Tagged with "New Orleans Saints"
Back To the Future: High-School Championship
Category: NCAA
Tags: ART SHELL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL JIM MORA NEW ORLEANS SAINTS OAKLAND RAIDERS
This is what the Louisiana state championship trophies look like, can't get it to show up: https://theknightswhosay.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/lhsaa-trophy.gif

I hope filing it under ncaa is ok.

I havenít written about high school sports since high school, but I had to comment about the high school I went to winning its first state championship since 1960. Hopefully itís an interesting story. Some may know or be able to figure out the school, but Iíll avoid mentioning names.

What made it even stranger is that in watching the clips posted online (I subscribed to nola.comís YouTube channel mostly for LSU content a while back), I saw a familiar face. It was the coach who had left my school in 1996. I honestly thought I was imagining things until I heard his name. He didnít look much older either.

Iíll just call him Coach M. Since he left for a rival school, he wasnít exactly my favorite person at the time. He did not do particularly well at that other school and had gone into other lines of work, although he had returned briefly to my school as an assistant at some point between the two stints. I would find out this was his first season back as head coach.

The administrators who were there while I was a student were all gone, so I guess that helped lessen any misgivings as well. Still, Iím sure some were skeptical he could just pick up where he had left off as a head coach. An NFL situation I thought of was Art Shellís ill-fated return to the Raiders. Unlike Shell, however, it seems that Coach M had really kept up with the game.

I also compared it to Jim Mora (Sr.), who also left the Saints rather suddenly when I was in high school, coming back to the Saints and at least going to the Super Bowl in his first season.

Mora presided over a lot of improvement in New Orleans but was not able to win a playoff game with the Saints (although the Saints did have a first-round bye one season).

Coach M had won playoff games but had come up short on at least a couple of occasions in the semifinals. I mentioned the prior state championship had been in 1960. That was before the Saints even came into existence.

One difference is in recent years, the Saints did better than had ever done before. They won a few playoff games, won the Super Bowl one season, and made the conference championship in yet another season. But Iím pretty sure my junior year (two seasons after Coach M left) was the last time my high school had made the state semifinals. So I guess that all helps you imagine why it was so surreal.

After a bit of an upset in the quarterfinals (#6 over #3 on the road), it looked like it might be another year where they made it to the semifinals and fell short, which happened three times while I was there.

The last two games were remarkable too. In the last few seasons, my high school played really well against a rival school from the same district but ultimately came up short in both the regular season and the playoffs. That school was seeded #2 and had won the previous two state championships, as well as the district championships, and was undefeated. Somehow my school had them on the defensive all right, and my school prevailed,

In the finals, my school played a school that had 26 state titles. That school also did not exist in 1960. To be fair, it is a smaller school, so it wasnít in the same classification in most of those years.

It was a low-scoring game with a lot of turnovers, but it seemed that the school that was used to state championships would pull it out when that school took a 14-7 lead into halftime (after a long drive to end that half) and still led 14-10 after the third quarter.

A number of second-half drives by both teams had stalled (or ended in turnovers) right outside of field-goal range, and obviously one ended in field-goal range. The other team got as close as the 25-yard line, but apparently that wasnít quite a comfortable enough distance.

The player of the game was a running back, so the success my school had was mostly on the ground. But somehow with about 9 minutes to play, they drew up and completed a long touchdown pass of 45 yards. The team only had 112 yards of passing the entire game, including that play, against 217 rushing yards.

A combination of running down the clock and good defense took care of the rest of the game.

Normally you get more used to things like this after you find out, but due to the result, itís only gotten more surreal since seeing that video. What adds to it is I ran (without much success) on the cross-country team in high school, and when I graduated we had never won a state championship in that sport. This was not the cross-country teamís first state title since I graduated; but it still adds to my feeling of disbelief to know my school holds what I consider the two biggest state titles of the fall, both of which seemed so elusive 10-20 years ago.
Random Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Gary Shandling Delmon Young Brooklyn Nets MLB scheduling Jered Weaver Junior Seau New Orleans Saints

Thanks B.O.B and Average fan Det?? Delmon Young meltdown?? Brooklyn Nets?? The Nets again?? MLB messing around with its scheduling?? All this, and more, in this weeks edition ofÖ.

The young girl is Mackenzie Brown she threw a perfect game against a team of boys in 2009. Do you think the Yankees can use her now??



Today we will start off with a proper opening credits brought to you by Gary Shandling.

This has got to be the most ingenious opening credits in the history of television. Simple and to the point.

Now off with the show.



Thanks go out to B.O.B and Average fan Det for calling me out on the Jaguars selection of punter Bryan Anger in the 3rd round. You guys are right. What was our GM thinking??

I do enjoy your blogs!!



 

Congrats go out to Jered Weaver who pitched a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins.



Now to a sad note.

Junior Seau, former star of the San Diego Chargers died at the age of 43 from self inflicted gun shot to the chest.

He played 20 years for three teams, San Diego Chargers (1990-2002), Miami Dolphins (2003-2005) and New England Patriots (2006-2009). Junior was a 12-time Pro Bowl section and a 6-time First team All-Pro, with 18 interceptions and 56 sacks during his playing career.

Seau, is the eighth member of San Diego's lone Super Bowl team who has died, all before the age of 45. Lew Bush, Shawn Lee, David Griggs, Rodney Culver, Doug Miller, Curtis Whitley and Chris Mims are the others. Causes of death ranged from heart attacks to a plane crash to a lightning strike.

My deepest sympathy goes out to his family.



The NFL handed down their player suspension for bounty-gate and Saints Johnathan Vilma was hit the hardest suspended for one year without pay. Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was for the first half of the 16-game season, Saints defensive end Will Smith was barred for the first 4 games and Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita will miss the first three games. All were suspended without pay.

Why couldnít the suspensions be handed out before the draft so the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns could draft accordingly if they wanted to. Then again why punish those teams when it was the Saints who had the bounty-gate. Suspend 10 Saints players for the season.



Major League baseball suspended Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young seven games without pay following his arrest on a hate crime harassment charge last week in New York City. Young was arrested after a late-night tussle at his hotel during which police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets. Young is eligible to resume play on May 4th. He suspension will cost him $257,240. Around 2:30 am last Friday, Young was standing outside the team hotel in New York. Close by, a group of Chicago tourists staying at the hotel were approached by a panhandler wearing a yarmulke and a Star of David around neck, according to the police. Afterward, as the group walked up to the hotel doors, Young started yelling anti-Semitic epithets, police said. It was not clear whom Young was yelling at, but he got into a scuffle with the Chicago group, and a 32-year-old man was tackled and sustained scratches to his elbows, according to police and the criminal complaint. Young was arrested, police said. Young was first taken to a hospital because he was believed to be intoxicated, police said.

Athletes have got to†realize that they are in the†spotlight and anything they do or say will be†scrutinized.



The moment all of Brooklyn has been waiting for since 1957 when the Brooklyn Dodgers bolted to Los AngelesÖ..

The Brooklyn Nets are now officially a team. It became official April 30th. They will be moving into a state-of-the-art Barclay Center when the season begins. They new colors of the team are black and white a far cry from their original red, white and blue colors of their ABA days. The logo on the left will be used at center court and the logo on the right will be used on the teams shorts. There is talk that the word Brooklyn will be on the shirts. Jay-Z helped design the logos.

Going into the 2012-2013, the Nets only have four players signed, MarShon Brooks, Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro and Jordan Williams.

Gerald Wallace has indicated he wantís to stay but is opting out so he can get a multi-year contract for more money.

Deron Williams had indicated he wants to be part of the first team in Brooklyn, but he also wants to play on a winner. He too is opting out and it looks like the Dallas Mavericks are going to go hard after him.

Brad Lopez has indicated he wants to stay, he is a restricted free agent.

Kris Humphries is an unrestricted free agent. The Nets might want to resign him as he has two years in a row that he has average a double-double.

The Net players had over 200 games missed due to injuries. They started over 22 different lineups and had to call up several players from the D-League. Some are saying if the team was healthy they would have been a playoff team and I tend to agree with that.

The Nets are reporting that they gave New Jersey season-ticket holder first dib to renew their tickets for Brooklyn, and out of over 7,000 ticket packages at Prudential Center nearly 1,700 renewed for the Barclay Center.



So now after altering the playoff system, the powers of the baseball world are going to be tinkering with the regular season schedule.

The League is working on eliminating ďnatural rivalsĒ playing home-and-home, six-game series annually.

This has to do with the Houston Astros moving to the American League next year to balance the leagues to 15 teams.

Nothing has been finalized yet. But there will be changes to the scheduling system.



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This is a class act that Tampa Bay Buccaneerís coach Greg Schiano did Wednesday.

2012 would have been Rutgers University defensive tackle Eric LeGrand graduating year. Eric can not play due to a spinal cord injury that has ended his career. But it did not stop Schiano from signing his former player on May 2nd to symbolize LeGrandís college number 52.

The Tampa Bay Coach said "Leading up to the draft, I couldn't help but think that this should've been Eric's draft class. This small gesture is the least we could do to recognize his character, spirit and perseverance. The way Eric lives his life epitomizes what we are looking for in Buccaneer Men."



 

 

Til Next Time

Scott

 

 

Peyton, Payton, and Peyton Place...
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL Roger Goodell Peyton Manning Tim Tebow Rex Ryan Denver Broncos Sean Peyton New Orleans Saints New York Jets

In the last episode...

Of our continuing saga...

A particular quarterback...

Was separated from the love of his life...

And headed toward a new relationship...

And...

A particular head coach...

Was making plans...

To lead his team to the promised land...

In their home city...

On a Super Day...

Next February...

And...

Another particular head coach...

Was promising the world...

To everyone who would listen...

But laid an egg instead...

Yes, ladies and gentlemen...

Welcome to...

Peyton...

Payton...

and Peyton Place...

An NFL Production...

You see...

All the other sports have shut down this week...

No March Madness...

No NBA regular season...

No hockey...

No baseball spring training...

Because...

All have been pre-empted by Americaís only sport...

Professional footboll...

A tear falls...

As Peyton Manning and the Colts part ways...

Many suitors come to the table...

Including a team...

That already has a Hall of Fame quarterback...

Tim Tebow...

What???

Shun The Chosen One for a mere mortal???

How can it be???

But, yes...

It did happen, didnít it???

And just as the ink dries...

The Grand Poobah of the NFL....

Roger the Codger...

Wields his hammer...

And captures his own bounty...

Striking many blows...

Including a one year knockout...

To New Orleans coach...

Sean Payton...

With others left strewn...

All over the place...

Including a dream of playing in the Super Bowl...

This coming year...

On home turf...

NOT!!!†

Leaving one to question...

Whoís gonna be the Interim Head Coach???

Dog???

And also...

Nearly simultaneously...

The Broncos send The Chosen One to the Big Apple...

To The Zoo York Jets...

A soap opera in its own right...

To film the latest version of...

The Odd Couple...

Rex Ryan and Tim Tebow...

Lord knows...

Who-da thunk that???

And so...

The soap opera continues...

Next week...

When...

To the chagrin of many...

An old friend returns...

Passing footballs in his Wrangler jeans...

Upstaging this weekís principals...

While hogging air time...

On the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network...

And proclaiming...

That he may indeed return...

For the umpteenth time...

And just when you think it wonít happen...

It probably will...

Because this is the NFL...

Americaís Reality TV Landlord...

In reality...

We are just its tenants...

dvt

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Random Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Bounty Program New Orleans Saints Syracuse Orange Lenny Dykstra Peyton Manning Harvard

Kickers and Punters, Franchise players?? Smoking with Cuse?? All this, and a bounty, in this weeks edition ofÖ.

 



I condone the "Bounty System." Letís not be mistaken, injuries are part of the game, but when you set up a system of rewards for knockouts, cart-offs and game-ending injuries itís a crime. If it is true that coach Payton knew about it then the Saints should be fined with at least a number one draft pick, if not more.

Hard vicious hits have been common place in the NFL since its inception. When a wide receiver cuts to the middle of the field you don't think the DB's are salivating? I think the Saints should be severely penalized. for their actions.

You donít need a bounty to do any damage, just let the players play and the rest is history.

††††

Here are some of the†responses from the players:

@shawnemerriman: Why is this a big deal now? Bounties been going on forever. A "Bounty" left me with a torn PCL and LCL in my knee ...
-- Bills LB Shawne Merriman

@ChrisWarcraft: I mean seriously, think about it. You're talking about paying someone to INTENTIONALLY injure someone else. They put people in JAIL for that
@ChrisWarcraft: And let me make it perfectly clear - it doesn't matter WHAT team you play for. That kind of thing should NEVER happen.
-- Vikings P Chris Kluwe

@jayfeely: No place in NFL for bounties. Physical play is an attribute but malicious intent should be removed
-- Cardinals K Jay Feely

@damienwoody: This 'bounty' program happens all around the league...not surprising
@damienwoody: The bigger question w/ this 'bounty' issue is.....WHO SNITCHED?!?!
@damienwoody: @joey0314 I'm just speaking from a guy that was in the lockerroom....these things happened, not saying it was right, but it happened
-- Ex-Pats OL Damien Woody

@ChrisHarrisNFL: Football is a violent game n just because someone is hit very hard doesn't mean it's malicious
-- Lions S Chris Harris

@ShaunPhillips95: I think people forget that football is a contact sport. If you don't wanna get hurt don't play. I was always told keep your head on a swivel
-- Chargers LB Shaun Phillips

"It is our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of our game, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated," Goodell said in a statement. "We have made significant progress in changing the culture with respect to player safety and we are not going to relent. We have more work to do and we will do it."



 

Jacksonville Jaguars place franchise tag on kicker Josh Scobee. Go figure??

Prater, Weatherford. Whatís with kickers/punters being franchised???



Just when I was enjoying Syracuseís greatest season in history, with a 30-1 record and undefeated in the Big East, this bombshell hitís the airwaves:

In accordance with NCAA regulations, it is the University's practice to self-report possible violations to the NCAA. We self-reported issues with drug testing to the NCAA, and there is currently an ongoing inquiry," the school said in a statement Monday. "The inquiry does not involve any current SU student-athletes. To ensure the integrity of the ongoing process, we are unable to comment further at this time."

Crap what a way to run a day.

Reportedly 10 players since 2001 test positive for banned recreational substance. They were allowed to practice and play in games they should have been suspended for..



From a person†who bought Wayne Gretzyís house for $31 million dollars, it has been all down hill ever since. Former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra was sentenced to three years in a California State prison after pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement.

Dykstra still faces federal bankruptcy charges and is scheduled to stand trial this summer. He filed for bankruptcy a few years ago, claiming he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets. Federal prosecutors said that after filing, Dykstra hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from the $18.5 million mansion without permission of a bankruptcy trustee.

"I do have remorse for some of the things I've done," he said. "But because I wasn't a perfect person am I a criminal? Everyone wants to make me out to be a monster."



With a 12-2 conference record, Harvard won the Ivy League title. Itís the first appearance for the Crimson since 1946.



Peyton Manning, the quarterback who put Indianapolis on the map was released from the Colts. The writing was on the wall when Irsay cleaned house with the management team and new coaches. I personally think the Coltís should have given him the $28 million owed to him if he was on the roster by Thursday. If it wasnít for Manning the Coltís donít get a new stadium. Hopefully Peyton lands on his feet elsewhere and has another 5-6 great years left in him.



Ever†since†I†listened†to†Kasey†Kasem and†America's Top†40, I always†wanted to say:

"Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars."

Scott

Monday Moaning 3-5-12
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NHL NFL MLB New York Rangers Grady Sizemore New Orleans Saints Chardon High School Hilltoppers Henrik Lundqvist John Tortorella Rosie Jones

Well here we are again...The beginning of the week comes quick...The past week has been filled with a lot of tragedy...Tornadoes ripped across the country causing chaos, death and destruction...In North East Ohio people dealt with the aftermath of the Chardon High School shooting...Thursday good in people was on full display...I wrote about it HERE...And the Saturday, the people of Chardon formed a human wall to block the threat of assholes from the Westboro Baptist Church who planned on protesting...Those Westboro fuckers are complete ass-hats!

Then there was THIS news about the Browns Friday...What a joke!

In Sports there have been a couple stories out there...The New Orleans Saints possibly having a bounty system...I'm not sure why people would be shocked by this...It's Football...It's a violent game, and there are opponents that get under people's skin...And Football being a violent game, where you try to hurt opponents, makes it easy to hide the fact that you may be trying to actually hurt some one...

Spring Training is fired up, but I can't get excited for Baseball just yet...And the Indians have annoyed me already...This off season they didn't pick-up their option on the always injured, grossly overrated, strikes out too much, Grady Sizemore...Good I thought...He ain't worth $9 million...Then they signed him to a $5 million deal...Still not sure why since he was rehabbing a couple injuries...So what happens...He fucks up his back again...Has the same surgery Peyton Manning had on his neck, done on his lower back...Looks like he's done for the year...$5 million down the drain...

But there is one think that I really need to get out there...I fucking hate Basketball...I'm in my car, listening to Sports Talk Radio, and when local dolts aren't talking about what the Browns should do in the draft, they along with ESPN and FOX dolts are talking about Basketball...And Fuck Jeremy Lin! Seriously!

You fuckers in New York, and on the major networks need to wake up...There is only one sports team in New York worth talking...


That's right fuck-stains...The New York Rangers...42-15-7 is a hell of record, and they sit on top of the NHL standings with 91 points...With the best goalie around, Henrik Ludqvist, and a core of talented, young defensemen...Offensive threats like Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, and their captain Ryan Callahan, who does everything on the ice...The Rangers roster is full of grinders, and brings a few thumpers with them...

They are all lead by their coach John Totorella...A no bullshit kind of guy, who expects the best out of all his players...He expects his players to have each others backs...And everyone on his team blocks shots...It doesn't matter who you are...You block shots, or you don't play...

The Rangers have been the most consitent, hardest working team in hockey...And they've done it all quietly it seems...Even many of the NHL talking heads haven't given the Rangers the time, and respect they deserve...Well it's time to wake up...The Rangers are on the road to the Cup, and they're a real son of a bitch to play against...Right Bruins? How about you Flyers? Yeah Philly, the boys in Blue own your ass!

That's it for now...

Have a week...And watch Hockey...

Later, The Beeze.

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