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Old 01-22-2015, 07:35 PM   #51
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I nominate Zooey to play Blank, as she has the tastier moustache of all those nominated.
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:35 PM   #52
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His diet consists primarily of “candy, ice cream, sodas and red wine.”

I seriously doubt this is true. This story is getting stranger by the hour.
No, I know lots of old people whose diet largely consists of those four food groups.
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As Benson family feud explodes in court, battle over nearly $2 billion fortune begins | NOLA.com




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This article adds an interesting element. Apparently, Benson may not legally be able to remove the Saints and Pelicans from the trusts. It definitely seems he has under valued them.

Benson’s gambit to remove Saints, Pelicans from heirs’ trusts could fall flat | HomeGarden | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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This article adds an interesting element. Apparently, Benson may not legally be able to remove the Saints and Pelicans from the trusts. It definitely seems he has under valued them.

Benson’s gambit to remove Saints, Pelicans from heirs’ trusts could fall flat | HomeGarden | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dayum! Dis chit is gettin' crazy cher!!!
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Dayum! Dis chit is gettin' crazy cher!!!
Time for another "open the books" debate?

If I understand, he can pull the assets out of the trust, but he has to replace them with assets of equal value. How much are the Saints worth?

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Old 01-22-2015, 11:19 PM   #57
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I'm confused by some of the comments that seem to be directed negatively at Rita. As soon as I heard the news of the "transfer" this morning, it instantly screamed power play in my head. Why do women marry much older, rich men? For their looks, or hearts? Of course not.

This might only qualify as a conspiracy theory at the moment, but it sure seems like this is a plan that has been long in the works, and somebody is being blackmaled or downright brain washed, for this sudden flip of power to happen. You just don't do that to your family. Tom doesn't owe his wife either of these franchises. She's been in the family for 10 years and doesn't know crap about anything. Meanwhile the one's who have been promised their rights have been putting in work since long before this latest wife came around.

So I'm glad Rita is suing them. Why shouldn't she? I don't want this women to move our team. Given the controversy that is sure to ensue, it's not difficult to imagine her trying to get out of dodge.

If I had a nickel for every time I heard that, the NFL would fine and suspend me.
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I'm confused by some of the comments that seem to be directed negatively at Rita. As soon as I heard the news of the "transfer" this morning, it instantly screamed power play in my head. Why do women marry much older, rich men? For their looks, or hearts? Of course not.

This might only qualify as a conspiracy theory at the moment, but it sure seems like this is a plan that has been long in the works, and somebody is being blackmaled or downright brain washed, for this sudden flip of power to happen. You just don't do that to your family. Tom doesn't owe his wife either of these franchises. She's been in the family for 10 years and doesn't know crap about anything. Meanwhile the one's who have been promised their rights have been putting in work since long before this latest wife came around.

So I'm glad Rita is suing them. Why shouldn't she? I don't want this women to move our team. Given the controversy that is sure to ensue, it's not difficult to imagine her trying to get out of dodge.
As I remember it, after Katrina, it was Tom Benson who wanted to move the team to San Antonio claiming the new facilities on Airline drive were un-usable when they were not even touched by the storm. His new bride, Gayle, encouraged the move because that's where she was from and wanted the team there. Internally it was Rita Leblanc Benson, Tom's granddaughter, who started to resist and change the mind of her grandfather. Eventually it was Tagliabue who put his foot down for the sake of decency. After Katrina and the Saints return, Rita earned herself an executive spot and a face of the organization.

Tom says ownership needs to shift to Gayle to keep the team in New Orleans long term. My question is, when recently has the long term location of the team been in question? Why is that even mentioned? Sounds like boy who cried wolf and a PR move. Gayle gets the team and it can move at anytime. No one has to fulfill a "promise".

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Steve Martin can play Smitty for a cameo.
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I'm confused by some of the comments that seem to be directed negatively at Rita. As soon as I heard the news of the "transfer" this morning, it instantly screamed power play in my head. Why do women marry much older, rich men? For their looks, or hearts? Of course not.

This might only qualify as a conspiracy theory at the moment, but it sure seems like this is a plan that has been long in the works, and somebody is being blackmaled or downright brain washed, for this sudden flip of power to happen. You just don't do that to your family. Tom doesn't owe his wife either of these franchises. She's been in the family for 10 years and doesn't know crap about anything. Meanwhile the one's who have been promised their rights have been putting in work since long before this latest wife came around.

So I'm glad Rita is suing them. Why shouldn't she? I don't want this women to move our team. Given the controversy that is sure to ensue, it's not difficult to imagine her trying to get out of dodge.
I just read the whole lawsuit. I agree completely.

Because tell y'all what...

They make a very good case. A lot of it is "information and belief", but it figures to be accurate one could reasonably assume based on what they can honestly prove has been going on.

And it sure as heck isn't just Rita. This is the daughter and everyone else, and it sure seems like there's been a pattern.

Listen, I don't think Tom has 1.7 billion he can use to replace the value of the Pelicans and Saints in the trust. No way on Earth he seriously devalues the total of the two so much with a straight face assuming he's thinking clearly. That's how I see it - will be interested to see if we get to read his formal (legal) response.

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