Tag Archives: Sean Payton

The Case For Rob Ryan

7 Feb

Let’s talk about Rob Ryan.

According to the people who break these kinds of stories (hint: they don’t work for any New Orleans-based media outlet), it’s all but done: Rob Ryan will be the Saints’ new defensive coordinator.

I’m entirely okay with that.

I wasn’t at first, you understand. I hated the idea the very second his name entered the conversation. Why? Well, I think I hated it only because I was supposed to hate it. He’s Rob fucking Ryan, after all. Who wants that guy around? Funny thing about discussing football on the internets: you have to explain your viewpoint. In most media. Whether on a blog or twitter or on a forum, another’s argument – even one that agrees with your view – can make you question certain things. This happened to me recently. I can’t credit everyone, but I can credit the mass chaos of online dialog for changing my mind, bit by bit. Oh, yeah. :bigbow:The Zoo

So. Why not Rob Ryan?

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Duncan Blows Darlington: the Rage of Fake Jeff

16 Nov

Most of you (excepting only those too old or boring to use twitter) know @FakeJeffDuncan.  He should need no introduction.  If you don’t know the guy, his twitter handle should explain everything.  Fake Jeff Duncan, to be clear, is not a fan of Real Jeff Duncan.  140 characters wasn’t enough to contain his disgust at Duncan’s latest masterpiece, so he has taken to the blogosphere.

Take it away, Fake Jeff.

New Orleans Saints shouldn’t get in a bidding war for Sean Payton

So we’ve learned from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that the New Orleans Saints and Sean Payton are negotiating a new long-term contract extension. So let me get this straight. A full 10 months after the league reportedly rejected Payton’s original deal the exiled head coach and club are finally trying to iron out a new deal.

At this point, Scooter, if Herr Goodell told me the sky was blue I would immediately assume the sky was, indeed, any color but blue. Naturally, you go ahead and simply copy and paste whatever comes out of his office.

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Why Balance Is Not Necessarily Necessary

15 Sep

NO! THAT’S MORE THAN 59 PERCENT!

 

Wow.  I posted this on Canal Street Chronicles yesterday.  Buried in a post that was meant to be humorous was this line:

The Panthers were right to abandon the running game, gaining less than a yard per carry on those 12 rushes. You can fix play-calling, especially when you’re facing a team that has trouble stopping the run. I’m not sure you can fix a complete inability to run quite so easily.

Ugh, that was sloppy.  I should have said, “I’m not sure you can so easily fix…”  Anyway, to be fair, I was really just talking trash about the Panthers’ running game.  But I did mean what I said.  They were right to abandon the running game in those circumstances.  A few took exception to that statement (and I’m not talking about the silly troll in the comments, I’m talking about folks on twitter that actually have some idea what they’re talking about).

One of them was Reid G. from SaintsWin, and I proposed a challenge.  Take this to long form, homie! BLOG FIGHT! (His post is here if you somehow missed it.)

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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 SportsJoes.com 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.

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It’s Appeal Week (now with bongos)

2 Apr

As punishment for bountygate, Sean Payton is forced to participate in a Jimmy Buffett concert.

It’s appeal week, Who Dats.  And every one of us has a different opinion on what’s going to happen behind the closed doors of the commissioner’s office.  Will Payton and Loomis and Vitt go in and let the commissioner have it?  Will they throw red paint on the commish’s new suit and be dragged out by their heels screaming “Hypocrite!” while Goodell’s secretary gasps in horror?  Or will they go groveling to the man on their knees, begging for their jobs, as one local media member suggests from atop a horse so high it defies the laws of physics?

I don’t know.  We’ll never know.  One must assume that someone within the organization has actually seen the document that we’re supposed to believe is 50,000 pages long.  (Let’s see.  I have a 500-page ream of paper on my desk right now.  Just eyeballing it, I’d say it’s about an inch or so thick.  Has anyone seen a Fed-Ex guy with an 8-foot stack of paper enter the Saints facility?) 

We haven’t seen that evidence, and judging from this scrupulous league office’s history, there are a dozen interns shoveling paperwork into a burn pit at a pace that would make State Farm executives blush so that we never will.  We’re told that there are emails, and some game notes, and, uh, well, 49,901 more pages of very damning stuff, or something.

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The Gospel of Loomis

29 Mar

The Loomis basks in his own righteous glory.

 Let’s take a look at a couple quotes from the past week or so.

“This season is going to take on an us-versus-the-world mentality. The perception at this point is not positive with us. We’ve worked very hard, I know as players, to gain respect, not only as a good team but as a good group of guys. That perception will go completely out the window now, and I think that’ll be kind of a rallying cry for us.” – Zach Strief

“I wanted to go to a team that, number one, had a chance to win a Super Bowl, had true fans, a great defensive coordinator. Then once the Saints called, I was like, ‘Wow.’ When I took my visit there, I loved it. I knew I was going there. I didn’t need to visit anywhere else. I told my agent that.” – Curtis Lofton

“You think all this crap is gonna be a problem for us? Look at what I’ve done. Free agents aren’t scared to come to New Orleans. Our veterans are using this as motivation. Where is your god now?” – Mickey Loomis

Ok, I made the last one up. But that’s what I choose to believe he’d say to the rest of the league if he could. I don’t know the guy personally (obviously, or I’d be doing something more influential than writing this goofy blog with a readership in the tens), and for all I know he is a devoutly religious man who wouldn’t utter such blasphemy. But that doesn’t matter – I choose to believe that behind those sunglasses exists a badass, foul-mouthed renegade without a care in the world besides winning a Super Bowl.

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Football fans, the Media, and the Asch Paradigm

26 Mar
 

Ever heard of Solomon Asch?  He was a big football fan, and he studied people who hated “bounty” systems and believed what ESPN told them.  Ok, ok, not really.  But he would have studied them, believe that.

 
Asch was a scientist from Poland who did some pretty amazing studies on group conformity in the 1950s.  They were ridiculously simple, but they were eye-opening, especially to a bunch of zombie football fans who weren’t even born yet.  Calm down, I’m getting to it, just follow me for a minute.
 
He created these little drawings of lines.  One had a single line.   The next had three lines, one of which was exactly the same length as the line in the first picture.  And he asked a bunch of people to compare the two and decide which line was the same length. 
 
But here’s where it gets tricky.  He embedded the experimentees in groups of 6 or 8 or so people, but he didn’t tell the single study participant that the rest of the subjects were informed plants.  Asch had instructed them to unanimously choose the wrong line 12 out of 18 times.  They didn’t start until the third “test”, and the person under study was one of the last to answer.

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A Who Dat Gets Angry: Screw You, and Your Schadenfreude

24 Mar

Sean Payton weeps for Favre

Let me introduce myself to the two of you who found this blog who don’t already know me.  I’m a lifelong Saints fan, and I’m getting sick of all this crap.  That’s all you really need to know for now.  I’ve never written a blog post in my life, and I don’t know if I’ll ever write one again, but I need to get this off my chest.  It really doesn’t even matter if anyone ever reads it – because it’ll make me, a Saints fan, feel better, and Saints fans are all any Saints fan should be concerning himself with right now anyway.

 
See, I frequent a big Saints forum.  In the days after “bountygate” (what a stupid friggin’ name for it) broke, I was as mad as any Saints fan out there.  I found myself angry at the coaches, at the players, and at the staff for putting my dearly beloved team in this position.  But the members on that message board didn’t see it that way – they blamed the commish (“nazi!”) for bringing down these penalties on just us, the East Coast Media Elites for making something out of nothing, the whiners in Minnesota and Arizona who were mad about their precious quarterbacks getting bobos after playing the mean ol’ Saints.
 
I didn’t understand – I thought that our organization had brought it on themselves, and I didn’t get the anger at everyone else.  Maybe I just didn’t want to believe that the whole league was out to get us.  After all, what kind of future does that foretell if nobody wants the Saints to succeed?
 

And then I had an epiphany.

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