Is it me, or do the New Orleans Saints organization look like they need a hug?
This team is really having the worst off-season ever. I’ve never seen a team in this much turmoil, ever.
After finding out about Bountygate earlier this year, it seemed like the worst was over for the Saints.
Monday afternoon, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported that General Manager Mickey Loomis could hear the opposition using a wired device during home games from the 2002 through 2004 seasons.
Granted they finished 9-7 in 2002 and 8-8 in 2003 and 2004, but it’s still sad to know that there could be something afoot in the Big Easy.
It look like the Saints just can’t win. Bountygate will forever shadow their 2010 Super Bowl win. Their head coach Sean Payton is out for the season,. A deal hasn’t been made for quarterback Drew Brees. And now this mess.
Making matters worse, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is about to put the hammer down with severe penalties expected to be handed out to players involved in the bounty scandal. You didn’t think they were not going to punish the players involved, did you?
I look back at Spygate when the New England Patriots were caught taping the opposition. They team was fined $250,000, coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 and they lost a first-round draft pick.
Spygate is nothing compared to what New Orleans is going through.
For goodness sakes, the Louisiana police and the FBI are now getting involved with the latest revelation involving Loomis. THE FBI!
In the past, the Saints were seen as the joke of the NFL. But there is nothing funny about what is going on right now.
They were on top of the world after beating the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl two years ago. Now, the whole organization is unraveling right before our eyes.
The whole thing saddens me not just as a fan of the NFL, but as a fan of sports in general. I look back at where I was, being 6-years-old and watching the Houston Astros make the playoffs, Michael Jordan winning the first of six titles with the Chicago Bulls and John Elway finally getting a Super Bowl victory with the Denver Broncos.
Now, we have to deal with scandals, steroid allegations, refs rigging NBA games and more heinous stunts.
What really bites is that the Saints mess is far from over and we will continue seeing what goes on behind closed doors when the next team or players gets outed for doing something pathetic.
I rooted for New Orleans in their 2006 comeback year at the Superdome. It was like watching a brand new team. But now, I, and many of their fans probably don’t even know who they are anymore.
We have Bountygate and Loomis’ allegations of eavesdropping. What’s next, Brees will be caught using voodoo towards his opposing quarterbacks?
I’m not sure what it’s going to take for me to see New Orleans as a quality football team anymore. It’s going to take some kind of miracle for that to happen.