saints (n.) - NFL franchise presently based in New Orleans; boondoggle (n.) - an unnecessary or wasteful project or activity; saintsdoggle (n.) - the Saints' potential relocation situation in New Orleans, and the resulting boondoggle by Louisiana to keep the team from leaving

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Brooks bashes Benson, Tagliabue; Monday Night Football talk; Saints involved in PSA

Saints starting quarterback Aaron Brooks lashed out at team owner Tom Benson and NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue on a recent NFL Today interview with Jim Gray.

Portions of the interview transcript can be found here. The entire interview was aired on Westwood One radio last night.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune ran a story today on Brooks' comments. The most notable of his rant was as follows:
"If (Benson) sells the team, he walks away with 600 million (dollars). I don't think a couple million would hurt to make his team feel very comfortable every week. So I'm more than sure he could have done a lot more. I'm very sure he could have done a lot more. And for those who don't understand, come down here to San Antonio and see what our conditions are like. It's just bad."
Brooks also said that Tagliabue should have talked to the Saints immediately after Katrina to address potential issues such as the ones the team has endured.

The Times-Picayune notes that frustration has mounted with the Saints' conditions in San Antonio, and that standout defensive lineman Darren Howard may have become such a distraction in expressing his frustration that the team may place him on the inactive list for the remainder of the season.

Last night's game on ABC's Monday Night Football between the Saints and Atlanta Falcons featured numerous comments about the Saints' situation.

Al Michaels commented on footage from the Saints' practice facility in Metairie, saying that it looked "pristene." He also stated that the team's future is in question, and at one point early in the broadcast he noted that the Saints were, at least for the time being, from New Orleans. Michaels also said that the Superdome may be ready by late October to host football games - the earliest assertion I've heard thus far.

John Madden added that the league will play games in San Antonio and New Orleans next year, and noted that Baton Rouge is likely not to be a host. This is the first I've heard of such a plan.

Both apparently seemed to think that the team's players were very interested in returning to New Orleans. Whether they discerned that from personal interviews with the team, or just were stating what they believed the team felt, wasn't known.

Of course, it's unclear how much homework Madden or Michaels conducted on the extensive developments involved in this situation before their broadcast yesterday, so some of what was said by both should probably be taken with a grain of salt.

Saints wide receiver Joe Horn also offered pre-recorded comments in an interview during the game, stating that he wanted Louisiana to have an opportunity to support the team in New Orleans.

Horn also has made comments supporting a Saints move from Louisiana too, so take his words with a grain of salt as well.

A public service announcement on emergency preparedness has been filmed for Homeland Security involving Saints head coach Jim Haslett, Brooks, Horn, and wideout Donte Stallworth.

More on the spot, which will be distributed to nationwide television stations this week, can be found here. A link to the ad is also provided, though that site apparently hasn't been updated with the ad.


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