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You remind me: The New Orleans Saints third preseason game New Orleans Saints Hats , bad decisions, and a jail story The third preseason game for the New Orleans Saints is almost here, and it is guaranteed to bring various emotions. From overreacting to undervaluing, fans will cling on to every glimpse of the closest resemblance that they will see of their football teams until the regular season kicks off in September. As for the players — the pressure they face has no comparison. Snap counts, roles, and livelihoods start to officially be on the clock for a plethora of players. Roster cuts have been light so far, but this week shapes the wave for more before the September 1st deadline, even with a game to go.Saturday’s game gives players an opportunity to play alongside the best their team has to offer, even if it’s for one instance. And that one split second could make or break their roster changes. The Saints may not have as many position battles as they’re used to having, but they still have some questions that they would like to be answered. Tonight allows inexperienced players with set roles already to get their first feeling of the intensity of a real NFL contest. The veterans also get their first chances at warming up, Drew Brees and Cam Jordan being the names that immediately come to mind. Overall, you’re going to see several players on one team, all battling for different reasons, but still with internal success in mind. That type of pressure isn’t for everybody. Depending on the experiences, age, and circumstances of the player, tonight could make the best or the worst out of them. Some players may remain calm under the intense eyes of their coaches, sticking to what’s asked of them, and not try to make every play a home run. Others may be their own worst enemy. As humans, we sometimes have a tendency to overcompensate in tense situations. We take risks not needed, trusting our ability to manipulate a situation, or simply disregarding the others that are involved. When sometimes —- the best decision is the easiest. Someone, however, will make things harder for themselves tonight. They’ll overcomplicate their setting, and may put themselves against odds and in danger. And as someone who’s done this before, I can relate and understand. And I have a story to back this.I was born and raised in New Orleans for 13 years, before having to relocate with my mother to the city of Chicago. As amazing as Chicago was, I never could escape my roots, and I refused to. I brought all of NOLA culture with me New Orleans Saints Hoodie , from slang to my accent, to the way I dressed. (For example “do-rag’s” are once again being worn outside the house. The last time they were popular I was around, and wearing them proudly. But I used to wear them with the “cape” out. I was clowned in Chicago for this, but it’s truly all I knew.) Moving along, I never switched my love for my hometown teams. Anyway, I could find a way to watch being over 900 miles away, I would. In high school, I would stream the games online. Once I got a job as an adult, I eventually bought NFL Sunday Ticket. That brings us to a day I’ll never forget in bad judgment just for an opportunity at watching the New Orleans Saints.The date was October 15th the year was 2015. The Saints were in the midst of another re-tooling, mediocre season at 1-4. In town, however, were the undefeated Atlanta Falcons at 5-0, in a big time Thursday night matchup. Everyone in New Orleans and Atlanta can speak to this: No matter the record or time of year the game is being played, the Saints and Falcons is must-see TV. My actions would eventually show how “must see” it was. This particular year I hadn’t yet purchased NFL Sunday Ticket, and it didn’t matter with it being a nationally televised game. I still had cable at the time, so I had zero in the way of me finally watching New Orleans live. I was off work the next day and had a bottle of Jack Daniels at home with my name on it. Upon arriving home, It seemed I had everything I needed until my keys for my apartment were suddenly missing. I checked everywhere, and I couldn’t find them. It was now 6:30 pm central time, and I had about 45 minutes before kickoff. I didn’t have a backup key, nor did I have any emergency entrances. The play was breaking down in front of me.My landlord couldn’t be reached until the next day, and while having the money, I didn’t want to pay for a locksmith. The easy decision would have been to watch the game at a friends house or go to a bar. I could have called my landlord in the morning, and all would have been safe. But I had just recently locked myself out and was too embarrassed to make a second call to him within two weeks. So I was out of options and running out of time — all over a football game. You name it. I’ve locked myself out of it. A car, work, my place, your place, or my mom’s place. It’s just always has happened to me. In thinking of ways to get into my apartment I relied on past experiences in being locked out of my car. I could remember calling the police once thinking they would help me. But they politely told me, they only broke into vehicles or homes, if a child was locked inside. And that’s when my night was soon over.I turned into a terrible actor and called the police in character giving them a story about a two-year-old child named Adrian (I love the Rocky series) that I had mistakenly locked inside. I assumed at this point the police would show up in a squad car Cheap Customized New Orleans Saints Jerseys , get me in my apartment and I’d be yelling “Who Dat” in no time. Moments later I noticed far away a fire truck and a couple of firefighters jogging my way. I didn’t make anything of it, because, for whatever reason, they’re always around my Apartment complex. It then dawned on me, “Damn, they’re here for Adrian”. Once they arrive I show them to my apartment, and they immediately break in. I get into the back and assume all is well, my mission was accomplished. But as I get ready to fist-pump I notice the firefighters haven’t left. They’re still in my doorway, waiting for me to present a child. I have nothing for them but another lie. I walk back outside and act like I’m on the phone, hoping that would lead them to leave, and they eventually do. And then that squad car I wanted to originally arrive, finally does. The cop comes up to me with questions in a concerned manner. So I tell him a mixture of lies, hoping that I can win this one, but with no child to show, I still had a problem. It was now 7:30 I was missing the game, and the police officer was not buying my story. Before I knew it, I was being arrested for what I was assuming was child endangerment. I now had to tell the truth. I told the officer I was just trying to get into my place and there was no child. All I wanted to do was watch the football game. My assumed child endangerment charge was now Class-D Felony and known as falsifying a police report. I was tightly handcuffed, stuffed into a hard seated backseat, and in more trouble than I needed to be in. My first and only time in Jail was beginning. Everything from my future, my job, and family all felt in jeopardy of being taken away. All because of one football game. For the sake of the story, however, I wasn’t able to find out that the Saints won in dominating fashion, until close to 24 hours later, when my bail was met at the final minute. I later served a diversionary program and learned many valuable lessons. Making the smart decision would have given me everything I wanted. Even when the play broke down, I still had a read, and I missed it.The players in Saturday’s game will learn some lessons of their own. Most of it may revolve around decision making. The ones who make bad choices when the pressure arrives may find themselves in dangerous scenarios. Maybe a player who’s not in danger of losing a spot is suddenly on a bubble. Maybe a bubble player is suddenly off of the roster. All because of one football game. The players who make the intelligent decisions should live to fight for another day. If they don’t, a practice squad spot could be available. If that isn’t enough, they may latch onto another team immediately. Just by making the smart and right decisions. And in a nationally televised game Color Rush Benjamin Watson Jersey , many will be watching. Week three of the preseason is famously known as the “dress rehearsal” before the real games begin. Saturday will give many the closest opportunity many have been waiting for since January, fans and players alike. We’ll see who can handle the tense moments, and who can persevere after a mistake. We’ll see familiar faces and many determined ones. There will be crossed fingers for all to avoid injury, as well as overtime. Let us all make wise decisions, in the process. METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees dismisses the notion that the Saints‘ recent downturn in scoring is a sign of vulnerability.Either that or the 18-year veteran knows better than to acknowledge their past three opponents might have been on to something.“Bottom line is this: Regardless of how those games played out for the first 3 1/2 quarters, we went into these last two games on the road, in the division, down at half, down going into the fourth quarter and found a way to win,” said Brees, whose nose remained scuffed up from a sack on Monday night.“Whether it’s a special teams play, a blocked punt, or a great punt down inside the 10, or a defensive stop, or the defense getting a turnover, or offensively possessing the ball and going and getting points and giving us the lead, everyone has contributed. And it’s good to feel like, man, battle tested,” Brees continued. “And regardless of the scenario or circumstances we encounter for the rest of the year or any given game, we always have a chance. We always have hope and we’re confident.”The Saints currently average 32.8 points, which ranks second in the NFL. They are also 12-2 and one victory away from clinching the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. But they have fallen from the league lead in scoring because in 10 of their past 12 quarters, they’ve struggled to sustain drives and score, and have been beset by a relative rash of turnovers and penalties.The Saints scored just 10 points in a loss at Dallas in Week 13, had only three points at halftime of a 28-14 win at Tampa Bay the following week, and are coming off a 12-9 victory at Carolina on Monday night.Brees said the Saints’ 64-yard, fourth-quarter drive at Carolina that consumed 7:07 illustrated why his confidence in New Orleans’ offense hasn’t wavered, even though the possession ended with no points when Tommylee Lewis fumbled through the end zone for a touchback.“We convert a couple third downs , a fourth down,” Brees said. “We got the ball with 8:51 left, right? And really had a chance to run the clock out if we get that last first down.“It’s those types of drives that I’m talking about that can really help the team when we need it.”Meanwhile, two veteran offensive starters are close to returning from injury.Receiver Ted Ginn, who went on injured reserve following arthroscopic knee surgery in Week 6, returned to practice on Wednesday and said he could be ready to play as soon as Sunday, when New Orleans hosts Pittsburgh. Left tackle Terron Armstead said he is close to returning from a torn pectoral muscle, but stopped short of predicting whether he’d play this weekend.Saints coach Sean Payton said his offense has been hindered by “things that tangibly we can look at and clean up,” such as New Orleans’ nine penalties for 80 yards at Carolina.“This past week, we shot ourselves in the foot quite a bit,” Payton said. “On the road at Dallas, that’s a good defense and we felt it was going to be a low-scoring game.”Steelers coach Mike Tomlin hardly sounded inclined to acknowledge New Orleans’ recent anemia on offense.“It seems like every week Drew is breaking a new record,” Tomlin said, adding that Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram “are awesome both in the running and passing game.”“They are formidable for all of those reasons and others,” Tomlin said.Saints right guard Larry Warford said he senses that recent slippage on offense stems more from miscues and missed assignments than anything opposing defenses have done.“You kind of lose focus with that stuff sometimes,” Warford said. “But having these last three games, being able to look at it, we know now it’s just like, ‘All right, we’ve got to get our fundamentals back together because we’re slacking on the simple stuff, and it’s the easy stuff that we can control.’“We’re not worried about what people are saying about defenses figuring it out.”A return to the Superdome, where the Saints are 5-1 and averaging 38 points per game, also could help.“You always have that advantage at home — familiar place, familiar crowd. You get better communication, especially throughout the offensive line,” Warford said. “We’re looking forward to getting back to the dome and trying to light it up.” Custom Dallas Cowboys Jerseys


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