football

NolaVie
12:22 am
Mon August 26, 2013

How Do You Become Louisiana Coach Of The Year? Just Add Salt

Pre-Season practice at EJHS
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

Every summer the NFL Foundation and USA Football Youth Summit choose 50 high school coaches of the year, one to represent each state, and they meet to talk about best practices for young players. The 2013 Louisiana coach of the year is Dominic Saltaformaggio, of the East Jefferson Warriors. He’s been with the team for five seasons, but has yet to win a state championship.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson joined the Warriors in pre-season practice to find out why a man waiting for a trophy is still number one. 

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New Orleans Saints
9:18 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Saints Cruise To Second Preseason Victory

It’s just two games into their preseason schedule, but the New Orleans Saints appear to be in mid-season form.

Saints starters on both sides of the ball played almost the entire first half in a 28-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders Friday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

With the wide receiver corps still taking shape, quarterback Drew Brees involved several of his wide-outs early and often in the first half game plan.

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New Orleans Saints
7:15 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Legendary Saints Game Announcer Jerry Romig Reflects On His Career

Jerry Romig at his home, holding his Saints Hall of Fame trophy and a copy of the Aug. 16 Baton Rouge Advocate editorial celebrating his career.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

Friday night's pre-season Saints game against the Oakland Raiders was a landmark event.

Not for the players on the field, so much as for the man in the announcing booth.

Jerry Romig has called more than 440 Saints games, in his 44-year history with the team, and this one was his last. Now, his son Mark Romig will take over the job.

Romig is a veteran broadcaster beyond football, having played key roles at WDSU and in the co-founding of New Orleans public television station WLAE.

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New Orleans Saints
5:36 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

Saints Return With Preseason Victory Against Kansas City

New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson during the team's post game press conference.
Jason Saul WWNO

After what seemed to many fans an interminable offseason, the New Orleans Saints returned to action Friday night in their preseason opener.

The Saints defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 17-13 in front of a sparse but exuberant crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Kansas City started hot, with quarterback Alex Smith completing seven of his eight passes on the Chiefs’ opening drive that ended in a one-yard touchdown push by running back Jamaal Charles.

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Sports
9:42 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Photos: New Security Measures At The Superdome

A new list of prohibited items posted at the bottom of the Superdome's Gate A ramp.
Jason Saul WWNO

Fans who headed out to Champions Square and the Superdome for Friday night's preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs experienced the NFL's enhanced security measures for the first time.

New security policies included checkpoints at the base of the pedestrian ramps and new bag restrictions — no more diaper bags, purses or seat cushions, the NFL said. Instead, one single, clear vinyl bag a foot square.

New Orleans Saints
7:04 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Thousands Turn Out For Saints' Annual Black And Gold Scrimmage

Quarterback Drew Brees signs autographs for fans.
Jacob Mayer WWNO

New Orleans football fans turned out in droves this past Saturday morning at Saints training camp for the annual Black and Gold scrimmage.

The line stretched for blocks down Airline Drive and into the adjacent Zephyr Field parking lot as more than 5,100 Saints fans braved the early August heat to get a glimpse of their favorite team.

“This is the most people I’ve ever seen at Saints training camp,” one beer and water vendor said.

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Manning Passing Academy
7:45 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Manning Passing Academy Draws Over 1K High School Football Players To Thibodaux

The Manning Passing Academy offers hands-on instruction, with one coach for every 10 campers.
Nick Gremillion WWNO

The Manning Passing Academy held its 18th year of camp this past weekend, bringing more than a thousand high school football players to Thibodaux, La., a town many of them couldn’t even pronounce.

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Sports
8:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Manning Passing Academy A Boon For Thibodaux And Nicholls State

Manning Field at Guidry Stadium at Nicholls State University.
Credit Nick Gremillion / WWNO

For the past eight years, over a thousand high school football players from all over the country — and the world — have converged on Thibodaux, La. for the four-day Manning Passing Academy.

It’s known by many as the premier offensive football camp in the country.

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Sports
9:30 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Women On The Gridiron: The New Orleans MOJO

The New Orleans MOJO, hosting the Phoenix Phantomz on April 13.
Margaret Broach New Orleans MOJO

The New Orleans Saints pre-season starts August 25 when they take on the Houston Texans. But for football fanatics who just can’t wait that long, don’t fret — there is another team in town.

It is two minutes to game time. The players are amped up, suited up and huddled around their coach for one last pep talk before heading to the field. But this team probably isn’t what usually comes to mind when people think of professional football.

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New Orleans Saints
8:50 am
Fri April 26, 2013

2013 NFL Draft: Saints Take Kenny Vaccaro In First Round

The New Orleans Saints are coming off the worst defensive season of any team in NFL history, and Thursday night’s selection of safety Kenny Vaccaro is intended to be a critical piece in the shake up of their troubled secondary.

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