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What Up With Dat?: Answering Your Questions


Below are answers to this weeks reader questions submitted Tuesday. Special thanks to all those that participated. Feel free to continue the discussion in the comment section below.

How old are you, what do you do for a living and how did you become a Saints fan? - Preston G.

Some of our long time readers already know this information but I would be happy to answer this question for our newer fans. I am 29 years old and I own a successful college store uptown on Broadway, just blocks from Tulane and Loyola universities. We sell Tulane merchandise, fraternity/sorority merchandise and do custom embroidery, screenprinting, logo and lettering.

I became a Saints fan around 2002 while in college. I would wake up Sunday mornings and just lounge around on the couch. As it turns out, the Saints would always be on television. They weren't very good at the time and I'm a sucker for an underdog. After several weeks, the games went from background noise to capturing my full attention. Eventually, I fell in love with the team and the game of football. When I went to my first ever football game in 2004 at the Superdome, I was officially hooked. I haven't missed a home game since.

So where are you going to go to celebrate once football starts up again? - The Programmerman

Right here on Canal Street Chronicles, baby! Where else?

Where are our CSC t-shirts? - CSC M.

We actually do not have an official t-shirt for the blog but given my occupation, we can easily make that happen. With the lockout going on, it seems to me this would be the perfect time to start a FanPost and begin coming up with ideas. We can put the top designs to a community vote and pick a winner.

Where would you most like to see an away NFL game that you have not been to? What other sports event in the US would you most like to travel to see and and why? Where would you most like to visit outside the US to see a sports event (and why)? - HRP

I would love to watch a game in Green Bay because of it's history and because I've heard their fans are respectful. I am actually in Indianapolis for work right now and just visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway so I think I would actually like to see the Indy 500. Growing up a hockey fan, I would love to see a game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. Outside o the country, I wouldn't mind taking in a soccer match in Italy. Perhaps Roma vs. Lazio.

Read the NFL is actually considering the possibility of playing a season as short as only 8 games. Would you be in favor of a complete boycott by the fans if it comes to this and how would we promote this? - Cajun C.

First of all, I hate the fact that the idea of an eight game season has already been mentioned. Perhaps that's just because it really shows how real and how bad this lockout has become, I know it's a backup plan but I think both the league and the players should focus entirely on getting a damn deal done and playing football in it's entirety. I would have no problem with a fan boycott but, unfortunately, I'm highly doubtful that a movement like that would ever actually get off the ground. On a personal level, I'm not sure I'd be able to stay away. Even if I did, I would want to sell my season tickets which means someone else would still be going to the games. Otherwise, I'd be out of a good bit of money.

If you were allowed only 5 movies for the rest of your life, which 5 would you be willing to watch over and over...? - Snowboard Kat

I'm not a huge movie buff like many other people and don't really watch movies over and over. More of a TV guy. I have a short attention span and get sick of things very easily. But if I had to list my five favorite movies they would probably be:

Some Kind of Wonderful


Almost Famous

The Shawshank Redemption


When you get to work in the morning, do you start the coffee or turn on the lights first? When you wake up in the morning, what do you reach for to quench your thirst? Is the lockout affecting t-shirt sales? - CSC M.

I have a manager who opens the store every morning so when I walk downstairs to work the first thing I usually do is hop right on my computer. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is grab my Blackberry and go through all the emails I received throughout the night and check Facebook. Sad, I know.

Dave, CSC has come a long way in the last 3 to 5 years. Looking forward 3 years, what would you define as success for CSC - and where would you like CSC to be in 10 years? And how do you propose on getting there? - HRP

I think the ultimate sign of success for us would be to finally get recognized by the team and have a significant relationship with them, perhaps even media credentials for each of the home games. Of course I'd love to see our membership continue to increase while still maintaining the high level of discourse we currently have. The only way to get there is to continue working hard and doing what I've been doing the last three years. The good folks at SB Nation are working behind the scenes all the time giving us the tools to stay relevant and will always stay ahead of the curve, I'm sure.