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08:33 AM ET 05.01 | The NFL world is waiting for Roger Goodell's ruling. Meanwhile, the NFL draft has come and gone. And Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis, who will miss eight games without pay because of his accepted responsibility in the bounty program, further has been accused of eavesdropping on opposing coaches from 2002-04. ... And Saints owner Tom Benson has bought the Hornets and solidified the future of the NBA franchise. And even though quarterback Drew Brees' contract status hasn't budged, the anxiety level of Saints fans have. And they are about a 10-yard out short of having panic attacks because Brees is under the franchise player designation, rather than a long-term contract. So, get on with it commissioner.

The Times-Picayune

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May 1, 2012  08:47 AM ET

Maybe the Saints should try to pick up Harrison from the Steelers. That should get Goodell's attention.

May 1, 2012  08:53 AM ET

"And they are about a 10-yard out short of having panic attacks ..."

Does this phrase make sense to anyone? Any regular Times-Picayune readers here that can explain this?

May 1, 2012  08:56 AM ET

In fairness to Goodell as regards the Saints issues, so far the owner has lied to him, Payton has lied to him, the GM has lied to him , the DC has lied to him and no doubt ,now, the players are telling lies.
Hard to make quick judgements when you have to sift through all that deception.

It was the coverup, not the crime Saints fans, got it now?

May 1, 2012  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"And they are about a 10-yard out short of having panic attacks ..."Does this phrase make sense to anyone? Any regular Times-Picayune readers here that can explain this?

Say it in a cajun accent... makes perfect sense. Except supplant they for dey.

May 1, 2012  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

In fairness to Goodell as regards the Saints issues, so far the owner has lied to him, Payton has lied to him, the GM has lied to him , the DC has lied to him and no doubt ,now, the players are telling lies. Hard to make quick judgements when you have to sift through all that deception. It was the coverup, not the crime Saints fans, got it now?

Ah they just need to get it over with, I'm tired of hearing about and the longer they drag it out the longer it stays relevant. Blah, they had bounties and it's horrible, but I really don't care about players health, so just be done with it.

May 1, 2012  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

In fairness to Goodell as regards the Saints issues, so far the owner has lied to him, Payton has lied to him, the GM has lied to him , the DC has lied to him and no doubt ,now, the players are telling lies. Hard to make quick judgements when you have to sift through all that deception. It was the coverup, not the crime Saints fans, got it now?

You think the PA is still part of the hold up in a final decision?

May 1, 2012  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You think the PA is still part of the hold up in a final decision?

I do... They don't want to rankle the membership.

They would prefer to have Goodell do it and haul him into court.


No hugging in the court room...

May 1, 2012  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I do... They don't want to rankle the membership. They would prefer to have Goodell do it and haul him into court. No hugging in the court room...

I would like to believe the PA would come down harder on players attempting to injure players than the league would. The "us against them" mentality really needs to be set aside when you consider something like this.

And, the PA needs to consider a fresh face from the Saints for representation. As much as I've liked Brees, I can't believe that he wasn't aware of this.

May 1, 2012  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I would like to believe the PA would come down harder on players attempting to injure players than the league would...

Me too... and with all of the pending litigation from former players you would think that the PA would want it even more.

It really makes them look complicit...

May 1, 2012  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"And they are about a 10-yard out short of having panic attacks ..."Does this phrase make sense to anyone? Any regular Times-Picayune readers here that can explain this?

I guess it makes sense, if you're from Cajun country.

May 1, 2012  09:50 AM ET

"So get on with it, commissioner."

So sayeth the Times-Picayune. The Saints are the last group of people who should be expecting anything from the commish before he's ready to give it to them.

Hurry up and wait, Saints fans.

May 1, 2012  10:57 AM ET

Hey, Times-Picayune, b ite me. Your precious team wouldn't be in the position if there hadn't been bounties, etc.

May 1, 2012  11:03 AM ET

You know, why couldn't the Saints just wanted to have hurt, maim, and end careers for the sake of good sportsmanship?

May 1, 2012  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

In fairness to Goodell as regards the Saints issues, so far the owner has lied to him, Payton has lied to him, the GM has lied to him , the DC has lied to him and no doubt ,now, the players are telling lies. Hard to make quick judgements when you have to sift through all that deception. It was the coverup, not the crime Saints fans, got it now?

Good, lucid post. Right on.

May 1, 2012  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You think the PA is still part of the hold up in a final decision?

Absolutely. And Otis is spot on as to why. And remember, there is a deep divide between the NFLPA and former players. They are still not happy about benefits.

May 1, 2012  11:35 AM ET

What does Brees's contract have to do with the bounty penalties ? The 'Aints fans need to wake up jeezus

May 1, 2012  12:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You think the PA is still part of the hold up in a final decision?

Indeed, also with the draft last weekend the ginger dictator was pre-occupied and possibly didn't want to ruin the positive atmosphere with announcing penalties, I think he will be dishing them out shortly

May 1, 2012  12:38 PM ET

Ok look Rollover is back in his robes

May 1, 2012  12:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

What does Brees's contract have to do with the bounty penalties ? The 'Aints fans need to wake up jeezus

The whole Saints front office is in turmoil. If this hadn't happened, they could have gotten together and negotiated with Brees, knowing what their cap status was. Now, they have no idea what's still to come with suspensions.

They will likely have to fill several important gaps on their defense, which will mean signing more players. That will cost money. On the other hand, losing some big names for half a season will free up money, but I have no idea how suspensions play against the cap. They could end up having to sign more players under the cap, but not get any cap relief for the suspended ones. Anybody know?

Tough for the team, but they put themselves into this mess, so it's hard to feel sorry for them.

 
May 1, 2012  01:05 PM ET

....me thinks the comish feels that if he goes slow enough, a couple more scandals will surely pop up in the land of swamps and ****.....then he can package the punishment...and fold that bad-idea franchise up...move em to san antone .

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