Monday, February 2, 2015

Y@ Speak: super bowling

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 12:45 PM

Whether you hung out on Twitter and "just watched it for the commercials" or stood 2 feet from the screen and screamed for three hours, you survived Super Bowl Sunday — and for those in Krewe du Vieux, a super bowl on Saturday. Also in this Carnival-high edition of Y@ Speak: Drew Brees throws a football terribly, Curren$y watches Pocahontas, and New Orleans celebrates the life of Bo Dollis.

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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, January 5, 2015

Y@ Speak: resolutions

Posted By on Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Welcome to 2015. Our advice: don't attend white supremacist meetings, don't pee in bushes (or pee in bushes more often), and check out some #xxxnolarestaurants. Also this week: James Carville looks like a City Park lion, and Mark McGrath is... here.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top stories and blog posts of 2014: What you really were interested in reading

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 3:45 PM


We know, we know — you want hard-hitting investigative stories, breaking news, City Hall probes, political scandals and all that.

And you got some of that this year, including Jeanie Riess' look at Uber in New Orleans, an omnibus issue about pot ("Louweedziana"), Clancy DuBos' reasons "Why Bobby Jindal Will Never, Ever Be President," our second installment of The New New Orleans (actually, you clicked on that a lot), Jules Bentley's polarizing first-person essay "Sober in New Orleans," Henrick Karoliszyn's look at the danger of black-market silicone implants, Kari Dequine Harden's followup on Honduran refugee children in New Orleans and Matt Brennan's two-part series on Louisiana film tax credits.

But what were the most clicked-on stories on Blog of New Orleans and Best of New Orleans?

Here's what you really were searching for and reading ...

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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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Watch Anthony Davis reject shots from little kids and reminisce about his favorite toys

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Here's something to put you in the holiday spirit: Anthony Davis absolutely destroying a bunch of little kids on a toy basketball hoop. 

OK, the more touching moment is Davis buying presents for the kids, but him playing basketball with the kids is definitely the funniest part. The video comes via Bleacher Report, which interviewed Davis while he and fellow Pelicans' teammates purchased toys for the team's annual toy drive. In the video, Davis reminisces about his favorite toys as a kid (Power Rangers and the aforementioned hoop) and comments on how he's still just a big kid. The video is fun, endearing and festive. Or basically the opposite of the Saints' season. 

Also, it's a reminder that Davis is just 21 years old and it's gonna be a lot of fun seeing this big kid grow up (just another reason to jump on the Pelicans' bandwagon).

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Get over the Saints season by jumping on the Pelicans bandwagon

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 9:39 AM

So Who Dat Nation is a big bundle of sadness for Christmas but this dumpster fire of a season only lasted as long as it did because the NFC South was somehow even worse. But fear not sports fans: Anthony Davis and the Pelicans are here to relieve your sorrow!

In case you missed it Sunday night, Davis went off on the Oklahoma City Thunder and straight dominated. His 38 points and 12 rebounds were astonishing enough but his stat line was made even more impressive by how easy Davis made it all look. Check out the video highlighting all of Davis' points against the Thunder and marvel at how clinical he was. Seriously. Astonishing.

The Pelicans are currently eighth in the Western Conference but there's still two-thirds of the NBA season left to go, so things are bound to change. Hopefully, after what was a up-and-down start to the season, we'll be seeing a lot more victories like last night's and playoff basketball will return to New Orleans for the first time since 2011.

So jump on the bandwagon now before it gets too full and tickets are still dirt cheap.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Y@ Speak: the end of #FalconsHateWeek

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Happy holidays! The New Orleans Saints gave us heartburn and rage, and Gov. Bobby Jindal gave us the gift of his thoughts on Cuba and North Korea. Let us all warm our mittens around the dumpster fire and never speak of this season again.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

The best of #FalconsHateWeek 2014

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 12:20 PM


As the numbers on Chicago's Soldier Field clock fell towards zero, Saints fans got pumped.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

For the New Orleans Saints, #FalconsHateWeek doesn't get much bigger than this

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 4:18 PM


The long lumbering 2014 roller coaster ride has led us here, to an almost de facto NFC South divisional championship game in the Superdome against the Atlanta Falcons. A New Orleans Saints win, coupled with a Carolina Panthers loss, would bring the division title back to New Orleans. A Falcons win would put the title within Atlanta's reach.

Read it that way and you almost forget we're talking about teams that have a combined 11 wins this year.

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