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Saints and Sinners Off-Season Edition Week 2: When This Baby Hits 88 Miles Per Hour...

Labor talks, labor talks, labor talks, labor talks, labor talks, labo... (Record scratch!) Sorry, folks. For a minute there I thought I was writing for ESPN. Look, it's not that it's not a big issue. It clearly is, but I personally haven't had the patience (or work ethic) to actually do any research on it and come to any informed conclusions backed up by insightful, well... insight.

So in light of that, I'll stick to what I really and truly know: time travel. Yes, that's right. Time travel. It seems that most of the stories in our little Saints bubble this week have more to do with days gone by than they do today. So, if you've got your time circuits ready, and a way to generate 1.21 jiggawatts of power, floor it with me into this week's Saints and Sinners!

Note: The way this works is sort of a "Who's hot, who's not" list as it relates to (primarily) the Saints, (secondly) the League®, and (lastly) the world outside. Participation is ESSENTIAL here, so feel free to add your own Saints and Sinners in the comments section below!

As always, we begin with our SAINTS:

  • Willie Roaf (2005): Lets be honest here folks, big Willie deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is without a doubt one of the best Saints of all time, and maybe even one of the best offensive linemen of all time. Have the Hall of Fame voters penalized him for playing a less than glamorous position? Perhaps. But my guess is that they're just waiting until a time when they can renovate the hall to make enough room for his ginormous bust. Woah, Doc. That's heavy (I know. I'll get e-mail). 
  • Pierre Thomas (2007): When the Saints signed Pierre in 2007, could they have even fathomed the bargain they were getting in the undrafted free agent? My guess is no, but in his years with the team, he has come through in a big way (not counting his most recent injury plagued year). You know, now that I think about it, has anyone else noticed the DeLorean parked in Mickey Loomis' driveway? Great Scott! It all makes sense now. OPINION: If you want a Pierre pal, you're gonna have to pay for it. It's time to give Pierre a contract that is at least somewhat reflective of the market value for a running back with his kind of production. That's all I really want in life.

And now, the SINNER (who I can only assume hates manure):

  • Will Smith (2008): Having tested positive for a banned substance all the way back in 2008 the law was finally laid upon the Saints lead defensive end. After the results of the test became known to the League®, a four game suspension was issued but never served as the "StarCaps" case was becoming more and more entangled in the American legal system. It certainly doesn't take a time machine to go into the near future to see that this probably means the Saints will be drafting a defensive end with their first pick in the upcoming draft.

Well it's pretty obvious that there really isn't much at all going on in Saints news these days, but pretty soon we'll have more labor talks, labor talks, labo... Sorry. I gotta get that thing fixed. Anyway, let's get back to the present day. And remember, try not to run into your future selves. The consequences could be disastrous.