The undefeated New Orleans Saints football team has taken on a life of its own. Everywhere I go on game days, the room is filled with people wearing Saints’ jerseys. Sometimes it is Reggie Bush who they don. Other times, it is Jeremy?Shockey or Marques Colston. There are even still Deuce McAllister threads on the streets of our great state. But by far, it is No. 9 who Louisiana loves

The undefeated New Orleans Saints football team has taken on a life of its own. Everywhere I go on game days, the room is filled with people wearing Saints’ jerseys.


Sometimes it is Reggie Bush who they don. Other times, it is Jeremy?Shockey or Marques Colston. There are even still Deuce McAllister threads on the streets of our great state. But by far, it is No. 9 who Louisiana loves and Drew Brees showed them all Monday night that the Saints are for real in a 38-17 drubbing of New England in front of a prime time audience.


Brees was perfect. His passer rating stated it. Austin’s gift to the Big Easy completed every pass but five going 18-of-23 for 371 yards and five touchdowns to five different receivers. He became the first quarterback to throw for five touchdowns against a Bill Belichick coached team and the only passer to throw for three scores in one quarter against him.


Yes, Brees stats sure tell the tale of his dominating performance of the Patriots’ secondary but you didn’t get the true story unless you watched the man at work. Brees’ passes Monday night were incredible. His accuracy was uncanny from his first attempt till his last. He placed the ball on the back shoulders of receivers where only they could up with it, faked out the defense with pumps and simply put the ball into windows of no more than three feet square.


I could go on and on about the way he throws the football but it is best explained in a Sports Science video on YouTube I found last year after the season he became only the second quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards. Brees is tested to see if an NFL quarterback is more accurate than a world class archer. Wouldn’t you know it, Brees is. He hit the bulls eye 10 straight times and it was attributed to his release.


“The last thing to leave the ball is that index finger,”?Brees said. Monday night, Brees made all the throws. He threw soft, he threw hard and he was like he always is, accurate.


The Saints have so many weapons and their defense showed they are better than most thought against Tom Brady and the Patriots. They have overcome injuries, nicks and bruises all year long. As long as No. 9 is under center they can’t be beat because he will get his teammates the ball better than anyone else on the planet or the front lawn of the White House. Just ask President Barack Obama.


Eating crow


I guess I?am forced to eat my words after LSU’s overtime victory over Arkansas on Saturday night. The Tigers are now 9-3 and look like they are headed to the Capital One Bowl.


Still, I have never heard Tiger Stadium turn to complete silence after it was as loud as it was in the closing minutes when the Razorbacks took the lead. Somehow, the Tigers found themselves in nearly the exact same situation as a week ago against Ole Miss and this time they did all the right things to sent it into overtime with one of four Josh Jasper field goals with none other than nine seconds remaining.


It is hard to say what you  take out of the victory other than it was a win.


Weekly Citizen of Gonzales, La.