Monday, February 29, 2016

Y@ Speak: "street justice rooted in Napoleonic Code"

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Brooklyn has voted: New Orleans is over! As the state gears up for its March 5 presidential primary, New Orleanians march for Bernie Sanders, Gov. John Bel Edwards dumps on Bobby Jindal, abortion rights have virtually disappeared, and the state budget is the contents of my couch. Also this week: A rare #NOLAscanner hat trick.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Curren$y remembers Super Bowl 44

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 1:16 PM

  • Curren$y.
As Bacchus nears, and with it, Super Bowl 50, Complex looks back at some of the most-watched thing's best-ever moments.

New Orleans rapper Curren$y, who was performing in Miami on Feb. 7, 2010, remembers Tracy Porter's miraculous pick six against Peyton Manning that ended the Colts' potentially game-changing drive. Porter's interception ended in a 74-yard touchdown and sealed a win for the New Orleans Saints.
We probably wouldn’t have bounced back as a city and rebuilt so quickly had none of that shit transpired. That interception f—in' repaved some streets. I’m serious. It got construction done. Where would the city be, bruh?

That interception turned a lot of shit around, man. Legit. That interception opened businesses. The city was completely flattened by the hurricane. Just flattened. That interception is what put the city in position. I’m not even talking sports and Saints, because I’m talking about the whole city. So that’s everything included. We got renovations on the [Superdome]—everything just went crazy after that. That interception paved streets. Opened f—in' Buffalo Wild Wings and shit out here. That’s what that interception did. 
Read the whole thing here.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Amazon to release documentary about Steve Gleason

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Michel and Steve Gleason.
  • Michel and Steve Gleason.

Variety and both report that Amazon Studios has picked up distribution rights to Gleason, J. Clay Tweel's documentary about former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS:
The films includes footage shot over four years of Gleason’s post-diagnosis activities, which include becoming a father, skydiving, speaking at the United Nations, attending the State of the Union Address, founding an ALS research project and the organization Team Gleason — which has a mission to improve the lives of those who have ALS, the symptoms of which include gradual paralysis.
The movie premiered earlier this month at the Sundance Film Festival.

Gleason wrote about the film on his website:
As you may know, this project began as a series of personal video journals for our son Rivers, as a way of sharing my life, who I am, and love for him, when I was first diagnosed with ALS in 2011. Although it has been a uniquely difficult journey at times, we believe it is an important message to share. Our film is not just focused on living with ALS, but on a more universal story, exposing the resilience of the human spirit, when faced with extreme adversity. 
Amazon will release Gleason on demand, and Deadline reports the company will partner to get the film a theatrical release.

Read Alex Woodward's 2014 Gambit cover story on Gleason here.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Y@ Speak: king cake fever

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Say "king cake" in a crowded place and people will scramble like Fred Flintstone. Now that it's socially and legally acceptable to buy and eat it, you are its prisoner. Is it in the office kitchen this morning? Should I grab a single slice in a plastic container at this drug store? How much is "too much"? You're thinking about eating it now. It's OK. Have that slice. You earned it.

Also this week: Sean Payton loves New Orleans so much that he's keeping his multi-million dollar job in it, and Wizard World Comic Con comes to town.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Sean Payton confirms he's staying as coach of the New Orleans Saints

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 3:41 PM

A reflective Sean Payton talked to the press for more than an hour today after he announced he intends to stay with the New Orleans Saints.
  • A reflective Sean Payton talked to the press for more than an hour today after he announced he intends to stay with the New Orleans Saints.

Whatever happened over the course of the 2015 Saints season to cause the rumors that Sean Payton's time in New Orleans was nearing its end did not, in fact, lead to Sean Payton's time in New Orleans coming to an end.

But it did lead to perhaps the most remarkable press conference of his career, in which he first confirmed he has no plans to leave the Saints — ever! — and then spoke to reporters for over an hour.

It may have been the most unexpected possible result of the many days and weeks and months of speculation.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Y@ Speak: Carnival cruise

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 3:31 PM

Now that you're bloated and round from holiday glut, you can roll right into Carnival alongside the St. Charles streetcar, as children point and laugh and roll you around like a hoop pushed by a stick. You're the spirit of Mardi Gras. This week: welcoming 2016, released from the prison of the New Orleans Saints, and Trump does Mississippi.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Saints have a chance to start 2016 right playing against the Atlanta Falcons

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 12:02 PM

Jonathan Vilma and Drew Brees look on during the coin toss of a Saints/Falcons game in 2009.

Saints-Falcons games are never meaningless. 

Both teams have been eliminated from playoff competition, but, really, Sunday's contest is a playoff game all its own: it's a chance for the Saints to sweep the Falcons for the 14th time since 1967, bringing the all-time series record to 49-45 in favor of Atlanta; it's also a chance for the Falcons to avoid a sweep and establish, under head coach Dan Quinn, that the Saints will not extend the dominance they enjoyed over former coach Mike Smith.

Anyway, you know all that. The real chance we have here is to start the 2016 football calendar year off about as well as you can start off a football calendar year: by beating Atlanta. 

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A fond farewell to Jerry Romig, the "voice of the Saints" for 44 seasons

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Jerry Romig, the "voice of the Saints," who died Dec. 23.
  • Jerry Romig, the "voice of the Saints," who died Dec. 23.
New Orleans lost a great friend when Jerry Romig, the iconic “voice of the Saints” for 44 seasons, died at his home on Dec. 23 surrounded by his family. He was 86. Generations knew Jerry for his “First down … SAAAAAAINTS!” cry that was more a cheer than a play-by-play call. I had the privilege of knowing Jerry as a mentor and friend.

What I remember most about Jerry are his terrific sense of humor, his consummate professionalism, and his love of family and sports. He was one of the few people on earth who had both a Super Bowl ring (a gift from the Saints upon his retirement) and a genuine sense of humility.

I first met Jerry in the 1970s when his son Mark and I became fraternity brothers at UNO. Jerry and his wife Janice were everybody’s favorite parents; they tolerated more than a few of our raucous parties in their Lakeview backyard.

A few years later I got to know him better when I got involved in the local Gridiron Show. The show had fallen on hard times and needed a reboot. Jerry took the lead and was perfect for the job. He not only got the show running again, but he also brought a new level of professionalism to it. For years he opened the show with a Johnny Carson-like monologue that was consistently a hit. He also wrote many of the funniest scripts of that era.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Y@ Speak: 12 tweets of Christmas

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Twelve poison ice creams, 11 humid sweaters, 10 "goodbye" letters, nine Saints a-losing, eight pieces spicy,
seven thousand termites, six Chads a-Krewing, fiiiiiiiive Ronnielogues, four Confederates, three boil orders, two Jindal terms, and a Bronze Tom's wine and ice cream.

See you in 2016.

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NFL team with $33 million in dead money thinks Hall of Fame QB's contract caused lack of talent

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 9:39 AM

Lord of the Sunday morning splash report Ian Rapoport kicked off the third day of Christmas with a gem about Drew Brees' contract. And to think just a few days ago in this space I wrote the Saints should resist the urge to go crazy over the coming off-season. Seems it's too late; the crazy is already there, running the team.

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