Anti-Season. Think of the offseason as a television season timeline in reverse. A television season is typically outlined in broad strokes before filming starts, with a small group of writers crafting the shape of the season’s narratives early on and filling in the details and scenes as they go along. Once the story is broken, episodes are filmed and the season climaxes in the final two episodes of the season. The
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