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The Saints Bounty Scandal

Volume whatever The thing is, I don’t even care about this bounty scandal any more. I had this very angry blog post all worked out in my head and I was going to renew my crusade against the tyranny of Roger Goodell, but I can’t actually do that. Not because yesterday’s news changed anything. Not that I’m suddenly convinced by Roger or his case. But I’m just tired of all of the noise. I know the Saints don’t come out of this smelling like roses after this offseason, and frankly I’m not even all that bothered if we committed the
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Your Shirt Matters: Presenting the Unified Field Theory of Juju

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things. I have a lucky Saints shirt. It’s a black Drew Brees t-shirt, the sort of t-shirt that has all the trappings of a jersey: the Saints logo on the front, Drew’s name and number in sparkly gold on the back. It’s a child’s large, purchased from the Dillard’s at Oakwood Center in Gretna, Louisiana back in September 2009. I’ve worn it on probably 85% of the Saints game days since 2009, sometimes going beneath my Sir Saint sweatshirt when it’s cold. The Saints usually (but not always) win when I wear this
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‘I’ve Formed My Memories Around This Team’: One Reader on What the New Orleans Saints Mean to Her

This is an answer to the question, “What do the Saints mean to you?” It is the latest in an ongoing feature where friends and readers answer that question. by Breann Sokol I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t a New Orleans Saints fan. I don’t ever remember consciously choosing to be a Saints fan. Of course at some point in my adolescent years I could have chosen to split from the pack and be girly and detest all things sports. But that never happened. Thank God. Before I get into the meat of things, here’s a maybe not-so-brief
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The Art of Choosing a New Orleans Saints Jersey 2012

What does your jersey say about you? A year ago we brought you our inaugural “Art of Choosing a Jersey” column. It focused on the very quaint problem of how to distinguish yourself from bandwagon fans. After 2009, the New Orleans Saints underwent the Pink Hat Effect. Bandwagon fans came out of every swamp and creek bed donning spiffy new jerseys and an unabashed ignorance of Saints history. In their minds, the Saints had always been winners and Drew Brees was the quarterback when the team began. Now I don’t mean to bash the bandwagon—we all have to start somewhere—but
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The Pierre Thomas Jersey

The Pierre Thomas Jersey

A Saints Fan Leaves New Orleans for New York A little over two weeks ago, I moved away from New Orleans after about 4 1/2 years living there. I wrote over a thousand words on my personal Tumblr about why I pursued a job in New York, why I accepted it and how I felt leaving New Orleans, with several asides reifying the city and its culture and the people that make it what it is. But I didn’t publish it. Because really, as always, it all comes down to the Saints. When I took this new job, I knew I
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