We kicked booty.
Evidently, Lance Moore took some punt return lessons from Reggie Bush, and wandered about aimlessly several times, lots of East-West running and a muff. Lance, buddy, do like you've done the last 14 weeks, and we'll consider this an anomaly. Also, why not run one back, dammit. Pretend you're Beerman.
David Patten decided he would do what my dad used to call "Pruitt it". This is a reference to former Oklahoma running back Greg Pruitt, who had amazing moves, but would carry the ball away from his body with one hand, thus ensuring a fumble on every fifth or sixth play. It appears that Mr Patten decided this would be a good way to carry the ball, and it was promptly swatted away. I heard Mr Patten being interviewed on WWL radio, and he said that he believed that there was no one on that side of the field except the safety in front of him. He also said he won't do it again. Let us hope so.
Drew Brees: 26 of 30. But not good enough for the pro bowl. Yeah, that Tony Romo showed us last week how he's light years ahead of Drew. Hasselbeck too. I can't wait to meet these mooks in the playoffs. At one point the Saints were pinned deep in our own territory on a misplayed punt, and Drew calmly dropped back in the end zone and threw a dart to Billy Miller. When asked what option Miller was, Brees later said: "3rd look". Let me break that down for you. Brees was in his own end zone, ignoring the risk of a safety, and looked at the first receiving option. That man was covered. He looked at the second, and that man was covered as well. Finally, he saw that Miller was open, and he fired the ball to him. That is why Drew Brees is one of the top 5 quarterbacks in the league. When interviewed this week, Brees said that at this level, everyone can throw the ball -- the thing that makes you good is your ability to see where receivers will get open and when. Bite me, Tony Romo.
Aaron Stecker and Pierre Thomas: the Reuben Mayes and Dalton Hilliard of the present.
Mayes Stecker fumbled on the first possession, which didn't silent the crowd nearly as much as the Patten fumble. It seemed to serve to make Aaron mad, which is a good thing. He tore through the redbirds for 95 yards, just missing his second consecutive 100 yard rushing week. Dalton Pierre had 2 rushes for about a 10 yard average, putting a big ass bow on the victory. Coach decided he would just run it down their throats until they decided they would stop the run. Then and only then did he open up the passing attack. It's nice to have a running tandem that can do that.
And for the non-linemen out there, there is nothing an offensive lineman likes better than run blocking. They get to go after the defensive players, rather than standing back and pushing them. This made everybody happy.
Colston had yet another 100 yard game. And he's not even a pro bowl alternate. What a load of horse hockey.
Shocking statement of the game, from one Ashley Morris to Mr Cl10: "Copper is money". I was, of course, referring to pennies, or stealing pipe from houses and taking it to the recycling place. No, really, Copper did a hell of a job, except for getting faked out of his jock on the fake punt.
And the first pass of the game was to Karney. Any wagers this week? Maybe open up with Hollis in the backfield, lead blocking for Frenchy?
Steve Weatherford made a tackle that led me to believe he used to be a calf roping specialist in the National Finals Rodeo.
Gary Gibbs showed an aversion to blitzing, even though it seems to work frighteningly well, because it may remove the "surprise" factor. In any case, new papa Scott Fujita had a couple of sacks. Why does Fujita get more sacks than Charles Grant, like, ever? Anyway, the line was very solid against the run. And when Scott Shanle gets a pick, you're doing something right.
Ignoring my advice, Gibbs kept Hollis at Nose Tackle and Jason David at CB. I swear, just let Hollis give the guy a chuck at the line, and he'll be on his ass the entire play -- Hollis won't even need to run.
The safety tandem of Kaesadilla and Harper has looked tremendous since Kaesadilla kracked the starting lineup. Almost good enough to make you forget about the non-dreadlocked CB. Almost. Kaesadilla made one amazing tip near the line of scrimmage to save a TD. I hate to say it, but a definite upgrade over Josh Bullocks.
At a certain point, the game was in the bag, and we just had to run out the clock. The denizens of 635 decided the best way to do that was either a double reverse flea flicker, or a halfback pass hook and lateral. Payton, shockingly enough, decided to just hand it off to
Mayes or Hilliard Pierre or Steck. Amen.
New kicker Martin Gramatica nailed his first field goal, and made all four of his extra point attempts non-events. Exactly what one wants in a kicker. However, he did get one kickoff out of bounds, which didn't hurt too much. John Carney is still employed by the Kansas City Chiefs, unfortunately.
This old and ancient Saints flask made it into the game. Engraved "Doctor Ash" by my brother in law, the same guy that gave me the "Dr Morris" jersey, it was a Christmas gift long ago. The dents were kindly provided by the TSA. It contained what is evidently a magic elixir, Absolut New Orleans.
Now, while this mango and black pepper flavored vodka may be disgustingly offensive to
some many most; when ice cold, it is wonderfully fragrant, with a mango splash at the beginning and a wonderful peppery finish. When warm, it's noxious. But while drinking this during a game, the Saints are undefeated. Guess what will be in the magic flask this weekend?