The New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update Defense Is Improved In Round 3
The New Orleans Saints continued its move to improve the defensive side the ball as the draft moved into the third round Friday night. The New Orleans Saints picked linebacker Martez Wilson and cornerback Johnny Patrick in the third round.
Martez Wilson was projected by some to go in the first or second rounds unless teams went for certain needs versus the best player available. The quarterback run in the first round created this opportunity for the New Orleans Saints although no mock drafts had Martez Wilson being available at this point. Martez Wilson was a first team All Big Ten linebacker in 2010 on the Illinois football team. At 6ft 4in and 250 lbs Martez Wilson will probably compete for a position at outside linebacker for the New Orleans Saints.
Martez Wilson may have dropped because he missed his junior year as a result of a herniated disc in his neck. This however did not slow Martez Wilson down and showing great work ethic he was quicker and more aggressive than he had been during his sophomore year. In 2010, Martez Wilson had 111 tackles and of those 46 were solos along with 4 sacks. Martez Wilson had a good combine and had the fastest time among linebackers, with a 4.49, who attended and was third in the broad jump hitting a mark of 10ft 6in.
If Wilson adds some weight he could even play some defensive end under certain situation. Still the more likely position will be at outside linebacker especially based on the New Orleans Saints current depth chart.
The New Orleans Saints had another pick in the third round and they continued the approach of improving the defense. The New Orleans Saints took Johnny Patrick with the 88th overall pick. The 5-11, 191 lb Johnny Patrick is a cornerback from Louisville. Johnny Patrick has some work to do after a disappointing 40 time at the combine. There were other cornerbacks who had been rated higher by many pundits. There must be something that excited the New Orleans Saints and Jon Gruden seem to agree because he said that Johnny Patrick had the smoothest back peddle he had ever seen. Still Johnny Patrick was an All Big Ten Selection in his senior year with 49 tackles and 5 interceptions.
There were some questions regarding an arrest in 2010 for misdemeanor assault New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said the team had investigated the incident and was satisfied that Johnny Patrick did not have a character issue.
The New Orleans Saints have two picks remaining in the 7th round of the draft on Saturday.
The New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update
The New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update Defense And Offense Addressed In Round 1
The New Orleans Saints may have had two gems fall in their lap in the first round of the draft Thursday night. When the New Orleans Saints looked up a quality defensive lineman in Cameron Jordan was available and they were able to trade up to get a bruising running back.
When the 24th came up the New Orleans Saints saw a run stopping defensive end named Cameron Jordan staring them in the face. Some had expected Cameron Jordan to be chosen in the top 10 picks and certainly in the top 20. Cameron Jordan being available at the 24th spot could not have been expected. The New Orleans Saints had problems with the run in the 2010 – 2011 year and Cameron Jordan is a player who could help in that area. While the New Orleans Saints could not have afforded teams to allow Cameron Jordan to fall to the 24th spot they certainly did not complain when he did.
Cameron Jordan is a physical specimen at 6ft 4in and 287 lbs. This will give the New Orleans Saints something to work with. Cameron Jordan is considered a quality run stopper and could play a strong side defensive end or possibly move to defensive tackle if he grows into that position. Either way Cameron Jordan is a quality pick for the New Orleans Saints. Cameron Jordan’s father, Steve Jordan, played in the NFL so this should help him with some experience about what it takes to be a true professional. The New Orleans Saints chose an elite athlete with plenty of upside.
Then again the New Orleans Saints saw an opportunity four picks later. The New Orleans Saints traded into the first round again by giving up their 2011 2nd round pick and their 2012 1st round pick to get Mark Ingram from Alabama.
Although many people expected that Mark Ingram would be the first running back taken few expected him to last this long. Some had Mark Ingram being picked by the New Orleans Saints but when the opportunity to pick Cameron Jordan came up that seemed improbable if not impossible. So for the New Orleans Saints to be able to address two problem areas was amazing.
Mark Ingram has often been compared to Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith. Mark Ingram’s ability to be effective both in the running and passing games will fit right into the offensive scheme of the New Orleans Saints. Mark Ingram was the first Heisman trophy winner in the storied history of the Crimson Tide.
Mark Ingram set the Alabama single season rushing record in 2009 and helped lead the Alabama football team to a national title. Mark Ingram became the first Alabama running back to be taken in the first round since Shaun Alexander in 2000.
Mark Ingram will certainly fit into the New Orleans Saints offensive scheme as an every down running back. Mark Ingram is considered one of the most polished running backs to come out of the college game in recent history. Mark Ingram has great vision and can run either between the tackles or make defenders miss in the open field. He has the power to run over tacklers and the speed to run away from them. The other important aspect to Mark Ingram’s game is he is an excellent pass blocker.
The addition of Cameron Jordan is not likely to cause anyone on the defensive side of the ball for the New Orleans Saints to be cut. Cameron Jordan will be an addition that will probably not cause a subtraction. Mark Ingram is likely to have a different effect on the New Orleans Saints offensive team.
Pierre Thomas has already signed a long term deal so Reggie Bush has now become an expensive odd man out. While Reggie could stay it would take a reworking of his contract that he will probably not agree to. The best evidence of this is the words of Reggie Bush on his twitter account “It’s been fun New Orleans.”
New Orleans Saints Draft Cameron Jordan and Mark Ingram in the first round.
New Orleans Moments Of Mystery
When you live in New Orleans, especially the New Orleans French Quarter, you have to be prepared for the unique and unusual. One of my favorite things about New Orleans is its uniqueness. There is always something going on, constantly changing craziness, but yet somehow in all the craziness, the same. I love sitting at a favorite sidewalk table at a favorite dining spot with my favorite dinner companion. I have the same evening view of Decatur Street but the dash of different is the constantly changing scene. Taxis. cars, trucks, motorcycles, horse and buggies, delivery vans and bicycles make up the constant flow of traffic. The flow of people is just as eclectic. I might and usually do see people I know and definitely some I don’t and still some I don’t care to know. The cool part is meeting new, interesting people that I want to know. Usually it is because they stop to ask about what is in my plate, or maybe they want directions or even on ocassion because their dog wants to know what is in my plate.
Even though I have seen some very interesting and definitely different sights sitting on that same corner, I have never before left my table and chased one of those sights down to find out who and what they were. That is until last night. I told y’all I am nosey, but I don’t think many of you would have let this one walk by without asking the obvious questions: ‘Who are you?” and “What are you doing?”.
Let me be the first to introduce you to the “Mystery Monger”.
The Mystery Monger walks around the New Orleans French Quarter in the early or sometimes late evenings offering up “Moments of Mystery”.
For two American dollars you can have your own personal “Moment of Mystery” and where better than the historic Vieux Carre’ that is shrouded in the same.
In a cigarette box tray hanging around the Mystery Monger’s neck are assorted, multicolored plastic Mystery (aka Easter) Eggs. Once you have handed over the price of your “mystery” you get to pick an egg, any egg. I was told each egg holds something different. Since I only sprung for one, I can only pass on what I was told.
Next time you are hanging out in NOLA and spy this mysterious creature, add a little mystery to your evening and purchase your very own Moment of Mystery from the Mystery Monger. For you nosey people like me, who are hanging on the edge of your seat dying to know what was in my egg, I will share:
You gotta love this place! Only in New Orleans!
By Sharon Denise Talbot
Editor of Who Dat Do Dat
People To See, Places To Go, Things To Do In New Orleans Louisiana
New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update
New Orleans Saints
The NFL draft is fast approaching and less than 1 week away and the excitement is building. The New Orleans Saints had a respectable season in the 2010 – 2011 campaign but are looking to improve and get back to the Super Bowl. So what is the plan to accomplish a Super Bowl run and place the New Orleans Saints in the discussions of the NFL’s dynasty teams?
The New Orleans Saints were upset in the wild card round of the NFL Playoffs at the end of the season. There were several weaknesses that were evident during the game against the Seahawks. These are some of the things that will need to be addressed in the 2011 NFL draft.
New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft April Update Summary
When you look at the offensive side of the ball the New Orleans Saints are a very talented team. Drew Brees can make any team look good. Still there are some weaknesses, depth at running back, fullback and offensive line that came to light with injuries during last year’s season.
On the defensive side of the ball the New Orleans Saints did not live up to their Super Bowl standards. The way the Seattle Seahawks were able to run against the New Orleans Saints was just a continuation of what teams could have done almost all season. The area of linebackers and defensive line is lacking.
Still the New Orleans Saints have a very strong core of experienced players and with a few tweaks could challenge for the title again in the 2011 – 2012 season.
New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update: Offensive Line
The New Orleans Saints probably would have been better off had they been able to pick up a free agent or two in free agency. Still right now that option is up in the air. Still if the New Orleans Saints are able to pick up a player in the draft that has the ability to play multiple positions that could be an option. Players like Gabe Carimi, Nate Solder and Derek Sherrod are possibilities, if they are the best available at the 24th slot or in later spots if the New Orleans Saints pick for a different position at 24. The more likely scenario is for the New Orleans Saints to bring their entire line back and draft for depth in the later rounds. Finding a long snapper is something that is necessary and could be taken care of with this pick. Jason Kyle will probably be allowed to move on. This is a position that is often overlooked but can be a game changer. As Drew Brees ages, making sure the offensive line is able to provide the protection needed becomes more important.
New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update: Defensive Line
The defensive line was an area of weakness in 2010. There are some talented players on the defensive line but age is a factor for some. Defensive ends Will Smith and Alex Brown have both been solid players. Brown lacks pass rushing ability and as a result he could be replaced. Sedrick Ellis is the solid anchor on the inside of the defensive line, and Remi Ayodele played pretty decent in 2010.
The New Orleans Saints added a big body to the defensive line with the addition of Shaun Rogers. Rogers is coming off his worst statistical year during his career. Still he is a big body and alongside the athletic Sedrick Ellis. Ellis is considered by most experts to be one of the most underrated defensive tackles in the NFL. Ellis is locked in at the number one spot in the interior of the D line. So in the short term the interior of the line could be ok. Names like Phil Taylor and Muhammad Wilkerson have been mentioned if the New Orleans Saints to the route of an early draft pick. There is a bigger question however, at the defensive end position.
The New Orleans Saints could use the 24th pick to get an elite pass rusher who overtime could develop into and every down player. Some names that have been tossed around are Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State; Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa; Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri; Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue.
New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update: Linebackers
The linebacker corps was once the strength of the New Orleans Saints defense. That group took a step backwards when Scott Fujita left the team after the 2009 season. Scott Shanle did and adequate job while Danny Clark is not a starter. This means the New Orleans Saints need to upgrade to replace Fujita even if both Shanle and Clark return which is not likely.
In the middle, Jonathan Vilma is still the man. Vilma is a more than reliable playmaker who would be hard to replace. The more likely approach would be to draft or find at least one free agent who could be a starter and then grab more depth at the linebacker spot.
Here are some names who have been brought up as possibilities. The ones that are inside linebackers show promise on the outside. Possible draft choices: Nate Irving, ILB North Carolina State; Casey Matthews, ILB, Oregon; Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA; Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia.
New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update: Fullback
The New Orleans Style of play requires a true fullback. When the New Orleans Saints released Mike Karney and then picked up Heath Evans many fans were left wondering what the reasoning was. Evans to this point has not produced as expected and the New Orleans Saints have used tight end Dave Thomas in many running situations. The New Orleans Saints could look to improve at this position in the draft. The New Orleans Saints can wait until after the draft to make a decision on Evans. Here are some possible draft choices: Stanley Havili, FB, USC. Really Havili is the best choice otherwise they should resign Evans.
New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update: Safety
It is not likely that the New Orleans Saints are going to retain both Roman Harper and Darren Sharper so the New Orleans Saints are going to need to look at adding both depth and talent to the safety position. Jenkins has done a great job and is maturing into the position. Short term the New Orleans Saints need depth and long term a side kick for Jenkins.
Two names jump out at this position, DeAndre McDaniel and UCLA S Rahim Moore.
DeAndre McDaniel would be the best fit but Moore could be a development project. They are both going to be second round picks.
New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update: Running Back
The New Orleans Saints are set at running back if certain things happen. First, Pierre Thomas comes back and is healthy. Second, Reggie Bush renegotiates his contract to an acceptable level. Reggie creates some mismatches that are hard for defenses to adjust to but right now he is too expensive. Third, Chris Ivory comes back at 100%. Chris Ivory had a great season but is coming off of foot surgery. If the New Orleans Saints have all three of these players back then they are fine at running back unless a gem falls in their lap. If not then they will have to adjust based on the missing pieces.
Some possible running back choices for the New Orleans Saints could be John Clay of Wisconsin, Charles Clay of Tulsa a multiple position player, and Alex Green of Hawaii have all been mentioned.
New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update: Cornerback
The cornerback position for the New Orleans Saints was one that was plagued with injuries. Still having said that are still in pretty good position. It is likely that Randall Gay will retire and Malcolm Jenkins will continue to play safety. So who does that leave as starters? Both Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter are able to do a good job as starters and Patrick Robinson is showing lots of promise. So this means that if the New Orleans Saints have another impact player they may make a move early but more than likely they will pick a player in the late rounds if at all or wait for free agency. Possible names mentioned at this position are Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Ohio State.
New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update: Tight End
Jeremy Shockey has departed from the New Orleans Saints and so now they are down to two tight ends and Dave Thomas. Jimmy Graham is the most likely choice for the starting tight end position. Thomas is a very good backup who could start of many teams. Still the New Orleans Saints will probably pickup a third player via the draft or free agency. USC tight end Jordan Cameron has been named as a possibility.
New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update: Wide Receiver
The strongest part of the New Orleans Saints team is probably the wide receiver position. This has a lot to do with the talent and the quarterback. Marques Colston is the undisputed number one wide receiver but the way Drew Brees distributes the ball, Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem, and Lance Moore could all be number one. This is a position where it would really take an unbelievable talent to fall into the New Orleans Saints lap for them to spend a pick on a wide receiver.
New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update: Kicker / Punter
Really no need at this point because Punter – Thomas Morstead and Kicker – Garrett Hartley are in place.
New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update: Quarterback
When the New Orleans Saints are on offense, Drew Brees is the unquestionable leader of the team. Drew Brees runs the offense like a well oiled machine. Still if the New Orleans Saints are going to continue their winning ways they have to begin training a replacement. Chase Daniel is the current backup for the New Orleans Saints. The New Orleans Saints should consider drafting someone to push Daniel to develop.
Chase Daniel was going to be the backup to Brees next season, but I think the Saints could draft a quarterback at some point to compete with Daniel for the backup position or elevate Sean Canfield to do so. Some possible choices are Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware; Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama; Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada.
That is our rundown of the New Orleans Saints 2011 Draft Update. We will be back after draft to review how the picks affect the New Orleans Saints going forward.
New Orleans Saints
Arthri-D Review Are There Any Genuine Health Benefits Of Arthri-D
Arthri-D Review Introduction
This particular Arthri-D Review is circulated to be able to provide data regarding the product Arthri-D. Arthri-D can be described as product which describes itself to be simultaneously an overall nutritional supplement as well as joint pain product. The official web page for Arthri-D centers mainly on the many benefits this product has when it comes to joint health and states, through a video presentation, that it can assist a number of painful illnesses, including arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia plus gout. The overall picture of the web page is extremely professional as well as well-designed, and it is very easy to the consumer to understand. It has sections for FAQ’s as well as testimonials, plus additional joint advice.This nevertheless is a part of the marketing package a person would anticipate from a corporation with high sales volume. This in no way suggests the effectiveness of the product is exceptional. Testimonials are usually a way to provide buyers with a impression of security. This isn’t going to mean this product actually performs. Company website testimonials are not always real.
Unfortunately there isn’t any section featuring how effectively Arthri-D has performed in scientific tests although it does state they use high quality materials. This website in addition declares the usage of these exceptional ingredients is the reason why this product is more expensive than comparable products available on the market. On the other hand, Arthri-D appears to simply be available directly from the manufacturer and needs ordering by phone. The actual expense of the product is not given, although it does have a thirty or ninety day money-back guarantee dependent upon the amount bought.
Arthri-D Review – Description Of Product
The entire product label is shown for Arthri-D plus some of the main ingredients are explained in depth. It mainly is made up of proprietary blend which includes N-Acetyl Glucosamine, a regularly used substance that, along with Chondroitin (also in the blend,) aids to rebuild weakened joint cartilage, Turmeric, a strong anti-oxidant, Boswellia for our health and wellbeing as well as Hyaluronic Acid to increase joint lubrication. Also in the formula are Vitamin D3, reported to be one of the most beneficial nutrients for boosting health, Vitamin C and Magnesium.
Arthri-D is intended to be taken two times a day, two tablets for each serving and results can usually be observed within two to four weeks. It is suggested that even though results have already been obtained, this product is taken all the time for maintenance.
Arthri-D Review – Disadvantages and benefits
* The product information label is shown
* Arthri-D incorporates Glucosamine
* There is a cash back guarantee
* Arthri-D is one hundred percent natural
* The price tag on Arthri-D isn’t known
* No scientific tests are cited
* Ingredient amounts aren’t shown
Arthri-D Review – The Conclusion
Arthri-D might be a amazing product to provide arthritis and joint pain relief, but without knowing the purchase price, it is actually impossible to state whether it is an advised brand. This certainly offers the ideal ingredients even though they would need to be included in their optimal amounts to work, and that information is not shared The dilemma could or could not be that Arthri-D is actually similar to several dietary supplements. Arthri-D works by using a excellent advertising technique to label it’s product. Several products, for example Arthri-D, produces a relatioinship involving their label and the illness or disease they are designed to treat.
We are really looking for information from consumers that have put into use Arthri-D. Take a moment to submit any commentary whether positive or negative inside our comments section. The last thing that we would certainly say in this specific Arthri-D review is seek advice from your health practitioner ahead of utilizing Arthri-D or perhaps any other nutritional supplement.
Arthri-d Review disclaimer
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Arthri-D is a trademark of Parkwood Enterprises, LLC – More information about this product can be found at arthrid.com
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast
Welcome to the Who Dat? Do Dat! New Orleans weather 10 day forecast! This is your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast. It will be updated daily. The New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is a valuable tool for planning all of your New Orleans outings. While you are here in NOLA there are plenty of people to see, places to go and things to do and the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast will come in very handy. The weather in New Orleans changes day to day. This is because of the city’s proximity to water. This is one of the reasons the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is so valuable if you are traveling to New Orleans. Don’t miss any of them. Make sure you are not caught unawares. Be prepared for the Louisiana weather changes. Quick and convenient, just check here before you make your plans for the day!
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Good Morning NOLA! It’s Thursday and the last day before the Easter Holiday and Spring Break swings into full effect. Spring has always been my favorite time to be in the Quarter. Our high will be in the eighties today. It is great weather to get out and do something. There will be some clouds today and possibly a stray shower or two even though the chance is only ten percent today. It never hurts to keep the umbrella handy even though the sun is back and will stay with us until probably mid-week. There is still lots going on in the city as usual. Easter week is here. I’m thinking a crawfish boil for Good Friday sounds awesome. Jazz Fest is just around the corner and the line-up looks awesome as usual. I will be at the 1850′s House Store sigining books in a couple of weeks. I will let you know exact dates as I get them. So make plans to come out a get your personalized copies of “I Love You Bigger Than The Sky!” and “IF I Were A French Quarter Rat”. Whatever you decide to do today, enjoy! See y’all in NOLA!
Sharon Denise Talbot
Don’ t forget to check back tomorrow for your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast.
New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast
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Arthri-d Is It The Answer
A supplement on the market called Arthri-d that is supposed to provide relief for arthritis and joint pain. Many of the ingredients found in Arthri-d have not been tested for effectiveness and the manufacturer states that this product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. With this being said, some claim that this is a dream come true for arthritis and joint pain sufferers. There are always two sides to a story and this is no different. The other side cries scam. It is a good idea to take the time to read reviews both positive and negative to make your own decision.
Vitamin D3 – 2000 IU
Vitamin C – 7 mg
Magnesium oxide – 40 mg
N Acetyl Glucosamine (NAG) – There is no total available since this is part of a proprietary blend. This is a form of glucosamine.
Turmeric – There is no total available since this is part of a proprietary blend. This is a spice that is popular in alternative medicine circles as a super antioxidant.
Boswellia – There is no total available since this is part of a proprietary blend. Also know as frankincense which has been used for centuries by the East Indians for health enhancement.
Ashwagandha – There is no total available since this is part of a proprietary blend. Promotes energy, is a strong antioxidant and helps the body utilize other herbs.
Yucca – There is no total available since this is part of a proprietary blend. This is a root that Native American Indians have used for centuries.
Then there is the question does Arthri-d treat arthritis as advertised? So what is arthritis?
What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis consists of a variety of inflammatory as well as noninflammatory joint diseases for instance osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, in addition to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
While the word arthritis is applied to a wide variety of disorders, arthritis means swelling of a joint, whether or not the consequence of a condition, disease, a genetic defect, or another cause. Arthritis inflammation causes pain, stiffness, and also swelling in the joints in addition to surrounding tissues. Many individuals, however, perceive arthritis as any type of pain or perhaps discomfort connected to body motion, including such localized problems as lower back pain, bursitis, tendinitis, along with overall stiffness and also pain in the joints.
For many, although certainly not every person, arthritis appears to be unfortunately a portion of the maturing, there aren’t any signs and symptoms of long-lasting cures inside the immediate future. To the positive side, advances in both conventional medical treatment as well as alternative therapies make living with arthritis more bearable.
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Chances are if you have walked down any New Orleans French Quarter street in the last few years you have seen my friend, Ray Hostetter. He might have the phone to his ear or a tool of some kind in hand, but he always has a smile and a “Hey there” for passersby. Now that may have been the extent of our association too, except for one thing (ok, two) I love construction, reconstruction, building, renovating, decorating. Whatever name you put on it, the creative process is fascinating to me. Oh, and the second thing – I’m just nosy.
In my “ratting” around the Quarter, I had seen Ray at times working on a particularly beautiful place on the corner of Dauphine and Orleans. I could see the intensive work being done to the outside, but it was just killing me to know what they were doing to the inside. Come on, I know you know exactly what I’m talking about. I saw the nose smudges on the windows. (Oops, sorry. I guess those were mine.) Lo and behold, on this particular day a couple of years ago the door was wide open, so um, what to do, what to do? Exactly, I went in.
Ray grew up in the construction business and was working in California until a series of events changed life as he knew it. Work got scarce in big CA, Katrina hit New Orleans, a family member living in New Orleans said “Bring the wife and new baby over and work here”. After doing a couple of flood houses in mid city and a 20 unit apartment complex Ray was introduced to the owner of the Orleans Avenue project, who we will call Mr. C. It is interesting how one thing leads to another. Mr. C. had rented a Bourbon Street balcony one Mardi Gras from Ray’s relative years ago and they became friends.
While into the Orleans Avenue project, Mr. C. decided to acquire the property at 435 Bourbon and turn it from a t-shirt shop into a bar. (Incidentally, this was the same place that he had rented all those Mardi Gras’ ago.) The whole bottom floor had to be taken out for the new electrical so while Ray was digging trenches between floor joices he made a discovery, an 1850 bottle of “Dr. J. Hostetter Stomach Bitters”. This concoction of vitamins and herbs and 94% alcohol was sold to the Union army by train car from Pennsylvania during the first prohibition. Cool, huh? But it gets better. Did you notice that Dr. J and Ray share the same last name? After doing a little research Ray found he and Dr. J were actually related. That was when it all made sense for Ray, “I am in the right place doing what I am supposed to be doing.”
The Orleans Avenue project had discoveries of its’ own. The first came when removing walls, Ray came upon the initials A.H. (another relative??) carved in a board with the date 1901. Attached was a 1901 silver coin which today is worth $6,000.00. These old New Orleans French Quarter buildings are treasure troves and that is exactly what Ray thought when he uncovered the next surprise. Extensive work was being done on the previously lathe and plastered walls. Mr. C wanted the old brick walls exposed, cleaned and repointed. In the process it was noticed that there was a definite brick archway visible just above floor level in the downstairs bedroom.
At this point, you know a vision of Lafitte’s treasure was dancing in Ray’s head. The old wood plank floors were pulled out and what looked like a tunnel opening was uncovered several feet under the existing floor. Alas, the only thing inside was years upon years of mud and muck, no treasure. But could it have been a bootleggers’ tunnel from Orleans Avenue to St. Peter and Dauphine, where for years the Tunnel Bar sat on the corner? Research seems to lean more toward what was called a “cabinét”, something like a root cellar and not a tunnel at all. Rather than cover up this historic piece of architecture, lightning and special glass flooring was installed to show it off. It is breathtakingly beautiful, just like the rest of the New Orleans three story structure and “slave quarters” included in this compound.
Restoring this exquisite showplace to the splendor it deserves was a demanding, detailed project three years in the making and is today a phenomenal piece of workmanship. A credit to a man who truly loves what he does. The mastery of his craft is so obvious in even the smallest detail. Bo might know sports, but Ray definitely knows renovation. You rock Ray!
By Sharon Denise Talbot
*Stay tuned for more New Orleans Renovation Reports with Ray.
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are in the Super Bowl!
New Orleans Saints Bless you Boys and all the Who Dat noise!
The fans were more than great and we are oh so grateful for the Viking mistakes!
Minnesota thought they could pull it out.
NOT! That’s what I’m talking about!
Drew and crew did what we needed them to do.
And man, did Garrett Hartley really come through!
So proud of our Black and Gold,
We Believe Boys, heart and soul!!
It’s party time in the Big Easy tonight,
Can I get a “Yea you right!”
We can’t help it if that’s how we roll.
Hey N’awlins, We are going to the Super Bowl!!!
By Sharon Denise Talbot
Super Fan of the New Orleans Saints and Editor of WhoDatDoDat.com
The New Orleans Saints went on the win the Super Bowl for the first time in the organizations history. The New Orleans Saints beat the Colts in an exciting game with a 4th quarter interception. Who Dat!