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24 Nov 2005

Horn Rips Tagliabue's Handling of Saints

Joe Horn says he and his teammates are angry that Paul Tagliabue hasn't addressed the team. Obviouslly, the problems of pro football players don't amount to a hill of beans compared to the suffering of hundreds of thousands of other people in New Orleans. But it seems completely reasonable to me that the players under contract to the Saints next year want to start making plans for whether they should buy a house in San Antonio, or in Baton Rouge, or whereever the league decides to put the Saints.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 24 Nov 2005

11 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 8:22pm by Jerry

Comments

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by Paul (not verified) :: Thu, 11/24/2005 - 12:34pm

It's not Tagliabue's job to help the hundreds of thousands. It is his job to provide answers for a displaced NFL team. The NFL has done a poor job of handling this situation. The extra home game for the Giants was a big mistake. Two 'home sites' was a big mistake. Not resolving this with the team owner is a big mistake.

By having no definitive plan in place and public, the rumors take hold. Denying the rumors does not solve anything. That plan needs to be public while the season is ongoing. As has been mentioned before, what free agents will want to come to the Saints and this situation? What about the Saints draft picks? Are they going to pull an Elway/Manning?

Then finally, Horn has a great point about the families. Now before anyone complains about the rest of the Katrina victims, it really doesn't matter. That's not the NFL's problem. The NFL's problem is how they run the NFL. A player moving his family due to switching teams is part of the business. Players being away from families due to road games is part of the business. But not knowing for next year, because Benson and the NFL are playing a high stakes game of chicken? Tags and Benson deserve all the bad press.

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by kevin (not verified) :: Thu, 11/24/2005 - 1:21pm

blah, blah, blah . . . There are people trying to figure out how to rebuild RIGHT NOW and some of them are thousands of miles away from New Orleans, and Horn is complaining about NEXT YEAR??? give me a break . . .

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by MC razón (not verified) :: Thu, 11/24/2005 - 1:57pm

"blah, blah, blah . . . There are people trying to figure out how to rebuild RIGHT NOW and some of them are thousands of miles away from New Orleans, and Horn is complaining about NEXT YEAR??? give me a break"

How in the hell does other people having issues they are trying to solve involving New Orleans mean that someone can't try to figure out whether or not they will be working in that city in the future? Those issues are completely unrelated. I know it's fashionable to only care about the "common people" that suffer from disasters but in reality, the Saints have a phenomenal impact, both economic and emotional/psychological on a large number of people. The issues involving the Saints are important and worth discussing. The problems facing the Saints exist regardless of whether or not people are trying to relocate or rebuild right now. "give me a break" just shuffles the problems under the rug and lets them accumulate and become even more absurd.

But I'm sure the poor folks who you think are so much more important than the Saints will be very happy to know that you don't care if the players their children idolize will play in their hometown again.

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by Gatts (not verified) :: Thu, 11/24/2005 - 2:41pm

God bless Joe Horn, my favorite player in the world, and one of the kindest players in the NFL.

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by Dave (not verified) :: Thu, 11/24/2005 - 3:56pm

#2: yeah, so why are any of us even at a football website when half of the African subcontinent has AIDS? Come on, that's just a ridiculous thing to say.

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by Jersey (not verified) :: Thu, 11/24/2005 - 11:05pm

Like it has been said several times in this thread, Tagliabue has nothing to do with the recovery. It may not be politcally correct to talk about anything regarding new orleans besides displaced starving suffering poor familes, but the fact is that Tagliabue isn't avoind the saints situation because he's out feeding starving children. Horn is absolutely correct, something has to be done with the Saints. A decision has to be made. Move them with a promise ot NO to get the next team. Dip into the nfl coffers and make sure hte superdome is ready for next year, subsidize saints tickets so they can sell out, and keep them in NO. make a decision. Right now they just travel the country and get blown up by bad teams. And giving the giants an extra home game was terrible, especially now that the giants are in a tight NFC East race. (although it is getting looser as the Eagles fall apart with injuries and the redskins return to normal).

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by Felton (not verified) :: Thu, 11/24/2005 - 11:05pm

What's ironic is that if you replace Joe Horn with Saints fans and Paul Tagliabue with Tom Benson, you have the exact feelings of people in New Orleans about the future of their team. I wonder if the players understand that irony.

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by Shalimar (not verified) :: Fri, 11/25/2005 - 10:02am

The Saints have an owner. Isn't making those decisions Benson's responsibility? Or is the holdup because the league is pressuring him to make a choice he doesn't like (staying in Louisiana)?

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by Michael David Smith :: Fri, 11/25/2005 - 10:21am

No, it's not the owner's decision. The league would have to approve the move. Benson has made it clear that he wants to move to San Antonio permanently, and Tagliabue has made it just as clear that he won't allow it.

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by Sophandros (not verified) :: Fri, 11/25/2005 - 12:24pm

Horn is right on with this, but hey, it's New Orleans. People care more about rebuilding Iraq than they do about rebuilding New Orleans.

What's interesting is that the ticket holder base of the team are the people who have and who will continue to move back to the city and the area; most of the people who are not returning are people who could not afford tickets in the first place. There will be support for the team in the event that they return.

Regarding Benson, well, he should fear for his health. Trying to move the Saints right now is like trying to steal from a man in a coma.

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by Jerry (not verified) :: Mon, 11/28/2005 - 8:22pm

No, it’s not the owner’s decision. The league would have to approve the move. Benson has made it clear that he wants to move to San Antonio permanently, and Tagliabue has made it just as clear that he won’t allow it.

MDS, didn't Al Davis win his court battle and make it safe for poor NFL owners to move their franchises without league approval?