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Old 03-07-2011, 08:11 AM   #1
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Vintage Fans: Tell Us a Tulane Stadium Story?

("Vintage Fans, haha... Like that?)

This one's for YOU. You are one of our best resources here at blackandgold.com, and I am glad you are here.

--Tell us a Tulane Stadium Story.
--Also, I'd like to know if you really liked the old stadium.
--and one more thing: Do you think the modern Saints Fans could
take the elements there now?

I think it would toughen us up, and I think losing some amenities would turn more of the focus on the football. I think we'd actually be even better fans.

I could be totally full of it.

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Old 03-07-2011, 09:40 AM   #2
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OK, I'm not "old" but here are my memories there as a kid from both the Tulane and Saints games:

1) Fans stomping on the metal bleachers in unison while chanting "Block that kick, block that kick". Damn that stadium would get loud!

2) The beer vendors wearing Dixie Jet Packs and watching them pour and drink beer straight from the hand-held spigot

3) I remember thinking Archie Manning was the next best thing to Superman out on the field
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It was December 10, 1972 New England Patroits game.
Jim Plunkett was in his 2nd year as QB of the Pats. This was my 1st actual Saints game and I was 14. It was late in the season and the Saints sucked so naturally my friend'd dad had some tickets left over and took us. After the game, we went down and saw the players leave. I got to see Plunkett up close. He was actually much uglier in person.

Personally, I think the dome can't be beat. I love the fact that it's indoors and you don't have the heat, rain, sun, wind all of which means that you are sitting on an aluminum bench without a back.

GIVE ME THE DOME. Plus the dome has easier traffic flow around it.


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Old 03-07-2011, 02:33 PM   #4
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i was there on the opening of the saints game i was 9 or 10. my old man was well looped and i did'nt know if it were the stadium swaying or him. gillium ran back a kick it was crazy.there was passionate fans from the start. we were brand new, it was 1967
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Mom and Dad were barely getting by; Dad managed a local industrial supply business...

They get invited by some people on a "business trip" to watch the Saints in Tulane Stadium; weather was cold/nasty so they left with their hosts...

While arriving at a restaurant, Antoine's or one of the old line restaurants, there was a big commotion; Dempsey had just kick the then longest field goal in NFL history to beat the Lions...

My parents hosts told my parents they were only making one mistake today; they eventually helped Dad establish his business and he did well for thirty years till he past away...

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Originally Posted by 44Champs View Post
1) Fans stomping on the metal bleachers in unison while chanting "Block that kick, block that kick". Damn that stadium would get loud!
Man!!! If we're still doing renovations in the Dome-- people, this is a must. Forget the amenities, I want stompable bleachers!

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2) The beer vendors wearing Dixie Jet Packs and watching them pour and drink beer straight from the hand-held spigot
Why??? Why do we not still have this??? some namby pamby rule, I'm sure. This is outstanding.
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3) I remember thinking Archie Manning was the next best thing to Superman out on the field
Archie is getting a whole thread to himself here soon. I think Archie got forgotten during our SB year, and I think its time to give him the love.
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It was December 10, 1972 New England Patroits game. Jim Plunkett was in his 2nd year as QB of the Pats. This was my 1st actual Saints game and I was 14.
Cool stuff, FF. That guy deserved his SB ring, which he didnt get till 12 years afterward.
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I got to see Plunkett up close. He was actually much uglier in person.
and he was one ugly mo'. Good thing he was a QB, or he'd never have found a lady. Kind of like musicians, huh Strato?
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Personally, I think the dome can't be beat. I love the fact that it's indoors and you don't have the heat, rain, sun, wind all of which means that you are sitting on an aluminum bench without a back.
Wait, did those aluminum benches have any more butt room than my Terrace seat? I dont know, FF, I sure would like stompable bleachers.
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Plus the dome has easier traffic flow around it.
never thought about that. wow. I probably wouldnt get back to Houston till 3am. great post, thanks!
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i was there on the opening of the saints game i was 9 or 10. my old man was well looped and i did'nt know if it were the stadium swaying or him. gillium ran back a kick it was crazy.there was passionate fans from the start. we were brand new, it was 1967
hahaha... pure poetry right there, thanks much Tom.
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Mom and Dad were barely getting by; Dad managed a local industrial supply business...

They get invited by some people on a "business trip" to watch the Saints in Tulane Stadium; weather was cold/nasty so they left with their hosts...

While arriving at a restaurant, Antoine's or one of the old line restaurants, there was a big commotion; Dempsey had just kick the then longest field goal in NFL history to beat the Lions...

My parents hosts told my parents they were only making one mistake today; they eventually helped Dad establish his business and he did well for thirty years till he past away...
You are not serious. That is right out of Forrest Gump, JP. You cant make that kind of stuff up.

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Old 03-08-2011, 08:01 AM   #7
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Love the thread.... So many memories.... The beer induced brain cell loss didnt really begin until the dome....

I remember taking my very first date to a Saints pre-season game.... Only it was one of those August monsoon rains.... We huddled under the umbrella for the first half... I asked her if she wanted to leave and she gave me one of those "what ever you want"... So naturally we stayed..... Women should really say want they really want.... Never had a date again with that one....lol...

But what I remember the most was that first or second year... the atmosphere was almost like a Super Bowl.... Al Hirt leading the cheers... Mardi Gras Floats and baloons and the pigeons... It was electric....

Jimmy Taylor being introduced... the place would explode

Steve Stonebreaker getting into a fight in New York (I know this is about Tulane Stadium.. but hang in there) and when they returned there was a group collecting money outside of Tulane Stadium to pay his fine.

The debates over Billy Kilmer (who I loved).... Trivia question answer... the first Saint to ever be booed...

The game we held OJ under 100 yard (he forgot his knife)... and the 17 minute delay against Philly (I think) because we were so loud....

I do love the dome but every now and then when it is 75 degrees and sunny on a Sunday afternoon in late September, my thoughts do drift back.....
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Wow, great thread, Mike. I remember the Youth tickets that were something like $15 for season tickets...those wonderful, LOUD metal bleachers that burned your butt if it was a sunny day...the stadium swaying...my mom hauling her very pregnant self to the games in '71, swearing that she'd have that baby at the stadium and have them announce that Billy Kilmer had returned to Tulane Stadium (yes, my sister would have been named Billy if she was a boy)...going to a preseason game against the Lions during a tropical depression (missing the game never crossed our minds)...when fans behind us would scream "We want Hargett", and my sister and I would scream back "No we don't!!"...the beer vendors with the jet packs...the halftime shows: ostrich races, REAL marching bands, a re-enactment of the Battle of New Orleans when a cannon backfired and blew off three fingers of one of the re-enactor soldiers...Danny Abramowicz running into the bushes in the end zone...and again, that stadium literally rocking. That thing would MOVE.

Ah, good times. The Dome is magical in it's own way, but so was Tulane Stadium. I'd love to see some metal bleachers in the terrace; that would be a blast...but in all likelihood some drunken fools would stand on them and tumble down to the field, LOL. Frankly, I think a lot of our fans who have jumped on the bandwagon in the last couple of years would not be willing to brave the elements at Tulane Stadium, especially if the Saints weren't having a great year. They'd say they're "big Saints fans", but when it comes down to a lack of winning and comfort, I don't think they'd stick around...bandwagon jockeys, for sure.

Good times, good memories.


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Love the posts on this thread, Mike. For me, go back to a sunny, hot September day in 1967. I'm standing on the field in the northwest corner of the end zone next to one of the cars that Paretti Pontiac had on display right next to the field (this would never happen today....cars on the field and me on the sideline!) My dad had a moving company back then and we would move the Saints equipment every week and get field passes. The crowd was really pumped, not only for the regular season opener but also for the fact that the Saints had gone 5-1 in preseason games. So at that point, the NFL crown seemed to be ours (Ha!). Rams kick off to John Gilliam, who breaks through the front line of Rams defenders and untouched, and he's off to the races, coming straight to the side of the field where I was standing. I had never heard such a loud and thunderous noise in my life, it was unbelievably loud! When he scored and turned to go to the sidelines, I could swear he hadn't even broken into a sweat on his 94-yard run! At that point we just knew that we would win that game, but that didn't happen. This was the NFL and the games were now for real, a rude awakening into the league. Roman Gabriel had a good day, and the Rams running game wore the Saints down to give us an opening day loss. But our spirits weren't dampened at all since it seemed like we always had 80,000 screaming fans at all the games.
Billy Kilmer, Jimmy Taylor, Doug Atkins, Flea Roberts, Charlie Durkee (everybody called him Charlie Turkey), Danny A, The Wheel Ernie Wheelwright, Little O Obert Logan, Dave Whitsell, there were so many names that became fan favorites that first year.

I've got tons more memories, a lot of bad ones, but some great ones also. That will have to be covered in future posts.

Thanks for this thread, Mike. Great stuff for the offseason.
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"and he was one ugly mo'. Good thing he was a QB, or he'd never have found a lady. Kind of like musicians, huh Strato?"

Ha!
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