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Mayor says bounty mess will blow over in New Orleans

Bobby Jindal,  Doug Thornton, Tom Benson, Rita Benson LeBlanc, Mitch Landrieu AP

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says his community will stay behind the Saints, no matter how much the bounty scandal affects the team this season.

“I think it’s a really unfortunate set of circumstances for everybody,” Landrieu told the Aspen Times. “I think it’s gonna blow over. We have an unconditional love for the Saints. That’s kind of what you have to do. I mean, we used to go to games with bags on our heads, instead of not going. So we love the Saints and we think it’s gonna be fine.”

The practice of Saints fans wearing bags on their heads began in 1980, when the Saints suffered through a 1-15 campaign that was their worst season in franchise history. For all the problems in New Orleans this offseason — the bounty mess, the suspensions, the inability to get a deal done with Drew Brees — no one expects the Saints to be anything close to that bad this season.

But if the Saints are bad, New Orleans will continue to support them. Nothing that has happened this year will change that.

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8 Responses to “Mayor says bounty mess will blow over in New Orleans”
  1. joetoronto says: Jul 3, 2012 11:48 AM

    In other words,

    “We want to win so bad, we couldn’t care less how we do it.”

  2. cooklynn17 says: Jul 3, 2012 11:51 AM

    Is blow over really a term you want to be using in New Orleans?

  3. staugslugga says: Jul 3, 2012 11:54 AM

    Joe your team isn’t innocent, don’t be so nieve.

  4. tebowsafraud says: Jul 3, 2012 12:00 PM

    Fan—short for fanatic.

    As in “We don’t care if they ARE a bunch of ethically challenged, cluelessly owned, Vicodin stealing, bounty setting jerks. At least they are OUR jerks—and not San Antonio’s!”

  5. jarredhero says: Jul 3, 2012 12:01 PM

    Not as long as Drew Brees is alive.

  6. techstar25 says: Jul 3, 2012 12:05 PM

    “I think it’s gonna blow over”.
    The words the FEMA director said to George W Bush when asked about the status of Hurricane Katrina. Upon hearing that the President replied “Well that’s a relief,” and then he went back to whatever he was doing.

  7. agelardi says: Jul 3, 2012 12:21 PM

    This could turn out great for the Saints if you think about it. Maybe they stink it up this year without the head coach, maybe they get a top-10, top-5 pick cause they play as bad as their fans are afraid of. Said pick, or players gained from trading away said pick, helps them get to another Super Bowl.

  8. AlanSaysYo says: Jul 3, 2012 2:05 PM

    It would blow over a lot quicker if the parties involved would 1) quit dragging their feet about the process, and 2) take their slices of humble pie where appropriate and move on.

    I don’t think anyone really wants to hear about it at this point, and I don’t think anyone really cares if Jonathan Vilma plays this season. What we have now is a drawn-out pissing match.

    This had better not still be going on when training camp rolls around.

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