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There is one thing to be said for being a Saints fan (and only one): it makes you clairvoyant. Even if all you can predict is disaster.

Earlier in the day, of course, the Carolina Panthers blew a one-point lead to allow the Falcons to slip to 4-0. Ahead 28-27, with Atlanta pinned on their own 1, with no time-outs and less than a minute to go, the Panthers allowed Roddy White to get open deep, and Matt Ryan hit him for 60 yards. A few plays later, Atlanta kicked the winning field goal. And if you were a Saints fan, you knew it was going to happen.

Flash forward: with the Saints nursing a narrow 24-21 lead and the ball on the 4, Drew Brees threw incomplete twice to bring up fourth down. Earlier, the Saints had a first-and-goal on the 1, and couldn’t punch it in. Both times, they settled for field goals…and with the score 27-21, if you were a Saints fan, you knew what was going to happen.

That’s right: the Packers scored the go-ahead touchdown, to take a 28-27 lead late in the fourth. Could the Saints, with every advantage that Atlanta didn’t have earlier, duplicate that earlier feat and win on a late field goal?

Are you kidding?

It has been so long since we could say things like this. “Typical Saints.” In a strange way, if almost (but not quite) feels kinda good. Like you can count on things again. No longer do we have to suffer the agonies of hope: the Saints suck. One way or another, they will find a way to blow it.

Like…I know: a holding penalty on the winning field goal! That’ll do her. Oh wait…we get a do-over? That’s okay, Hartley will just hook it left. Done deal. Typical Saints.

Of course, it wouldn’t have mattered if we’d been able to protect the lead. But after a miraculous stop by the defense, the Saints went 3-and-out, punted short to the Packers, and that was all she wrote. The prophecy unspooled just as foreseen.

In fact, what killed the Saints this time was the same thing that killed them last year at Lambeau: we gave up touchdowns, and settled for field goals. In short yardage situations, we couldn’t move. Plus, that whole “defense is dogshit” thing.

I don’t know what else to say, guys. Except: Roger can sleep content: he’s well and truly wrecked the Saints’ season. But, along the way, he also wrecked any chance of enjoying NFL football. It’s been a long time since the last time I couldn’t give a rat’s ass what happened in the NFL. But hey: such is the circle of life.

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  • PhilistineSeptember 30, 2012 at 11:03 pm

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    …and with the score 27-21, if you were a Saints fan, you knew what was going to happen.

    Yep, that’s exactly what I was thinking – except the Falcons part. I wasn’t following the Falcons game, but I looked at the score – Carolina 28 – Atlanta 27, 59 seconds left, Falcons at their 1-yard line. Great!. I look at a couple of other scores, and – FALCONS WIN! I wasn’t expecting that. Later, when the Saints were first and goal at the one and ended up with 3 points, I had a bad feeling. Later, the Saints at their nine – three and out. Bad omen. Green Bay goes on a drive, scores a touchdown and takes the lead – not good. But the Saints have a little time to work with, and they get down to the Green Bay 25 – and stall; a run for no gain, an incomplete pass, an inexcusable holding penalty on David Thomas negates a field goal. Then after a five-yard gift from Green Bay, the fat punk kicker pulls one left from 48. Figures. Looks like we kept the wrong kicker.

    At least it was entertaining and we were in it all game long. That’s an improvement, but it’s still another loss. Oh, well. Maybe Matty Ice will break a leg or something, and we can sneak into the playoffs at 9-7 or suchlike.

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  • cc58October 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

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    So what, you just shut down the club. Seems like now is when you should make a killing pushing the liquor.
    I guess if no one shows up you may as well close the doors. My delusional optimism, says things turn around tonight.

    see hartley, It’s not that hard…

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  • cc58October 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

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    “I’ve Got a Good Feeling About This”

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  • cc58October 7, 2012 at 10:33 am

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    Maybe we can have a new contest to drum up business…

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    • cc58October 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

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      what the f

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  • cc58October 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

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    Maybe we can have a new contest to drum up business…

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    • cc58October 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

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  • cc58October 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

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    Sorry VASaintFan…still my beer of choice…

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  • cc58October 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

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    Evolution…so who won..

    or

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  • cc58October 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

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    Last one…Ready for the game…

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    • PhilistineOctober 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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      I’m not seeing your images, cc. I’ll try another browser.

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      • PhilistineOctober 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

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        Don’t even see the placeholder icon on this one.

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  • PhilistineOctober 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm

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    I think Himself emptied the till and went to Belize for the week.

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