||06-20-2012 10:50 PM
NOT TRUE! NOT TIME YET!
I know it sucks right now. It's ugly. But think long term, big picture, folks. If you're a Saints fan, and if you interact with the outside world at all, or even just wear your Fleur De Lis garb outdoors, to the store, etc., unless you're in the heart pocket of Who Dat country, you are going to be hearing twisted versions of lies about this "bounty" stuff from people EVERYWHERE YOU GO for the next decade, maybe even longer. There are people out there poised with needle and thread, who want to sew a scarlet "B" onto OUR Super Bowl season, dismiss and disrespect OUR great team that we have accomplished here, and they want to de-legitimize everything that Sean Payton, Drew Brees, Tom Benson, Mickey Loomis & co. have achieved since their first day on the job. And make us go back to being loveable loser Bag heads.
Yes, there is nothing that can probably be done to change the penalties...For next season. It sucks. But long term, big picture, folks, in two or five or ten years' time, think about it...the more attention this gets, the more Goodell's lies and twists of truth are exposed, and brought to light, examined, looked at NOW, then the more that maybe people "out there" in non-Who Dat land will start to realize what a sham railroad job this whole thing is, what tremendous hubris and ego and poor leadership Rodger Goodell has shown.
I personally can't throw all these Saints guys under the bus, unless you show me the evidence that they deserve to be thrown under the bus, and unless it all adds up to be worth the weight of the penalties that Goodell gave out. And so far, it just plain hasn't. I'm still waiting. The more stuff comes out about this, the weirder and flimsier the case gets. None of the evidence matches what they said it was, and none of the penalties match what people actually did (Hargrove, Vitt, Payton, Loomis, the fine on Benson, etc.)
PS not a popular statement right now, I'm sure of it, but my take is that, if Drew says he's done with it, if he says "okay, case closed" on the bounty stuff, then I'm done with it. But he ain't done with it, and he ain't no quitter, that's for darn sure. Same with Fujita, even though he is no longer on the team.