Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:25
Will anyone blink as New Orleans Saints Breesgate milestone nears?
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brees-packLost in the orgy of information over New Orleans Saints bountygate, Mickey Loomis wiregate, NFL draftgate (various experts were not impressed with the Saints recent efforts) and Rita Benson Leblanc Gate (granddaughter of the owner in doghouse), there is the Brees gate.


Yes, the Breesgate.

Certainly, the Breesgate, leBlanc and draftgate should not imply that anybody has done anything wrong or illegal. However, in the day of gates opening up and closing every day for one scandal after another, certainly the contract dispute the New Orleans Saints are having with their star and player-of-the-franchise quarter back looms as much of a mystery to Saintsdom as any other offseason dramas.

With the OTA (organized team activities) approaching May 22, various experts including former Saint executive VP Jim W. Miller are claiming that is the first milestone day.

Miller wrote early this week on, “Therefore, you can circle May 22 in your Saintsations swimsuit calendars. That is when the Saints begin their on-field workouts as part of the off-season program as amended by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. You can bet, or merely feel reasonably confident, that Brees will be signed by that date. The Saints will hold organized team activities on May 22-24, May 29-31 and June 11-14, and their team minicamp on June 5-7. You can bet that Brees will be in the irons when those practices start.

Why do I believe May 22 is the magic date? Recall that much of the Saints' success in 2011 was because Brees gathered his teammates together at a time the owners had locked out the players. At that time, he donned the multiple hats of head coach, head offensive coordinator, head conditioning coach, head cheerleader and overall master schemer. Brees single-handedly took his teammates' minds off the labor impasse and had them concentrating on coming together as a team. And who can argue with the results? With a short preparation window after a new CBA was signed, the Saints hit the turf running on their way to a 13-3 season. They were one of a handful of legitimate Super Bowl contenders, led by a quarterback who established more personal records than the Beatles. It was a time the team needed its leader to step forward, and he did it.”

Today, Mike Triplett of the Times Picayune wrote, that there is no movement on that contract front.  Triplett also said,  “The Saints will want Brees on the field when they begin their first real on-field activities, especially since they'll be installing their offense without Coach Sean Payton present.
At the same time, Brees will want to be there with his teammates, especially since he values his role as a leader so dearly. Last year, Brees valued the OTAs so much that he organized his own version of them during the NFL lockout.”

However, if the sides do not begin to talk again soon, that May 22 date will be just another disappointment of many in this already-gated community of WhoDat Nation.

LSU VIDEOGRAPHER Doug Aucoin has been named the video coordinator of the year in the SEC. He shares the award with Andy Wagner of Arkansas "Doug's service to football and what he provides to us on a daily basis is invaluable," said Tigers coach Les Miles. Aucoin's father, Erby, was a longtime photographer for the Saints, and was named after Hall of Famer Doug Atkins...

SOME hither, others yon: When the declaration of former Saints DE Anthony Hargrove was published on Monday in the media interpreted it to mean that Hargrove had been told to live by Saints coaches, according to Pro Football Talk. Though that may be a fair interpretation of his words, he never said that he never was told to lie. And now he's sounding off about the NFL's decision to characterize his words as evidence of the existence of a bounty program -- and proof that he had lied about the investigation in 2010. "I'm disappointed that 'the Declaration' was leaked," Hargrove told ESPN. "The intent of 'the Declaration ' was to let the NFL know exactly what happened in March of 2010."...

LSU coach Les Miles, commenting on the additions of Texas A&M and Missouri to the SEC: "I would say they better strap it up. They're going to really not enjoy their welcoming to this conference." Miles was speaking to The Club of Birmingham. Miles and several league coaches feel that the record against division foes should be the games used to crown a division champion. That means that (in the new format with six division games and two crossover games) the coach would like for LSU's games vs. the Eastern Division (as well as everyone else's crossover games) to not count in the SEC standings...

(Ad in For Sale: One used motorcycle, needs some repairs. Perfect for mid-life crisis or throwing away a prominent college coaching career. Only driven on weekends diring extra-martial affairs."...Chad Jones has not received clearance to participate in Giants' workouts. Attempting to return after a severe auto accident in June of 2010, the former LSU safety/pitcher is not eligible for this weekend's Giants' rookie minicamp, and hasn't been cleared for the club's OTAs either...

LSU should have four players drafted in the first round in 2013. is out with its mock drafts. Offensive tackle Chris Faulk of the Tigers is rated as the sixth-best prospect. Defensive end Sam Montgomery is No. 8 on the list, safety Eric Reid is No. 10 and outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo is No. 14. Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu could be a first-rounder, too...

by Ed Staton and Bayoubuzz Staff

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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