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You’re Probably Expecting a Long Bountygate Post

12 Dec

I had every intention of writing one. So much to talk about in the Tagliabue ruling. So much contradiction of the party line of the last few months. So much gold in the form of quotes like “none of the discipline of any player here relates to on-field conduct” which are mind-blowing in their damning of the punish-the-talk attitude of the NFL offices since the release of Gregg Williams’s silly speech and oft-incoherent slide shows.

I intended, in my post, to parse many of these quotes and break them down for their lunacy and faulty internal logic. 

But Reid already did so, and he did it better than I could have.  So go read it immediately.  I’ll wait.

Yeah.  So, all of what he said.  Well, with one exception.

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What’s the Problem?

6 Dec

Roger Goodell is on the cover of TIME, and everybody’s all pissy about it.

I don’t see what the big deal is.  I, for one, think it’s long overdue. 

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Breathtaking Inanity

13 Aug

Jonathan Vilma makes his case in court.

This is such bullshit.  What the hell happened?  I thought we were getting Saints games every four days this year.  Now I have to wait another damn week and a half for the next game, a game I won’t even be able to attend, against some FBS team from Florida.

At least the powers that be have seen to it that this ridiculous delay between meaningless football games is an eventful one, am I right?  Just today we got some great news from the State Police (who are now able to turn to more pressing matters, such as the Fletcher Mackel impersonator) and John Barr shat all over himself.  However, I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let’s take a step back.  Three days ago we were treated to a spectacular court hearing, covered live by our crack local beats on twitter.

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Common Sense

4 Jul

Happy fourth! Before we get started on this quick 4th of July special post, let me warn you: this is not an off-topic post, nor is it going to be political – it is Saints-related. But you’re going to have to stay with me for a few paragraphs. If you haven’t been reading this blog very long, I’m a History guy, and I like to infuse a little history into the Angry Who Dat whenever possible. Of course, today is a perfect opportunity for a bit of that.

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The SportsJoes Podcast

24 Jun

The Angry Who Dat records his first podcast

Another first for the Angry Who Dat: this morning I joined the Sports Cajun from for a chat.

We talked bountygate, of course, the Brees contract situation, how the fuck Mike Florio became the voice of Saints fans, and what to expect from the 2012 season (hint: not 6-man blitzes with 40 seconds left in a playoff game).

Hit the link below to listen, and don’t forget to follow @SportsCajun on twitter.

SportsJoes Podcast  >>

The Casket Reopened

21 Jun

Yeah, so I tried to let it go.  So did Reid, and so did Juge, while Himself admirably begged that we keep pushing (complete with an epic photoshop). 

As some guy named peterpig recently pointed out, I thought I’d reached stage 5 on the Kübler-Ross model of the stages of grief (that being acceptance), but everytime something new breaks (Hargrove’s Ferrell-esque speech, Vitt denying everything), I get kicked back into the first stage (Denial), and proceed quickly to my favorite niche, Anger, and suddenly I’m fighting my way back to Acceptance again.  It’s a brutal cycle, and, it seems, I can’t let it go.

Oh, well – I still accept that the punishments aren’t going to be decreased, and that we’re going to be the “bad guys” this year, but I can’t stop being pissed off about all of it.

I tell you this as part of a long tease-and-link to another site, which I don’t do very often (actually, this is the first time), because it feels cheezy, and I feel like I’m mooching links.  But this post is too important.

Seriously, if there’s anything about the entire bounty story that you’re confused or lost or unsure about, well, SaintsWin has you covered.  And if just one person who hasn’t seen this gives it a read, the time spent to type this up was well worth it.

Please go check this out: the updated, comprehensive examination of the “evidence” as presented by @ReidG75.

Bountygate: A Fan’s Attempt to Move On

20 Jun

Yesterday evening, the NFL characterized the already-infamous “Dog the Bounty Hunter” slide designed by Gregg Williams as “a poorly chosen and ironic example to use, but life plays havoc on us at times.”

Life plays havoc on us at times. That could be the New Orleans Saints’ official motto for offseason 2012.

I’m not writing this to critique the bounty evidence. This has already been done effectively (and humorously) via several media, including Canal Street Chronicles. What I would like to do instead, if you’ll indulge me, is explain my thought process as I absorbed the information, and my reasons for making the decision to move on.

Jump to Canal Street Chronicles for the rest >>

“Commissioner Goodell Has Made a Dreadful Mistake”

16 Jun

Those aren’t my words, they’re the words of Jonathan Vilma’s attorney, Peter Ginsberg.  Basically sums this whole thing up, though, doesn’t it?  Here’s a few other things he had to say, all according to Jim Varney at the Times Picayune:, why would the NFL lie, man?

“Unfortunately, what it says to me is Commissioner Goodell has made a dreadful mistake. After what Jonathan and the other players have been put through, to suggest the players are being presented with any kind of fair hearing based on what has been presented today is pure fantasy. […] The thin production today doesn’t link any of the players to a bounty system, and that’s consistent with what we know to be true – there was no bounty system.”

On no witnesses being produced by the league: “That’s because there are no credible witnesses who could substantiate the commissioner’s allegations.”

On the $10,000 Favre bounty accusation against Vilma: “There could be nothing credible about that because it never happened.”

“Jonathan wants to participate in a fair forum. What unfolds Monday is what unfolds Monday.”

What unfolds Monday is what unfolds Monday.

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Much Ado About Nothing

9 Jun

Mike Silver be blockin' da "twitta ganstas"

What a shitty week.

I mean, it’s been a crazy offseason already, and the last thing we should (or even have the right to) do is ask for more excitement.  As Who Dat Social club points out, perhaps we didn’t know how good we had it during the other 29 offseasons of boredom and waiting and discussing draft picks that didn’t have a chance at making it in the big time.  Yes, Angry Reader, I know exactly when the Saints were founded, but I’m not as old as you, and that wasn’t a typo.  A lack of excitement isn’t what we got this week, however – it was a week of epic buildups, heightened twitter activity, and avatar disabling, all for nothing.

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Ledger-gate? Ok. Let’s look at the Carolina game.

2 Jun

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Damione Lewis (92) battles New Orleans Saints tackle Jermon Bushrod in an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Jan. 3, 2010. Carolina won 23-10. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

As you probably already know, Jason Cole is reporting that the league has a copy of a ledger in which the Saints defense recorded their bounty payouts game-by-game.  Pretty amazing evidence if it does exist.  An unnamed source has it.  We can’t see it.  And names haven’t been released, although some games have been identified by sources who aren’t sure exactly what game we’re referring to here, anyway.

It just keeps getting more ridiculous, doesn’t it?

The Who Dat Social Club has broken down the recorded injuries to offensive players in 2009, the year the ledger was supposed to have been maintained.  Not exactly convincing evidence there, folks.

Notably, sources known only to Jason Cole initially told him that three 1,000-dollar payouts were recorded for the Bills game that year.  Stories changed quickly as Florio debunked that idea – showing that of the four Bills players who left the game, three were defensive.

The story changed: now we’re told that the Panthers game on November 8, 2009 was the big three-payout event. Problem? Only one player was injured, a linebacker.

But, not to worry, the Angry Who Dat has nothing better to do with his Saturday morning than dig out a copy of the Panthers game (I still have the 2009 season on DVD) and see what transpired.

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