In It To Win It

By Bert Bartlett Like politics, pro football these days has a shorter attention span on the daily newsreel. Which is not to say Greater Nola and beyond would like to see the Saints’ festive season conclude Sunday evening. And there is a chance it won’t. Las Vegas set the Vikings at 3.5 point favorites, a […]

If The Flag Could Talk

by Bert Bartlett Well, NFL players have wrought quite the attention to the First Amendment. The Pittsburgh Steelers became the first team in pro football history to not come out of a locker room for the national anthem as scheduled. Ironic, particularly for (just) a game that participants and owners are gifted or blessed enough […]

Quit Rolling Sevens

by Bert Bartlett Handicappers in sports books in Las Vegas, who make a living doing such things, projected the “over under”, or yearly win potential total, for the 2017 Saints at 8.5. The number suggests the team could have a winning season and contend for a playoff spot. This is an eye opener since there […]

Still Concussed

by Bert Bartlett In the spring of 1980, Roger Staubach stood at a podium in a suite in the bowels of now defunct Texas Stadium.  Microphones on sticks extended, cameras clicked, and video machines whirred.  The Captain America quarterback of his day was reluctantly and tearfully announcing his retirement from the Cowboys, wife Marianne at […]

Super LI : Seen It All

by Bert Bartlett My generation is, lamentably, old enough to have watched all 51 Super Bowls, me having done that and been to some in Tulane Stadium back in the day and on Poydras Street. None compare to just what went down in Texas. Summary adjectives would be trite.  The late Vince Lombardi could be […]

Saints At 50 : Quite A Ride

by Bert Bartlett In big time college and pro sports, Image is everything. The National Football League has long, not so subtly, marketed their games with “perceived adversity”, military regimens, controlled violence and war, on the confines of a 100 yard ‘strategic’ battlefield. On the Gridiron, ‘drafted’ squads, home stands, bombs for long passes, blitzes […]