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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, after 40-plus years of anticipating that first bite, Saints fans were treated to a dream … 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 »

Cajun’s Week 7 Picks

I’m on vacation with my wife and she doesn’t want me on the computer for hours on end (like usual) so the picks this week will be pretty short and sweet. CIN+3 AT IND IND is a way better team than I’ve given them credit for and CIN might have been a little overrated. IND to win, IND-3 TEN+6 AT WAS I’m taking my wife to this game tomorrow. As I said on twitter, it wasn’t until after I’d purchased the tickets that I realized I’m taking an American Indian (my wife) to a Washington Redskins game. I felt kind of bad about it so I asked her, “Honey, does the nickname ‘Redskins’ bother you?” She looked at me quizzically … Read entire article »

Cajun’s Week 6 Picks

Week 6. GO! IND-3 AT HOU This is a battle for the top of the AFC South and it should be a good one. I’m leaning IND on this one. Since starting 0-2 with losses at DEN and vs. PHI by a TD or less, IND has gone on to three straight wins in mostly convincing fashion. Granted, the teams they beat were JAX, TEN, and BAL but they beat them by margins of 27, 24, and 7. Not too shabby. They’re also throwing the ball well, averaging 323 yards per game. In my opinion, HOU’s resume isn’t as impressive even though they’re sporting the same record. However, with Arian Foster back, I expect HOU to try … Read entire article »

State Flags and Stuff

We find ourselves at an interesting point in the season.  After this weekend, the season will by over one-quarter finished.  It’s far enough in to draw some early conclusions, but not so far in that anything is set in stone.  There seems to be one question on every Saints fan’s mind. So what now? As others have astutely pointed out, the Saints have an equal chance at a top-3 pick as they do to be in a conference championship game.  The season is far from over although it admittedly doesn’t look great right now.  The good news is the Saints have seven of their final twelve games at home and the majority of their remaining schedule is … Read entire article »

A Crucial Cash

(Note: The picks are at the end of this post because there’s a topic I really want to discuss.) I’m sure what I’m about to say will piss someone off. Talking about any social issue from any angle will do that these days. I honestly don’t mean to do that but it’s time we had an open discussion about a subject which everyone tiptoes around every October. My position, so we’re absolutely clear, is that NFL players shouldn’t wear pink for a month every year. At face value, it’s not that crazy a notion, right? But beneath that there are a lot of moving parts so allow me to lay out why I’ve decided to take … Read entire article »

Cajun’s Week 4 Picks

NYG+3.5 AT WAS Both of these teams are 1-2 but there’s a huge disparity in how they’ve played through those first three games. WAS is averaging 27 points scored per game while NYG is averaging 19. Some of that can be chocked up to schedule strength but still, it’s evident that at this early point in the season, WAS is playing better football and even though they’re on their backup QB, they may still have the advantage over Eli Manning, who continues to be fairly dreadful. WAS to win, NYG+3.5 MIA-3.5 VS OAK (in London, UK) Fun travel fact, according to Google Earth, Oakland is 5,400 miles from London. My home of Anchorage, Alaska is only 4,500 miles … Read entire article »

Cajun’s Week 3 Picks

SD+2.5 at BUF After last week’s performance, I’m riding the Chargers in this one.  I know Ryan Mathews is out and they’re not playing in 100-degree heat but this team looks to be much more improved than I gave them credit for and I’m not yet sold on BUF.  SD+2.5, SD to win DAL-2 at STL DAL has some significant holes and it doesn’t look like they’re winning anything this year but STL is down to their third string QB and DAL still has the ability to put points on the board.  DAL to win, DAL-2 WAS+4 at PHI This line could have been 7 and I’d still take PHI.  Their offense is rolling in a major way and I … Read entire article »