Friday, November 30, 2012

A career-high day of mistakes by Brees dooms Saints

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 7:34 AM

It was the most frustrating or mind boggling loss of the season for the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night. Quarterback Drew Brees played perhaps his worst game physically and mentally since becoming a member of the Saints in 2006. The big blow was that Atlanta’s 23-13 win could have ended any hopes of post season football for the Black and Gold.

The Atlanta Falcons defense was all smiles following the 23-13 win over the Saints.

The Saints offense struggled out of the gate as they were out of synch and out of rhythm. Brees was not his usual self in terms of accuracy as he threw balls low, high, left, right, in front and behind receivers. Once again, though, it was his decision-making that left fans scratching their heads as Brees threw five interceptions, the first time that’s happened in a game in his career.

"That's the first time that has happened to me. So that's extremely disappointing," Brees said. "I pride myself on being a great decision-maker and a guy that's going to help us win the game, not be a detriment by turning the turning the ball over like that.”

“The defense wins sometimes,” you hear coaches say. “After all, they get paid too.” I think we all can understand and live with that notion. The interceptions Brees has thrown over the last two weeks are something we are just not used to seeing from him. What’s that cliché though -- the 'fool me once, fool me twice' one? Teams are playing Brees a certain way lately and he simply hasn’t adjusted yet.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Atlanta TV station report on the Saints egged bus incident

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Fox 5 Atlanta has a story about last night's egging of a New Orleans Saints charter bus as it pulled out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. (We'd provide a link to the story, but is there anyone in New Orleans who doesn't know it by now?)

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FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor spoke with veteran bus driver Clarence Lester, who was behind the wheel of the bus when it was hit. He says he's appalled by the incident.

"When we got ready to pull off, I hear this thump, and that's when the egg hit the bus," said Lester.

Lester says he has driven team buses that have been egged before, but it's never happened to him on an airport tarmac. Lester said he feels that the person responsible should be disciplined.

Dried egg remained on the bus on Thursday afternoon. Lester said he had tried to get it off but couldn't—but that he would need to get it off by Friday afternoon before he is scheduled to take the Georgia Bulldogs to Atlanta for the SEC Championship on Saturday.

Great. Now this nice bus driver has to waste his time scrubbing that crap off his bus.

The Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons tonight.

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NOPD goes Hollywood South with latest surveillance video

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM

The New Orleans Police Department often sends out press releases with surveillance footage, but somebody at NOPD got creative with this one, featuring a ne'er-do-well swiping a laptop in the Faubourg Marigny. Check it out:

Bad boys, bad boys. Whatcha gonna do?

Under the jump: the details of the crime.

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Former Councilman Jon Johnson sentenced to six months

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 3:49 PM

U.S. District Court Judge Lance Africk today sentenced former New Orleans City Councilman Jon Johnson to six months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit theft of federal funds and submitting false documents to a federal department. Johnson pleaded guilty and resigned from his District E City Council seat in July.

Johnson faced a maximum five year penalty for routing nearly $80,000 in FEMA funds through two charities and into a campaign fund for his failed 2007 bid for the State Senate. Johnson was not a public servant at the time of his crimes. He also admitted to submitting false invoices to the Small Business Administration justifying a low interest loan for work done on his home to repair flood damage.

Pleading for leniency at today's hearing, Johnson asked Africk to take his family situation into account. Johnson, whose wife died in 2011, is the sole caretaker of his 8-year-old daughter.

"I stand before you this afternoon simply saying that I made a terrible mistake that I regret," he said. "I have an 8-year-old daughter that I've been caring for for the past year-and-a-half ... Please be lenient and please consider my personal circumstances with my daughter."

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The Marigny Opera House grows into an arts center

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Dave Hurlbert is restoring the former church and hosting arts events at the Marigny Opera House.
  • Dave Hurlbert is restoring the former church and hosting arts events at the Marigny Opera House.

The Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand St.) is home to Press Street’s 2012 Draw-a-thon, which goes from 6:30 a.m. Saturday to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1-2. The event is free and open to the public and there are presentations and prompts scheduled round the clock to keep the creative juices flowing. More on the Draw-a-thon here.

To host the event, owner Dave Hurlbert had to get a special permit from the city to use the space for a public event. When Hurlbert and partner Scott King bought the deconsecrated former church in August 2011, they had been looking for a warehouse space to put Hurlbert’s grand piano, a restored 1906 Steinway, and use as a large office. Hurlbert hadn’t thought about using the former church as a public events space until New Orleans Fringe Festival director Kristen Evans approached him about using it for the Fringe last year. After the festival and some other events, a neighbor complained and the New Orleans Fire Department disallowed further public events without appropriate city fire and safety permits.

“I didn’t think there’d be trouble,” he says. “It was all acoustic music and it ended by 10 p.m.”

Evans went to City Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer to get a special permit for the 2012 festival. Since Hurlbert has now attained a couple of special permits for arts and theater events, he hopes he can continue to get them for future projects at the Marigny Opera House. He’s already supporting new art and theater projects through his private uses.

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Gambit TV: 3-Day Weekend A&E picks

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Gambit's Noah Bonaparte Pais (and his HAT) appeared on today's WWL Eyewitness Morning News (and its spiffy new set) to break down all the weekend's entertainment options.

"He was wearing a gold lamé Speedo, and rode onto stage on a white horse ... "

Gray ahead in fundraising, Badon has more cash in campaign fund

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

James Gray, candidate for New Orleans City Council District E in the Dec. 8 runoff election, raised $49,365 in campaign contributions from mid-October to mid-November, compared to $39,700 in contributions to his opponent State Rep. Austin Badon. Badon, however, ended the period with more cash on hand, nearly $11,000 to just under $4,000 for Gray, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday with the Louisiana Ethics Administration.

Gray's campaign spent about $55,000 between Oct. 18 and Nov. 18, the period covered by the 10th day prior to general election report. Badon's campaign spent $44,000 in the same period.

Supplemental reports show that Gray collected $3,500 and Badon collected $7,000 in contributions between Nov. 18 and today.

Notable Gray contributions in the most recent reports: $3,500 from the Committee to Elect Cheryl Gray (Gray's daughter and former state senator who resigned in 2009); $2,500 from former Congressman Claude "Buddy" Leach; $1,500 from the Service Employees International Union national office; and $1,000 from HRI Properties.

Notable Badon contributions in the most recent reports: $2,500 from Richard's Disposal; $2,000 from developer/philanthropist Roger Ogden; $1,000 from former Board of Secondary and Elementary Education member and charter school advocate Leslie Jacobs; and $250 from former Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao.

Kaplan outpaces Cantrell in fundraising, spending during latest cycle

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Dana Kaplan, candidate for New Orleans City Council District B in the Dec. 8 runoff election, raised $153,000 in campaign contributions from mid-October to mid-November, outpacing her opponent LaToya Cantrell by more than $100,000, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday with the Louisiana Ethics Administration.

Kaplan, who went into the latest reporting period with $20,000, spent $114,000, and had $58,000 cash on hand by Nov. 18, the last day covered by the 10th day prior to general election report. Her opponent for the seat, LaToya Cantrell, was far behind Kaplan, raising only $32,000 and spending $28,000. Cantrell had just under $11,000 on hand as of Nov. 18.

Supplemental reports show that Kaplan collected $29,000 and Cantrell collected $8,000 in contributions between Nov. 18 and today.

Notable Kaplan contributions in the most recent reports: $4,000 from the Southern California Fund, (a leadership PAC run by Kaplan's brother-in-law Congressman Brad Sherman, which has contributed $5,000 total throughout her campaign); $4,000 from developer Sean Cummings ($1,500 before the Nov. 6 primary and $2,500 after); $2,500 from Mayor Mitch Landrieu's election campaign; $2,000 from political strategist and commentator James Carville; $1,000 from Louisiana House Speaker Pro Tem Walt Leger's campaign; and $500 from banker/developer Joseph C. Canizaro.

Notable Cantrell contributions in the most recent reports: $2,500 from attorney Keith Hardie; $2,500 from political consultant William Rouselle; $2,500 from Doug Ahlers of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government; $2,500 from the Reily Foods Company; $2,500 from Richard's Disposal; and $250 from District C Councilwoman Kristin Palmer's election campaign.

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Chanukah at Domenica

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 10:07 AM


The regional cooking of Italy drives the menu at Domenica, but so do the cravings and upbringing of Alon Shaya, the downtown restaurant’s Israeli-born chef. In 2010, he introduced Domenica’s first Jewish holiday-themed menus, and these are now annual fixtures during Rosh Hashana, Passover and Chanukah, which this year is Dec. 8-16.

Domenica is not a Kosher restaurant (in fact, its noted for its salumi) and the Chanukah dinner isn’t a Kosher menu. Instead, it’s an interpretation of Jewish holiday traditions through an Italian kitchen.

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Saints-Falcons part II preview

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Game day is here. Saints-Falcons part II.

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had two touchdowns against Atlanta in the first meeting.

New Orleans enters the game 5-6 on the season and coming off a 31-21 loss to San Francisco. Atlanta won in Tampa Bay 24-23 to improve to 10-1 on the season. The fact the two teams are meeting makes it a big game in both cities but as usual there is a little extra on the line. Atlanta can clinch the NFC South division title with a win tonight and a Tampa Bay loss or tie Sunday. For New Orleans, another loss and their already thin playoff chances would take an even bigger hit with four games remaining after Thursday night’s contest.

“It’s always a big game. There’s always a lot on the line, always a lot at stake. There’s a lot of pride involved. We want to play well. We want to beat those guys. They’re a very good divisional opponent. I think there is a lot of familiarity with personal and such, and you feel like we’re two of the teams that are at the top of this division a lot. So it’s always going to bring out the best in each side.”

The Saints in fact have won four in a row over the Falcons and 11 of their last 13.The last meeting was earlier this month were on November 11 the Saints held on for a 31-27 win. A win that Falcons players failed to give the Saints credit for, “It's not like they came out here and won a game," said Atlanta receiver Roddy White. "I think we kind of gave it to them." He also added that Atlanta would be ready the next time around.

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