Monday, December 28, 2009

We Knocked Ourselves Down, BUT WE'RE STILL THE #1 SEED!

Yes, the Saints need to do much better, but let's enjoy tonight and tomorrow.

Why the Saints Have Lost Two Straight Games, Part I

Okay, so I confess. The loss to the Cowboys was my fault. I was in a hurry, and for the first time this season I did not pull my bike into Fat Harry's for a quick dirty martini. Of course, the loss ensued. My bad.

However, this week, I redressed that issue. I got a dirty at Fat's (hmmm, although it was in a go-cup. Maybe I should have gone with a proper glass). In any case, with this variable eliminated, the main reason for the loss is clear today.

At approximately 11:15 a.m., while Berto and I were giving the "first down, Saints" sign to cars at Tivoli Circle, we spied and waved to Jeffrey and Menckles whizzing around the Circle in their swanky automobile.

Now, as far as I know, Jeffrey and Menckles are usually streetcar riders. I believe this to be an important ingredient in Saints' wins.

So there it is: Reason #1 for the Saints' loss yesterday.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas from World Class New Orleans

Even a bad day in New Orleans is still a gift to me. That's what I really believe in my best moments.

I hope you have a similar sense of gratitude wherever you live.

Buon Natale!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Letters I Sent to the Editors in New Orleans and Dallas

1. To the Times-Picayune

To the Editor:

As a longtime Saints fan and season ticket holder, I was proud of my team's effort against the Cowboys Saturday night, but I was ashamed of some of my fellow Saints fans' treatment of Cowboys fans.

Ever since I was treated poorly as a Saints fan on a trip to a game at Indianapolis a few years ago, I have made it a point to welcome opposing teams' fans to the Superdome. They are always appreciative, and I've had some nice conversations with people from all over the country.

This past Saturday night, every Cowboys fan with whom I spoke told me that that he or she had been treated badly by some of my fellow Saints fans. In addition, a friend who was on the field at the end of the game witnessed a Saints fan verbally abusing (with profanity) the Sports Illustrated reporter Peter King, who is a Saints season ticket holder.

To my fellow fans: we can do better. That is not who we are. New Orleans is a city of hospitality, warmth, and acceptance of difference--even if that difference means that the other person is wearing another color jersey.

Our warmth comes from knowing that we live in a city like no other, a city that we love. We don't have time for abusing other cities. We're too busy loving our city and our team.

Sincerely,
Mr. Clio

2. To the Dallas Morning News:

To the Editor:

As a longtime Saints fan and season ticket holder, I was proud of my team's effort against the Cowboys Saturday night, and I was impressed with the Cowboys. However, I was ashamed of some of my fellow Saints fans' treatment of Cowboys fans, and I ask Dallas fans to forgive New Orleans if you were treated badly at the game.

Ever since I was treated poorly as a Saints fan on a trip to a game at Indianapolis a few years ago, I have made it a point to welcome opposing teams' fans to the Superdome. They are always appreciative, and I've had some nice conversations with people from all over the country.

This past Saturday night, every Cowboys fan with whom I spoke told me that that he or she had been treated badly by some of my fellow Saints fans. Dallas fans: please know that this is not who we are. New Orleans is a city of hospitality, warmth, and acceptance of difference--even if that difference means that the other person is wearing a jersey of another color.

New Orleanians' warmth comes from knowing that we live in a city like no other, a city that we love. We don't have time for abusing other cities. We're too busy loving our city and our team, and we love sharing that joy.

I have been to Dallas several times and have always enjoyed my trips there. Congratulations on a big win Saturday, and please come back. I and many other New Orleanians will do our best to welcome you with class.

Sincerely,
Mr. Clio

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

They Found the Unknown Who Dat

He's coming to the Superdome this weekend, for the first time ever.

Read his history at the link above.

One question: the Saints had a ticket office at Lee Circle? I've never heard that before. Does anybody know which building it was in?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hey, Buddy D., It's Happenin'

Geeky Comparison

Just sayin'. From the terrible Saints records of the 1970s to 12-0. As Buddy in the Jumpsuit said, "It all started with a supernova that destroyed Romulus."


Monday, December 07, 2009

The Feds and Coastal Restoration

The T-P tells us that the feds are taking a "fresh look" at restoration efforts.

Good, but now is the time for action.

Now. Now. Now.

Which is a greater threat to my family and me? Al Qaeda? Or diminishing coastlines?

Wetlands: the fundamental homeLAND security issue.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Jared Diamond Makes a Useful Analogy

Professor Diamond's essay in the NY Times compares the stupidity of corporations who refuse to spend short-term money on long-term sustainability to the federal government's negligent treatment of New Orleans over many years:
Economic reasons furnish the strongest motives for sustainability, because in the long run (and often in the short run as well) it is much more expensive and difficult to try to fix problems, environmental or otherwise, than to avoid them at the outset.

Americans learned that lesson from Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, when, as a result of government agencies balking for a decade at spending several hundred million dollars to fix New Orleans’s defenses, we suffered hundreds of billions of dollars in damage — not to mention thousands of dead Americans.
It's a small point in a longer article, but the casual way he drops this is a testament to how ordinary this point ought to be.