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T-Bob Hebert

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Posts from March 2014


T-Bob: On da bayou with Mom & Beaux
My wonderful mother called me up last Wednesday and told me she would be coming in town for my brother Beaux’s birthday.  I was excited, but I knew that this call was about more than just informing me of her plans to fly in.  She started talking about paddle boarding, and how Beaux really wanted to take a 3-hour tour through Bayou St. John.

Now, on the surface this doesn’t sound too bad; however, if you know me, you know that I can be a victim of extreme laziness.  To make matters worse, this proposed tour was going to take place during my daily nap time around 11 AM (I know that speaking of a daily nap time is unlikely to ingratiate myself with anybody, but it is what it is.)  So, due to my natural laziness, I was a bit apprehensive about the tour.  I figured it was going to drag on and that it would actually be tiring and all I wanted to do was go home and play Hearthstone.  

I could not have been more wrong. I had an amazing time thanks to NOLA Paddleboards, and absolutely cannot wait to go again.

I was nervous at first about falling, not because I didn’t want to go swimming or get wet, but rather, I didn’t want to be embarrassed because I fell while my mother and brother (both experienced paddle boarders) strode along the bayou with an elegance and grace I could only hope to emulate.  Much to my surprise, I did not fall.  In fact, after ten minutes I guess you could say I even got cocky!  The more comfortable I got on the board, the more I started to enjoy myself.  I felt as if I was being transported back in time.  

Here I was, paddling along Bayou St. John, much like the merchants, pirates, and traders that had come hundreds of years before me.  Perhaps the most interesting part of the entire tour was learning the history of Bayou St. John and how it was the original entrance to the city.  It was too hard to fight against the current of the Mississippi, so our forefathers would instead ride to the end of the bayou before transferring to land and heading into the city proper.  

To ride the same waterways in the year 2014 that our ancestors rode along in the 1700s was mind-blowing to me.  At times, I could almost see beyond the roads and the buildings and found myself staring at the city at how it could have been.

I love the idea of staying genetically grounded.  By that, I mean I enjoy engaging in activities that might have been close to what my ancestors might have done.  Paddling up and down the bayou definitely falls into that category for me.  

Bottom line, if you are looking for something fun to do on a beautiful day, paddle boarding is the ticket.  It’s an excellent activity for families, couples, and friends to enjoy together.  The whole experience is positive. You get out the house, you get some exercise, and you learn about the history of the city along the way.  Perhaps most importantly, paddle boarding is FUN!  So, if you find yourself bored or looking for something to do, don’t hesitate to hit up NOLA Paddleboards for a different sort of experience than you are used to.  
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T-Bob: Trimmer incident made me a modern-day Samson
Hello friends.

I come before you today a changed man.  In a terrible turn of events, I find myself beardless, and therefore somewhat powerless.  

My entire outlook on life has entered a downward spiral.  Where I used to see a beautiful, shining sun lighting a world full of possibility, I now see a flaming ball of gas that will one day murder the earth and all who tread upon it.  

A couple months ago, for my birthday, my wife got me a pretty nice beard trimmer (yes, gifts do get less fun the older you get) and I was relatively pleased with it.  I felt that if I learned my way around the machine, eventually I could save myself the trouble of going to get my beard trimmed while getting my hair cut.  I felt that if I learned what to do, not only could I save money but time as well. 

It all seemed to make perfect sense; little did I know the consequences that could occur while learning how to best use said trimmer.  I started out conservatively, for I was nervous about cutting off too much.  With this kind of caution heading into the trim session, how could I possibly falter?  

Well, this is a tale of overconfidence and my own hubris leading to my downfall.  

The first guard level I used was 15.  Obviously, this setting did not cut off much, if it cut anything at all.  This was the beginning of my self-assurance that nothing could possibly go wrong.  From there I made the jump all the way to a 9 guard.  Even at the 9, there wasn’t a clear, discernable difference in the beard.  Impatience was starting to gnaw at my heels  and I wanted to hurry up and get done with my self-imposed manscaping.  

All of these factors added up to me making the executive decision to jump all the way from a 9 guard to a 5.  Little did I know just how short the 5 actually was. 

 I’ll never forget, as I brought the trimmer to my face, I had a last-second flash in my mind that perhaps I should make a pit stop at the 7 guard and see how short that brought me.  I quickly waved away such thoughts as I now firmly believed in my ability to judge the different lengths of the guards. 

Immediately after the first swipe, I knew I had made a critical error in judgment.  I finished shaving the rest even as the tears flowed down my face.  I felt like Samson of the Bible; I didn’t realize just how much of my power and confidence came from my facial sweater.  

I have learned my lesson.  Never again shall I underestimate the power of the trimmer and its ability to take away from my power levels.  I sit here a man adrift in a sea of self pity and regret. 

For the next two weeks, I shall become a recluse, as I contemplate how to avoid this fate in the future.  

​Like the Phoenix, I shall rise from my self created ashes and soar as I once did… bearded and beautiful… until then, I shall attempt to learn from this experience and meet the man behind the beard.
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T-Bob: Keeping Strief with the Saints was huge!
I feel like an idiot.  

During this free agency period, I have been so wrapped up in the flashy, skilled positions that I have ignored those who matter most… the big men up front.  

I’ll spare you the clichés about the game being won or lost on the line, but I will tell you that there is a reason for such clichés to exist.  Excellent line play is the quickest way to improve a team overall, and poor line play can dismantle an otherwise great team.  

The Saints have lost a lot of big names lately from positions of note.  Names like Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins, Darren Sproles, and Lance Moore will no longer be wearing the Black & Gold.  As upsetting as this may be to some, there could have been a far worse loss had the Saints let big RT Zach Strief get away.  In a classic case of me becoming that which I hate the most, I started ignoring the free agent situation on the offensive line for the big name signings.  

Anytime Strief was brought up in the conversation,
my go-to response was a dismissive “ah yes, they must work that out too.”  I should have realized how critical it was to keep Strief. He is the paragon offensive lineman.  He is intelligent, he has great feet & hands, he is humble, and at 6'7", he is colossal. I always imagine people like this on ancient battlefields… scary!  

READ MORE: Strief back in Black and Gold

We spend all day talking about how Drew Brees is the key to the Saints' success, and yet, we tend to ignore the men up front who are responsible for keeping him healthy.  I’m going to be honest here; I did not know how good Zach Strief was last year.  Between Jimmy Graham, Drew, and the rest of the skill guys I too got blinded by the bright lights and flashy numbers.  Zach Strief quietly made himself into one of the best, if not the best RT in the league last year, and I feel that we never really talked about him that much.  

John Clayton had Strief on his 2013 All-Pro team at right tackle.  Pro Football Focus actually had Strief rated as the top RT in the entire NFL last year and 7th best tackle overall.  When I read this fact while trying to find contract details, I was mindblown.  This man was performing at an elite level all last season, yet I feel his contributions were largely unheralded.

Well I am here to say: never again!  I shall wave my fat man flag proudly as I seek to do a better job this upcoming season to truly break down the offensive line, and figure out who is struggling and who is excelling.

We can all breathe a huge sigh of relief that big number 64 is staying in New Orleans.  It looks like Brees and Co. will once again be putting on a show come fall time.  
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T-Bob: Keeping Strief with the Saints was huge!
I feel like an idiot.  

During this free agency period, I have been so wrapped up in the flashy, skilled positions that I have ignored those who matter most… the big men up front.  

I’ll spare you the clichés about the game being won or lost on the line, but I will tell you that there is a reason for such clichés to exist.  Excellent line play is the quickest way to improve a team overall, and poor line play can dismantle an otherwise great team.  

The Saints have lost a lot of big names lately from positions of note.  Names like Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins, Darren Sproles, and Lance Moore will no longer be wearing the Black & Gold.  As upsetting as this may be to some, there could have been a far worse loss had the Saints let big RT Zach Strief get away.  In a classic case of me becoming that which I hate the most, I started ignoring the free agent situation on the offensive line for the big name signings.  

Anytime Strief was brought up in the conversation,
my go-to response was a dismissive “ah yes, they must work that out too.”  I should have realized how critical it was to keep Strief. He is the paragon offensive lineman.  He is intelligent, he has great feet & hands, he is humble, and at 6'7", he is colossal. I always imagine people like this on ancient battlefields… scary!  

We spend all day talking about how Drew Brees is the key to the Saints' success, and yet, we tend to ignore the men up front who are responsible for keeping him healthy.  I’m going to be honest here; I did not know how good Zach Strief was last year.  Between Jimmy Graham, Drew, and the rest of the skill guys I too got blinded by the bright lights and flashy numbers.  Zach Strief quietly made himself into one of the best, if not the best RT in the league last year, and I feel that we never really talked about him that much.  

John Clayton had Strief on his 2013 All-Pro team at right tackle.  Pro Football Focus actually had Strief rated as the top RT in the entire NFL last year and 7th best tackle overall.  When I read this fact while trying to find contract details, I was mindblown.  This man was performing at an elite level all last season, yet I feel his contributions were largely unheralded.

Well I am here to say: never again!  I shall wave my fat man flag proudly as I seek to do a better job this upcoming season to truly break down the offensive line, and figure out who is struggling and who is excelling.

We can all breathe a huge sigh of relief that big number 64 is staying in New Orleans.  It looks like Brees and Co. will once again be putting on a show come fall time.  
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