January 25, 2010

Quick Notes around the NFC Champion Saints

  • The Saints open as early 4.5 point underdogs to the Colts. The Saints were 18-1 to win the Super Bowl at the beginning of the season.

  • Here's an interesting article on how Super Bowl XLIV host city Miami has changed, economically and physically, since the last Super Bowl they hosted in 2007. Not to mention the name of the host facility, Sun Life Stadium, which has held that name for a matter of days.

  • The Superdome on Sunday was a hot spot for former Saint greats. Deuce McAllister presented the Halas NFC Champion trophy to Tom Benson. Pat Swilling and Rickey Jackson visited the locker room. Steve Gleason was on the sidelines, and former 49er great Ronnie Lott addressed the team pre-game.

    The Vikings? They brought American Idol byproduct Larry Platt.

  • Post-game Twitter messages:

    TE Jeremy Shockey wrote: "playing on 1 leg sux... ill get beter soon... wish i could help our team more but ill be great in 2wks.."

    Hornets PG Chris Paul wrote: "WHO DAT WHO DAT WHO DAT SAID DEY GON BE DEM SAINTS..."

    Former Saints DT La'Roi Glover wrote: "Yall say who Dat! I say we DAT!!! Congrats to the Saints Football organization."

    CB Malcolm Jenkins wrote: "Super Bowl!!!!.... Thanks to the city of New Orleans and all the Who Dat Nation for all of the support .... We're gonna bring it back home!"

    RB Reggie Bush wrote: "Today was a game of inches! But we got the win! New Orleans stand up ! South East San Diego Stand up! We here!"

    Vikings WR Sidney Rice wrote: "Tough loss for us! Words can't even describe how painful it is..."

    Vikings OT Bryant McKinnie wrote: "I would like 2 say Congrats 2 the Saints on going 2 the Super Bowl! I would like 2 Thank all my teammates 4 a great season..."

    Former Falcons RB and current broadcaster Jamal Anderson wrote: "This is Great for the city of New Orleans. Saints have been dominate all season... FYI, Colts have NEVER lost a Super Bowl in Miami... Tough for a Falcon to say, but Congrats to the Saints...What a season. Vikings, History has a cold way of..."

    Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald wrote: "Gr8 game!Congrats 2 the saints!That city deserves something good like this after going through Hurricane Katrina."

  • The Senior Bowl practices dominate this week's attention for the league's college scouting departments. Because of the amount of talent on the field for the NFL Draft, many coaching staffs attend practices en masse. For the first time in Saints history, that will be very difficult to do.

    The Saints will pick either 31st or 32nd overall in April's NFL Draft, depending on the outcome of Super Bowl XLIV. Round one of the draft will take place on Thursday night, April 22, as the league moves the Draft into primetime television, starting at 6:30pm CT, with rounds two and three on Friday night and rounds 4-7 on Saturday. The Saints will be picking late in the night on Thursday, likely around 10pm, barring trade.

  • The Detroit Lions are now the only team in the NFC to never have made the Super Bowl. In the AFC, Cleveland, Houston and Jacksonville have never been there.

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