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The NFL has had to endure this entire mess with the replacement referees for much longer than they had hoped. They have been unable to reach an agreement with the referees who have been on strike to start the season, and negotiations seem to be going nowhere. But this latest incident is beyond laughable.
The NFL pulled one of the replacement officials assigned to the New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers game Sunday morning after it was made aware that he was a Saints fan. That isn’t even the worst part of it, believe it or not.
Side judge Brian Stropolo is a fan of the Saints, according to his Facebook page. He was pulled from the assignment Sunday morning and replaced with an alternate who travels with the crew.
His Facebook page. he was fortunate enough to land a gig as a referee in the NFL, but was stupid enough to leave up the fact that he was a Saints fan on his Facebook page.
His Facebook page!
Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
The NFL had no clue about Strop...
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The NFL has reportedly pulled side judge Brian Stropolo from working the Saints-Panthers game on Sunday because he is a known Saints fan.
Saints interim head coach Aaron Kromer and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo say they'll resist making major changes despite an 0-2 start.
The Saints entered the season defiant in the face of bounty sanctions that included a season-long suspension of coach Sean Payton. After the sluggish start, expectations remain high following three straight playoff appearances.
During the course of the Saints defeat to the Washington Redskins last Sunday, it was obvious that this team needs its head coach Sean Payton.
When New Orleans was forced to make the type of situational decisions that change the outcome of football games, the team’s direction missed Payton’s signature flair.
What makes him so dangerous is that he is a master playcaller that knows...
Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson is inactive against division rival Carolina after suffering a concussion in last week's loss to Washington.
Other Saints inactives include running back Chris Ivory, cornerback Johnny Patrick, running back Travaris Cadet, defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker, tackle Bryce Harris and defensive end Turk McBride.
Wide receiver Steve Smith and running...
New Orleans QB Drew Brees surpassed 300 yards passing for the second week in a row but he also chucked a pair of interceptions as the Saints fell to the Panthers 35-27 on Sunday.Fantasy Spin:Brees has now thrown four picks in his last two games and carries a completion percentage of 54.5 for the season. Clearly Sean Payton's absence is having an effect on the 12-year veteran.
If you're replacement NFL line judge Brian Stropolo, scheduled to work today's New Orleans Saints / Carolina Panthers game, better to remove Facebook photos of yourself wearing a Saints sweatshirt...
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Three Saints players will miss the Carolina game with injuries, and the loss of WR Devery Henderson is the most significant.
Marques Colston and Lance Moore will be the only players at the position who caught a pass for the Saints last year.
Joe Morgan's going to have to step in and play a role, offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael said. Courtney Roby, all the guys...
The attorney for New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma told USA TODAY Sports on Monday that an affidavit from a former coach that implicates his client in the Bountygate scandal "is a reiteration of prior false statements," and Vilma has "eight or nine" sworn statements that refute those claims.
In the statement to the NFL, dated Sept. 14, former defensive...
The Saints announced their inactives a few minutes ago and they included one surprise as they chose not to dress running backs Chris Ivory and Travaris Cadet.
In the season opener last week, Cadet, an undrafted free agent who earned a roster spot, was active over Ivory.
Other inactives are wide receiver Devery Henderson, defensive Turk McBride, cornerback Johnny Patrick, defensive...
The NFL presented Jonathan Vilma and his attorney with a sworn statement from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams saying the linebacker placed a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre.
Vilma met with Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday in New York about his suspension, which has been temporarily lifted. Attorney Peter Ginsberg said they were given an affidavit at the meeting...
Looks like the New Orleans Saints “bountygate” is going to come down to He-said-he-said. Monday afternoon Jonathon Vilma met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell where he was presented with a signed affidavit from former Saint defensive coordinator Gregg Williams stating that Vilma offered $10,000 to any teammate who knocked Brett Favre out of the [...]
Give the Saints' offense credit, they at least cleaned up the two major things the plagued them a week ago. Those are staying committed to the run, which Pete Carmichael Jr. did even when it would have been easy to abandon it given the way the game was going, and limiting penalties (the Saints had two penalties all game, only one of which was offensive). Unfortunately for...
Another weekend, another chance for me to praise a franchise I could care less about if they were to remove one single player. That’s right, TSHQ, as you should know by now my Cam Newton love knows zero bounds. Since the first time I saw him dominate at Auburn I became a fan. Guy just does it all. After Week 1′s embarassing loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Newton is going to...