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Posted By Blake Buchanan On Sep 10 2010 @ 1:08 pm In New Orleans Saints | No Comments

Suit me up Coach Payton.  Buy me some neon cleats.  I will meet you in Metairie next practice to try out to be the place kicker.

I know I am only 1-5 lifetime (at a pickup touch game) and have never attempted more than a 30 yarder, but shoot, I think with a little practice, I could do as well as Garrett Hartley.

Hey Garrett, your Dad is on the phone.  He wants to have a real conversation about your career path.  The Saints would not be where they are now if it weren’t for your playoff heroics, but some people who care about you are concerned that effort is going to cost the Saints a big game, forcing you into a Ray Finkle life of exile, a sex change, and hatred of Dan Marino. LACES OUT DAN!

Just quit now while you are still on top.  I bet you could make an excellent living selling used cars in New Orleans.  Or, I hear prosportsblogging.com is hiring.

Even after the pathetic performance of the smallest guy on the field (barely edging Drew Brees), the Saints are 1-0.  For a couple of days, they own the best record in the NFL., extending the Super Bowl high for another week.

The defenses came to play.  The two highest scoring offenses in the league last year combined for 23 points last night.  I would have bet my right leg (or at least Garrett Hartley’s) on the over, but they must have missed it by 3 touchdowns.

The Saints didn’t need five turnovers to shut down Minnesota this time as they did in the NFC Championship.  They got only one by game-time decision Jonathan Vilma which didn’t even result in a score (LACES OUT!).

It begs the question: where was Favre’s magic?  Is it time for him to take the pads off and move to the golf course with the other 62-year-olds?  I don’t think so.  Yes, he missed some throws and he didn’t have a spectacular stat line (15 for 27 for 162 with a TD and an INT) but he was playing the defending Super Bowl champions in their house without his top receiver, Sidney Rice, and his second receiver, Percy Harvin, at about 80% because he is having to suck down Excedrin Migraine in between series and can’t see.   Brad Childress probably didn’t lose any sleep thinking he should have started Tavaris Jackson.

The Saints had to shut down one weapon through the air: tight end Vinsanthe Shiancoe.  The series that they failed to do that, where Favre and Shaincoe connected for 33 and 20 in consecutive plays, resulted in their only touchdown.  After that, the Saints caught on and Shank didn’t catch another ball.  Most of the defensive effort could be focused on stopping the ground attack.

The NFL was on showcase last night, and it couldn’t have happened in a better city.  New Orleans knows how to party and it was evident with parades, tailgates and pre-game festivities including Taylor Swift and Dave Matthews playing in the French Quarter.  Dave didn’t play “Crash Into Me” because the NFL didn’t want Tom Brady to have flashbacks.

The country proved they were READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL with overnight rating that were equal to game 7 of the NBA finals.  WHAT?!

It was a heck of a welcome back party for the sport and the Saints.  If they can figure out how to get those laces out, it should be another fun season.

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