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Ian McNulty

For players and coaches, a football game starts long before kickoff. The same holds true for the food-minded Saints fan. For such fans, it starts with choosing what to cook and devoting the hands-on work to ensure a victorious feast.

It's really no wonder. Take the enthusiasm of the Who Dat Nation, add south Louisiana's endemic passion for food and the results are predictably over the top.

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Over the weekend, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries launched its new Get Out and Fish! program in Lafayette’s Girard Park. A fishing competition and other family friendly activities all served to celebrate a new initiative to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing.

They say video killed the radio star. Mike Wood of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says video games killed the fisherman.

The New Orleans Saints lost another home game Sunday, this time to the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The Superdome was almost impossibly loud on Sunday with the sound of 73,129 football fans screaming their hearts out.

That is, when the crowd wasn’t being drowned out by a ear-splitting siren sound piped through the Dome PA system.

The Saints lost the game to the San Francisco 49ers, 27-24. The Saints went down 14-0 early, climbed back to take the lead, and then let San Francisco tie it up with 44 seconds left in regulation.

The New Orleans Saints beat the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, 28-10.

The Saints rode their short week right into Charlotte, North Carolina and took control of the NFC South.

Sean Payton went to Mark Ingram again and again, and the 4th year running back responded to the challenge, picking up 100 yards on 30 attempts, and two touchdowns.

Jimmy Graham had 7 receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.

New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans kicked off the NBA season with a 101-84 win over the visiting Orlando Magic.

Anthony Davis is an honest-to-goodness superstar. And he is only getting better.

Davis, now in his third year, wowed the Smoothie King Center crowd Tuesday night with another masterful performance. He was just shy of a rare triple-double — that’s double-digits in three separate categories: 26 points, 17 rebounds and 9 blocked shots. He’s the first player to record those numbers in any NBA game since Dwight Howard in 2008.

The New Orleans Saints beat the Green Bay Packers Sunday night, 44-23. A lot of things went right.

Two takeaways by the New Orleans Saints defense lead to 14 points.

Drew Brees completed 27 of 32 passes for 311 yards.

Mark Ingram ran for 172 yards and a touchdown.

The Saints continue to win in the Superdome.

In another display of home field dominance, LSU knocked unbeaten Ole Miss down a couple notches in the AP poll, winning 10-7 on Saturday.

LSU’s student section stormed the field.

The Saints managed to eke out their second win of the season in the Superdome on Sunday, besting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in overtime, 37-31.

The Saints have now won 10 straight in the Superdome. It was a less-than-impressive victory, punctuated by Drew Brees interceptions, an inability to capitalize on Tampa Bay penalties — and an overly loud train noise piped in over the Dome PA system that caused an uproar on social media and local talk radio.

NBA

Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans tells us why he loves the NPR sound, how he has overcome personal and professional tragedy, and why you need to be excited about Crescent City basketball.

What should fans expect this year? Why should they be excited about Pelicans basketball?

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The Dallas Cowboys beat the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, 38-17.

It was a game described by many on social media as a #dumpsterfire.

The 24-0 halftime score was the biggest Saints deficit since the arrival of Sean Payton as head coach in 2006. It took until the 11:14 mark of the third quarter for the Saints to even get on the board.

Shayne Graham missed a 41-yard field goal.

Drew Brees threw an interception.

Jimmy Graham fumbled the ball, only the fourth fumble of his career.

A Morstead punt-fake went nowhere.

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