It’s debatable whether the New Orleans Saints can now be called America’s Team, a moniker on which the Dallas Cowboys’ PR department long ago staked a claim. Likely the Black and Gold will be the sentimental favorite of most viewers come Super Sunday.
What is fair, in a manner of speaking, is calling the Saints Congress’ team. Since taking their very first kick-off for a touchdown in 1967 as a newly minted NFL franchise, and through 43 mostly futile, frustrating years, the Saints have owed their very existence to late Louisiana Congressman Hale Boggs, who in 1966 made a deal with then-NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to support the NFL-AFL merger in exchange for New Orleans getting a franchise right away. The franchise was announced on Nov. 1, 1966 — All Saints Day — hence, according to popular legend, the team’s name.
The story of Boggs’ gamesmanship and the birth of the Saints is detailed in a story published today on the New York Times’ Web site.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.