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Monday, March 19, 2018

Y@ Speak: Krewe of St. Chadrick's Day

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 4:55 PM


Your week in Twitter: Tom Benson, school walkouts, tourists and Airbnb.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Remember Tom Benson — and the deal that kept the Saints in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 3:59 PM

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson (left) and former Gov. Edwin Edwards worked together to keep the team in New Orleans — with political capital and financial breaks by the state. - PHOTOS BY DERICK HINGLE (BENSON) AND CHERYL GERBER (EDWARDS)
  • PHOTOS BY DERICK HINGLE (BENSON) AND CHERYL GERBER (EDWARDS)
  • New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson (left) and former Gov. Edwin Edwards worked together to keep the team in New Orleans — with political capital and financial breaks by the state.

Tom Benson rose from a working-class childhood to the pinnacle of sports royalty as owner of the 2010 Super Bowl champion Saints. He left an indelible mark on the team, on his hometown, and on the NFL before his death last week at the age of 90.

Benson’s rise is an authentic (and legendary) rags-to-riches story, but it began with an old-fashioned Louisiana political deal: getting the state to help finance his 1985 purchase of the Saints. I covered that story as it unfolded in the Louisiana Legislature. It was as bumpy a ride as a pair of successive 7-9 football seasons — except it had a much happier ending.

The Saints were the laughingstocks of the NFL from their inaugural season in 1967 through 1984, going 18 straight seasons without a winning record. Original owner John Mecom Jr. was universally derided for meddling in team affairs, and by the end of the ’84 season the team appeared headed to another city.

Long-suffering Saints fans were beside themselves. Amid the uproar, Benson, a little-known businessman who had built his fortune on auto dealerships and bank holdings, quietly assembled a team of investors to buy the team. But his offer came with a catch: the state of Louisiana needed to ante up as well.

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Funeral Mass and visitation for Tom Benson announced

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 2:16 PM

Gayle and Tom Benson.
  • Gayle and Tom Benson.

Tom Benson, the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner who died yesterday at 90, will be remembered at a private funeral March 23 at noon at St. Louis Cathedral. The funeral Mass will be broadcast on WLAE-TV.

Public visitation will be held March 21 (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) and March 22 (8 a.m.-1 p.m.) at Notre Dame Seminary (2901 S. Carrollton Ave.)

In lieu of flowers, the Benson family requests donations to the Ochsner Clinic Fund, Notre Dame Seminary or St. Louis Cathedral.
Location Details St. Louis Cathedral
St. Louis Cathedral
Jackson Square, 615 Pere Antoine Alley
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA
(504) 525-9585
Church
Location Details Notre Dame Seminary
2901 S. Carrollton Ave.
Uptown
New Orleans, LA
(504) 523-6479

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tom Benson: 1927-2018

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 6:25 PM

Tom Benson. - PHOTO BY JONATHAN BACHMAN
  • PHOTO BY JONATHAN BACHMAN
  • Tom Benson.

Tom Benson, the billionaire car dealer, philanthropist and owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, died today at Ochsner Medical Center at the age of 90. He had been hospitalized with the flu for a month.

The New Orleans Saints site has a full obituary. Funeral and memorial services have not been announced.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sportscaster Jim Henderson announces retirement after 30 years as 'Voice of the Saints'

Posted By on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 3:33 PM

Jim Henderson. - WVUE-TV
  • WVUE-TV
  • Jim Henderson.
"Turn down the TV and turn up Jim."

It's been a New Orleans Saints gameday ritual for decades — muting the television sound and tuning into the WWL Saints Radio Network to hear Jim Henderson call the game.

Those days are over. "Hondo" has announced his retirement.

“It’s time. This is a good year to go out," Henderson said in a press release from Entercom Communications today, "It was a great season; the Saints were in two highly competitive playoff games and the future looks bright. It’s good timing."

Henderson began working at WWL-TV in 1978 and moved to a part-time position at WVUE-TV in 2012. Among his most famous utterances was "Get ready to party with the Lombardi, New Orleans! The Saints have won the Super Bowl!"

Henderson, who brought a literate and seemingly effortless touch to the on-the-fly world of play-by-play announcing, worked for years calling game with the late Hokie Gajan. In recent years,  his on-air partner has been former Saints running back Deuce McAllister.

"In a way you wanna cry, but in a way you’re so happy and proud, because you know the work, the heart Jim put into his job," McAllister said in a statement. "This brought joy to everyone who loves Saints football."

No replacement was named. In the Entercom statement, Diane Newman, WWL-AM operations and program director, was quoted as saying "Now the search begins."

(And good luck with that.)

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Y@ Speak: at least there's Mardi Gras

Posted By on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Don't blame Marcus Williams. Don't blame the refs. Blame "we dat."

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Friday, January 12, 2018

In praise of Shamarr Allen's tribute to Sean Payton and 'the Sean Payton'

Posted By on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 4:20 PM

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. - PHOTO BY MICHAEL C. HEBERT/NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
  • PHOTO BY MICHAEL C. HEBERT/NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
  • New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

If you've seen Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram's social media stories or even accidentally touched a device connected to the internet this week, you've probably seen Sean Payton's extremely Dad dance moves in the locker room celebrating with the New Orleans Saints following the team's playoff win against the Carolina Panthers.

Soundtracked by Tee Grizzley's "Win," the coach's lawnmower-inspired toddler moves have triggered a locally viral phenomenon, perhaps to one day be in the annals of internet dance lore alongside the "Shmoney dance" or "Running Man" challenge. Your aunt and neighbor Gary who punched a whole in the wall every time Brees was intercepted are probably on one of your social media feeds right now, being very uncoordinated in a 10,000-seasons-old Jeremy Shockey jersey, doing "the Sean Payton."

New Orleans trumpeter and bandleader Shamarr Allen partnered with DJ DNA to pay tribute with "Sean Payton," finally giving the team and city a non-grating playoff soundtrack for 2018, despite the song committing the cringeworthy crime of using the phrase "we dat."

The trap- and brass band-inspired single is immediately catchy and Good, reflecting the city's attitude toward a coach who in the last year has painted a simple "Fats" on his gameday jacket following Domino's death and recommitted to New Orleans and its people and players in seemingly every press conference. And now he has his own song. Maybe one day he can get on the mic (but, don't).

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Y@ Speak: 'tis the season

Posted By on Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 7:45 PM

You can eat the king cake now. But in your heart you know you've always been able to eat the cake. Don't let anyone tell you, "You can't eat the cake." The cake is yours, it always will be yours, and the fate of the universe does not depend on you not eating the cake. But it's cake time now. You're safe. Enjoy.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sports Illustrated goes deep in a lengthy profile of Alvin Kamara

Posted By on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 2:14 PM

Running back Alvin Kamara was profiled in Sports Illustrated. - PHOTO BY DERICK HINGLE
  • Photo by Derick Hingle
  • Running back Alvin Kamara was profiled in Sports Illustrated.

There have been digital reams of copy written about New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, but most of the focus has been on his on-the-field play rather than his personal life. Sports Illustrated's Ben Baskin spent a weekend in New Orleans with the man who's a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year, and came away with a great profile:
While most of his Saints teammates live near the team facility in Metarie or Kenner, Kamara decided to move downtown, into a ground-floor apartment, his floor-to-very-high-ceiling windows facing directly out to the street and the people on them. He walks home from games, from the Superdome to his front door, amid the revelry and the hordes of adoring fans; down Canal Street to high-end fashion stores to browse; around the block to get breakfast at the Ruby Slipper or to pick up groceries. He considers himself a foodie and has dined at the city’s most famous establishments and the hidden gems on every street, in fancy neighborhoods and not-so-fancy— he has tried beignets and oysters for the first time, and has grown to love the char-grilled variety of the latter.
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Y@ Speak: frozen pipes

Posted By on Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 6:08 PM

Here is your not late, completely unthawed, 100 percent defrosted, not cold at all edition of your weekly Twitter recap. Happy New Year.

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