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Mike Detillier: Remembering Gay Culverhouse

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers president Gay Culverhouse passed away from an aggressive form of leukemia on July 1.

Three weeks ago, she told me that doctors at the Mayo Clinic told her she might have three months to live, but in reality, she survived only one month.

Gay was a good friend of mine and had so many ties to LSU even though she attended the University of Florida and Columbia University.

Culverhouse’s mother was the first female golfer on the LSU golf team because they had no woman’s golf program at that time. Two of Gay’s grandchildren currently attend LSU and every time she would call me over the last few years she would start the conversation with “How’s Coach O doing in recruiting?”

When LSU defeated Alabama in November, it was Gay Culverhouse who was the first to call me as I was waiting to do pregame coverage for WWL-TV Channel 4 and she counted down the final seconds of the contest and let out this loud yell of excitement.

Culverhouse was a frequent guest of “The Second Guess Show” on WWL 870-AM on Monday nights with Bobby Hebert and I and she was very colorful and opinionated.

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Loewen hoping for another shot in NFL

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By Robert Collias - Staff Writer | Maui News

Mitchell Loewen has always been a devout man of conviction and he’s not about to stop now.

The 2011 Lahainaluna High School graduate was cut by the New Orleans Saints in May, but his NFL dream still burns brightly within him.

“My goal is to just keep pursuing it as far as the Lord will take me,” Loewen said via phone from his home in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday. “And he has got me this far and I’m super thankful for all the opportunities that I’ve had and got to play in and everyone I’ve got to meet, coaches I’ve got to play for. So, yeah, I’m still in it. I’m still training, I’m still hoping for another shot.”

Usually a defensive lineman as a pro, the 6-foot-5, 285-pounder has been catching passes from former Arkansas teammate Brandon Allen — the pair throw together about once a week. In three seasons playing for the Saints, he has played in four regular-season games for a total of 66 snaps on defense and special teams, recording two tackles. ...

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Saints Countdown to NFL Kickoff 2020: #70 Jammal Brown (July 5th)

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By BT Boylan - Sports Illustrated

The New Orleans Saints are 70 days away from their Week 1 clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here is a look at the greatest player in Saints history to wear #70: OT Jammal Brown

Jammal Brown, 39, spent seven seasons in the NFL, five with the New Orleans Saints. After arriving at Oklahoma as an All-state awarded DT, Brown solidified himself as one of the best OL in the country, winning the Outland Award (best interior lineman) in 2004. A unanimous All-American in 2004, Brown entered the 2005 NFL Draft regarded as the best OT in his class.

The New Orleans Saints selected Brown 13th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. Brown started 13 games as a rookie playing at RT and made the NFL’s All-Rookie Team. In 2006, under new HC Sean Payton, Brown moved from RT to LT. Tasked with protecting the Saints' new $60M man, QB Drew Brees, Brown produced his best NFL season. Brown anchored a strong OL that led the Saints to their first-ever NFC Championship appearance in 2006. Starting in 15 games, Brown earned his first trip to the Pro-Bowl following the Saints 10-6 season. ...

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How many regular season games will the NFL have in 2020?

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The NFL has already cut the 2020 preseason in half, cancelling the first and fourth preseason game. The Hall of Fame game has been cancelled. The 2020 season is still in currently proceeding as scheduled, but will it actually actually take place without a hitch or will the Covid-19 pandemic continue to chip away at the year?

Despite major league baseball players offering to play a longer season, MLB was adamant the league should not continue into November. Similarly, with the NBA getting ready to re-start, the NBA too made it a point to not be playing in November. With November being...
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Michael Thomas vs. Julio Jones are in a fierce battle for best NFC South receiver

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Last season, Michael Thomas made NFL history by catching the most passes in a single season in NFL history with a staggering 149. Thomas has emerged as the eminent threat in the Saints offense, and yet the superstar receiver continually gets disrespected around the league as a slant specialist who doesn’t open the field up.

That’s due in part to Thomas sharing the NFC South with Julio Jones, who is recognized around the league as a top receiver, not only today, but that the NFL has seen. Jones is likely the most physically gifted receiver the league has seen since Calvin Johnson. But if...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 6: A profile on Joe Bachie and a look at Tommy Stevens as Taysom 2.0

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Canal Street Chronicles recount some of the best Saints wins over the Atlanta Falcons.

A Q&A with SB Nation’s The Only Colors over how well Saints UDFA linebacker Joe Bachie fits in with the Saints’ scheme.

A profile on rookie linebacker Joe Bachie.

While Tommy Stevens may seem like Taysom Hill 2.0, he is unproven at the professional level in the way that Taysom Hill has proven his worth and abilities.

CSC contributors compile their top five biggest villains in the NFC South during the Sean Payton/Drew Brees era.

A look at how the NFL and NBA plan to deal with the pandemic ahead of...
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Johnson: Maybe it's not fair to compare Saints' Tommy Stevens to Taysom Hill — but it's hard not to

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The player in question was an all-state safety in high school. He was a punter, too, and as a freshman he played on special teams coverage units to go along with some wide receiver, tight end and linebacker.

Now he’s in the NFL, where he is first and foremost focused on being a quarterback. But he is also willing to do whatever the New Orleans Saints are asking of him.

Think you know who this player is?

You might have guessed Taysom Hill, and that is kind of the point.

When the Saints traded back into the seventh round to select former Mississippi State and Penn State quarterback Tommy...
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Life of a Saint: Will Smith

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With such a storied career, it’s hard to pick a favorite memory of Will Smith.

I mean, we are talking about a player who, in college at Ohio State, was a First-Team All American, Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Second and First-Team All-Big Ten in successive years, and an SEC National Champion. When Smith made it to the NFL, he continued his storied career by being a first-round draft pick, a Pro Bowler and, of course, a Super Bowl Champion. Smith retired at #4 on the all-time New Orleans Saints career sack leader board.

The New York native...
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A look around the NFC South on SB Nation

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A collection of news and stories from the other SB Nation NFC South blogs

Dante Fowler Jr. is now a Falcon. In case you had forgotten! This offseason has been so unusual with the pandemic that it feels as though it has been ages since last season ended. This new series on The Falcoholic takes a look at current Falcons players, so here’s your chance to get familiar with your enemy.


Safety Keanu Neal eager to return to the field. One of the best player in the NFC South when healthy, Neal has suffered season-ending injuries the past two seasons. The former Florida Gator has been a force in...
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Saints UDFA Profile: Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie

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We are beginning a new series here at Canal Street Chronicles where we will highlight some of the New Orleans Saints most promising undrafted free agents (UDFA) that were signed this offseason. We were able to sit down with SB Nation site managers and editors to get the inside scoop on each player’s time in college and how that may translate to their time in the NFL and competition for a roster spot. Up first is former Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie.

Ryan O’Bleness, managing editor of The Only Colors, was nice enough to take the time and help us dive into why Bachie was one of the...
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Holiday happiness is remembering Saints wins over the Falcons

  • News source: Deuce Windham
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Imagine, if you will, being a quarterback in the NFL whose line struggles so badly that you’re sacked nine times in a single game. Now, imagine in that same game you throw an interception to a defensive linemen who proceeds to stiff arm you into meme-land.

That is the life of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on November 28, 2019.

Cameron Jordan had a four sack game, Marcus Davenport chipped in two more, and interceptions by Shy Tuttle and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson all contributed to the defense providing one of the best performances in New Orleans Saints history. Not only was the...
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CSC Slack: Top Five Most-Hated Players from the Division in the Payton-Brees Era

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Every sports fan has a few of those players in their team’s division who just irk them when they face up against their squad. We don’t really hate them, (well...) but it’s just especially un-enjoyable when a player from a rival team makes big plays and/or celebrates in your face on a consistent basis when playing your hometown team.

Whether it be someone like Drew Brees from a Buccaneer fan’s perspective, who just tears their team apart every time he plays them; Cam Newton, who not only makes big plays, but lets you know about it when he does; Or even Matt Ryan, who just has a face that’s...
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Saints expecting more from Marcus Davenport

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The Saints traded up to take defensive end Marcus Davenport in the first round of the 2018 draft and that move was starting to pay dividends last season.

Davenport had three sacks and two forced fumbles in wins over the Panthers and Falcons in Weeks 12 and 13 last season, but the surge ended against the 49ers in Week 14. That’s when Davenport suffered a Lisfranc injury that brought his season to an end.

Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen said that Davenport has “done the best that he can with his rehab” this offseason. He added that the team is looking for a big step forward as a...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 3: 49ers troll Saints and when Kiko Alonso is expected to return

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How the pandemic affects the players, and why that matters - Canal Street Chronicles

A further look at how the global pandemic is affecting the NFL players, with comments from the NFLPA.

Officially licensed Saints face coverings are available for the first time, with partial proceeds from the sales going to the CDC Foundation.

Linebacker Kiko Alonso, who injured his ACL at the end of the 2019 season, is expected to be recovered and return on time for Saints training camp.

The Saints expecting big production in 2020 from defensive end Marcus Davenport.

For The Win’s Steven Ruiz’s power...
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Sponsor FedEx asks Redskins to change their name; Nike pulls team apparel from online store

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WASHINGTON — The title sponsor of the Washington Redskins’ stadium wants the NFL team to change its name.

“We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,“ FedEx said in a statement Thursday.

The company paid the team $205 million in 1999 for the naming rights to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

In addition to the stadium name and sponsorship agreement, FedEx CEO Frederik Smith is a minority owner. Majority owner Daniel Snyder has shown no indications he’ll change the name since buying the team in 1999.

Amid the national debate over race...
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NFL to play Black anthem before national anthem beginning in 2020 season: AP Source

  • News source: By ROB MAADDI | AP Pro Football Writer
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“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” will be performed live or played before “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to each NFL game during Week 1 and the league is considering putting names of victims of police brutality on helmet decals or jersey patches, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press.

The person said the league is working collaboratively with players to recognize victims of systemic racism throughout the season in a variety of ways. The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because discussions between the league and the NFL Players Association...
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Saints banking on healthy, enthusiastic Marcus Davenport. 'He's put the work in'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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For the second time in as many professional seasons, New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport felt the rug yanked out from under him just as his immense potential to create havoc was showing.

In his last two full games of the 2019 season — Weeks 12 and 13, against divisional foes Carolina and Atlanta — Davenport recorded three sacks, two forced fumbles and seven tackles. Those two games pushed his season sack total to six. Between Davenport and Cam Jordan, the Saints starting defensive ends had 19.5 sacks in the first 12 games of the season.

Then, in the fourth quarter of a Week...
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