Tupac treatment for Payton may not be all that far fetched

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)

29 responses to “Tupac treatment for Payton may not be all that far fetched

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.)

  9. 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”?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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..

  13. 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.

  14. 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…..

  15. 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.

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