Below are answers to some of this weeks reader questions submitted yesterday. More answers to your questions throughout today. Special thanks to all those that participated. Feel free to continue the discussion in the comment section below.
What was your favorite part of the Dome renovations you experienced on Friday? What was your least favorite part? - Hans D.
My favorite part was definitely the wider concourse. I'm hoping it will help with traffic flow during regular season sellouts. My least favorite part was the fact that my new sideline plaza seats are about seven yards further from midfield than they were before the renovations and with no improvement in sight lines or proximity to the field.
With so many places to eat around the city, why do you eat in the Dome? I can't believe you ate chicken nuggets before the game. Shame on you. - CSC M.
Good question. With a game at 7pm and work ending at 5:30pm, I don't really have time to eat anywhere but the dome.
Will the Bucs regress or progress this year? - Ben D.
I'm not planning on them regressing, that's for sure. They should at least be as good as their 10-6 record last year and I wouldn't be surprised if they picked up another win or two this year.
What is your favorite thing about pre-season football and (excluding the fact the starters don't play for large chunks of games) your least favorite thing about pre-season football? - H. R. P.
My favorite thing about preseason football is always the simple fact that it's the return of football. The first time back in the Dome after months away is always a great feeling, new football games on TV is always a welcome sight and the excitement of the upcoming regular season is, well, exciting. My least favorite thing is how long it seems to last.
I listened to two co-workers debate today about there being a rise in preseason injury this year and whether or not the lockout was to blame (fewer workouts, drills etc). What's your take on that? - Snowboard K.
I have not heard anything to support that theory. Doesn't mean it may not be true but, personally, I don't believe that to be the case. And compared to last year, it feels like the Saints have far fewer injuries so far this season than they did at the same point last season. Keep in mind that with the new CBA rules limiting practice time, teams are on the practice field significantly less during training camp and preseason now, meaning there are fewer opportunities to actually get injured.
Do you plan on going to any away games this year? if so, where and why'd you pick that one/those? - Dan K.
My friends from NY were throwing around the idea of going to Green Bay for the league opener but nothing ever came of it. As of now I have no plans to attend any away games but the game in Nashville against the Titans is intriguing.