The romance between Lance and the Saints is over as the team released the sure-handed wide receiver today. In 9 seasons while donning the Black & Gold, Moore caught 346 passes for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns. His production dropped off last season though as he missed 3 games with a hand injury and found the end-zone just twice.
The 30-year-old definitely still has gas left in the tank and should have no troubles finding a new home. The Who Dat Nation will no doubt find it odd to see Moore in a new uniform, but where could that be? Off the top of my head, five teams came to mind, but there are plenty. Sadly, two are in the NFC South. YIKES!
1: Detroit Lions
The Motown Cats make a ton of sense since former New Orleans quarterback coach Joe Lombardi was hired by them this offseason to be their new offensive coordinator. At his introductory press conference Lombardi said, ""There will be a lot of similarities to the Saints' playbook. You are going to see some difference, but the playbook that we are starting from is the Saints' playbook, so it will certainly be very similar."
Moore would not only provide Lions QB Matthew Stafford another target, but also help the rest of Detroit's WR corp learn Lombardi's offense.
2: Carolina Panthers
This would be a devastating punch in the gut to Saints fans. Seeing Moore in powder blue and black would certainly cause the Who Dat Nation to convulse or start dry-heaving. The fact is, though, that the Panthers need to surround QB Cam Newton with more sure-handed WRs and Moore fits the bill.
3: Washington Redskins
Besides Pierre Garcon, RG3 doesn't really have any other receiving threats. The 'Skins will look to bounce back this season after a dismal 2013 and keeping their franchise QB happy is priority numero uno. Getting a sure-handed #2 receiver though is just one of many needs for this ballclub.
4: Kansas City Chiefs
Getting Moore in Andy Reid's offense seems like a perfect fit to me, and the Chiefs are lacking big time at WR. Their leading receiver last season was RB Jamal Charles and pairing Dwayne Bowe and Lance Moore up could wind up boosting both wideouts' numbers.
5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Landing in Tampa would not be as much of a blow as going to Carolina, but it would still wound Saints fans since they'd have to see Moore in those new God-awful Bucs uniforms twice a year. I believe the Buccaneers made the right choice hiring Lovie Smith to be their new head coach, and this franchise could be a legitimate threat in the division next year. Moore would instantly upgrade an offense that finished dead last year in passing yards in 2013.
Believe it or not, things actually got worse for the Pelicans last night in Dallas. Not only did the team lose its 5th straight contest, but yet another player was hurt in the process.
This season has been a disaster with injuries piling up. Jason Smith is out for the season (knee), Ryan Anderson (herniated disc) and Jrue Holiday (tibia) are out indefinitely; now the face of the franchise, Anthony Davis joins the list after suffering a sprained left shoulder.
He was seen on the sidelines wearing a sling, but still no word yet on the severity or how much time he will miss.
"We don't know much right now," Coach Monty Williams said. "He's talking to the doctors and we'll find out more after he's had more testing done."
Davis did sprain the same shoulder last season and missed just 2 games. Looking at last night's replay over and over again it doesn't look to be significant, but we should find out more later today.
Coach Paul Mainieri’s baseball team dropped their first game of the season 4-1 Tuesday night to UL Lafayette, but it was not a complete nine inning contest. The game was cut short due to inclement weather as the Tigers fell to 7-1 on the season.
“It’s a strange feeling to lose a game when you don’t get to play the full nine innings, but those are the rules of baseball,” said Mainieri. “I never expected us to go 56-0 this season, and there’s no shame in losing a rain-shortened game to a Top 10 team.”
LSU junior Cody Glenn was saddled with loss as he gave up 3 runs on 5 hits in 4 innings of work. Things were going great until the top of the 3rd inning when he seemed to lose command. Glenn walked the leadoff batter and gave up a triple followed by a sac fly for a 2 run inning.
But the question I ask though; is it fair? Why is it that in baseball you don’t have to play a full nine innings for the game to count?
Imagine if the Saints were in Tampa and the game got called in the 3rd quarter because of bad weather! I understand the conditions did not allow for the teams’ to continue on, but why not resume play in the morning?
This is not a frequent occurrence at least. The last time LSU played in a game shortened due to weather was back in 1999. That to was a loss at the hands of Northwestern State, 12-6 in 8 innings.
The Tigers will look to get back to their winning ways starting Friday with a three game series against Yale. The Bulldogs have not played a game yet so they are opening their season in Alex Box Stadium.
Two weeks into the season, and Fightin’ Tiger baseball has earned themselves a record of 7-0 and a #1 ranking from the Collegiate Baseball magazine poll released today. This is the 5th time LSU baseball as been ranked in the top spot during Paul Mainieri’s 8 years as head coach.
Be sure to catch Mainieri on Sports Talk with Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia tonight at 5:20pm!
Ace Aaron Nola has also been named by the Collegiate Baseball magazine as one of its National Players of the Week.
The junior tossed a no-hitter for seven innings Friday night versus Virginia Tech before leaving the game due to a pitch count restriction. Nola threw 87 pitches in seven shutout frames, allowing no hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.
Nola is 2-0 on the season and he has a 0.00 ERA in 13 innings with one walk and 14 strikeouts.
LSU Baseball Overall Record: 7-0
Last Week’s Results
Feb. 19 – at Southeastern Louisiana (W, 7-3)
Feb. 21 – vs. Virginia Tech (W, 9-0)
Feb. 22 – vs Toledo (W, 15-1)
Feb. 23 - vs Texas Southern (W, 4-1)
This Week’s Schedule
Feb. 25 – #13 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE, 6:30 p.m. on WWL
Feb. 28 – YALE, 7 p.m.on WWL
March 1 – YALE, 2 p.m.
March 2 – YALE, 12 p.m. on WWL
New Orleans GM “Dealing” Dell Demps opted to not make any moves this NBA trade deadline, so the Pelicans roster remains unchanged. There were a few rumors involving New Orleans players, but nothing came to fruition.
“You’d like to make moves to improve your team, it just not as easy as everyone thinks,” said Head Coach Monty Williams. “The trades that are made are usually the ones you don’t hear about. All those ones that are talked about are usually never made.”
One player whose name was of interest to quite a few teams was D-League sensation Pierre Jackson. The Pelicans own his draft rights, and he has been lighting up the developmental league averaging 29 points per game with 6 assists. Jackson has now opted to play overseas in Turkey after not getting a deal with the Pelicans or getting traded to another ballclub. New Orleans still owns his draft rights.
We are still waiting to find out forward Ryan Anderson and point guard Jrue Holiday’s status for the rest of the season. Both have been sidelined “indefinitely” with injuries and the team has provided no updates on either player. If the Pelicans really do believe they can close the gap between them and the current 8 seed in the Western conference to make it into the postseason, having both Anderson and Holiday back is a must.
Anthony Davis may just be in his 2nd season in the NBA, but the 20 year old earned a spot in his first All-Star game that just so happens to be in New Orleans, the city he represents night in and night out for the Pelicans. Davis is already leaving a distinct mark on the league and we should plan on seeing him playing in many more All-Star games to come.
“Oh absolutely,” said league MVP Lebron James after today’s practice. “Davis is an All-Star for a reason. He’s got 20 plus points, 10 plus rebounds and a league high 3.5 blocks per game. They (the Pelicans) have a great one in him.”
Fellow big man, Roy Hibbert of the Indian Pacers, had high praise for the soon to be superstar.
“Davis is a terrific athlete. He’s growing as a player on the offensive and defensive end. The sky’s the limit for him”
New commissioner Adam Silver will always hold this year’s event in New Orleans dear to his heart since it’s the first All-Star weekend for him as the comish. He too has been impressed with the young Davis, but not just his on the court ability.
“Physically he’s really filled out since he came into the league and he’s such an incredibly skilled player and he’s a leader,” Silver said. “As a great player once told me, championships are won on the bus. And so you need to have the character to be a great player as well. That’s the kind of character Anthony Davis has.”
The leadership “AD” has shown this year for the Pelicans has been quite evident. He embraces that role as well and head coach Monty Williams hasn’t shied away from calling the Pelicans Davis’ team.
Another huge positive is that the kid is just a winner. Davis won a national championship his freshman year at Kentucky and then helped team USA earn a gold medal in the Summer Olympics. So does making to his first All-Star game rank up there with those accomplishments?
“It’s up there,” said Davis. “That’s one of your goals; everybody wants to make the All-Star game. So it’s definitely up there, but I think that gold medal ranks number one and the All-Star game is right behind it.”
The city and team was in desperate need of a new face of the franchise after point guard Chris Paul was traded to the Clippers. It was a tough blow to lose such a talented player that brought so much success to the then Hornets franchise. I asked CP3 how it feels to see the torch passed to Anthony Davis as the new face of basketball for New Orleans.
“Perfect, it’s perfect,” said Paul. “The good thing about it is that I actually like “AD”. He’s such a great guy. I think the city of New Orleans deserves somebody like him, who is a hard worker and unbelievably humble. This is his team, this is his city and the city is in good hand for a long time”
The Saints have been eliminated from the playoffs following a 23-15 loss at the hands of the top seeded Seahawks in the NFC Divisional round.
New Orleans’ defense played well for the most part but the offense was stifled. QB Drew Brees was limited to 24 completions on 43 attempts for 309 yards passing and 1 touchdown. Tight end Jimmy Graham was a non-factor with 1 catch for 8 yards on 6 targets while running back Mark Ingram had a costly fumble to start the 2nd quarter that resulted in a Seahawks TD. Kicker Shayne Graham had a rough day as well going 0-2 in field goal attempts.
A bright spot was the play of undrafted rookie free agent RB Khiry Robinson. K-Rob rushed for 57 yards and a score on 13 attempts.
You can’t blame the Gatorade or the Popeyes chicken or any other gimmick coach Sean Payton came up with. Seattle just proved to be the better team again after dominating the Saints back in week 13 of the regular season 34-7.
All the talk of how the Saints could not win on the road in the playoffs has now been put to bed, as the Black & Gold dispatched the Eagles in Philadelphia 26-24 in the Wild Card round. Now they get to head up to Seattle to face the top seeded Seahawks, who dismantled the Saints 34- 7 back in week 13.
While victory may be a tall task for the Saints, it’s not impossible! Over the past few years the #6 seed is 5-2 against the #1 seed in the postseason. Could that trend continue Saturday?
I just don’t see it happening. Seattle’s stout defense at home is just too much to overcome in my mind. I predict Seahawks 27, Saints 20.
Here are some key players I’ll be keeping an eye on in this one:
QB Drew Brees: For all the amazing things Brees does, there just is no denying he is a drastically different QB on the road. To be honest, the Saints defense has bailed out the offense on numerous occasions this season; otherwise the Black & Gold would have 2 or 3 more losses this year. With rainy and windy conditions expected Saturday, ball security will be even more difficult. Brees has thrown 14 interceptions this year… 11 of which have come outside of the Superdome.
RB Mark Ingram: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch O-line dominated the Eagles last week. With Pierre Thomas on the shelf with a chest injury, Ingram has been able to get into a rhythm thanks to double digit carries against Philly & Tampa. I want to see if he will have continued success against the Seattle defens,e which is the top ranked unit in the NFL, but does give up on average 102 yards rushing per game.
TE Jimmy Graham: Drew Brees’ most lethal offensive weapon was held in check the last time these two teams played. Graham had just 3 catches on 9 targets for 42 yards, but did manage to score the Saints only TD. Seattle’s KJ Wright was a big reason Graham was contained, but the linebacker has a broken foot and will miss this matchup. The big question now is; how will the Seahawks defend him now?
QB Russell Wilson: Wilson picked apart the Saints in week 13, racking up 310 yards passing with 3 TDs to go along with 47 yards rushing. To make matters worse for fleur-di-lis D, Wilson and the Seattle offense get a dangerous weapon back for this contest in WR Percy Harvin. If the Saints defense is unable to manufacture a pass rush, we could very well see a repeat performance from Wilson.
RB Marshawn Lynch: Beast Mode was held to just 45 yards and no TDs in the regular season meeting, gaining just 2.9 yards per carry. The Saints were so focused on Lynch though, that they allowed the previously mentioned Wilson to go off. Expect the Seahawks to rely on their workhors,e though in this one due to less-than-perfect weather conditions. 20+ carries is not out of the question.
DE Cliff Avril: DANGER! This guy is fast, powerful and has a knack for stripping the ball away from the opposition. Avril victimized Drew Brees last game with a sack in the 1st quarter and caused a fumble which Michael Bennett scooped and scored for Seattle. Avril totaled 8 sacks this season with 5 forced fumbles and will coming hard once again for #9 who will find it hard to find open WRs against the Legion of Boom secondary.
The Who Dat Dream of hoisting another Lombardi Trophy is still alive since the 11-5 Saints earned a spot in the postseason as the #6 seed, and travel to Philadelphia this week to face a 10-6 Eagles team that won the NFC East and are the #3 seed.
It will be chilly in Philly on Saturday, and the Saints look to exorcise their postseason road demons by earning their first playoff win outside the Superdome in franchise history. You have to like the Black & Gold’s chances in this one, as the Eagles defense is ranked dead last in the NFL against the pass, and we all know that is the Saints' strongest attribute.
PREDICTION: Saints 27 Eagles 23
Now here are some players I’ll be keeping an eye on in this Wild Card match-up
TE Jimmy Graham
I am expecting a huge day from the “Hulk in Cleats,” because the Eagles hvae nobody, and I mean nobody that can match up with him. Look for Graham to chew up and spit out would-be Philly defenders and rack up over 100 yards on the day while catching 2 scores. JIMMY EAT EAGLE!
DE Cam Jordan
The Saints finally hit a homerun with a first round draft pick when they drafted this guy back in 2011. In year 3 in the NFL, Jordan earned 12.5 sacks, a Pro Bowl nod, and will look to feast on second year QB Nick Foles. While the Eagles signal caller does not throw interceptions, it is only because he holds onto the ball, and will take the sack rather than chuck up a pass. It will be vital to the Saints for Jordan to rattle the youngster.
S Roman Harper
I hate to do this, because I really like Harper, but he is God-awful in pass converge and everyone knows it. Philly has an array of weapons at their disposal at receiver, and could make it a long day for Harper if Foles is given time to throw. Having rookie Kenny Vaccaro out for the remainder of the season really hurts the Saints D.
RB Lesean McCoy
Goal numero uno for the Fleur Di Lis D is to slow down the NFL’s leading rusher. McCoy got the nickname "Shady" from his mother as a baby, due to his constantly changing mood. Now, it stands for his elusiveness on the field. He is also a threat in the Eagles passing attack and totaled 11 TDs with a league best 2,146 yards from scrimmage.
CB Brandon Boykin
Drew Brees has been known to throw a pick or 2 on the road, and Boykin will be lurking, ready, and waiting to snatch one on #9’s passes. On the year Boykin has 6 interceptions and the 23-year-old has played in only half of the team’s defensive snaps as the nickel corner. I expect he will be on the field a lot against the Saints.
LB Trent Cole
The 9-year vet leads the Eagles in sacks, and will try and exploit Saints' rookie left tackle Terron Armstead. Along with his 8 sacks on the year, Cole has 15 quarterback pressures and 10 tackles for loss. Armstead rebounded nicely against the Bucs last week after a shaky start against the Cats, but Cole is an upgrade to what Tampa Bay threw at him.
For those of you in fantasy leagues that have Super Bowls this week instead of last, I have put together one final "sit 'em start 'em" just for you.
I had a great year in fantasy land. While I was one and done in the league I am commissioner in; my other squad, the Bombay Sapphires, did manage to win it all. The championship is extra special since it was the first year my mom decided to get involved in fantasy football, and we were co-owners of the team. It was very cool getting calls from her about our weekly match-ups and waiver moves. See, fantasy football brings families closer together!
Anyway, here’s my take on week 17:
Colts QB Andrew Luck
Looking for a QB this week to help you win the championship? Well, look no further than Senor Luck. The Colts are still holding out hope they can get a first round bye, so they will do what they can to win the game and then wait and see what happens with the other games. Luck should have no problem putting up at least 250 yards and two touchdowns, like he did when he faced this week's opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, earlier in the season.
Packers WR Jarrett Boykin
Boykin had a rough go with Matt Flynn at quarterback… until the last two games, when he caught 11 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. It doesn’t matter though because Aaron Rodgers is back under center for the Pack in a must-win game for them. That only boosts up Boykin’s fantasy value.
Panthers TE Greg Olsen
Olsen has been one of the most consistent TEs in fantasy this season. He will never be mistaken for Jimmy Graham, but Olsen has caught less than four passes only three times this season and had less than 40 yards on just five occasions. Carolina clinched a playoff spot, but still wants to win the NFC South and the #2 seed, so they will be going all out this week. With WR Steve Smith highly doubtful, look for Olsen to have a big week vs. the Falcons in a very important game.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan
The Panthers are playing for a division title and a first-round bye and their defense has been excellent all season. Carolina has allowed just one QB to throw for multiple TDs in a game this year and it was Drew Brees, who passed for four in Week 14. Ryan is coming off a good game, but the Cats held him to one TD and picked him off three times in Week 9. I just cannot trust Matty Ice in this one.
49ers RB Frank Gore
Boy oh boy, I know it’s tough to bench a stud like Gore, but this week’s matchup against Arizona just isn’t favorable. The Cardinals defense has given up the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. To me that is all you need to know.
Ravens TE Dennis Pitta
I really thought that the return of Pitta to the Baltimore offense would help their anemic offensive attack, but the tight end has only managed 12 catches for 22 yards and 1 touchdown in 3 games. This week the Ravens take on the Bengals, who have surrendered the third fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends since Week 13. I would look elsewhere for TE production.