We continue with the next matchup in our "Most Hated Person in Saints History" tournament.
For those who haven't been following along,we've got a full 64-person bracket packed with all the ghosts from Saints past that you love to hate. We're going matchup by matchup, choosing the more hated Saints figure each time, until we've finally crowned a winner as the most hated person in Saints history.
The full tournament can be found directly below. Our next matchup today is between every ex-oiler Bum Phillips acquired at No. 13 vs. No. 52 ranked Billy Joe Hobert.
Your decision can be based on anything you'd like, whether it's on the field performance, off the field antics, or anything in between. I highly encourage those veteran fans to share there memories of some of the older persons in question and make their arguments for or against. Younger members may want to wait and read what the veterans have to say before placing their vote.
To help you make your decision here's a little more info on today's contestants, courtesy of BewareofDog:
Every Ex-Oiler Bum Phillips Acquired - When Bum Phillips traded Archie Manning for Oilers offensive tackle Leon Gray in 1982, somebody changed the street sign in front of the Saints office. "Saints Drive" was covered by a makeshift sign which read "Ex-Oilers Drive" after Bum brought in the sixth ex-Oiler in just a little over 1 season with the team. It wasn't the fact that Bum brought in players who played for him with the Oilers that bothered folks so much. It was what he gave up to make room for those players. Aside from ditching Archie for a LT who lasted two seasons and replacing him with Ken Stabler who was 61 years old at the time, Bum also traded away George Rogers and then brought in a beaten down, washed up, Earl Campbell who they rolled onto the field in a wheelchair for games (at least, that's the way I remember it). There were quite a few other ex-Oilers that Bum brought in, but, who cares? All I remember is Stabler throwing that interception against the Cowboys and Earl breaking free on what would have been a 60 yard TD run only to have the wheels fall off his chair after about 25 yards and get caught from behind. Or, something like that.
Billy Joe Hobert (QB 1997-1999) - He played for Mike Ditka. Nuff said. What? You want more? Okay. Um, why this particular bracket isn't called "The Two Billy Joes", I'll never know. The fact is, Hobert was an oft-injured QB who was never around long enough to generate much hate. And when he did play, it generated more comedy/tragedy than hatred. Well, that is, if you could tell who was actually on the field between him and Billy Joe Tolliver. Okay, so which one wore #11 and which one wore #12? Which one was the redhead? Oh, now I remember. Hobert was the one who had a 1-6 record as starter during Ditka's last season. But, so did Tolliver. They were both 1-6 as starters in 1999. Aw, hell... never mind.
Voting will be open for exactly 48 hours from the time of publish. Voting results and brackets will be updated as we go along.