The Saints Come In At #50 For The Most Valuable Sports Franchise In The World

Posted by | July 15, 2017.

The New Orleans Saints are in the top 50 — barely — in team value across the globe, but in the NFL landscape they fall at No. 29 out of the 32 total. The Saints tied for No. 50 in Forbes’ annual list with Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals, coming in at a value of $1.75 billion. That’s a 16 percent increase from the previous year, but a slight fall from their No. 45 global ranking in 2016. The Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills fill out the bottom three teams in terms of NFL value, the report said.

Unfortunately the Dallas Cowboys are at the top of heap again with a whopping $4.2 billion, making them the most valuable sports franchise in the world for the second straight year, according to Forbes.

Forbes placed the New York Yankees second — up from fourth a year ago — with a value of $3.7 billion.

Next are three soccer clubs: Manchester United ($3.69 billion), Barcelona ($3.64) and Real Madrid ($3.58).

What Will Happen To The Saints When Owner Tom Benson Passes Away?

Posted by | July 15, 2017.

One of the most impactful aspects of the Saints organization has nothing to do with football itself. For two and a half years now, the Saints’ multiple 7-9 seasons have actually troubled some anxiety ridden fans less than the instability of the team’s current ownership.

Since December 2015, it’s been well documented that Saints owner Tom Benson was embroiled in a multi-state legal feud with his estranged daughter Renee and grandchildren Rita and Ryan LeBlanc. On the Louisiana state civil level, the heirs argued that Tom Benson was not mentally fit to make the decision to cut them out of non-controlling ownership shares in the Saints and Pelicans franchises.

On the federal level, the Benson patriarch reached a settlement with the heir’s trustees that remains confidential. More importantly, the settlement does NOT preclude the heirs from contesting Benson’s will after his death. So basically, we don’t know what the heirs got in that settlement with regard to the Saints and Pelicans, and the heirs can go after Gayle’s stake as soon as Benson dies.

For Saints fans, this settlement offers zero trust and support in a future without Tom Benson. The aging owner may have settled in order to avoid testifying in court and risking the reputation of his current mental health status. But, maybe more likely, Benson didn’t want to go to trial for a different reason altogether.

Sensitive financial information regarding the Saints and Pelicans organizations would have been made public during the trial. The public would have, for the first time, been privy to what kind of deals the teams are getting to play in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Center, in addition to more transparent reports on different revenue streams for the franchises. Read More

Tom Benson, A Billionaires Journey By Author Kathy Finn

Posted by | July 13, 2017.

The book is the story of the New Orleans Saints owner’s relentless pursuit of wealth and the triumphs and tragedies he experienced before seeing his family come utterly unglued as he approached 90 years of age.

The author Kathy Finn is a longtime New Orleans journalist, editor and business writer. Finn used research and interviews to write the book. Some of the interviews were apparently with family members not involved in the recent battles. The book covers Benson’s path to riches, I guess you would say, as well as his post Katrina, San Antonio aspirations. It also ouches on his family tragedies, and so called ruthless business dealings. You don’t become a billionaire by being timid. The best part is, Big Easy Mafia members get an exclusive deal on the book, just $20 — that’s more than 25% off the retail price at major bookstores! Place Order Here

Drew Brees Admits The Saints Are Dealing With Some Tough Circumstances

Posted by | July 5, 2017.

While addressing the offseason slew of injuries to the Saints’ offensive and defensive lines with Larry Holder from the Times-Picayune last week, quarterback Drew Brees appeared more candid and less politically correct than usual. Though I appreciate his inadvertent honesty, it did nothing to help me see the glass that is the Saints 2017 season as half full.

“We’ve got some tough circumstances we’re dealing with right now,” Brees admitted. When asked about the injury to left tackle standout Armstead, he didn’t sugar coat the situation at all. “Listen, that’s a big blow. I’m not going to lie. He worked so hard to come back and to have something like that with a freaky injury, I’m really saddened for him and for our team.”

But the downtrodden talk didn’t end with there. When asked about the affect of Fairley’s worsened heart condition on the already shaky defensive line, Brees didn’t mince words at all.

“This is so unfortunate. I know how hard he worked last year to put himself into a position to be one of the mainstays on our defense. To lose a guy like that on something that’s kind of just of a freak thing, I know he’s heartbroken. We are as well to not have him.”

This admission of the trying times the Saints now find themselves in is a major departure from Brees’ typically unflappable confidence. In 2014, Brees himself admitted that, “I am extremely positive. I am annoyingly optimistic and confident, I’ve been told many times by teammates.” Read More

Could This Be Drew Brees Last Season With The Saints?

Posted by | July 5, 2017.

For what seems like the past four off-seasons, the New Orleans Saints have faced a handful of issues that threaten to derail what the franchise has built.

Coach Sean Payton comes up as a candidate for one or more job openings. The Saints, known for the fiscal irresponsibility, get into some sort of new salary cap hell. Or there’s a situation with QB Drew Brees’s contract that paralyzes the team and whatever moves the Saints may make that offseason and beyond.

It’s been 12 years of the Brees/Payton marriage, and even though it’s seen some rocky times—especially the last three seasons, with identical 7–9 records—it remains in tact. But for how much longer? Since winning Super Bowl XLIV, the Saints have two playoff wins in five postseason games. Is it reasonable to think this season may be the Saints’ last good season with Payton and Brees?

First and foremost, it should be noted that even though Brees is entering his age-38 season, there’s not much sign of his play diminishing. Surely his arm would get weaker as the season goes along, but he hasn’t played January football since he was 34 so it’s difficult to assess. Brees is likely a season and a half away from catching Peyton Manning for first place on the all-time passing yards list, and the Saints have been in the top six of the league in passing yards since he got to New Orleans (and top 10 in points in eight of his 11 seasons.) Read More

Drew Brees Is Starting A Youth Co-Ed Flag Football League

Posted by | June 29, 2017.

Drew Brees never threw on pads to play tackle football until he entered high school at Austin (Texas) Westlake. He started learning the game by playing flag football and has been a vocal advocate for the game for many years.

And for the millions of people following the New Orleans Saints quarterback on social media, you’ll find quite a few pictures of the adventures of Brees’ sons, Baylen and Bowen, participating in flag football.

Brees wants to bring his love for flag football across the country. That’s why he and his marketing guru, Chris Stuart, are opening up a co-ed flag football league called “Football ‘N’ America.” The initial push will begin this fall with leagues in New Orleans, Covington and Baton Rouge. Read More

How Are The Saints Coping With The Loss Of Terron Armstead?

Posted by | June 24, 2017.

The New Orleans Saints are officially on a month-long break before the start of training camp in late July.

But there are lingering concerns over the loss of starting left tackle Terron Armstead, who recently underwent successful shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and projects as out between four to six months.

While the absence of Armstead certainly hurts, the Saints are equipped to continue running the football if the team desires.

Keep in mind the Saints’ ground attack finished the 2016 season ranked a respectable 16th in the league, averaging 108.9 yards per game, with Armstead missing nine games.

New Orleans could first turn to rookie Ryan Ramczyk, who started 14 games at left tackle for Wisconsin in 2016. Ramczyk was part of an offensive line that averaged 201.3 yards rushing per game.

Other options for the Saints to consider are veteran offensive linemen Khalif Barnes and Bryce Harris. A final consideration could surround a scenario where the team moves left guard Andrus Peat, who started seven games at left tackle the past season in Armstead’s place. Read More

The Devon Walker Foundation Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday June 24th 2017

Posted by | June 22, 2017.

The Devon Walker Foundation will host a celebrity basketball game hosted by Tara J of 102.9 on Saturday June 24th at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in The Devlin Fieldhouse at Tulane University.

Doors open for the event at 5:00pm.

Tickets can be purchased at

~ Local celebrities from the professional sports industry including Willie Snead (New Orleans Saints), Robert Kelley (Washington Redskins), Orleans Darkwa (New York Giants), Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans), Robert Meacham, Ryan Grant (Washington Redskins) & Little JJ will participate in the event.

Zach Strief Continues To Be A Great Investment For The New Orleans Saints

Posted by | June 19, 2017.

The Saints were under no obligation to reward a 12-year veteran with a restructured contract that could yield an extra $1 million this season.

But before a single game is played, Zach Strief is already proving this unusual move was money well spent.

Besides manning his customary right tackle position, Strief will play a significant role in helping to prepare a rookie to start on the opposite side. Ryan Ramczyk is being thrust into that role after left tackle Terron Armstead tore his labrum last Wednesday during a bag drill at veteran minicamp.

“It’s a huge loss for us,” Strief told co-host Zig Fracassi and me last Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Terron is such a talented guy. It’s going to be a tough replacement whoever gets tasked with that. Those are big shoes to fill.

“That being said, I do think we have some good depth and someone is going to step up and take that job over.”

Ramczyk is the frontrunner with Armstead projected to have a four-to-six month recovery period. Selected at No. 32 overall in last April’s draft, Ramczyk started at left tackle during his 2016 junior season at Wisconsin. He was converted to right tackle by New Orleans to become Strief’s understudy and eventual replacement.

That succession plan has temporarily changed, although Ramczy’s initial plans to workout with Strief during the lull before training camp have not.

“He’s got the mental makeup to be really successful,” Strief said. “He’s been kind of a sponge. He’s really excited to get new information.

“Ryan is really good at being told something, understanding what it is and being able to do it with his body. Sometimes there’s a disconnect there with what you think you’re doing and what you’re actually doing. Ryan’s got that talent to be able to convert a verbal message into a physical action.” Read More

Alvin Kamara Turning Heads With The New Orleans Saints

Posted by | June 19, 2017.

New Orleans may already have RBs Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram on the roster, but there’s a new guy in town who’s creating some buzz.

Former Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara is turning the heads of Saints’ players already. Kamara, who was receiving first-round buzz heading into the NFL Draft, was picked by the Saints in the third round (no. 67 overall) this past April, and his athleticism, upside and potential have to be really intriguing to New Orleans.

Yes, Kamara had a nice final season with Tennessee, but perhaps while it might have been frustrating playing behind Jalen Hurd for a season and a half, Kamara has low miles on his wheels and enters the NFL fresh and ready to make some sort of impact. Read More

Just How Did The Saints Do During The Offseason?

Posted by | June 18, 2017.

Judging football in June is tough. If everything we saw at the end of the offseason was real then Nick Toon, would’ve been an All-Pro.

Still some storylines have emerged that are worth watching when training camp rolls around.

Injury Issues

Injuries are a part of the game, and it appears the Saints will have to manage major health concerns that once again in 2017.

Max Unger, Dannell Ellerbe, Nick Fairley and now Terron Armstead are battling significant injuries. That’s four of the Saints’ top 15 players on the roster. Unger is hoping to be ready to go by the season opener, which is different than the third preseason game goal Sean Payton said.

Fairley’s third opinion on his heart condition should be in soon. His career hangs in the balance. The organization wants him to return but it sounds to me that they’ve also planned for life without him. We’ll wait and see on him.

Ellerbe, I’m told through league sources, broke a bone in his foot during OTA’s. Even if he does return for the season, it’s probably time for the Saints to reconsider their future with him. At some point, a team has to come to the realization when a player’s body is not equipped for the rigors of an entire NFL season.

Armstead is a huge blow to what was shaping up to be the strongest unit on the team. Armstead is one of the best young left tackles in the game but has battled injuries throughout his young career. A four-to-six month recovery would put him back mid-October at the earliest. The question is who rises to take that job in is absence? Ryan Ramcyzk has been brought up. If he’s ready, the Saints should go with him. But that’s a big ‘if’, Ramcyzk isn’t even 100 percent healthy. He’ll need to get there before he can even think of being an opening day starter at such a crucial position. Bryce Harris and Khalif Barnes are currently on the roster but it wouldn’t shock me if the team brings in another vet.
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Mark Ingram, Despite Being Unappreciated By The Who Dat Nation, The Saints Love And Respect Him

Posted by | June 18, 2017.

Mark Ingram can’t catch a break.

He’s coming off the best season of his six-year NFL career, a campaign in which he started an injury-free, career-high 14 games, eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the first time and displayed his improved all-around skills as a receiver and blocker, and how does his employer reward him?

By signing Adrian Peterson, arguably the best running back of his generation.

If Ingram were a little miffed by the situation it would be justifiable. You could understand if he felt like pinning the Shruggy Guy emoji to the top of his Twitter timeline.

Ingram finally scores the lead role in a feature film, nails the part and then learns he’s sharing the bill on his next project with the NFL version of George Clooney.

“It is what it is,” a nonplussed Ingram said this week. “I don’t really feel one way or another about it. I just play the hand that’s dealt to me. I just work my butt off and that’s about it.”Read More

Terron Armstead Out For 4-6 Months With A Torn Labrum

Posted by | June 16, 2017.

The Saints’ offense has just been dealt a big blow. Terron Armstead, the Saints’ starting left tackle, needs surgery for a torn labrum and will miss 4-6 months, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. That means a backup will be protecting Drew Brees‘ blind side for at least the first six weeks of the regular season, and probably longer.

The very talented Armstead has a long history of injuries and missed nine games last year. The Saints could try to acquire someone to replace him at the start of the season, but starting-caliber left tackles aren’t easy to come by at this time of year, and the Saints don’t have a lot of cap space.
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Brewsiana: Craft Beer & Music Festival Featuring The Big Easy Mafia Superfans August 19th

Posted by | June 15, 2017.

Event Info:

When- Saturday August 19th

Time- 7pm-11:30pm

The best of Louisiana’s Brews, Bands and Bites all under one roof! 21+ / ID Required. LINE-UP: In the Music Hall – Dash Rip Rock, Where Y’Acht, DJ Raj Smoove | in the Voodoo Garden – Fortifiers, Boogie Long, & Sexy Dex.

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Jarrius “Little JJ” Robertson To Receive The Jimmy V Perseverance Award At The 25th ESPY Awards

Posted by | June 14, 2017.

Big Easy Mafia member and Superfan Jarrius “JJ” Robertson has been in and out of hospitals his whole life, battling a chronic liver disease called biliary atresia. The 15-year-old’s wit, energy and effervescent attitude made a lasting impression on Saints players who met him during a 2015 visit to the Ochsner Hospital for Children, and since then he has been crowned official “hype man” and social media master for the team, winning over fans with his dance moves and his impressive football acumen. ESPN today announced that Robertson will be honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb on July 12 at The 25th ESPYS presented by Capital One on ABC.

Robertson, who has undergone two liver transplants and 13 surgeries in 15 years, is a true example of perseverance. His health battles haven’t stopped him from being the Saints’ biggest cheerleader – he’s become a fixture at home and away games and has also joined the team for practices.

“When I first heard the news I thought I was dreaming!” said Robertson. “The ESPYS? For real? The past two years have been a blessing in so many ways for me and my family. I have been able to do things I never thought I would be able to do. But to be included with Craig Sager, Stuart Scott, Leah and Devon Still, Eric LeGrand and the man himself, Jimmy V, is truly amazing and I am really grateful and humbled.”

The Jimmy V Perseverance Award was named after, and inspired by, the late Jim Valvano who, while battling cancer, gave an emotional acceptance speech at the 1993 ESPYS that included his famous words “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!”®. Valvano passed away less than two months later, but his words were never forgotten.

“Jarrius is such an inspirational young man,” said New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. “His strength, determination and resolve along with his infectious energy and attitude should be an example that no matter the circumstances or adversity with a positive outlook and embracing the motto of ‘Don’t Give Up… Don’t Ever Give Up’ there isn’t a challenge that cannot be conquered.”
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Hall Of Famer Willie Roaf Talks About His New Business Venture With Charlie Boots

Posted by | June 13, 2017.

NFL Hall of Famer Willie Roaf talks about his journey from Arkansas to Canton, hanging out in the White House with Bill Cilton & JFK Jr, his new company @FrameYourGame and upcoming Golf Tournament!!

Meet Willie Roaf at the Game Changer Golf Classic we will be bringing you June 16-17th from the Whitney Oaks Golf Club in Sacramento!

Eric Decker Could Thrive With The New Orleans Saints

Posted by | June 13, 2017.

The New York Jets played their hand too early with Eric Decker and couldn’t facilitate a trade. Now, the 30-year-old wideout is on the free agent market with the option of choosing where he’ll play next.

“You never know how this is going to unfold,” Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said on Tuesday in prepared statement, via the team’s official website. “Sometimes trades happen after word gets out. But again, from our standpoint, we want to make sure we are clear with Eric where we are headed and give him an opportunity.”

Don’t be surprised if he lands with the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints would be an interesting destination for Decker. If he can have a big year with Fitzpatrick behind center, imagine what he could do with future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees throwing passes to him.

A capable receiving corps that already includes Michael Thomas, Willie Snead and Ted Ginn Jr. would be enhanced with the inclusion of Decker. It would particularly ease the pressure on the 32-year-old legs of Ginn, who will probably handle the brunt of the return responsibilities on special teams as well as receiving.
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Saints To Sign Quarterback Ryan Nassib

Posted by | June 13, 2017.

With the quarterback market thinning out rapidly, the Saints jumped on a prospect they’ve always had an eye on.

Former Giants fourth-round pick Ryan Nassib is expected to sign with New Orleans, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The 27-year-old Syracuse product played under current Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone while at Syracuse.

Nassib will have an uphill battle during mandatory minicamp and training camp after that. The Saints have Chase Daniel entrenched as Drew Brees’ backup and are also invested in 2015 third-round pick Garrett Grayson.
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Take A Look At The Amazing Accuracy Drew Brees Has In This Dude Perfect (Drew Brees Edition)

Posted by | June 6, 2017.

Brees recently showed off his ability to make trick shots with a football — using both his right arm and his right leg — while filming a video with Dude Perfect.

The guys at Dude Perfect visited Saints headquarters and the Superdome to film Brees hitting targets both moving and stationary. Although Brees is the star of the 5-minute video, coach Sean Payton has a cameo, too.

ESPN Decides To Bring Back Hank Williams Jr To Monday Night Football For The Saints VS Vikings Game September 11, 2017

Posted by | June 5, 2017.

ESPN is bringing Hank Williams Jr. — and all his rowdy friends — back into the Monday Night Football fold, six years after the sports network parted ways with the brash country rocker following controversial remarks involving then-President Barack Obama.

Williams’ new version of “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night,” with his trademark opening: “Are you ready for some football?” will debut before a Sept. 11 game between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings.

“I think it’s a return to our past in that it’s such an iconic song associated with football,” said Stephanie Druley, ESPN’s senior vice president of events and studio production. Monday Night Football is now going to be The Monday Night Football we all loved.

“It was the original,” Druley told The USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee. “It belongs to Monday Night Football. It really is about returning to what fans know. It’s a Monday night party and that’s what we’re all hoping to get back to.”

The music video, which will air during ESPN’s Monday Night Football each game week of the 2017 NFL season, was filmed in Nashville Sunday and includes two additional contemporary music artists to freshen the song’s presentation. The new acts will be named later this week and each artist will be featured in every Monday Night Football opening, the song lyrics being changed each game to reflect the competing football teams.

For Williams, returning to ESPN is an unexpected homecoming.

“I never said, ‘Are you ready for some football’ on stage one time the last five or six years, but I will now,” said the singer, seated in his dressing room during a break in filming the commercial. “I’m feeling at home and it’s a real good thing … It’s kind of like the Nashville Predators playing for the Stanley Cup, it’s like ‘Wow.’”

Williams first performed the song, based on his hit “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” during the 20th anniversary season of Monday Night Football in 1989.

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