What up Saints fans! Nola Chick is taking a break, if only for one night, and handing things over to a…(gasp!) Cardinals fan. But wait…don’t reach for the Google button just yet. You see even though the Cards are my roots, I’ve recently been bitten by the black and gold bug.
While I’ve learned a lot about the Saints by covering the NFC for a Fantasy football site, I wasn’t totally sold until February 29th. Before then, something was missing or shall I say “someone”! Then came that fateful day in February. Call it the scale tipper, the confirmer, the DARN straw that broke the camel’s back. I’m talking about the signing of Jonathan Vilma! Ladies and gents, from that day forward the fat lady had sung. I’m sold on the Saints!
As a pseudo Vilma stalker turned “black and gold” convert, you can bet I’ll be glued to every Saints game, keeping track of my boys and watching to see how we fix our “ish”…as in some serious issues! “Issues like what?” yelled some belligerent drunk dude in the back. Well, allow me to elaborate.
1. Reggie Bush. I know I know, but hey everyone is wondering!
2.Tracy Porter and the CB conundrum. Make no mistake about it; I’m a Porter fan. In my mock I had him going to Green Bay in the first round so at #40 he was steal. I don’t think Randall Gay is the solution, so I’m putting my money on Porter! (P.S. we are friends on Facebook, and someone mentioned that he is about to be a daddy…shhh, you didn’t hear that from me. I can neither confirm nor deny!)
3. Beloved Saint Deuce McAllister could be asked to carry the weight of the world on his two seriously banged up knees…yikes! So will he be able to bounce back and make an impact? And more importantly, does anyone know the fan discount at his car dealerships?
4. Jonathan Vilma. In Payton’s 4-3 defense, can Vilma return to his rookie season form? The Saints are known for bringing in veteran LBs who prove to be less than serviceable (I hate to call another human being a flop, but if the cleat fits Mark Simoneau…)
5. 7-9, the ultimate “ish”!!! Luckily, this draft class has the potential to be a MEGA improvement. Also, during free agency we addressed some major concerns with some minor acquisitions, so I’m anticipating, no expecting, actually I’m demanding a good playoff run.
(In case you’re wondering why Charles Grant’s legal troubles, didn’t make the “list of ish,” well let’s just say there’s just something “Debby Downer-ish” about indictments and manslaughter.)
The Saints kick off the pre-season here in Arizona (August 7th at 8:00pm) against my BELOVED Cards; yes I said my BELOVED Cards. (A girl can’t forget her roots.) I find myself so conflicted. Is it ok to rock a Vilma Jersey (provided my credit card doesn’t get D-E-N-I-E-D of course) and my Cards baseball cap? You be the judge…