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The Reckoning

You may have noticed that SportsJoes has been dark for awhile.  Or maybe you haven’t.  The bottom line is that I’m taking a different tact this year.  I’ve spent the last few years writing season previews and weekly matchups because I felt kind of obligated to keep churning it out.  This year I decided to only fire up the laptop when I really had something to say.  Here we are on 20 September and I definitely have something to say. It’s over.  The Saints’ run of success, this all too brief run of escaping a mostly miserable team history is gone.  For your own sanity, abandon hope now and accept the reckoning.  The lights are on and everyone is shuffling toward the door.  2014 was last call and like many a drunken night, that last … Read entire article »


When The Remedy Becomes Poison

“Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.” – Paracelsus During the Jonathon Martin-Richie Incognito “scandal” we were often reminded that NFL locker rooms are “not like the normal workplace”. We learned that in these hallowed realms, the normal standards of decency and humanity are suspended, that any perceived personal flaw is fair game, and that expectations to the contrary by fans are the product of a pervasively soft and ill-informed public who should really just shut up and enjoy the games. It was the first time in recent history that players treated the fans similarly to the way they treat the media. It … Read entire article »

Road Trip

I took my kids on a 10-day, 4,300-mile road trip to a CFL preseason game. What follows is an account of our travels.  Day 1: Anchorage, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. The alarm went off at midnight. My wife, being the angel she is, helped get the kids into the car even though she had to be at work early the next morning. The kids’ eyes were still nearly shut with sleep as we pulled out of the driveway and headed for points east…really east. I was giving my wife a break and taking the kids on a 10-day, 4,300-mile road trip from our home in Anchorage, Alaska to Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. At our destination would … Read entire article »

Cajun’s Super Bowl XLIX Wrap-Up

What a game, right? For the uninterested 3rd party, I can’t imagine a better outcome than what we saw last night. Of course, uninterested 3rd parties are hard to come by when it comes to this game. As football fans, we tend to search out and weigh our comparative likes and dislikes over the course of the 2-week build-up in order to take a side because it’s just more fun that way. I was open and clear about my rooting interests from the start (heavily pro-Patriot) so last night’s outcome was enjoyable for me. I’m not enjoying the pain of lifelong Seahawks fans such as @jgrenn, @AdamLegg, or @sportsbronco, (who was AT THE GAME and … Read entire article »

SportsCajun’s Non-Super Bowl Related Post

Today’s post will have nothing to do with the Super Bowl. It will have nothing to do with 12s. It will have nothing to do with deflated balls..actually, let’s not be hasty…I’m a sucker for a good juvenile euphemism. Today’s post is going to try diligently to get away from football, from sports in general really. We need a palate cleanser. We need something that isn’t faux-controversy. So today, I’m going to talk about something we can all agree on: Taylor Swift has terrible lyrics. Something very strange happened over the last week. I got pissed at football. Not just the NFL but football in general. To paraphrase Dr. Banner toward the end of “Avengers”, I’m … Read entire article »

The Bandwagon Grows: 12s and the Twelvening

It’s been a shitty winter, this. I see you, sarcastic Southerner, asking with a cocked eye, “Aren’t they all?” The answer is, “No. Not really.” After a few years in The Great Land you learn to cope. You find the beauty in the months of darkness, the white in the long hours of black. This winter hasn’t been that way. We’ve had precious little snow to brighten the nighttime hours. We’ve had precious little cold to stimulate the senses and brighten the mood. There’s been no hoarfrost to coat the landscape, lending points of light to every surface. There’s been no squeak, squeak, squeak underfoot as shiny crystals grind against hard ice. Every day has … Read entire article »

After The Feast

I woke up Friday morning with a gut in knots and a solid mid-30’s hangover.  Thanksgiving always wins.  The anticipation is nearly as good as that first bite of piping hot turkey, that first helping of mac and cheese, that first cold pour of your favorite India Pale Ale.  Of course the second helping is never as good as the first, the continuous grazing of the cooling dishes on the counter even less so, and dessert is more nail in the coffin than cherry on top.  The next thing you know, you’re waking up on Friday morning with a headache from the booze, a gut-ache from the food, and a backache from falling asleep on the couch. In 2009, … Read entire article »

Cajun’s SF-N.O. Reaction and Week 11 Picks

(Note: I use a strange metaphor for my reaction to today’s loss.  I’m in no way belittling alcoholism.  It just seems fitting considering how I reacted today.  There are alcoholics in my family.  I get how horrendous a disease it is.  I quit drinking for a year in my early 20’s to prove to myself that I was riding the horse and that it wasn’t riding me.  So just enjoy this post for what it is and don’t hate it for something it’s not.) I wonder if this is how it feels when you relapse?  Earlier this year after one of the Saints’ four other losses my wife remarked that she was proud of me for not … Read entire article »

Embrace The Good: Cajun’s Week 9 Picks

Recap: NO at CAR I didn’t write anything before the game for a couple of reasons. One was related to an insane number of things to do outside of sitting down and banging on keys mid-week.  The other was that I had really run out of things to say.  I’ve noticed a trend this year of Saints fans wallowing in defeat like someone might revel in the relative warmth and comfort of thin, hole-filled blanket as they slept hungry and alone on a cold stone floor.  Then, when things go well, they struggle mightily to accept success, steeling themselves against any positive emotions by pointing out the imperfections in victory.  Against MIN it was loathing of the defense … Read entire article »

Cajun’s Week 8 Picks or “In which I took an American Indian Woman to a Redskins game and they insulted her”

ATL+3.5 vs. DET at London, UK If anything, ATL should be getting more points here.  I realize the London games are weird and that probably makes it difficult for Vegas to put a number on but if memory serves, these games aren’t necessarily close either.  If you had to pick a team to win in a blowout in this game, who would you take: the 2-5 Falcons who only beat New Orleans in OT and TB (both at home) or 5-2 Detroit?  You know which one.  DET to win, DET-3.5 MIN+2.5 AT TB Hey Saints fans, remember before the year when we were all convinced the Saints would run away with the division and the opponent we were … Read entire article »