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Old 12-30-2005, 12:55 PM   #1
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Superdome ready by September?

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Saints set to train, and maybe play, again in Lousiana
Posted: Friday December 30, 2005 12:10PM; Updated: Friday December 30, 2005 12:18PM


SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints will go back to their Louisiana practice facility next month and might even be able to play in the hurricane-ravaged Superdome by September.

"Today we are very pleased to advise our entire organization -- coaches, players and staff -- that we will be returning to Metairie in January," owner Tom Benson said Friday in a memo circulated to the team. "We are working in Louisiana to play as many games as possible in the Superdome, which may be ready in September."

State officials in Louisiana had estimated the Superdome could be open by November.

NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue was meeting with Saints players and coaches Friday. The agreement to move back to Louisiana was worked out with the NFL late Thursday, team officials said. The move was first reported by the San Antonio Express-News on Thursday night.

Benson's memo said the team has already reviewed with the NFL the Saints' preliminary 2006 schedule and that it includes "significantly reduced away-game travel."

After Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in late August, the Saints moved their training camp to San Antonio, then played one "home" game in New Jersey, three in San Antonio and four in Baton Rouge, La.

Benson said several details still need to be worked out.

"Many complex questions still need to be resolved in this area, and we expect to have answers to these scheduling questions early in the offseason," Benson said in the memo.

Benson planned to fly from San Antonio to New Orleans later Friday and scheduled a news conference there.

"Recently I met with NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and told him that I wanted the Saints to resume operations in our training and practice facility in Metairie," Benson said.

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Old 12-30-2005, 02:07 PM   #2
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RE: Superdome ready by September?

"Recently I met with NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and told him that I wanted the Saints to resume operations in our training and practice facility in Metairie," Benson said.
Uh??? ... something smells rotten...
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Old 12-30-2005, 03:39 PM   #3
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RE: Superdome ready by September?

What could he say, Tags went in and Biatched slapped him and told him if he didn't play nice that he wouldn't have a team to play with anymore and believe me Tags had all of the owners on his side.
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Old 12-30-2005, 04:49 PM   #4
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that is interesting that benson would be the one to say he wants the saints back in metairie...
looking to gain a little fan support i bet.....
next he'll say he only wanted to stay in san an til the superdome was ready.........
and then he'll say he's totally committed to keeping the saints in no............
are all of you certain that haz won't be back next yr? i'm not.............smitty
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See what happens is people mis-quote, read into things... and the only quotes I have heard coming from his mouth was he would like to return home and wouldn't decided on anything for the future until the end of the season, that is all he has ever said.
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Old 12-31-2005, 12:15 AM   #6
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HAz should be back next year that me personally HE HAS HADED TO GO THREW SOME STUFF THIS SEASON !!!!!
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Old 12-31-2005, 01:41 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Euphoria
See what happens is people mis-quote, read into things... and the only quotes I have heard coming from his mouth was he would like to return home and wouldn't decided on anything for the future until the end of the season, that is all he has ever said.
..and how is it that we are mis-reading, or the AP is misquoting a written memo that came from Benson?? Care to enlighhten us?

..and that's all he's ever said?? Really? New Orleans is unlivable? FEMA and the national guard are using the training facility as headquarters? fear for hislife comnig back to Louisisana? Want to stay in San Antonio? Ticket price breaks in S.A. and not in B.R.? Are we all "reading into things"?
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