Quarterback Drew Brees was among five New Orleans Saints selected for the NFL’s annual Pro Bowl game — the most Saints chosen for the all-star team since six Saints were selected following the 2000 season. Also making the NFC Pro Bowl roster are right guard Jahri Evans, free safety Darren Sharper, right tackle Jon Stinchcomb and middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Brees, who was selected for his fourth Pro Bowl — his third as a Saint — was a first-team selection along with Evans and Sharper; Stinchcomb and Vilma were second-team choices. Pro Bowl selections are made through voting by players, coaches and fans.
The state of Louisiana is well represented on the Pro Bowl teams this year — four native sons, all from the New Orleans area, made the AFC squad: Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning and wide receiver Reggie Wayne, New York Jets guard Alan Faneca and Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed.
Here's to hoping none of the Saints players attends the game, which will played on Jan. 31 in Miami’s Land Shark Stadium — the same venue where the Super Bowl will be played a week later. Teams who qualify for the Super Bowl will not send players to the Pro Bowl.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
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.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.