Obviously the big news of the day is Will Smith and Marques Colston reporting to training camp. Not that they shouldn't because they are still under contract, but whatever.
"This is a mandatory minicamp," Loomis said. "We expect every guy on our roster to be present."
Players were required to report by 7pm yesterday and will practice five times from Friday to Sunday. A million sites had the story but I will give you the Times-Pic's version and NFL.com's version. Joel Segal, agent for both players had this to say about each...
"Obviously, Will wants a new contract and hopefully that will get taken care of in due time, but first and foremost, he told me he wants to be there today and not miss the mandatory camp," said Smith's agent, Joel Segal. "He wants to be with his teammates and pursue the goal of the Saints winning a Super Bowl."
"Marques has had a great offseason and he's looking forward to continuing his outstanding production and contributing to victories as he has the past two years,"
The Times-Pic article also had some news about the whole Charles Grant debacle.
"Charles is fine to go to minicamp this weekend," Edward Tolley said. "We're going to have a meeting among the lawyers next week and start moving this thing in a positive direction."
In reference to the person indicted for the actual murder, Tolley said this...
"He's had a bond hearing," Tolley said, "but the judge hasn't ruled yet. I think once he rules on the bond question, we'll probably start getting some scheduling orders as to everybody else. I talked to Charles (Wednesday) and I told him I wanted him to do his job, to try to maintain as normal a schedule and lifestyle and responsibilities as possible and we'll go from there."
Here we go. Let's do this!
In other news, the Saints-Chargers game in London is a hotter ticket than a David Archuletta/David Cook concert. 40,000 tickets were sold in just 90 minutes. This comes from info from the New Orleans Saints official website.
“We are delighted to report the overwhelming interest in this year’s game,” said ALISTAIR KIRKWOOD, managing director of NFL UK. “Today’s sales at Ticketmaster have matched the pace at which tickets were bought for last year’s game between the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants, which was historic in being the first-ever regular-season game outside North America. This proves that our event is one of the most eagerly awaited on the British sports calendar.”
Here is a good one on everyone's favorite Deuce McAllister. It's an interview with Deuce by Chris Rose. This one is a must read. Check it out. I'm not much of a Chris Rose fan, but this one was good. Here are some highlights.
First of all: Why is your charity called the Catch-22 Foundation? Shouldn't it be the Catch-26 Foundation?
I wore 22 in college and I started my foundation early in my career, before I signed a contract. I thought I would get the number 22 when I turned pro but I never was able to get that number. So it's just Catch-22 -- Catch Deuce McAllister.
Who had 22 when you came to the Saints?
Fred Thomas. And I tried to buy it, I tried to pry it away -- but I couldn't get it from him.
So much for rookie hospitality! Speaking of 22: I just recently found out what your real name is: How did you come to be called Deuce?
Well, Dulymus is so hard to say. And all through high school I wore the number 2 -- and I was a second child. So, once my high school coach started calling me Deuce, it pretty much stuck.
So you went from 2 to 22?
Right. Same story as joining the Saints: I couldn't get 2 in college because I had to deal with the upperclassmen.
Are you a good tipper?
I try to be. I leave about 18 to 20 percent.
C'mon man! You're a millionaire. Aren't you supposed to leave a hundred bucks when you buy a pizza or something like that?
I can't afford that! The economy's bad right now; I can't get too crazy.
Tell me about your pre-game ritual.
I listen to music. But especially, when I go into the training room to get taped, me and one of our trainers -- we have our special time and we listen to gospel music -- and once I've heard that, I know I'm ready to play.
This coming season: What's going to happen?
We want to win the division. We win the division, then we qualify for the playoffs. If we qualify for the playoffs, then anything can happen. Everyone saw what happened with the Giants last year. No one had them winning the Super Bowl, but they got hot at the right time. So if we can win our division, then we like our chances.
I understand that one of your favorite hobbies is Scrabble. What is the highest score you've ever gotten in a game?
Truthfully, I don't remember, but that's funny you ask -- I'm about to play as soon as this basketball game goes off. I'm going to play tonight. I love to play Scrabble. And I love to fish.
Well, I'm not much of a fisherman but I love me some Scrabble. Call me sometime; I'll kick your butt.
You gonna come over and play a game of Scrabble with me? Fine. I will get a triple word score, with the letter Q, using all seven letters and a 50-point bonus!