What’s up animals??? With Halloween rearing it’s latex & Karo syrupy head, I just really want to share a few things with y’all.
Most of us in City Zoo are HUGE sports fans. 2 us went to LSU, 4 of us are in multiple fantasy football leagues and 3 of us are part of a group that splits 4 season tickets to Hornets games. We went completely batshit crazy when the Saints won Super Bowl 44. Rory got so excited, he went out for the team! We screamed and hollered when LSU tasted National Championship goodness in ’07. We also basked in a awesomeness of Chris Paul in the ’08 Playoffs.
So logically, with football season in full swing on both the college and pro levels, and basketball season right around the corner, this makes for the greatest sports watching time period all year!
You may have noticed that there is no mention of baseball. This will be the last mention of baseball.
Let’s do a little breakdown on our outlook in Louisiana Sports:
The Big Teams:
New Orleans Saints: 4-3 (Only ahead of Carolina in NFC South)
LSU: 7-1 (The most vilified #12 team ever)
New Orleans Hornets 1-7 (Preseason)
I’m not saying I’m concerned. What I’m saying is this: This Fall/Winter has the potential to be one of the most awesome times for Louisiana sports. Here’s why:
The Saints have not played their best football. As we all like to think, it’s obvious. The Saints are having a Super Bowl “Hangover.” What does this mean for the rest of the season? It means they have to practice. A lot. Execution is horrible. Penalties, turnovers and protection/lane assignments are what is killing this team. Having this “hangover” and coming out of it 4-3 without Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas, Darren Sharper, Scott Shanle, Tracy Porter, and for now Jabari Greer is still damn fine. Think about what happens when the Saints decide to play 4 quarters after a full week of solid fundamental practice. Not to mention get guys back and healthy. It’s scary. You get that Tampa Bay game. Maybe even better when people heal. My biggest concern right now is the O-line. COACH ‘EM UP!!!
LSU have not played their best football either. We all know the issues with Les Miles v Media, Jordan Jefferson v. Jared Lee, etc, etc. They lost this weekend to what looks like the Heisman trophy winner. What the hell is Cam Newton going to do for an encore? If he enters the NFL draft, what position will he play? You ever seen a 6’6″ 250 dude barreling at you from a backfield? Think Brandon Jacobs, but awesome. Anyway, if LSU and Miles pauses long enough during this off week and takes their collective head out of their ass, they may realize that they went with the #1 team in the country all but 5 minutes of the game. That’s something to build on. That’s something you can beat Alabama with.
The Hornets end up 1-7. It’s preseason, man. They played less than a half of basketball with their projected starting line-up. With the exception of DWest, the guys are healthy, and if they can move Peja & his salary before the deadline, we become a prime candidate for some free agents in the new CBA-era next season. This team is going to sneak up on people. Seriously.
Speaking of CBA’s…
Both the NBA & the NFL have managed to create the largest potential screw-over in the history of sport. This time next year, we could very well not have either sport, be watching walkons and scrubs playing, or be forced to watch Tim McCarver get more champagne dumped on him.
No pic. Just sayin…
The NBA wants to cut a third of its salary and hasn’t ruled out cutting teams.
The NFL wants to continue stiffing current & former players who gave up their physical well being for the most watched form of entertainment on the planet.
Both sports claim there will be seasons next year. But who knows??? I’m sure there will be a plethora of extra insight once each respective season is over.
But for now, all I can and want to do is be a sports fan in Southern Louisiana. I’ll settle for The Saints at home on my couch, & The Hornets up close (as close as the 300 level can bring me) and personal for 20 games. I’ll be the guy cheering and yelling.
See you at the Hive on Wednesday & don’t forget -
ST from CZ