Monday, June 22, 2015

Y@ Speak: mentally competent

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 12:38 PM

While Sports Overlord Tom Benson celebrates with wine and ice cream, New Orleans demands change in the wake of the Charleston shooting. Plus: more from Gov. Bobby Jindal and the poetry of Fletcher Mackel.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Y@ Speak: skywriters in flight, afternoon delight

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 1:30 PM

A skywriter clogged everyone's Instagram feeds as if one person's sky was different from everyone else's, Jazz Fest concluded its second weekend with a small country of crowds, and hey, remember when it rained terrifyingly hard and a train fell off a bridge? Good times. Also in this week's Twitter roundup: libraries, New Orleans Saints news and a vandalized St. Roch Market.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Y@ Speak: a beautiful mess

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 12:35 PM

The treesit saga continues at City Park where a few dozen pigs meet their maker. Matthew McConaughey performs the role of a lifetime: a lifestyle blogger who visited New Orleans one time. People yell a lot in Jackson Square. Bobby Jindal wears a Cosby sweater. Drew Brees loves Uber and Khiry Robinson has tum tum problems. All that and more in this extra-sloppy edition of Y@ Speak.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Y@ Speak: daylight savings

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Time is a social construct and springing clocks forward has turned everything upside-down: newspapers predict the future, bats live in schools and cows take over the West Bank. Also in this week's Y@ Speak: weighing in on Chris Rose, saying goodbye to folk hero Pierre Thomas, and people hold a "second line" for Spock while a real second line takes place.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Watch: Drew Brees was charming and funny on Conan last night

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 9:31 AM

We give Drew Brees a hard time for being a walking billboard so it's easy to forget that the reason he's such an good corporate spokesman is because of his affable personality. Last night on Conan, the Brees charm was in full effect as he discussed a range of topics including "deflategate," people who thank him for his fantasy football performances and his love for New Orleans.

In this first segment, Brees talks to Conan O'Brien about the ball deflation scandal that has plagued the New England Patriots since they won the AFC Championship game. O'Brien hands Brees a few balls for the Saints quarterback to try and guess if they are properly inflated. The real fun starts when Brees asks if he can throw a ball into the crowd (watch out for the lights, Drew!)

The next segment deals with Brees' popularity as a quarterback in fantasy football. Conan shares a few funny fantasy football names that employ excellent wordplay and Brees discusses what it's like living in a city where he's equally idolized for winning the (actual, in real life) Super Bowl and winning multiple (fake, not real life) fantasy football championships.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Y@ Speak: kicked out

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 12:58 PM

Last week saw the passage of a smoke-free ordinance banning smoking and vaping in bars and casinos and Rita Benson LeBlanc's firing from the Benson Empire. Elsewhere, Gov. Bobby Jindal could use a spelling refresher and a "spiritual revival," Exhibit Be holds its grand finale, and your neighbors are blowing leaves around out of spite.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

LSU hires Ed Orgeron as defensive line coach, ESPN reports

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 10:51 AM

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Former Ole Miss head football coach & USC assistant Ed Orgeron has been hired by LSU, per NBC Sports.

The Larosen native was a defensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints in 2008 and for Lane Kiffin at Tennessee in 2009 and USC from 2010-13. When Kiffin was fired in the middle of the 2013 season, Orgeron finished it as USC's interim head coach and led the Trojans to a 6-2 record. He was not retained when interviewing for the full time head coaching job after the 2013 season.

Orgeron has coached the defensive line through his career, and ESPN reports Orgeron will be LSU's defensive line coach.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

ESPN report: Rob Ryan returning as New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Rob Ryan and Sean Payton get heated during the Saints' Nov 30 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. - SCREEGRAB FROM NFL.COM
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After a dismal and disappointing 2014 season, many expected a lot of changes to come to the New Orleans Saints. It seems that Rob Ryan will not be one of those changes.

ESPN's Mike Triplett and Ed Werder report today that the Saints will keep Rob Ryan — and his magnificent hair — in charge of a defense that ranked second-to-last in yards given up per game. This news ends the speculation (fueled by numerous heated exchanges with head coach Sean Payton during games) that Ryan was on his way out as defensive coordinator.

Of course, there were plenty of problems with the Saints last season and, thanks to their salary cap situation, those problems will be very hard to fix. The Black and Gold seem to think that staying the course on defense is a better option than blowing it up and starting again. Let's hope they're right.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Y@ Speak: humbugs

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 1:40 PM

As Chalmette prepares for an inevitable North Korean invasion, New Orleans suffers through the end of the Saints season, insufferable families, and stolen Virgin Mary lawn statues.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Three gifts the New Orleans Saints could use before next season

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM


The ugly 2014 season is, for all intents and purposes, over; the Saints will play what has been, under Sean Payton, a rare regular season game while already eliminated from the playoffs, but the only thing that game will determine is draft position.

Let's not rehash a season that was bad from the start and never got better. You know how things unfolded. But it's Christmastime, so let's take a look at three gifts that could help the Saints most in 2015.

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