An arbitrator is deciding whether Jimmy Graham should get the franchise tag for a tight end or for a wide receiver. The difference? About $5 million (and the spelling).
Graham wants wide receiver bucks; the Saints say he’s a tight end. Which is it?
We spoke with WWL’s NFL analyst Mike Detillier, who believe Graham should get paid wide receiver money.
“In his first 4 seasons in the NFL, he’s caught more passes than any other tight end in the history of the National Football League. This is a guy that played a grand total of one year of college football, and last year played with a foot injury that he didn’t miss a lot of time out on the field.”
Mike went on to point out that Graham has more receptions than Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice did in his four years.
That does make a pretty compelling argument.
But what if there were a compromise? Barry Wilner, an NFL writer for the Associated Press, offered up a possibility.
“What the league and the teams might need to find a way to do is restructure these definitions on positions so that you do have a tight end/wide receiver like a Jimmy Graham.” Part of the problem is that the tight end might be the most hybrid position in the NFL…Jimmy Graham is as good as almost every wide receiver in the league, even though I do believe he is a tight end.”
Could the debate force a change for the whole NFL? Well, we’ll see.
Data indicates the West Bank of Jefferson Parish peaked in 2000 and is struggling with an aging population, low paying jobs and defections to Orleans Parish.
We spoke with Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts about a study the Council commissioned that shows West Jefferson has been struggling, but it’s not all doom and gloom.
“When you have facilities like the TPC, and you have the NOLA Motorsports track, those are attractions that are going to be regional attractions that bring people from all over. So if you never had a reason before to cross the bridge, to come over and see West Jefferson, those are draw cards that cause people to come out. And it helps change the general perception.”
The Minutemen are coming to the Quarter. Just like the Guardian Angels only these folks will be armed to help keep tourists and locals safe. Aaron Jordan, the founder of the French Quarter Minutemen, joined us in studio to talk about the group.
“It’s a group of concerned citizens that live in the metro area of New Orleans. Some of them have a concealed carry license, and some will choose to exercise an open carry policy.”
But one area in particular Jordan wanted to focus on was service workers. He says many of them worry about going to and from work late at work.
“You can call our group! We’re going to have people in the French Quarter. We will come out there and walk you to your car, walk you to your bus stop… that’s what I really want to focus on. The service workers in the French Quarter who are scared to death out there. We want to say, “‘Okay, we’re going to be there for you.’”
Will volunteer citizens carrying guns make for a safe or more dangerous French Quarter? Would it be better if they were in uniforms and not plain clothes? Is this a good or bad idea?
Listen to the full interview and tell me what you think!
Everybody knows there’s a crime problem in New Orleans, and of course, that means juvenile crime too.
Records indicate that Marshall Coulter, the teen shot in the head by Marigny homeowner Merritt Landry, has a criminal record that began when he was only ten years old. What could have been done differently then that would have kept him on a better path?
If more resources are to be devoted to juvenile crime (as many think they should), should those efforts focus on rehabilitating these kids, or simply punishing them? Should we offer kinder, gentler rehabilitation or harsher, tougher punishments?
We spoke with Robert Jenkins, a criminal defense attorney and former State Public Defender; and he had some interesting things to say.
“I’ve done this long enough to know that a lot of times, this so-called 'fear of rehabilitation;' what we’re allegedly doing in jail just doesn’t work. It’s not working… I believe we just have to get tougher.”
Another of his big points was about parenting.
“We can have a second line and have more parents come out than we have to a school board meeting, or something for their child. The problem is that what we’ve been doing isn’t working. And we have laws on the books that can help, but we don’t use them.”
Take a listen to the podcast and tell me... what do you think?
Pot or online gambling? While 75% of Americans think marijuana will be legalized one day; on-line gambling is not as sure a bet. Only 27% would make it legal. If you had to pick weed or speed, where gambling is one click away — what’s your choice?
The new poll on marijuana vs. gambling online was conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. We spoke to Krista Jenkins, the Director of Fairleigh Dickinson’s Survey Research Institute and a Professor of Political Science, about the results.
“We found that more people are in favor of allowing legalization of marijuana than legalization of online gambling…What was interesting was that online gambling attitudes have not changed much at all over the years that we’ve been asking this question.”
A teenager shot in the head by a homeowner who feared for his life recovers, leaves the hospital, and then gets arrested for burglary. When confronted, he surrendered peacefully. Does this make you more or less likely to believe last summer’s Marigny shooting was justified?
This was Marshall Coulter’s third known incident. We spoke with Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino to try and sort this situation out.
How do you get “fueled up” to face the day? Big breakfast? Fancy coffee? At home or on the road? Does it depend on how the night before ended?
Me, I generally have some oatmeal in the morning during the week. But we wanted to talk to an expert about this. What’s the best way to eat healthy and start your day on the right foot? We spoke to Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian, nutrition expert, and author of "The Flexitarian Diet", about how we should do that.
The verdict on my oatmeal (even though I spice it up by combining to different flavors)? “You’ve had too much monotony in your life with that combination.”
Well… not off to a good start for me! I asked Dawn to elaborate a little more.
“If you start with oatmeal, that’s one piece of the puzzle. The other pieces would be something with high water like berries or an apple. And something with fat and protein like a handful of almonds.”
A balanced breakfast? Makes sense to me. What do YOU eat for breakfast? Listen to the podcast for the full interview.
You call 911 because you see some dangerous activity going on, and it rings… and rings…and rings… and rings. Maybe it was a bad connection, so you hang up and call again. And it rings… and rings… and rings. So you hang up and try AGAIN. And it rings… and rings… and still more rings before someone finally picks up.
That’s exactly what happened to Ken Barnhart on Easter Sunday while he was practicing with his flag football team in Audubon Park.
“There were some off-road vehicles riding through the grass at the Park in close proximity to kids and families.”
So he called 911 and had difficulty getting through to an operator. On Barnhart’s third call, “they answered the call and said they were busy, which was the reason for the lack of response, but not much more than that. And they said they would dispatch a police unit, took my phone number and name; and I asked them to give me a call when they got on scene.”
How long did it take the police to get there?
“I didn’t see anyone by the time we left the park, 20 to 30 minutes after the incident.”
Hear the rest of that story and others by clicking the podcast link below:
A big day on "WWL First News" as we solemnly say goodbye to our longtime friend Amber O'Leary, who has run master control on this show for years and years. She's been promoted to Associate Producer for the whole station, and we are excited to see her creative, technical and people skills put to good use. But first, the ceremonial Changing of the Guard, as she gives up the Chair to another longtime WWL employee, Sheldon Williams.
Congratulations to you both, we are all very proud of you! Especially proud of Amber after she hit me out of nowhere with some surprise news! See it all happen in the video below.