Daily Special, June 1, 2012

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We got this.

According to Joe Vitt. Drew Brees will be signed, and he will be in training camp (not that he needs training).

When asked why he’s confident Brees will be back from his contract holdout, Vitt cracked, “what else is he going to do? He can’t sing or dance.”

“I don’t think anybody thought this was going to be easy,” Vitt said. “There’s a lot of revolving pieces here that Mickey’s got to get fit in with the (salary) cap and get people signed, and so on and so forth, and it’s all going to fit into the future. This is going to get done.”

If, for some reason, Brees doesn’t sign, I nominate “Revolving Pieces” as the name of his band. “Drew Brees and the Revolving Pieces”? “Breesus’ Pieces”? I dunno. And what style would they perform in? Maybe a cover band, doing golden oldies like “It’s Tracy Porter Again!”

While we’re waiting for the Return of the King, it’s the defense that’s making news. Coach Vitt gave a long press conference in which he praised pretty much everybody (but what if he’s right?). That includes everyone’s favorite whipping boy, Scott Shanle:

Scott Shanle has had an outstanding camp. Scott has started at the Sam position for us this spring. I think Scott is one of those guys, one of those rare breeds. I’ve been with him since ’06, and you have not seen any diminishing skill level. He still has the footwork and the fluid hips. One of his real high qualities that he has is his man coverage skills. He’s come into camp in great shape, so he has done a great job.

I think we’re about to see something shocking. Spagnuolo is obviously preparing a very careful restructuring of the defense, which includes instituting new drills and doing away with old ones—such as the relentless attempts to strip the ball on every play. And with this new approach, I suspect certain players are going to blossom. The surprise player might not be Shanle—but don’t be shocked if it is. He won’t play unless he earns his way onto the field. And with the competition he has this year, it’s going to take everything he’s ever shown and a lot more. Does he have it? Hope so. Hell, I hope he makes All-Pro. I’m not betting the house, mind you.

Vitt also says this is the deepest linebackers corps he’s ever been around, and I believe him. It’s been pointed out before that a lot of folks assumed this many top-notch linebackers had to mean a 3-4. Well, maybe not. How about a 2-7-2? Something truly wacky. How about stacking outside linebackers the way offenses do with receivers, and at the snap they break in all different directions. How about I just stick to blogging?

Okay.

Apropos of nothing, here’s another interesting article: Ten Reasons Why NFL Players Go Broke. I read through this and thought, “Yeah, that’s Drew. That’s Drew. Yeah. Yeah. That’s Drew, too. Dude is doomed.” I really do like and respect Drew Brees, but if he doesn’t stop spending so much on custom grills he’s never going to be congressman from the First District.

On the Jukebox

Admit it: you’ve been looking for some Cajun music sung in Swedish.

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  • Breesus Christ SuperstarJune 1, 2012 at 8:52 am

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    What a routine!
    Vitt was really bringing the funny. The Drew can’t sing or dance wise-crack was a good one Then he brought down the house with his praise of Shanle’s man coverage skills! Comedy gold!

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    • Breesus Christ SuperstarJune 1, 2012 at 8:57 am

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      Throw in Mickey’s ‘revolving pieces’ juggling act; Does Carmichael know any magic tricks? Like how to make Chase disappear and Brees reappear? We could take this show on the road.

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  • PhilistineJune 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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    Cover band?” Tracy Porter? That’s breathtakingly close to humor.

    Swedish Cajun music? Almost as ludicrous as Swedish rock and roll.

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  • PhilistineJune 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

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    By the way – Pamphilon’s a victim. It’s all Scott Fujita’s fault now. That damn Fujita. He made Pamphilon do it.

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    • stujo4June 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm

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      Phil, this would have been better as a FanPost. HA! Just kidding. Fujita went to Cal and now he’s all uppity, no “meat-head culture” for him. The Cal coach always told them “Ok, now get out there and hurt their feelings!”

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    • HimselfJune 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

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      “Fujita, in a response he texted to me this morning, says he “shared very private and personal feelings with someone I believed was a friend. I am disappointed he chose to share those private thoughts publicly. I believe he is a talented filmmaker and wish him well.”

      Another personal betrayal to further the agenda of Sean Pamphilon. How many times is it before it’s no longer coincidence?

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      • stujo4June 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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        Oh hell, you do that to me all the time, you cad.

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  • PhilistineJune 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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    There’s always been tension between the realists and the ivroy tower dwellers – and both are right at one time or another, frequently both at the same time. The current NFL is a perfect example of the two orientations crashing in on one another. Goodell’s latest take on the bounty issue pretty much proves that he made an example of the Saints in order to further the gentrification of football (and to help defend the NFL from lawsuits). That, in a nutshell, is a perfect example of realism and idealism meeting head-on. Opinions will vary on which won the collision.

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    • HimselfJune 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm

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      Oooh…I like it. “Gentrification.” Everyone knows that’s a code word for racism. That proves Goodell’s evil…right?

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      • Breesus Christ SuperstarJune 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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        The trap is baited. Now all we have to do is wait…

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      • stujo4June 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

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        We all know you’re a gentleman, M-E.

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      • PhilistineJune 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm

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        I’m confused. I’m not sure what you’re riffing on here, but all I meant by gentrification was that, with cost of attending a game so high, football has gone upscale; that, and with more women watching the game (actively pursued by the NFL, of course), the football demographic has skewed away from the violence that makes the game interesting for many fans – and that skewing ties in with the need to defend the NFL in court, making Goodell’s actions both necessary and Pollyanna-ish. I don’t know if I made my point or if you’re making fun of it – or something else entirely.

        Oh, well. Guess I should just leave well enough alone.

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        • Just Nother DayJune 2, 2012 at 3:28 am

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          “and with more women watching the game (actively pursued by the NFL, of course”

          Wouldn’t that be ladytrification?

          Ok, I’ll shut up now.

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  • metrymanJune 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm

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    Shanles’ high quality man cover skills, really? I can agree on other things he brings, leadership, staying in shape, but man coverage, wow, is his big weakness.

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    • HimselfJune 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm

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      Actually, he did a decent job against Dallas Clark in the Super Bowl. Clark had a perfectly average Dallas Clark day, which is a good thing for us.

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    • stujo4June 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm

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      And that day in Denver, wow.

      But most of the time, he’s like a seat-filler at an awards show, just taking up space. The big lug. A 6 year starter in the NFL. At the top of the Bobby Carpenter-esque class.

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  • HimselfJune 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm

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    Y’all should go read Jimbo03′s takedown of Pamphilon on Da Chronic.

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    • stujo4June 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm

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      Why do people feel so gratified by calling a person names? Why do they feel so gratified by reading someone else do it? Ignoring him would hurt so much more. Who’s the self aggrandizing douchebag again? Besides me, I mean?

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    • stujo4June 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm

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      And, boy is that CSC a piece of shit nowadays. I’d ban myself if I wasn’t banned 11 times already.

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  • Just Nother DayJune 2, 2012 at 3:35 am

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    Thanks for reading my prose.

    We haven’t forgotten Katrina either. Shit, the world won’t let us.

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    • BewareofDogJune 2, 2012 at 8:37 am

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      What the hell did you guys do on that post last night?

      I noticed that it’s gone this morning. Either the moderators whacked it for being so ridiculously outta hand or SFKS deleted it herself because she was so disgusted by the comments. She did mention how she couldn’t believe what happened to her Fanshot.

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      • PhilistineJune 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

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        I stayed the hell out of it. I’d blame it on the full moon, except it wasn’t. Solar flares? Bad planetary alignment? coldpizza ate too much – well – cold pizza and developed heartburn? Your guess is as good as mine. I voted for the solar flares; still wearing my Reynolds Wrap. Made it hard to sleep.

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      • Just Nother DayJune 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm

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        Let me give you a taste:

        “Oh, yea?”
        “Sez you!”
        “Yo’ mama.”
        “Been dere’ done dat.”
        “Asshole.”
        “Dick breath.”

        I’ll just leave the rest to your imagination.

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