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‘To Be Only Slightly Hyperbolic, the New Orleans Saints Are My Life’

An Essay on What the Saints Mean to Me So, I’ll be completely honest. I have no real reason to love the New Orleans Saints, especially not with the obsessive intensity I feel for them. I live in New Orleans, but I haven’t really lived here for that long. The truth is, I didn’t even grow up a football fan. I’m from Baltimore, born only three years after the Baltimore Colts’ alcoholic owner, Bob Irsay, packed up the team in a bunch of Mayflower moving vans and stole away to Indianapolis in the middle of the night. For a couple
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ALL THE RECORDS

ALL THE RECORDS

This is a list of ALL THE RECORDS set by the Saints during the 2011-2012 regular season. You know where the original pic comes from. Edit via. Team Records NFL RECORD 7474 total yards of offense this season NFL RECORD 417 first downs this season NFL RECORD 280 passing first downs this season NFL RECORD 5347 passing yards this season NFL RECORD 329 points scored at home NFL RECORD 71.3% completions NFL RECORD 56.7% third down conversions FRANCHISE RECORD 547 points scored FRANCHISE RECORD 66 touchdowns scored FRANCHISE RECORD 6.7 yards per play FRANCHISE RECORD 4.9 yards per rush FRANCHISE
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Kiss My Asterisk

Why Drew Brees’ record season isn’t tainted Last week, CBS’s Mike Freeman had the audacity to make the case that the yardage record that Drew Brees now owns should be written in the record books with an asterisk. Today he wrote that the Packers are the NFL’s only great team. Meanwhile his coworker, Pete Prisco, published an article with this headline: “Brees’ record-breaking night tainted by decision to go for it late,” and still in another corner of the universe Jason Cole asks if we were “right” in running up the score. I’m forced to ask a simple question: are
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Can Drew Brees be the NFL’s 2011 MVP?

(Forward) Motion is an Illusion While watching Drew Brees systematically exploit the New York Giant defense Monday night, I found that I was overcome with an atypical emotion: depression. Somewhere between the moment Drew reminded the world that, for him, gravity was optional and his fourth touchdown pass of the night I was struck with one thought: [pullquote2 align=”center” textColor=”#5a5a5a”]”We’re watching the single greatest non-MVP season by a quarterback in the modern era.”[/pullquote2] And it’s not even close. Despite being on pace for an absurd 5300+ yards, 40 touchdown season, after this season Drew will likely have the same number of
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The Saints and the Domefield Advantage

Do the Saints have a prime-time advantage in the Superdome? So they say home field advantage is worth three points.  But do the New Orleans Saints have an increased advantage when playing in the Superdome in prime-time? More importantly, how much of an advantage is playing in the Superdome during a night game? Yesterday the NFL “flexed” the Saints’ Week 13 game against Detroit. What once was a noon kickoff is now a 7:20. This is significant because of the six remaining games on the Saints’ schedule, three are prime-time games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Even more importantly, our three most difficult games will be in the safe,
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Black and Gold: A Face to Call Home

This is an answer to the question, “What do the Saints mean to you?” It features an absolute must-read starring role by Drew Brees.  It is the fourth piece in an ongoing new Saints11 series of answers to the aforementioned question. Black and Gold: A Face to Call Home by Jack Spitz  I was born and raised a New Orleanian. Abita beer runs through my veins. Zapp’s potato chips and crawfish were my first love, and will be my last meal if I have any say in the matter. I was born by the river. (No, Sam Cooke, not in a
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