Louisiana Senate Votes to Beg Roger Goodell to Unsuspend Saints Players and Coaches

Let me preface what I am about to say by noting that I love the state of Louisiana. I don't think I've ever had a bad trip to the state. It's one of my favorite places to visit, complete with otherworldly cuisine, ultra-accessible alcohol and gambling, and unintentional comedy galore.

In short, I am a big fan of visiting Louisiana. Key word: visiting.

Because to live in Louisiana full time is to experience the precipitous downside to being a resident there. Namely, I'm talking about a road system that is bumpier than Mark McGwire's neck skin, a school system ranked in the bottom five states in every major category, and a violent crime "system" ranked in the top five states in every major category (assuming they categorized the violent crimes into various major categories).

Point being, like many states in our great country, Louisiana has its own set of issues, and it's up to the leaders in that state to tackle those issues and find solutions.

Well, apparently in Louisiana, on the importance scale, those trivial matters of educating their young and fighting crime take a backseat to begging Roger Goodell to reconsider the suspensions handed down by the NFL to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis, assistant coach/interim head coach Joe Vitt and current Saints players Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith (courtesy of Profootballtalk.com):

The Louisiana State Senate has passed by a 28-1 margin a resolution urging the NFL to reconsider the discipline given the Saints for the bounty scandal.

The resolution, which had already passed the State House of Representatives, says this is a matter of concern for the state because "the New Orleans Saints have produced countless exciting and magical moments for the city of New Orleans, the state of Louisiana, the Gulf Coast region, and the entire country," and because "the taxpayers of Louisiana have invested millions of dollars into the success of the Saints organization by supporting stadium improvements, practice facilities, and other incentives."

Okay, a few thoughts here after I gather myself from nearly dying of laughter.

First, I'm very surprised at the margin by which this proposition passed in the Louisiana State Senate. Not so much by the fact that 28 of 29 senators voted in favor of getting on their knees for Goodell but that they actually found one dissenting vote. (A few of my listeners made the excellent point today that the one dissenting vote was probably a Shreveport senator who likes the Cowboys. Shreveport is actually more Texas than Louisiana, so that makes sense.)

Second, I like that the Saints tout their "countless exciting and magical moments for the city of New Orleans, the state of Louisiana, the Gulf Coast region, and the entire country" as a reason for Roger Goodell to lift the suspensions, as if one's track record as an entertainer should be taken into account when doling out punishment. By that logic, Michael Vick should have gotten off with a mere "community service" slap on the wrist five years ago.

Also, nice of Louisiana to assume that the "entire country" found all of their franchise's signature moments to be "exciting and magical." Actually, Saints, I know this sounds crazy to you, but most of us outside of Louisiana don't give a shit about your football team and their magical moments.

Finally, if the Senate is worried about the return they're going to get on the millions of dollars the taxpayers of Louisiana have invested, then you need to have an emergency vote to request that Tom Benson and Mickey Loomis get off their asses and sign Drew Brees, because frankly you could have the love child of Parcells and Lombardi coaching this team and if number 9 isn't out there, you're screwed.

Now would you please get back to trying to catch Alabama for the coveted 47th out of 50 ranking in public education?

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