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Bouquets & Brickbats: local heroes and zeros 

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Drew Brees

was named "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated last week and honored at a dinner in New York City. The 31-year-old quarterback was honored "for not only leading the New Orleans Saints to the first Super Bowl title in the franchise's history," the magazine wrote, "but also for helping lead the city of New Orleans' rebirth." Brees joins a list of great athletes that includes Arnold Palmer, Sandy Koufax, Muhammad Ali, Chris Evert, Terry Bradshaw, Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong.

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The family of Annette Weinberg Bernstein

donated $600,000 to fund an endowed chair at the University of New Orleans College of Business Administration's management department. Matching funds from the state will bring the total funds to more than $1 million. A 1935 Newcomb College alumna, Bernstein was an advocate for public education and an early sponsor of the University of New Orleans Foundation.

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Robert Meachem,

New Orleans Saints wide receiver, will team with Walmart on Dec. 7 for the Robert Meachem/7th Ward Neighborhood Center 2010 Christmas Toy Drive. "These are difficult economic times and we just want to spread a little holiday cheer," Meachem said in a statement. Meachem will sign autographs in exchange for an unwrapped toy for children ages 5-15 at Walmart (8843 Veterans Memorial Blvd.). Other drop-off locations include Pizza Stop (5961 Bullard Ave.), Home Team Sports Shop (9212 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette) and Walgreens stores citywide.

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Chad Ochocinco,

infamous bigmouth and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, said he would promise a "messy Sunday" game before the New Orleans Saints met the team at Paul Brown Stadium, referencing the recent murder of local YouTube personality Messy Mya, who was killed Nov. 14 — a Sunday. When reporters asked what he meant, he told the The Times-Picayune, "I'm not gonna tell you (what that means), but if you're from the area of New Orleans or anywhere in Louisiana, you will understand exactly what I mean." Stay classy, Chad.


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