During the 2012 offseason, along with the BountyCrap that consumed the NFL and Saints fans, there was also the little matter of Drew Brees's 2006 contract expiring with no extension or new deal signed.
On March 3, JUST ONE DAY AFTER BOUNTYGATE STARTED, following much speculation LINK, the Saints placed the franchise tag designation on Brees. This let us know that it would be a while before it would get resolved, as the next hard deadline was going to be July 16, 2012, the day in which players must either sign their franchise tag offer, or a new long term deal, or choose to sit out the upcoming season. GULP!
And then on a spooky Friday the 13th afternoon (3 days and counting until July 16...), after some handwringing (they're $10 million apart? GAAAA! Is that good or bad????) and rumoring (thanks, Florio and New Orleans media outlet!!), the news broke in this comment in Dave's Breesagededdon post from that morning LINK (remember those slowly fading images of Drew Breeeeeeees!?):
wwl reporting that brees has signed deal
"If you're going through Hell, keep going."
by DrewBreesManCrush on Jul 13, 2012 | 1:38 PM rec flag actions
Just tweeted that the deal is done. 5 years $100 mil. Can't post a link at worK
Peyton, I can eat Oreos faster than you!!!!
by mknkachow on Jul 13, 2012 | 1:39 PM rec flag actions
And so all the Whos down in WhoDatville sang just the same...in both Satch/Dave's first post on it, and in the aforementioned Breesagededdon post...
by BASAINT on Jul 13, 2012 | 1:43 PM rec flag actions
Yall cant see it but I am doing the snoopy dance right now. Thank God because I dont think my liver could take anymore stress drinking. Time for celebratory drinking
"I hear this place is restricted, Wang, so don't tell 'em you're Jewish, okay?"Al Czervik
"You know what seperates the winners from the losers?" Jimmy McGinty
" The score. " Shane Falco
by carter96 on Jul 13, 2012 | 1:45 PM rec flag actions
Brees signed! Now let's get drunk!
Unapologetic controversy and sound logic
by Ace Venom on Jul 13, 2012 | 1:54 PM rec flag actions
Just busted out my Abita 25th Anniversary Vanilla Double Dog ale I'd been saving just for this!
"Drew Brees was the perfect guy for an imperfect situation." -Mickey Loomis
by WhoDatMatt on Jul 13, 2012 | 2:56 PM up rec flag actions
Chris Rock's definitions of "rich" and "wealthy":
Drew is RICH.
The guy who signed his check is WEALTHY!
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
by Just 'Nother Day on Jul 13, 2012 | 8:27 PM up rec flag actions
In other CSC coverage of this event, we have Tom Benson's official statement LINK, Satch's FDL from that day LINK, Drew Brees talking about his new contract LINK, our prediction results post LINK, and an "instant history - where were you when...?" post LINK.
There was an emergency Podcast that night, too: LINK
The Fearless leader Dave called for an emergency late night podcast after Drew Brees signed. The boys discuss if Brees or the Saints won the contract negotiation. Could Drew run for President? How many Jimmy John sandwiches does 40 million buy? What horrible joke did Ralph play on his Mom? Ralph asks God to please have the Falcons talk Bounty trash the week of the Saints game. Kevin tries to figure out if winning a Super Bowl without Sean Payton is a huge motivator for Brees. Dave explains why Brees' agent not wanting to work on Saturday probably got the deal done. And Kevin guesses how many times Al Michaels will say the word bounty during the Hall of Fame Game. Is 6000 million billion a real number?
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So there's another significant, if not utterly obvious installment of HansDat's High Points of 2012 (although I usually don't remember it specifically when I recall 2012 - BountyCrap and the mostly cruddy regular season take up most of my memory banks - so this is a good exercise for me to get a more complete picture of the year that was).
What do you remember about that day? How did it make you feel?