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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The Saints had to draw the line somewhere in the selection process, and it's hard to argue with the 219 folks who ultimately made the cut. The decision process was not an easy task. And the job fell primarily to ...

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Old 06-20-2010, 06:32 PM   #1
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The Saints had to draw the line somewhere in the selection process, and it's hard to argue with the 219 folks who ultimately made the cut.

The decision process was not an easy task. And the job fell primarily to General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Deciding who gets a Super Bowl ring is a great problem to have. But it's also one Loomis knew would lead to some hurt feelings.

Loomis did his due diligence. He said he surveyed the past several Super Bowl champions to find out what selection process they followed. He also talked to various other clubs with Super Bowl championship experience.

What he found was very subjective. Some clubs awarded rings to everybody and their mother. Some clubs were more judicious.

The final decision is up to the club. The NFL does not take part in the process, other than to pay for 150 of the rings. The club must fork over anything above the limit.

The Saints eventually chose to award rings to everyone "who depends upon the success of the team to keep their jobs." Everyone, as Loomis put it, "in the line of fire."

It's hard to argue with the final selection process. Every full-time employee received a ring. Contractual laborers such as the in-game entertainment, broadcast teams and stat crews didn't make the cut.

They were a few exceptions.

The entire medical staff.....(read rest of story below)

New Orleans Saints, general manager Mickey Loomis forced to make tough calls handing out Super Bowl rings | NOLA.com

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Old 06-20-2010, 09:18 PM   #2
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Re: Mickey Loomis on Rings: Forced to make tough calls.. everybody wants one..

Thanks for posting this. Personally, I think the Saints did a nice job.

The club also recognized veterans Deuce McAllister, John Carney and Mike McKenzie. In various ways, each played a role in the title, whether it was this past season or in previous years.
"They all had a significant history with our club, " Loomis said. "Those guys contributed to our team and helped get us there."
Very nice to see Deuce, John, and Mike get a ring. Now let's go out and get another one!
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Re: Mickey Loomis on Rings: Forced to make tough calls.. everybody wants one..

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Thanks for posting this. Personally, I think the Saints did a nice job.



Very nice to see Deuce, John, and Mike get a ring. Now let's go out and get another one!
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:24 PM   #4
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Re: Mickey Loomis on Rings: Forced to make tough calls.. everybody wants one..

Happy for Duece and Mike McKenzie. I'm glad there was some wiggle room for the team to award rings to who they felt were deserving. WHO DAT!
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Hell I am getting a ring! Ok a tatoo of it but not sure where yet.
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What about CM? No word if he got one or not. If Simoneau got one, CM defintely deserves one.
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I'm glad for Deuce, John, and M M. The Saints did a good job with it.
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Did Jason David get one?

I mean without him, the Saints would have never realized how truly important good defensive secondary play is...
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Old 06-23-2010, 04:43 PM   #9
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Re: Mickey Loomis on Rings: Forced to make tough calls.. everybody wants one..

I wonder if they did / will post a list of recipients?

I wonder if Micheal Lewis got one too? I know they kept Fred McAfee on the staff, so I think he'll get one, and I think Michael Lewis is somewhere around on the staff.... I wonder if they each get one?

Fitting, that John Carney made his way back around for the '09 team and got a ring.
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Old 06-24-2010, 01:56 PM   #10
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Re: Mickey Loomis on Rings: Forced to make tough calls.. everybody wants one..

Thanks.
I read the aritcle.
There has to be a cutoff.

This is a quote from Loomis. I like this.

"There are a lot of people who are important to our team, who provide a nice service for our team, " Loomis said. "But they have other jobs. These rings are personal."

In the end, I think the Saints did well. They rewarded the people who were most invested in the team.

It's simple, really: If Tom Benson signed your weekly paycheck or you dressed in the team locker room before games, you got a ring."

Otherwise, you probably didn't deserve one.
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