Below are my answers to most of this weeks reader questions submitted Thursday. Special thanks to all those that participated. Feel free to continue the discussion on any of these topics in the comment section below.
Who is more expendable: Colston or Nicks? - Ben D.
Wow! This is a tough one. Glad I'm not the one who actually has to make the decision. I'd have to go with Colston, though. There are a lot of other good wide receivers behind him and the Saints passing game would probably go on without skipping a beat. But who would replace Carl Nicks if he left? Matt Tennant? The potential dropoff in talent is much more significant behind Nicks than it is behind Colston. And let's face it, Nicks is one of the best in the league at his position. I don't think you could say the same for Colston. In a perfect world, however, they'd both stay.
Why is there so much secrecy About the draft pick trade with Miami on the Bush deal. Both teams season is over. I just don't see the need for the secrecy. - Tim P.
I really don't know, it definitely is a bit peculiar. And I agree with you, it seems unnecessary. Perhaps it involves large amounts of Vicodin? Just kidding! I suppose we'll find out soon enough as the draft approaches.
What drink did you use to drown your sorrows on Saturday night? - David K.
Hate to disappoint but it was just good old Coors Light. I might have had a Firefly and water mixed in there at one point but, for the most part, just the Silver Bullet. I hadn't actually planned on drinking during the game but after the second turnover, I thought it might be wise.
When will I wake up from this hellish nightmare and wake up to find out the Saints didn't lose to the 49rs? - B. Robichaux
Will the pain ever go away? - Breesus Christ S.
I enjoyed this question so much I dedicated an entire post to answering it yesterday. Read my thoughts right here.
What are the changes/upgrades planned for the Super Dome prior to the super bowl next year? - Snow K.
I think most of the changes/upgrades to the Superdome itself are actually complete but I believe a few more upgrades will be made to Champions Square as part of Phase III, including the addition of shops and restaurants. From the Superdome's official website...
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome recently completed an $85 million renovation that completely modernized the facility...
...Champions Square recently completed Phase II construction.
What is the proper way....to pronounce our new DC's name? All i've ever heard...is Spag-nolo.....but if you look at the way it's spelled....I dare say we have a Fahv-ruh situation on our hands. - Jeff L. B.
Spagnolo is Italian for Spaniard. Somewhere in his family's past I assume a 'u' got added to the spelling of the name (Spagnuolo). If we really want to get technical, it should probably be pronounced: spa- nyo-lo. The 'gn' is pronounced the same as it is in the word gnocchi. If that doesn't help, think of the 'ny' in canyon.
What are the chances of a get together in NOLA for the draft? - Clayton C.
About as good as the chances of someone taking the reigns and organizing said get together. See where I'm going with this?
What would you most want Spags to do differently from GW? - Hans D.
I'd like to see a great pass rush. Everything we've read about Spags thus far says he has the ability to get a good rush out of just his front four guys, which is opposite of Gregg Williams' blitz-heavy approach. Personally, I don't care how they get it done I just want to see the defense do a better job of getting to the quarterback.