What they’re saying: Saints talk of football world
It still feels strange saying it — the Super Bowl champion New Orleans
Saints. What more can we say? Absolutely nothing. But here’s what some
others are saying about the Saints’ victory in Super Bowl 44:
In his “Monday Morning Quarterback” column, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King highlights two unsung heroes
of the game: punter Thomas Morestead and back-up safety Chris Reis, who
kicked and recovered, respectively, that daring on-side kick to open
the second half.
“The Saints were too good, too polished, too inspired . . . too intent
on bringing their wounded city a much-needed boost,” writes Indianapolis Star Colts columnist Bob Kravitz, who has much to say
today, both about the Colts and the Saints. The irony isn’t lost on
many Colts fans that the two Saints players most instrumental in the
Saints’ win — Drew Brees (Purdue University) and cornerback Tracy
Porter (Indiana University) — starred in college in the Hoosier State.
Kravitz also wonders if the football gods didn’t exact revenge on the
Colts for resting their starters late in the season instead of seeking
a perfect record.
Citing the bookies in Vegas, the Web site Football Outsiders lists the Saints as the fourth most-likely team to play in the 2011 Super Bowl, behind New England, San Diego and most-favored Indianapolis.
Brian Burke, who crunches NFL statistics for Advanced NFL Stats.com, analyzes Sean Payton’s gutsy calls — the on-side kick, the 4th and goal attempt, and the two-point conversion attempt — for The New York Times football blog, 5th Down.
And for number crunching of the eerie sort, Saints fans at raginpagin.com, an unofficial UL sports fan site, track the coincidences with the Saints, the Super Bowl and the number 4.
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.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.