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Great post Luziana Saint Fan! Thanks for the update and any misconceptions that were made on our part. Any comments concerning Bethel or Sullivan?
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If the owners of the Saints want to move, they should be allowed to move. If not, the owners should bring the league to court. It should be clear that the team can make much more money elsewhere, and that to leave them there will require city or other subsidies.
I don't have much of an opinion on what Benson should do, or wants to do. I do feel that Paul Taglibue has been a piece of rat turd about the whole thing, by basically telling Benson to piss off and 'deal with it'.
I agree, Benson should sue if he can't control his own franchise.
Benson may be a crappy owner, like the media wants us to believe, but I really think that we have a crappy commissoner as well.
The thing about this is that N.O. is a ghost town, and the superdome is in ruins, from what I hear. I think the smart business choice would be to move. Obviously that is not the 'politically correct' thing to do, but I'm wondering exactly who is left in N.O.?
Allstate and other insurance companies didn't pay a dime to all those people that lost their houses, and FEMA flood insurance is a scam, and barely pays a dime either. Nobody can rebuild and it looks like N.O. is going to be converted into a casino town by big business.
I think this is a huge elephant in the room that nobody seems to want to talk about. Everyone just says Benson is a total cold hearted jerk. I'd like to know what his realistic options are to have a financially secure franchise. Can the Saints even survive in N.O., now that the town is cutting them off from funding?
I don't know much about Benson, or the issue, but it strikes me as a really important issue when an NFL Franchise is in this kind of dire straits and the only scapegoat appears to be the owner.
The superdome is fine, it is almost done....i was there a month ago and it was fine on the outside....
New Orleans isnâ€™t a big empty town as everybody thinks, 85% of uptown/garden district is back, the "richer" area, and the rest of the city is getting bigger and stronger every day....the burbs are going pretty strong as well....
Everybody is ready for the saints season to begin, and are pumped about Bush and actually having a QB that can throw the ball to Joe Horn and Donte' Stallworth on a consistent basisâ€¦
OK, sitting around the campfire, boys and girls and I'll tell you a post katrina New Orleans story.
New Orleans is not close to being a "ghost town". Yes , the city will be smaller than before, but I'm talking about the city of new Orleans,not the suburbs.The people are still here, they are just living in different parts of the area. Except for some towns east of the city, the area is booming. This is the biggest economic and construction boom to happen to the area since the oil boom in the 1970's. Most of the area's that "money" lived before the storm was not heavily damaged and the "money" is still there. Yes, some area s of the city were completly destroyed. They include the poorest areas in the city, middle class subdivisions and one very well off area. Everyone has suffered and lost,including the rich and poor, black AND white, though the national news seems to want the country to think this was a racist storm.
As far as Allstate and others not paying a dime, they have definatly gave people hell, but not as bad as the poster assumed. Unfortunatly, wind and flood insurance are 2 different things and because people lived inside the "bowl", they were told they didnt need flood insurance. DID YOU KNOW that you and your friend could live next door to each other. Both of you have wind insurance but no flood insurance because it doesn't flood. A hurricane comes and both of your houses get water to the roof. BUT, because a tree fell on your friends roof and put a hole in the roof, his insurance will pay for all of his damage and you will get ZILTCH! By the way, WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH FOOTBALL??!!
The superdome was not destroyed or flooded. The roof was heavily damaged. It will be complete and ready the the Saints 1st home game, which is the 3rd monday nite game of the season. The Saints set a record for the most season tickets ever sold by them and suites are selling nicely. The city is doing great, the people never give up, haslett and A Brooks are gone, Drew Brees' shoulder is stronger than ever, REGGIE BUSH is the man and football is almost here. This area is NOT dead and it's actually better than it was before. Katrina was a GREAT crime fighter. She sent all the riff raff down the street!!! WHO DAT!!
He is pretty bad, i'm not a huge fan....the stuff that happened at LSU was really bad, and i thought he was a big jerk after that...
SO...what do the Saint's fans think of the team possibly moving?? Benson finding a way out?? Seems pretty chinsy...almost like he's been waiting to find a way to leave...HARD to blame fans for NOT supporting an owner like that...
I'm a Saints fan and live in Pass Christian, Mississippi. The "Pass" is about 50 miles east of downtown NO. I've been to New Orleans many times since Katrina. NO is far from dead. Granted, it has been set back quite a bit, but recovery is going well. The majority of the areas destroyed were poor and had little impact on Saints attendance. As far as the Saints moving from NO to San Antonio or LA......all I can say is anything is possible in the NFL. Did the Colts fans in Baltimore think it could happen to them? The Saints are stuck with a horrible owner in Tom Benson. Benson is a greedy automobile salesman. You Pats fans are lucky in that you have a great owner and coach. Season ticket sales are going well for the Saints. I believe they have sold the most ever and the Superdome should be repaired well enough to have games there in 2006. Too bad to see that Sullivan has messed up with him arrest recently, I was hoping the trade would do him some good. Good luck to ya'll in the up coming season.......