Monday, November 3, 2014

Y@ Speak: tricks and treats

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

If you're reading this, you survived another Saints victory, a Voodoo Music + Arts Experience and a Halloween weekend, or you're a ghost... who can read. Among last week's highlights: the New Orleans Pelicans got a win in their sophomore season opener, Jimmy Graham like make big boom boom with helmet (and Outkast's Big Boi loves Mark Ingram), Lauryn Hill doesn't care much for the concept of time, and local comics open for Louis CK while Foo Fighters finish the 2014 Voodoo Fest.

And will someone please check on @moosedenied's car.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Matchups favor the Saints on Halloween eve, but football's freakin' weird

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM


A few weeks ago, I collaborated with my Black & Gold Review co-founder to write a "manifesto" for the 2014 Saints. The second of its three sections is titled "Accept that Football Is Weird," because football is weird; it's a sport with so many moving parts that the result in a given week is all but random.

Teams can improve their chance of winning with better coaching and preparation, and they can take advantage of various matchup advantages, but the level of competition in a league like the NFL is so equal that, in the end, everything can be undone by one stupid thing happening at some random time.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The 2014 Saints offense is one of the best Saints offenses ever

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM


From the bet-you-didn't-know-that files: The New Orleans Saints offense, seven games into the 2014 season, is almost as good as the team's world-shattering 2011 offense.


The difference between this team and that one, of course, is in the category of wins. But what if I told you the only reason the 2014 Saints have won fewer games than the 2011 Saints at this same point is a statistical anomaly?

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Y@ Speak: say cheese

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

... and die! Sorry to scare you, but it's almost Halloween. And in this week's Y@ Speak, the New Orleans Saints look good... too good... against the cheeseheads, while buildings collapse, Gov. Bobby Jindal is armed, and the latest scary monster in town is Gentrification. Also: winners of the NOLA Hip-Hop Awards, Bill Cassidy becomes a meme, and a pitch for a new New Orleans TV series.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Let's talk about stuff the New Orleans Saints do well

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Even without a healthy Jimmy Graham, the Saints still have some good things going for them. via via AFN-Pacific Hawaii News Bureau

Since the New Orleans Saints have won twice and lost four times, most of the words written about them concern the things they do badly. But the 2014 Saints also do a lot of things well — probably more things than you'd expect given their record — and these strengths, along with the laughable state of the NFC South, mean they still have a chance to turn their year around.

The Saints' strengths might even match up with the weaknesses of the Green Bay Packers, which, you know, will be important Sunday night.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

For the 2014 Saints, almost good might be good enough

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 2:37 PM


About the time a penalty eradicated the red zone stand the New Orleans Saints' defense had just completed, which would have all but ensured a win, I wondered what's better: Playing well against good competition, only to lose, or getting stomped. The easy answer is the latter. Hearts don't break with as much force when your team never has a chance.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Y@ Speak: it's a sign

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

In this week's Y@ Speak, everything is a sign: that burning mattress smell, the smoke coming from bronze Benson, literal signs, and children playing beer pong. What does it all mean? Ebola, probably.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

After a practically perfect bye week, a new Saints season begins

Posted By on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I have no idea what will happen next, so here's a picture of a dog in a Saints hat:

This past weekend, the New Orleans Saints got closer to an NFC South division championship and playoff berth without playing a game. This coming weekend, the Saints have their first chance to build on that kinda-sorta success.

The NFC South is so bad it's hilarious.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Y@ Speak: bye week

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 1:08 PM

While we wait for certain doom, New Orleans spent a week crossing days off the calendar and lost its mind — talking to animals, eating king cake in October, spending inordinate amounts of time in bars, relieving oneself in improper locations, and breathing sighs of relief that the New Orleans Saints didn't lose yet.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Is Pierre Thomas one of the 10 best New Orleans Saints of all time? Yep

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 1:14 PM

(via Football Schedule)

Twice in the past two weeks I've seen the Pierre Thomas question raised, first in a conversation with friends, well before the New Orleans Saints beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past Sunday, and second after the game, when blogger Reid Gilbert tweeted this:
So that's the question. Is Pierre Thomas one of the best Saints of all time?

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