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Tupac treatment for Payton may not be all that far fetched

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Over the weekend, the folks at Canal Street Chronicles posted a brilliant item suggesting that the Saints would use Coachella-style Tupac technology to simulate the presence of coach Sean Payton on the sidelines during 2012 games.

It was obviously a joke, but Dave Cariello nailed the underlying sentiment.

According to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints will devote empty seats all season to Payton, in meeting rooms, on the team bus, and on the team plane.

On one hand, it’s an arguably fitting tribute.  On the other hand, it could become a crutch for a team that may find itself struggling in Payton’s absence, possibly prompting the team at some point to fold the tents and start all over again when the seat isn’t empty.

Per Duncan, Payton won’t be that far away.  He has obtained league approval to rent a Gruden-style office (the SFCA?) in Benson Tower, which is owned by Saints owner Tom Benson.

With Payton’s family now living in Dallas, what’s the point of even being in Louisiana for any portion of the season?  It could be that Payton simply wants to be as close to his team as he possibly can be, even if he can have no interaction with them.  Between the empty seats and the occupied office, they’ll know he’s there, that he’s paying attention, and that if they do fold the tents prematurely they’ll have to answer to him as of the day after Super Bowl XLVII.

(Photo illustration credit:  CanalStreetChronicles.com)

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29 Responses to “Tupac treatment for Payton may not be all that far fetched”
  1. techstar25 says: May 16, 2012 3:43 PM

    “It could be that Payton simply wants to be as close to his team as he possibly can be, even if he can have no interaction with them.”
    Coach, good luck trying to explain that to your wife.

  2. mannyfresh209 says: May 16, 2012 3:43 PM

    God the Saints just fire him already so the Cowboys can pick him up in 2013. Dallas + Dallas = Dallas

  3. liljere24 says: May 16, 2012 3:43 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation of this.

  4. lovetron says: May 16, 2012 3:45 PM

    Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi; you’re my only hope.

  5. 69firebird says: May 16, 2012 3:45 PM

    Stupid thing to do. What an idiot team. Honoring cheaters? Sad.

  6. dlc618 says: May 16, 2012 3:46 PM

    foolishness…

  7. sb44champs says: May 16, 2012 3:47 PM

    Do not worry… Saints will win another 11 games this year!!

  8. footballfan says: May 16, 2012 3:56 PM

    Well, Since someone filled Tupac full of lead I know I wouldn’t want that treatment!

  9. marvsleezy says: May 16, 2012 3:57 PM

    yea, that wont undermine the inturum coach or anything.

    Also, how is that good psychologically to concentrate on what you lost, rather than on the people that are there?

    What if they did that for the injured players through out the season? Its a bad reminder.

  10. 4t9er says: May 16, 2012 3:57 PM

    I really dislike empty gestures, but athletes seem to gravitate to symbolism so it might work.

  11. kathyisintheroom says: May 16, 2012 3:59 PM

    LOVE IT!!!
    Impose his image on the sidelines, in the French Quarter, in the locker room, laughing at Goodell.

    Show him signing a lawsuit with his attorney against the league and Goodell.
    Better yet, show players, fans flipping Goodell off.

    BTW,, to the people posting “Drew Brees demands an explanation””
    That is sooooooooo played out and old. Please come up with something original and save yourself the ridicule.

  12. crabboil says: May 16, 2012 4:00 PM

    Not to mention the life sized Payton masks that have been circulating via email. Print one out, attach it with some string, head to the Dome.

    Think I’m kidding? You have no idea how unified this fan base is.

    Welcome to New Orleans.

  13. eagleswin says: May 16, 2012 4:02 PM

    Maybe they’ll have a hologram of him on the sideline.

    My question is why isn’t Gregg Williams getting the same treatment? If Payton is getting psycho stalker treatment (acting as if you can’t live without him and pretending he’s there when he’s not), shouldn’t Williams get the same treatment? Odds are without the bounty system that the Saints defense may have been less motivated.

    Williams should get an office and an empty seat as well. Maybe they can replay the best of his bounty speeches for the defense in honor of his NFL demise.

  14. conjecture101 says: May 16, 2012 4:02 PM

    you’re disrespecting 2pac by comparing him to this clown. *piece of juicy fruit………not spearmint!*

  15. gotampabay52 says: May 16, 2012 4:03 PM

    League should not allow him to rent the room should be treated like a blackout so many miles from the stadium

  16. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 16, 2012 4:13 PM

    the Saints will devote empty seats all season to Payton, in meeting rooms, on the team bus, and on the team plane.
    ________

    By the end of the season, they’ll be devoting a lot of empty seats in the stadium to him.

  17. sportsmeccabi says: May 16, 2012 4:13 PM

    Bang your gongs when you see Sean
    Call the law when you see Sean
    Goodell and his punks suspended me, but didn’t finish
    Now they are about to feel the wrath of a menace.

    Meh, I tried. (this is a parody of tupac’s song “hit ‘em up” for those who don’t know. Not intended for the little ears.)

  18. woodreaux70119 says: May 16, 2012 4:16 PM

    …his family may be in dallas, but his former cheerleader girlfriend is in new orleans…

  19. delmonte55 says: May 16, 2012 4:31 PM

    I think all will be surprised when it comes out that the NFL does not have much evidence.

  20. lawyermalloy says: May 16, 2012 4:42 PM

    I’m wondering if he’ll be compensated while at the office in Benson Towers AND will he be paying rent for the space while he’s suspended “without pay”?

  21. bayoubauer says: May 16, 2012 5:06 PM

    eagleswin says:
    May 16, 2012 4:02 PM
    Maybe they’ll have a hologram of him on the sideline.

    My question is why isn’t Gregg Williams getting the same treatment? If Payton is getting psycho stalker treatment (acting as if you can’t live without him and pretending he’s there when he’s not), shouldn’t Williams get the same treatment? Odds are without the bounty system that the Saints defense may have been less motivated.

    Williams should get an office and an empty seat as well. Maybe they can replay the best of his bounty speeches for the defense in honor of his NFL demise.

    Maybe because he isn’t with the team anymore, DUMBASS.

  22. hulkhogansays says: May 16, 2012 5:08 PM

    Suge Knight, brother.

  23. silentcount says: May 16, 2012 5:13 PM

    Goodell was the one who invented the term “bounty scandal”. The only thing Greg Williams admitted to was the spoken word of a pay-for interceptions, sacks and hard legal hits. Therefore, Sean Payton’s one year suspension was unjustified. It’s so clear now that Goodell jumped to a false conclusion and is grasping at straws to make the Saints look guilty of something to justify his poor judgement and mistakes. The only evidence that matters is what happens on the field.

  24. rgledz says: May 16, 2012 5:17 PM

    What an absolute joke! It’s not like the guy died, he just cheated and lied to the NFL. Get over it already and move on. The legislature vote was bad enough, but this just perpetuates it. Like there isn’t enough real stuff to deal with in one of the most corrupt cities in the country. Sheesh..

  25. thejuddstir says: May 16, 2012 5:35 PM

    Can Goodell actually be that big of a fool ? If Payton is suspended for the year and can have no contact with the team, it takes a fool to believe there is any reason for him to “rent” a office from the team owner that is right next to the Saints facility. Goodell’s suspension of Payton looked tough on the surface but is turning out to be a big PR farce.

  26. cwwgk says: May 16, 2012 5:55 PM

    The owner gets tagged with a $500,000.00 fine, doesn’t protest. The head coach apologizes. The general manager gets suspended. The defensive coordinator gets suspended. The defensive line coach gets suspended. None protest the actual sanctions. Some just the duration.

    Geez, if these leaders of the Saints organization had only thought to ask to see the evidence before they lost millions of dollars…..

  27. j0esixpack says: May 16, 2012 6:13 PM

    Hmmm – Maybe the Jets could try to fool some teams with a hologram of Broadway Joe on game day instead of going with San-bow.

  28. alldonesmith says: May 16, 2012 8:43 PM

    So let me get this straight: Payton is supposed to have no contact with the Saints, but that no-contact rule would be very hard to enforce and he’s setting up shop in Benson Tower? Only an idiot would draw any conclusion other than that he intends to stay in contact with the team in violation of his suspension. Really stupid move by the NFL to approve this.

  29. cowboyscanada says: May 16, 2012 8:53 PM

    What a joke. What a classless, mickey mouse organization the Saints have become….pretty hilarious actually!

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