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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by TheOak There are only a few footballs worth asking a fan to give back.. Your first in the NFL, your last in the NFL, one that breaks a record, and one that wins a Super Bowl. And ...

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Old 09-29-2013, 05:34 PM   #21
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Re: Fans give touchdown ball back to Robert Meachem

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There are only a few footballs worth asking a fan to give back.. Your first in the NFL, your last in the NFL, one that breaks a record, and one that wins a Super Bowl.
And one that get you to meet the player and give you multiple autograph footballs. For the record, he didn't ask for it back
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And one that get you to meet the player and give you multiple autograph footballs. For the record, he didn't ask for it back
So..... They were coming back from Wal-Mart and just decided to swing by and give him the ball ?

He voiced his upset at some fan having it. That is saying it would be nice to have it back.
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He voiced his upset at some fan having it. That is saying it would be nice to have it back.
He was not upset that a fan had the ball; he was upset with HIMSELF for given away a sentimental football. You can only imagine the scrutiny he went through and to be given a second chance to prove his worth, he give it away to a fan
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:21 AM   #24
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He was not upset that a fan had the ball; he was upset with HIMSELF for given away a sentimental football. You can only imagine the scrutiny he went through and to be given a second chance to prove his worth, he give it away to a fan

Makes no sense. He is not upset with what he did, just with the outcome?

Putting the fans as second fiddle to a player is exactly what the league does... its bassakwards, with out the fans there is no league.
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And one that get you to meet the player and give you multiple autograph footballs. For the record, he didn't ask for it back
It was "some fan" that caught it, so I don't see anything wrong with the statement.
He obviously made it worth the fan's while to bring it back to him.
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Meach is a cool guy off the field. At least when I met him he was all smiles. I'd trade that ball for an autographed one any day.
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My point is being missed completely.. You don't give someone something then get in front of a reporter and publicly state you are mad at your self for doing it... That brings guilt.... Its bad form... Its like giving your wife or girlfriend a gift then saying... Man I wish I wouldn't have spent so much on you.
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My point is being missed completely.. You don't give someone something then get in front of a reporter and publicly state you are mad at your self for doing it... That brings guilt.... Its bad form... Its like giving your wife or girlfriend a gift then saying... Man I wish I wouldn't have spent so much on you.
Totally understand this point. For me though, let's look at the positive. He went for the move to San Diego as much for the money as we did ship him out. We wouldn't have given him anywhere near that sort of money so we can't beat him up for that decision.

Also, if coming back to New Orleans means this much to him, and keeping the ball that he scored his first TD with back where he feels 'home', then I am looking into the positive, feel-good nature of this whole thing. Trust me, those fans were a shed-load happier getting autographed balls, meeting the player/s and being in an article

Let's look into the good...he says in a hippie voice
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:08 PM   #29
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brother thebdj... I understand the positive, the feel good moment, and the fan giving him the ball back and why... That is a testament to Saints fans..

My point being also... What would be said on the interwebz today if the headline reads "Fan would not give the ball back to Meachem"? And yes.. thats a but, the fan did give him the ball.


Why are the balls flipped into the stands in the first place? To recognize the fans and give them a little piece of the game.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:12 PM   #30
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Yeah the flipping of the ball is for the fans, for sure. I personally liked the time Pierre Thomas signed a ball and put a bow on it ... and then got fined by the ultimate grinch, the NFL!

I think it would have been left as a comment if the fans didn't return the ball. Just another one of those 'I'd have loved to have kept the ball....' nobody says anything and away it goes into the annals of time.

Maybe we could negate this by having ball launchers during the game. Like the t-shirt shoots! Or maybe like 20 local kickers shooting field goals up into the terraces
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