Daily Special, June 6, 2012

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Lots of stuff today. The offseason is heating up, as we supposed it would. And Drew Brees is still on the front burner.

According to Mike Florio—who is in real danger of becoming some sort of go-to guy when it comes to Saints news, and that is really baking my noodle—the Saints and Brees are closer than is being reported by…well, anyone else. Florio suggests that it’s the team that is putting forward inflated figures of Brees’ salary demands, so that when they finally give in to his real demands it’ll seem as though it was Brees who blinked. I don’t care…just get it done.

His teammates and coach continue to be optimistic that something will get done soon. But in the meantime, the spectre of a season with Luke McCown at the helm haunts the team. I wonder how Jimmy Graham feels right now, facing not simply the possibility of catching passes from Chase Daniel instead of his man-boo, but the even more dreadful possibility of teaming up with someone who couldn’t cut it on the Jaguars.

I’m sure we’re all praying for Jimmy’s continued happiness. Pat Y apparently doesn’t see him forgetting his first love any time soon, though. While he praises both Daniel and backup-backup Sean Canfield (what does that make McCown?), he also says “it’s pretty obvious these guys aren’t quite on Drew Brees’ level.” Overall, Pat has some good observations to make about the Saints’ camp. It sounds as though things are going pretty well so far, all things considered. I mean: if this offseason from hell had happened to, say, the Jets, do you think they’d be responding as well as this? The Saints’ greatest strength may just be the closeness of the locker room.

Scott Shanle defended that locker room when he spoke to Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune on the reality of the Saints’ “bounty program.” What he had to say was pretty much exactly what many of us assumed from the beginning: that the Saints did have a performance incentive pool (like a lot of teams), but that it was penny ante and focused on both good and bad play, not on deliberate injuries. No opposing players were targeted by name, and Saints defenders were as likely to lose money as win—because they were assessed penalties for bad plays. With no real bounty system in place, it becomes apparent that the Saints—and in particular, Gregg Williams—are being punished for speech.

SaintsWin comes to that conclusion in a rambling, incoherent screed that’s just way too long. No, actually, it’s well-reasoned and only as long as it needs to be to make its point, but for the Ritalin junkies out there (you know who you are), here’s the money quote:

“Language is the crux of the issue over these several fronts, and it controls the sequence of events. Had the Saints used the term “game-changing plays” instead of “knock-outs and cart-offs,” where might we be today with the absence of corroborating on-field evidence? Would the NFL have been in the position to undertake such drastic action as it did?

“Replace the widely-publicized term “bounty program” (the NFL’s characterization) with “performance program” (the Saints’ internal description) and how does the dispensing of punishments change? How would the change in that terminology alter public perception? ”

In fact, this may be the best distillation of the entire “Bountygate” episode that has yet emerged. It should be prominently posted on every NFL fan site. I can only find one point to disagree with: where SaintsWin writes that “this was petty theft punished as grand larceny.” No: this was petty theft punished as attempted murder.

And where, I have to ask, was the Times-Picayune in all this? Lecturing its readers to let go of their delusory homerism and accept the villainy of the Saints. So it strikes me as a little strange that Chef WhoDat gives a damn about the T-P’s impending public act of self-mutilation in hacking off more than half of its publishing schedule. Considering what the T-P has given Saints fans, why should they care?

Chef WhoDat links to a video of a concert (protest? benefit? excuse for a party?) at which various and sundry complain about the loss of 4/7ths of the local paper. Well: if New Orleans is in such dire need of a daily paper, start one. Here’s a real chance to make your mark in the world, people. Give the city the kind of paper it deserves: locally-owned, locally-managed, supportive of the community. Oh, you didn’t mean going through all that work. You just want your newsprint fix.

Frankly, this reminds me of Wang’s blistering rant against the people demanding that Drew Brees accept whatever offer the Saints make, because he owes them. The parent company of the Times-Picayune (and therein probably reside all the problems) made the economic decision to cut back on the print schedule. Too bad, so sad. You may think of the T-P as an institution, but in reality it’s a business. It has owners, and it’s their money at risk, not yours. What New Orleans—and indeed, the entire country—is in need of is not a daily paper, but an attitude adjustment: the world doesn’t owe you.

As far as I’m concerned, if the death of the Times-Picayune could bring closer by just a single day the death of news conglomerates as a feature of American life, I would joyfully wield the knife my own damn self.

On the Jukebox

Almost forgot. Okay, I did forget…so here’s something unforgettable to make up for it. The Beatles, doing “The Saints,” with a backup quarterback. This one goes out to Luke McCown.

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  • AcquiredPanicJune 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

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    Chris Chamberlain vs Scott Shanle……who wins?

    Could Chris finally put an end to the Shanle era?

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    • AcquiredPanicJune 6, 2012 at 11:21 pm

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      No one wants to reply……well fuck y’all

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      • Doc BoudinJune 6, 2012 at 11:31 pm

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        So you’re in a good mood this evening…

        We’re far to busy discussing code, sarcasm font, and block quoting to actually think about trivial shit like football.

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      • snowboard_katJune 7, 2012 at 7:39 am

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        Easy baby. You need a little stress relief? Or you just like the freedom to say eff u? ;)

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      • stujo4June 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

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        I thought it was rhetorical.

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  • David KellyJune 6, 2012 at 10:41 am

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    Holy crap, Himself! That may be your best editorial yet, and all the others were pretty damn good too! I especially agree about seeing news conglomerates go the way of the dodo.

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    • B_Robichaux31June 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

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      What this guy said ^^

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  • FriarBobJune 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

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    OK I missed the officials crack yesterday so I had to comment where it might actually be seen…

    Those officials last year were total manure. I may despise the NFL right now, but I’m actually not going to complain about replacing the refs. Sure the new ones may turn out to be worse. Probably will be. But then again, maybe they won’t be. And getting some who aren’t complete idiots would be such a major improvement that it’s worth rolling the dice and seeing what happens.

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    • Doc BoudinJune 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

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      Well, manure or not, and I’ve said this before on CSC, I sure as hell wouldn’t want their job. I don’t consider myself a particularly small guy, but spending a couple of hours each Sunday dodging 22 locomotive trains with minds bent on destruction doesn’t sound like my idea of fun. Especially when they can legally run your ass over because you’re “part of the field.” I just don’t understand who the hell would want the job in the first place, good money or bad.

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    • HimselfJune 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm

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      I think officials are asked to do too much. I’m not usually big on rule changes; but in general, I would support any rule change that eliminated a judgment call. For instance–and yeah, I know, I’ve repeated this ad nauseum, take some Pepto–if they passed a rule that behind the line of scrimmage the ball was always live. Boom: no more tuck rule. Of if they made the standard for a reception in the field of play the same as in the end zone: possession, two feet down. No “football move” crap. You catch the ball, come down on both feet, and get blasted, the resulting free ball is a fumble. Don’t make officials think.

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      • Breesus Christ SuperstarJune 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm

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        Here, here.
        God, that beer looks tasty.

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      • Doc BoudinJune 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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        Don’t make officials think. Agreed. The game happens too damn fast for thought.

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        • Doc BoudinJune 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm

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          Don’t make officials think.

          Happy, Phil?

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          • PhilistineJune 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm

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            Happy, Phil?

            Ecstatic.

            Now we’ve got the hang of it.

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  • PhilistineJune 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm

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    Are we using the code feature for sarcasm, as highlighting for emphasis, or for quoting? I seem to be seeing all of the above, which is confusing – and I’m confused enough as it is. Can you clarify, Himself?

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    • HimselfJune 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

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      Well, it’s supposed to be for code. It’s only community consensus that makes it the “sarcasm font.” If it winds up evolving in a different way here than on CSC, I guess that’s okay too. You’re right, it seems to be a sort of catch-all right now.

      I could make it pink.

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      • Breesus Christ SuperstarJune 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm

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        WTF is code?

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      • PhilistineJune 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm

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        Black and gold seems appropriate. ;-)

        CSC has the block quote widget. The sarcasm font is serendipitous use of a hidden formatting feature – but I love the addition; sarcasm and irony are often misconstrued by us peanut gallery dwellers.

        On sites without block quoting, I tend to just enclose quotes in quotation marks. I don’t know what the rest of the denizens of Who Dat Social Club want to do, DOC BOUDIN, but I’m going to keep on rolling with that and use code for sarcasm until consensus is reached otherwise.

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        • HimselfJune 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm

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          I just inserted a “blockquote” link. Let’s see if it works.

          This is a blockquote.

          Okay, it works. What do y’all think?

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          • Breesus Christ SuperstarJune 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

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            I like it better for sarcasm (more subtle).
            Use code highlight for block quote.

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            • FriarBobJune 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

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              What's does subtle mean?

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          • PhilistineJune 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm

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            Can you give it a light background color too?

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            • FriarBobJune 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm

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              Regardless of whether the blockquote is used for quotes or sarcasm or anything else, I’m always a fan of color. Maybe light gray or something?

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              • HimselfJune 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

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                Y’all look now. And try it out for yourselves, too.

                In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, furnished richly from the fruits of this hobbit’s time as an NFL linebacker, when he would earn the equivalent of a velvet brocade loveseat every time he crippled an opposing player.

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                • PhilistineJune 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm

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                  Are you using the code button for that now?

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                  • PhilistineJune 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm

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                    Guess not. I don’t see a new button for quotes. It that reserved for the godlike presence that is the admin?

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                    • PhilistineJune 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm

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                      Y’all look now. And try it out for yourselves, too.

                      Now I see it. That looks great! As usual, the law of unintended consequences rears its ugly head with the toolbar formatting; but the block quote is a terrific addition. Now we can reserve the code button for sarcasm. Nobody could have a problem with that, right?

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                • PhilistineJune 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

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                  Good story, by the way. Got any more?

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        • Doc BoudinJune 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm

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          Meh. Suits me, I’m easy.

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          • Doc BoudinJune 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm

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            Or rather,

            Suits me, I’m easy.

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      • Breesus Christ SuperstarJune 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm

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        Code pink?
        I don’t like those commies.

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  • Doc BoudinJune 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

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    Now what the hell are we going to use for code?

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    • PhilistineJune 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm

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      I see you've been following along here.

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      • HimselfJune 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

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        Will this work?

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        • PhilistineJune 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm

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          Will this work?

          If we use code for sarcasm font, what do we use that for? Or are you saying that we use that instead of code? What do we use code for then?

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  • metrymanJune 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm

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    check,check 1,2

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  • HansDatJune 6, 2012 at 8:29 pm

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    this is making my head spin – can we just

    make a bulleted list of rules/slang/guidelines?

    or

    maybe a numbered list

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    • HansDatJune 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm

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      why didn’t those buttons work for me?

      maybe
      I needed
      two lines at least

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  • HansDatJune 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm

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    how about
    typing text and then
    highlighting it
    before clicking the button?

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    • PhilistineJune 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm

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      I’ve never tried those buttons.
      I’m a rotten list-maker anyway.

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  • HimselfJune 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm

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    I suppose I should point out that this comment editor is Russian technology. It works…well, kinda перепутались.

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    • PhilistineJune 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm

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      That’s ok – your work on this site is очень хорошо.

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      • HimselfJune 7, 2012 at 7:17 am

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        кто что!

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        • PhilistineJune 7, 2012 at 8:59 am

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          Funny!

          It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it? Same number of letters, though.

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  • CrazyCrawdadJune 6, 2012 at 10:38 pm

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    Let’s get back to football….really

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    • AcquiredPanicJune 6, 2012 at 11:23 pm

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      The sport of football is in the process of being murdered……

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      • snowboard_katJune 7, 2012 at 7:47 am

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        You mean 2 hours of play review and penalties followed by 5 min of action in which players can’t actually make contact isn’t football? I’ve been duped!

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        • PhilistineJune 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

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          You forgot to include advertising.

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      • cc58June 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

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        bQ.The sport of football is in the process of being murdered……bq.

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  • cc58June 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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    The sport of football is in the process of being murdered……

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  • cc58June 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm

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    OK I don’t see the blockqoute key.

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  • cc58June 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm

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    blockqoute=blockquote

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