We got another update on the commissioner's USO trip from the New Orleans Saints official website. Here is the funniest part.
(An aside: Military lingo of the day while driving through Baghdad -- "Roger that... Roger." "What?" asked the commissioner from the third seat.)
Nothing about Drew.
For those of you who missed my appearance on Blog Talk Radio and might actually be interested in hearing it, voila!
For all the fantasy players out there, KFFL did their quarterback review and here is what they had to say about our boy Drew Brees whom, by the way, they ranked #4.
4) Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | 6-foot, 209 Pounds | 8th Year
Bye Pass Att Pass Comp Pass Yds Pass TDs Pass Int Rush Att Rush Yds Rush TDs Total TDs Wk Low High Low High Low High Low High Low High Low High Low High Low High Low High 9 544 594 351 401 4006 4406 26 30 13 15 24 34 49 79 0 2 26 32
PROS: Nobody put the ball in the air more often in 2007 than Brees, whose 652 attempts were 74 more than the runner-up. Considering his high number of throws, Brees' accuracy was staggering as he completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 4,423 yards and 28 touchdowns - allowing him to finish in the top five in all major passing categories except touchdowns, where he came in sixth. He boasts a deep cache of weapons both split wide and coming out of the backfield. Brees shook off a rough start to throw two or more touchdowns in 10 of his final 12 games. The offense also calls for a lot of quick releases, which helps keep Brees healthy (fewer than 20 sacks allowed each of the past two seasons).
CONS: About that rough start.... try one touchdown and nine interceptions over the season's first four games, which likely cost fantasy owners some early victories. The loss of running back Deuce McAllister (knee), and the defense's inability to get off the field, led to an unbalanced offensive approach last season, which caused Brees to throw 98 more passes than he did in 2006. While the Saints have a lot of depth at the receiver position, only wideout Marques Colston has proven himself to be a difference maker.
FANTASY TIP: Brees could find himself overlooked a bit this season due to his slow start in 2007 and the Saints taking a significant step back as a team. However, the focus should be more on his strong finish and back-to-back seasons with more than 4,400 yards passing in New Orleans. He's a solid choice once the first three quarterbacks are off the board. Brees, as the peak of the second tier of fantasy passers, still offers reasonable upside at 29 years old, but you don't want to reach for him if the top quarterbacks come off the board in rapid succession.