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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The New Orleans Saints today asked fans who turn out at the International Airport to welcome the team home to refrain from approaching the players' cars as they depart from the airport. As the Saints' winning streak has grown, crowds ...

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Old 11-20-2009, 12:48 PM   #1
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Saints ask for fans' help with safety at airport returns

The New Orleans Saints today asked fans who turn out at the International Airport to welcome the team home to refrain from approaching the players' cars as they depart from the airport.

As the Saints' winning streak has grown, crowds have progressively grown as well when the team returns triumphantly to the city.

In a press release signed by owner Tom Benson, coach Sean Payton, GM Mickey Loomis and quarterback Drew Brees, the team noted that, "in recent weeks, the number of people lining the streets at the airport has grown to the point where it is now a safety issue."

Officials say their main concern is safety, especially the potential danger of having small children on a crowded street where vehicles are passing.

The team is also asking fans to refrain from asking players for autographs as they drive.

Bainbrigdge, the street upon which the team exits the air field, is largely unlit, and players have been swamped by eager fans of the undefeated team seeking autographs and high-5's.



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Old 11-20-2009, 04:28 PM   #2
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Re: Saints ask for fans' help with safety at airport returns

Thats reasonable. Geez, yall the players have been up since early, and its late at night, getting off that cramped plane, and they're probably too nice
to turn you down for autographs. I would do the same thing if I was Benson. I'd be like, "ok, give my guys a break when they're trying to go home," although they really love it when you show up to show support for them.

They just need to rope it off a little, so you can still get close enough to yell
at them, and they can smile back at you, and you can take their picture, etc. But, yeah, we should let them go home and rest.

Maybe they could do autograph sessions at the training facility.

I get mine at training camp.

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Old 11-21-2009, 09:46 AM   #3
 
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Thats reasonable. Geez, yall the players have been up since early, and its late at night, getting off that cramped plane, and they're probably too nice
to turn you down for autographs. I would do the same thing if I was Benson. I'd be like, "ok, give my guys a break when they're trying to go home," although they really love it when you show up to show support for them.

They just need to rope it off a little, so you can still get close enough to yell
at them, and they can smile back at you, and you can take their picture, etc. But, yeah, we should let them go home and rest.

Maybe they could do autograph sessions at the training facility.

I get mine at training camp.


Do you get them to autograph your BnG speedo?


Install some lights already .... Geez .... let the fans enjoy this while they can!
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:56 AM   #4
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lights. check!

rope. check!

I know--- why dont they just get a red carpet, and they can stroll out hollywood style--- hahahaha...

c'mon, that would be cool.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:26 PM   #5
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Re: Saints ask for fans' help with safety at airport returns

I could see where some type of barricade could be used for safety reasons. Also, who's going to pay for those lights?
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:49 AM   #6
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Tom Benson.

the state's done much for him. not that I'm complaining, but every once in a while, you gotta pick up the check.
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:21 AM   #7
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Re: Saints ask for fans' help with safety at airport returns

I can understand this, after my workday I wouldn't want 1 person coming up to me while I am trying to get home to see my family. I understand this industry is a little different than mine, but these guys are tired and hurting and want to go to sleep. Cheering the cars along is one thing but to stop them and then try to get an autograph out of it is just inconsiderate. GO SAINTS!
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