We have now been in Lewisburg, West Virginia for twenty days, and while I have had some good times along the way, that is far too long of a time to spend away from the city and the woman that I love. I find myself anxiously awaiting our return to New Orleans on Thursday.
Although I am approximately 48 hours away from touching down back in the best city in the country, everyone I am expressing my excitement to warns me of heat and humidity. At this point, I welcome the heat and humidity if only to awake me from this listless waking slumber that has consumed me wholly.
I miss the sights and sounds of the city. I miss Stein’s, I miss District Donuts, and I miss Crescent City Comics. I miss my bed and I miss my cat. Yes, my sweet, beautiful, obese feline companion. Also, when I left twenty days ago, I had to move all of my things into storage in preparation for my move to Mid-City, which means when I get back I will have to get straight to moving. Normally I would dread that, but I now welcome it with open arms and am giddy with excitement to explore a new part of the city. Until that moment, however, I will continue to talk football!
Saints guard Jared Weaver has continued to build steam, as he played well in the first game and will look to build upon that first performance this Friday when the Black and Gold welcome the Titans into the Superdome. Weaver’s story is one mixed with sadness and triumph, and is deserving of its own entry into this blog series which he should have sometime next week.
Suffice it to say that if the New Orleans native would make this team it would be a dream come true - but he will have his work cut out for him. The Saints are in the enviable position of almost having too many guys who can play. Even without their two Pro Bowl guards against one of the best defensive lines in the league, the offensive line did not give up a sack and averaged over five yards per carry.
This was due in large part to the performances of three of their bubble players, which includes Weaver, Senio Kelemete, and Marcel Jones. When you start to break down the numbers, there is maybe only one spot available between the three players, and perhaps not even that depending on how the Goodwin/Lelito situation plays out.
There are a few things I am excited about when it comes to Friday; the Saints will be playing at the Dome, and as a Tigers fan it will be great to see Zach Mettenberger return to South Louisiana. Mett’s first outing was solid as he led the Titans on a game-winning drive in a torrential downpour. Mett seems as if he is off to a good start, as the Titans have already cut former Ark QB Tyler Wilson and now just Charlie Whitehurst and Jake Locker remain. I expect Locker to start the season, but if he catches another big injury do not be surprised if Mettenberger is suddenly starting on Sundays. Until tomorrow my friends, be kind and rewind.
PS Can’t wait for episode number two of Hard Knocks tonight. Some Hard Knocks veterans I have talked to said that they think his is the most boring one yet however I have never actually watched the show before and I am thoroughly interested. Plus, after Week 1 of the preseason it seems as if Atlanta will once again be tha Saints biggest competition in the South. CHOOOO CHOOO that’s the sound of the week one hype train.