Saints release statement on Toronto’s interest

AP

As Florio mentioned this morning, the fact that Toronto is looking at the Saints as a team to possibly relocate to Canada is “borderline ridiculous.”

The Saints wanted to make sure their fans knew it was ridiculous too before the story ruined anyone’s Jazz Fest on Thursday.

“Reports about the Saints as a potential team moving to Toronto are completely false. The New Orleans Saints are committed to the city of New Orleans,” said Greg Bensel, Saints Vice President of Communications.

As Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune pointed out, the Saints are locked in to New Orleans.  They recently signed a 20-year deal with Louisiana.

It wasn’t so long ago things were different.  Duncan’s excellent book, From Bags to Riches, explains in great detail the open flirtations of owner Tom Benson with the city of San Antonio following Hurricane Katrina.  (The flirtations started before the storm.)

There was a time when Benson callously played with the emotions of Saints fans.  It’s a time that has largely been forgotten because of the incredible support and success the Saints have experienced in the last five years, although it should still be deeply embarrassing for Benson in retrospect.

Thankfully for Saints fans, that time has past.

32 responses to “Saints release statement on Toronto’s interest

  1. I agree that the Saints shouldn’t be moving anywhere.

    Having said that, placing a team in Toronto would be a boon for the NFL. It would be “Canada’s team” and the franchise would quickly have one of the largest followings in the NFL. If Toronto and Los Angeles can’t find teams willing and able to move, an two team expansion would be in order.

  2. Toronto is the number 2 cesspit of Canada, just behind Vancouver. Drugs, murder, gangs and crime run rampant in that dump and some of the most unfriendly people are out there. But the buck doesn’t stop there, it’s expensive to do anything let alone live there, and the traffic absolutely horrific..

  3. I’ll tell you what’s “ridiculous”!

    Moving or even putting a NHL hockey team in any southern US city and putting 2 teams in Los Angeles!

  4. canadianvikingfaniii says: May 5, 2011 3:13 PM

    Toronto is the number 2 cesspit of Canada, just behind Vancouver. Drugs, murder, gangs and crime run rampant in that dump and some of the most unfriendly people are out there. But the buck doesn’t stop there, it’s expensive to do anything let alone live there, and the traffic absolutely horrific..
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    Says the loser who lives in Palookaville.

  5. tommyf15 says:
    May 5, 2011 3:02 PM
    It would be “Canada’s team”
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    Maybe not. Toronto gets a lot of hate from the rest of the country. See canadianvikingfaniii a bit above this for a case in point.

  6. This will never work. Singing “The Saints come marchin in, ehhh” just doesnt have the same ring to it

  7. “and the traffic absolutely horrific”

    Yeah, but parking those snowmobiles must be a breeze.

  8. The Saint’s just goes to show you that one player (Drew Brees) can save a franchise. Peyton Manning did the same for the horrible Colts. Tom Brady somewhat of a smaller scale in New England even though they had some success with Drew Bledsoe.

  9. It would be a bad idea for the Saints to move from New Orleans to Toronto.

    You thought Hurricane Katrina was disruptive?

    Try Hurricane Terrance & Phillip.

  10. canadianvikingfaniii says:
    May 5, 2011 3:13 PM
    Toronto is the number 2 cesspit of Canada, just behind Vancouver. Drugs, murder, gangs and crime run rampant in that dump and some of the most unfriendly people are out there. But the buck doesn’t stop there, it’s expensive to do anything let alone live there, and the traffic absolutely horrific..

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    As opposed to moving them to L.A. right? Nothing like that going on there… Oh, wait..

  11. Toronto already has a CFL team. Rather than raiding the NFL they ought to be thinking about the UFL. A North American Football League would give fans an alternative to the currently paralyzed NFL. The NFL ought to help them get it launched as a strategy to duck the monopolistic practices issue that they’re going to get burned for anyway.

  12. tombradysbaby says:
    May 5, 2011 2:56 PM
    Wow the Bills are so terrible even Toronto doesn’t want them? LOL

    Absolutely not so, the Bills have been sought out for years now to be the team that relocates to Canada. The city of Toronto knows that they would have a better chance getting the Patriots or even the Saints before they tried to pry the Bills from its city and proud fans.

    Sorry pal.

    Signed,
    Angry Bills Fan

  13. “stinkfingers says:
    May 5, 2011 3:51 PM
    canadianvikingfaniii says:
    May 5, 2011 3:13 PM

    As opposed to moving them to L.A. right? Nothing like that going on there… Oh, wait..”
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    At least LA is fun and sunny. Toronto is, well, Toronto.

  14. Not so sure i understand the logic of the Saints.. Why not the Jags or Bucs.. It seems to me that the last few years that they are blacked out almost every week..

  15. First of all does Toronto really need a team? I mean do the Raptors sell out any of their games? If they were to take a team wouldn’t the vikings make sense? They could stay in the NFC North and wouldn’t have to move anything, just change owners, the city, and have to get a new stadium….I seriously hope that toronto doesn’t get a team though, I highly doubt they’re going to sell out every game, and I love our rivalry with the Vikings.

    As far as Toronto wanting the Saints, I could see why they want them, but why would they move? They’re a really good franchise that’ll be competing in play-offs if not the superbowl nearly every year.

  16. Thankfully for Saints fans, that time has past.

    Gregg Rosenthal – you could seriously use an editor. Try this instead:

    Thankfully for Saints fans, that time has passed.

    You’re welcome.

    PS: I don’t know why I’m surprised. The guy spells his name with 3 g’s.

  17. yeah. the stains are probably safe. canadia has it’s own problems without trying to convince americans to hate them more.

  18. With a team going to LA and another Toronto-bound, I think it’d be time for another much needed realignment. Teams NEED to be moved. Buffalo and Pittsburgh should be trading divisions. Dallas belongs in the NFC West.

  19. canadianvikingfaniii says:
    Toronto is the number 2 cesspit of Canada, just behind Vancouver. Drugs, murder, gangs and crime run rampant in that dump and some of the most unfriendly people are out there. But the buck doesn’t stop there, it’s expensive to do anything let alone live there, and the traffic absolutely horrific.

    Having been both born in and (due to my chosen profession) forced to work in Toronto, I have to disagree with CandianVikingFan. Toronto is the #1 cesspit in Canada. Not only does he nail the city’s problems with traffic, crime, high prices and unfriendliness, you can add that the city is filthy and smells like an open sewage pit – especially in the summer. Every week I buy a lottery ticket in the hopes of winning it big and never having to return to this godforsaken dungheap ever again!

    Why anyone would want to come here is beyond me. You could spend the same amount of $$ and visit Manhattan if you want to see a truly world class city. Anyone who thinks the two are even remotely comparable has either never left Toronto, possesses a sub-60 IQ and/or is hooked on some very powerful mind-altering drugs.

  20. canadianvikingfaniii says: May 5, 2011 3:13 PM

    Toronto is the number 2 cesspit of Canada, just behind Vancouver. Drugs, murder, gangs and crime run rampant in that dump and some of the most unfriendly people are out there. But the buck doesn’t stop there, it’s expensive to do anything let alone live there, and the traffic absolutely horrific..
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    Sounds like the perfect location for a group of NFL players — but not the Saints. I could see the Steelers thriving in that environment.

    Anyway, Canada has a pretty good football league already. I love that man in motion!

  21. Canada can keep Canadian football. No NFL team needs to go there. Eh? Even the lowly Bills. Benson is going to stay in New Orleans. Toranto? That’s from left field. If anything, let’s talk about the Vi-Queens moving to LA.

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