The New Orleans Saints, fresh off a nerve-racking 30-20 defeat of NFC South nemesis Carolina Panthers — their second come-from-behind win in three weeks — continue generating accolades to go along with the wins. Now at a franchise best-ever 8-0, the Saints receive another hard-earned nod of approval from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who ranked the Saints 24th in his pre-season power rankings and remained skeptical of the Black and Gold through the first month of the season. In today’s Monday Morning Quarterback, King spreads the butter:
New Orleans isn’t kidding around. With the best offensive free-agent in history, Drew Brees, you knew the Saints would score. What you didn’t know is that Gregg Williams — hired after coach Sean Payton gave up $250,000 of his own salary to help pay him — would build a top-10 defense. New Orleans has beaten three big, bad playoff contenders from the East (Jets, Eagles, Giants) by an average of 20 points. I like what the 8-0 Saints have shown the past three weeks, rebounding from a 24-3 deficit in Miami and a 14-0 deficit against Carolina, sandwiching a back-and-forth Monday-nighter with Atlanta. They’re close to the pack, but I still call the Saints the best team in football. They can beat you too many ways.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
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