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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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On Journalism, or Why Sports Media Have Failed Us

Or why sports media are to blame for ‘Bountygate’ If you’re looking for an even-handed opinion about what the bounty scandal have meant to a passionate Saints fan, I point you to an earlier work of mine: The Rorschach Test. Today I’m going a little further off I-10, because I just can’t take it anymore. While the ‘Bountygate’ saga continues, sports media have failed to act throughout this story. Simply reacting to statements by the National Football League is not journalism and it can be done by any hack with access to PR News wire. This feeling of outrage was
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The Rorschach Test

Well, this has been an interesting few days. After a month or so of relative silence on all things bounty, the NFL (and the media covering the NFL) decided to turn up the heat and draw as much attention to the case as possible, and this time they decided to play show and tell. But after Monday’s shamockerry of a hearing, suspended Saints Fujita, Hargrove, Smith, and most importantly Vilma are exactly where they were a month ago: suspended. We got impassioned speeches, players remaining silent in protest, two hundred new pages of “evidence,” a cool new moniker “The Apostles” (for those
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On Arrogance

No sports story in the history of my fandom of the New Orleans Saints (which, for the record, does go farther back than 2006, but whatever) has made me feel more like an unstable mental patient than this undying saga about whether or not the Saints actually employed bounties (or “Bountygate”). There are days I’m amused (Vilma sued the Commissioner!) depressed (Scott Fujita, one of the nicest men on the planet, who even after he left New Orleans, spent a large chunk of his Super Bowl check on NOLA charities), enraged (Vilma sued the commissioner!), but most of all I’m
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Earning Sainthood

Why the NFL is using the Saints as sacrificial martyrs Any second-rate public relations professional or communications undergrad can tell you that perception is everything. By releasing a now-infamous four page “confidential” memo to NFL teams (and thus the media), Roger Goodell won the framing war for Bountygate. By carefully controlling the linguistic framework in which this “scandal” is discussed, the game was over before the Saints even suited up. Let me be clear: the only things the Saints are guilty of are bad timing, bad PR, and unauthorized bonuses. The rest of the argument is just fucking noise. Within
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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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