Posted on: February 8, 2010 8:53 am

The Little Brees Says It's All Good

Congrats to the World Champion New Orleans Saints and Who Dat Nation! We look forward to seeing more of Bobby Hebert in a dress.

Congrats also to Sean Payton's balls.

And congrats to Tracy Porter, who laughs at your silly Hall of Fame quarterbacks.

Keep it here as we cover the post-game interviews, analysis and the ballsout nuttery going on down in the French Quarter!
Posted on: February 7, 2010 2:00 pm

Its Super Bowl XLIV Blog Arbitrary Analysis Time!

Let's just kick this thing off by saying: Holy crapcakes this game could go either way!

The Colts and Saints both feature semi-truck running over your face offenses. They both have solid enough defenses to get the job done. But let's face it, this thing's probably going to come down to whoever has the ball last. And then a kicker will inevitably trot out and attempt a game-winning field goal. And, in keeping with the Worst Season For Kickers Ever, said kicker will just explode into a cloud of dust. 

So let's hope that doesn't happen. What will happen? Well, the Super Bowl XLIV Blog is here to tell you. Quick! To the totally meaningless conjecture and analysis machine, Robin! 

Will the Saints put up their usual big numbers?
I don't see why not.

Wait. That's it? How bout a little analysis to go with that answer?
Oh... right. Analysis. Well, Drew Brees threw 40 touchdown passes this year, completed 69 percent of his passes, and leads the NFL's number one offense into Miami. For all the talk about Peyton Manning and the Indy offense the last two weeks, everyone seems to have forgotten that the Saints offense is a runaway freight train of awesome. Brees has the weapons (Marques Colston, Jeremy Shockey, Devery Henderson, Reggie Bush) and an offensive line that allowed the forth fewest sacks this season. And Dwight Freeney will either be out or very limited. So, yea, it's safe to say the Saints will continue to do their thing. Bottom line, the Colts secondary is banged up and the Saints receivers will pose a matchup problem for them. Freeney's ankle will be an issue.

So what about the Colts offense? They're just as high powered and have the league's best QB leading them

Oh. Sorry. Analysis. Here's the thing about Peyton: These two weeks he's had to prepare make things very scary for the Saints. Aside from his laser-rocket arm, his giant forehead and his gangly disposition, the man is a devourer of defensive schemes. What he did to the Jets defense in the AFC Championship was sick. And for all the talk about Peyton and his receivers, his protection has been excellent this year. Indy's offensive line ranks number one in fewest sacks allowed this season. Give Manning enough time in the pocket and he will pick you apart like Rex Ryan does a whole Christmas ham. The Saints defense knows how to harass quarterbacks and produce takeaways. But they'll be dealing with a whole other animal tonight. Dallas Clark is a matchup nightmare. Reggie Wayne is quite possibly the Chupacabra. And Pierre Garcon has stepped up as Manning's go-to guy in the playoffs. So, yea. Get ready for fireworks from the Colts as well.

So what could be the difference in this game?
You mean besides the coin toss?

Um, yea....
The difference could very well come down to the running game. For all the Michael Bay-like explosions the Colts offense has been able to produce this season, their running game hasn't so much. In fact, it's been pretty bad during the post-season as well with a 2.9 yards per carry average. Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita and crew should have an easy time keeping Indy's running game in check. Meanwhile, the Saints have a three-headed monster in the backfield with Reggie, Mike Bell and Pierre Thomas. The Colts D has allowed only 10 rushing TDs this season. But with a limited (or no) Freeney, this could be the edge the Saints need to win it all. It's going to come down to which team will run the ball more effectively.

Really? The running game will decide this tonight?
Of course. Oh who am I kidding? Running game? This thing is going to be a shootout! Running game? Hahahahaha!!!! Bwhahahahahahahahaha!!! *cough* haha!.. *cough* ohhh.. uhohh...... 

Uhh... You alright?
Yea.... sorry... the Zima went down the wrong pipe.... ahem... anyway... yea.

So, final prediction: 
Okay... Let's do this!
Saints 38 Colts 31 
Saints 35 Colts 28 
Colts 42 Saints 38 

Guh... alright. This is it: Colts 37 Saints 31. There. That's my prediction and I'm sticking to it! 

MVP: Peyton Manning

There you go. In all likelihood, none these things will be a factor in the game. But whatever happens, we hope the best team truly does prevail tonight. And we hope that, no matter what happens or who plays well or who plays poorly, or who becomes a hero or who becomes a goat.... that this game doesn't come down to this. Because that would be all kinds of suck.

Enjoy the game, everyone. Be sure to stop by our live chat tonight. And be sure to stop by tomorrow to get all your post-Super Bowl news and reaction.

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 6, 2010 11:11 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2010 11:15 pm

Final Super Bowl XLIV Injury Updates

The Saints held their final practice session on Saturday, and so far still only have corner back Randall Gay (illness) and Lyle Hamilton (ankle) as their sole injury concerns. Gay has been suffering from a cold, but head coach Sean Payton expects him to play. Payton is not as sure about Hamilton, who has been nursing a sore ankle, but the coach remains optimistic. 

When last we heard from the Colts, all their star players were spontaneously combusting all over the place. Indianapolis also held their final walkthrough practice Saturday morning. Dwight Freeney (ankle!) sat out practice again. Corner back Jerraud Powers (foot) did some light work. Head coach Jim Caldwell said both are considered day-to-day. As for Reggie Wayne, he returned to practice Saturday after leaving 20 minutes early Friday when he re-aggravated his right knee.  

“We’ve done extremely well and been attentive," he said. "The [players] have been very, very focused and our practices have been sharp as well. Overall we’ve been moving in the right direction.”
I certainly hope so. It would be great if both teams had all their star players in the game. Super Bowl parties are depending on it. And these injured players need to stand up, play through the pain and understand that destiny is calling. "Perseverance!: What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve!" I read that on a poster at a dentist's office once. I'm not sure what it means, but if it has anything to do with my Super Bowl party and the crapload of buffalo wings and Jose Ole' taquitos that' I'm planning to consume, then that would be fantastic.
Posted on: February 5, 2010 6:42 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2010 6:49 pm

Uh oh

Reports out of Colts camp this afternoon is that Reggie Wayne left practice early after pulling up short on a route.

The four-time Pro Bowl receiver left practice 20 minutes early after aggravating an injured right knee. Coach Jim Caldwell said Wayne hurt the soft tissue below his kneecap. Wayne is listed as probable and Caldwell plans on him playing against New Orleans. Wayne got through the injury most of the season.
This might be nothing, seeing that Reggie basically played the entire season with a bad knee. And he is expected to start and play Sunday. But it's got to be a little disconcerting for Colts fans that two of their star players are banged up before the big game. It's ironic that this is happening given the fact that Indy sat down their starters and opted not to chase a perfect season just to avoid this kind of thing.

Jim Caldwell should've just slammed car doors on the hands of Colts players and stuck thumbtacks on their seats before team meetings at the end of the season. Seems like it would have been just as affective as resting them. Some guys think they know everything.
Posted on: February 5, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2010 4:59 pm

Peyton Manning Is Some Kind of Wizard

The Super Bowl is just a couple of days away now (finally!)

And that means a lot of over-analysis and conjecture. But it's all good fun, so let's dive in as kickoff approaches:

Michael Marot tells us why Peyton Manning's wizardry will win the Colts their second Super Bowl in three years:

While you're playing checkers, he's playing chess -- and he's always two moves ahead....  With seven days to study film of an opponent, Manning has no problems finding creases in a defense. With two weeks to break down the Saints, the best student to ever play the game will take advantage of every crack.
Peyton Manning is playing at a serious level right now. And while his forehead looks like something a dinosaur would have to ward off predators, it's really just a casing for the biggest brain in the NFL. The Saints D will certainly have its hands full. And this is why so many think this Super Bowl could be the highest scoring Super Bowl ever. 

For most of us who don't necessarily have a rooting interest in this game, let's hope so.
Category: NFL
Posted on: February 4, 2010 10:09 am
Edited on: February 4, 2010 10:16 am

The Colts Are The Bad Guys

It's pretty clear that the Saints are America's team entering Sunday's game. The underdog status, the history of the franchise, the recent history of the city, Who Dat Nation, Drew Brees, Bobby Hebert in  a dress. All the elements are there. They're the sentimental favorite.

Well the Colts would like to tell your sentimentality to suck it, because they're here to spoil the party. And they know it:

"It's amazing to see the Saints in the Super Bowl," the Colts receiver said Wednesday. "I remember growing up and thinking it would happen, and it never worked out that way. To see what it has come to is just great. Now, unfortunately, I've got to be the bad guy, but like I say I've got Bills to pay."
You hear that, America? What's gonna pay for Reggie's gold-trimmed bedsheets and his fleet of hovercrafts? A Super Bowl winner's paycheck, that's what.

Peyton Manning knows the Colts are the bad guys in this whole thing:

Peyton Manning understands what a Super Bowl win would mean to New Orleans, so he understands that to many fans the Colts are wearing the black hat. “We certainly understand we may not be the team that everybody is cheering for in this game,” he said. “We’re OK with that… I think as far as non-New Orleans Saints fans, non-Colts fans, somebody is going to pick a team to follow and they will probably pick the Saints. That’s fine."
Yes, every Super Bowl has it's good vs. evil. But both Reggie and Peyton are New Orleans natives. So this could all be just cheap talk. I think the only way we’ll truly know that they’re serious about all this “bad guy” stuff is if every member of the Indianapolis Colts grows a goatee for the Super Bowl. Like good Spock and Evil Spock, that's the only way we'll be able to differentiate between the good guys and bad guys.
Posted on: February 2, 2010 6:00 pm

Media Day Leftovers: Ervin Baldwin FTW!

In case you missed it, this year's Super Bowl Media Day was the most banal yet! 

No one wearing dog collars. No one proposing marriage to any player. No one dressed in drag. There was, however, a guy holding a sign telling Saints players he needed to pee. Sgt. Floyd Pepper from the Muppets apparently made an appearance. Oh and look! Indianapolis practice squad quarterback Drew Willy! Being interviewed by someone from the Jay Leno Show! Oh the hilarity that will certainly ensue! 

There was also a Telemundo anchor wearing wings wandering the premises and asking Colts players to put on a cowboy hat and buck like a bronco. Because these guys play for a team named after a horse, you see. Oh and there was another Telemundo guy with a puppet. But everyone pretty much ignored him, so no one knows what that was about.

You can see a quick mashup video of the zany wacky high jinks here

Here are the highlights from the video:
  • Peyton Manning saying, "I'm not superstitious. Maybe a little stitious. That's a bad joke...Eli gave me that joke. Sorry." Good one, Eli!
  • Darren Sharper bringing up the whole "Eli Manning/Jamie Sharper" thing again. Let it go, Darren!
  • Reggie Wayne's confession of being scared of sharks and alligators. An alligator? Really? An alligator with a bazooka attached to its head, sure. But just a plain old alligator? Weak! 
And, finally, as you can see in the pic above, that's Colts reserve defensive end Ervin Baldwin rocking the Heisman pose with his Entertainment Tonight Super Bowl Idol award. He rocked the joint, they gave him a microphone trophy, and ping -- he's the winner. 

Hard to believe this sort of thing goes on at Media Day. Even harder to believe: I just wrote the words "Colts reserve defensive end Ervin Baldwin rocking the Heisman pose with his Entertainment Tonight Super Bowl Idol award." This is compelling journalism at it's finest, people!

Hat tip to CBSSports.com on-air host Jason Horowitz for the pics
Posted on: February 2, 2010 2:24 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2010 2:29 pm

Freeney's Ankle Is The Story of Media Day So Far

The big news coming out of Media Day so far is, not surprisingly, Dwight Freeney's ankle.

"Hopefully, towards the end of the week it starts to get better," Freeney said at Tuesday's media day. "The decision will come later on in the week. It's kind of early now."
"The competitor in me says they'll never stop me from being on the field. There's some pain there definitely with throwing everything at it, all types of techniques to find the best thing to get this thing as good as possible. You name it, I've probably done it."
Freeney walked up to his Media Day podium wearing sandals, and it was like someone had removed a curtain to unveil the world's first unicorn in captivity. Flashbulbs and camera crews maniacally focused on Freeney's right foot. 

And this just in: it's still not healed.

This story ain't going away. But you can go here to see the man himself talk about The Ankle.
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