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Saints Pre-Season In The Shadow of No Call

Back in Black…and Gold

It’s been a long off-season for football fans. Especially those in Black and Gold. With the controversy surrounding that infamous “No Call” New Orleans Saints fans have been chomping at the bit and it is finally time to get back on the field, at home in the Dome.

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Rams and Saints No Call Play
The foul that wasn’t called

The New Orleans Saints last season momentum came to a halt when Saints QB Drew Brees threw wide to Tommy lee Lewis on a crucial third-down play late in what would turn out to be a heart breaking 26-23 overtime win by the Rams in the NFC Championship game. Los Angeles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman long assaulted Lewis long before the arrival of the ball. Everyone is screaming pass interference. Textbook you would think, but no, no flags and no whistles were blown. Replay after replay it was so obvious. Everyone saw the penalty except the Refs officiating. And everyone saw the replays except apparently the ones who needed to.

After being forced into an early field goal that briefly put them ahead, The Saints defense came up short as the Rams then drove down the field and kicked their own field goal. Los Angeles got the game in overtime, when their defense intercepted Brees. The Ram’s Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal was good and a stunned Who Dat Nation saw their Super Bowl repeat dream crushed.

Grief quickly turned to something else and the world heard the hue and cry. A huge Second line was organized in New Orleans to protest the “No Call”.  Second line is a tradition in brass band parades in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The “main line” or “first line” is the main section of the parade, or the members of the actual club with the parading permit as well as the brass band. Those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the “second line”. The second line’s style of traditional dance, in which participants walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air, is called “second lining”. It has been called “the quintessential New Orleans art form – a jazz funeral without a body”. Another significant difference from jazz funerals is that second line parades usually lack the slow hymns and dirges played at funerals.

Lawsuits were also filed. The final Federal law suit was dismissed recently but are still pending in State court.

Tonight the Saints take the field in 2019 pre-season play against the Minnesota Vikings hoping to put the disappointment of that last game behind them. Kick-off is 7:00 p.m. With their sights set on a 2020 Super Bowl run and the Who Dat Nation willing and ready to cheer them through it all I can say is ”Here we go Boys! WHO DAT!”

Sharon Denise Talbot