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It’s Mardi Gras -- and New Orleans Saints player Thomas Morstead ‘finally’ caught a penalty flag

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By Chelsea Brasted, columnist, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Beads, stuffed animals, pralines, bags of potato chips, things that blink -- you never know what you can catch during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. But you can be sure New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead wasn’t expecting the bright yellow throw made to look like an NFL penalty flag, which he caught along the Uptown parade route on Sunday (Feb. 24).

And Morstead had just one word for it when he shared an image of the throw on his Twitter page: “Finally...”

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Every Saints player coming back from injury

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

For much of the season, the New Orleans Saints enjoyed good health.

Every position group was playing at peak performance and peak health in the early and middle portion of the 2018 campaign, but there were still a few notable concerns.

The team’s excellent offensive line succumbed to a few ailments, then their defensive front suffered one bad injury in the playoffs, a few of their reserve players had some problems dating back to the summer, and then one of their prime free agent acquisitions went down in a practice.

Here is a rundown of every player the Saints have returning from injury in 2019. ...

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The Saints fans’ Boycott Bowl was more interesting than the actual Super Bowl

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Super Bowl 53 was lame, but New Orleans was not.

By Matt Ellentuck | SB Nation

New Orleans sports are having a tough go of things in 2019. The Saints were one missed call away from possibly making the Super Bowl, and Pelicans’ star Anthony Davis requested a trade.

But NOLA is channeling its anger — and there’s a lot, Saints fans have even sued the NFL over the non-call — into a giant party all Super Bowl-long, and it looks like they had more fun than anybody.

Between the the Choppa Style playing:


The platform dancing:


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What Saints players said on Super Bowl Sunday

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Gostkowski missed field goal.(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

By NOLA.com

While most New Orleans Saints fans were boycotting Super Bowl LII in Atlanta, some players couldn't help but revel in the Los Angeles Rams' 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday (Feb. 3).

Wide receiver Michael Thomas, who has not held back his thoughts on the controversial no-call that helped the Rams defeat the Saints 26-23 in overtime of the NFC Championship Game, clearly reveled in the outcome, tweeting out "Leftover Gumbo" and "Y'all better score more than 3 points in that new stadium."

Meanwhile, offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod joined the thousands of Saints fans in one of the second-lines, posing for a picture with a fan with a clown nose referencing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a "Robbed!" T-shirt.

Punter Thomas Morstead said he took the opportunity to watch Super Bowl XLIV for the first time in 10 years.

Defensive end Cameron Jordan flew back from his NFL Honors hosting appearance and tweeted his gratitude for the compassion he was shown during a difficult week.

Check out more of their social media messages below. ...

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Saints fans threw a citywide Super Bowl boycott party and won Super Bowl Sunday

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BY IAN MCNULTY AND NICK REIMANN | The Advocate

While two other teams prepared to contend for the Lombardi Trophy in Atlanta, Saints faithful spent Super Bowl Sunday turning New Orleans into a rollicking display of solidarity with their team, mixing the sardonic and the gleeful like so much black and gold.

At grass-roots, fan-led events around the city, New Orleans partied as if the Saints were indeed playing in Super Bowl LIII, refusing to quietly accept the circumstances that kept them from the field.

A parade that began in Jackson Square quickly swamped the French Quarter with a crowd wearing black and gold, plus plenty of revelers costumed as refs. Some blocks were so packed it looked like Fat Tuesday in the Quarter.

A music festival dubbed Boycott Bowl took over a stretch of downtown New Orleans, and many bars, restaurants and clubs did their part. ...

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Boycott Bowl helps Who Dats forget all about the other thing in Atlanta

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(Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

By Doug MacCash, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune

It was a good-natured example of anger management on a grand scale. By 5 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 3), the intersection of Fulton and Lafayette streets had become the center of a black and gold sea as more than 3,000 New Orleans Saints fans flowed to Boycott Bowl, the much-anticipated protest concert that would take place opposite the corporate-sports extravaganza in Atlanta.

On the small stage, Fred LeBlanc, the beyond-extroverted frontman of Cowboy Mouth, led a sort of Who Dat revival in which he debunked the superiority of the Super Bowl, offered a splintery assessment of NFL officiating and ethics, paid Tom Brady a colorful backhanded compliment, all while asserting the self-evident virtue of, well, anything and everything having to do with the Crescent City.

LeBlanc was the perfect cheerleader for Saints fans who were like wall flowers who hadn’t been invited to join the big dance and needed a good friend’s bearhug to make it through the night. LeBlanc was just the start of the pro-Saints love fest. ...

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How big are New Orleans' Super Bowl protest parties? Let us show you

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By Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

We don't yet know who will win the Super Bowl. But we do know who wins Super Bowl Sunday: That honor goes to the Who Dat Nation, who turned out by the thousands to second-line, party and dance the day away.

These folks won't be watching the big game on TV on Sunday (Feb. 3). But that doesn't mean they didn't have any fun.

Saints fans across New Orleans filled bars, venues and the streets to show their defiance to the NFL. See how big the crowds were in the posts and photos below. ...

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Saints fans had a big, angry parade before the Super Bowl

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A protest-acular.

By Christian D'Andrea | SBNation

Two weeks ago, the New Orleans Saints had their Super Bowl 53 hopes dashed thanks to, in no small part, a horrible botched call from the officials. On Sunday, with the big game looming, fans in Louisiana banded together to let the world know two weeks wasn’t enough time to get over the uncalled pass interference penalty that allowed the Rams to escape the state with the conference championship in tow.

Thousands of Louisianans decked in black and gold took to the streets to express their displeasure with a league that rewarded the Rams’ “if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying” approach with a spot in Super Bowl 53. Parades and second line jazz funerals rang through the streets of New Orleans in a display intended to give disgruntled football fans “something better to do” than watch the team that broke their hearts play for an NFL title. ...

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Highlights from Saints fans’ Super Bowl protests in New Orleans

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

While for most of the country, and especially in New England and southern California, Super Bowl Sunday is a time for celebration, for the folks in New Orleans, it just reminds them how angry they are.

NFL officials missed a clear pass interference call that victimized the Saints in the NFC Championship Game, depriving the hometown team of a likely berth in Super Bowl LIII.

But that didn’t mean the people of New Orleans were just going to stay inside all day. On Sunday, the streets of the city were filled with Saints fans, all taking advantage of the occasion to express their disgust with the league and a Super Bowl they feel is tainted.

Here are some of the scenes from around New Orleans as they boycott the Super Bowl.


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