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Flyboy
08-31-2008, 02:22 PM
SAINTS TO BE HOMELESS AGAIN IN 2008?
Posted by Mike Florio on August 30, 2008, 11:32 p.m.

With a storm named Gustav gaining strength as it embarks on a trip across the Gulf of Mexico and, possibly, an unscheduled visit to Bourbon Street, there’s talk about whether the Saints will be able to host the Buccaneers on September 7 at the Superdome.

Our pal Todd Wright of Sporting News Radio tells us of scuttlebutt that the game could be moved to Tampa, with the Saints hosting the rematch on November 30.

Whether the Saints would be hosting that game in New Orleans or Baton Rouge or San Antonio or somewhere else remains to be seen.

Per PFT, but it's sounding like the notion is gaining ground.

Addict
08-31-2008, 02:27 PM
well with the city being evacuated I guess they'll move the game. It'll probably be in pretty bad shape if Gustav keeps growing. Didn't they go to Oklahoma City previously?

Gribble
08-31-2008, 02:28 PM
San Antonio iirc?

Addict
08-31-2008, 02:36 PM
San Antonio iirc?

yeah you're right. my bad.

Geo
08-31-2008, 02:39 PM
That would be a great move, to switch the games.

Flyboy
08-31-2008, 02:42 PM
It was San Antonio. When I lived in Texas, I went to the game we played against the Falcons in San Antonio.

princefielder28
08-31-2008, 02:56 PM
That would be a smart move

Kurve
08-31-2008, 04:23 PM
lets just hope it doesnt do quarter of the damage that katrina did i dont know how that city would get back on there feet if that happened.... plus they would surely lose there teams if the city got destroys once again.

tylerb929
08-31-2008, 05:06 PM
The Saints are up in Indianapolis right now.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d80a564bf&template=with-video&confirm=true

Addict
08-31-2008, 05:28 PM
lets just hope it doesnt do quarter of the damage that katrina did i dont know how that city would get back on there feet if that happened.... plus they would surely lose there teams if the city got destroys once again.

That would seem like a logical consequence. Isn't Gustav supposed to be heavier than Katrina?

Bucs147
08-31-2008, 05:40 PM
There's a problem with the switch. If they switch the games, look at Bucs schedule between Week 8 and Week 15

Week 8: At Cowboys
Week 9: At Chiefs
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: Vs Vikings
Week 12: At Lions
Week 13: At Saints
Week 14: At Panthers
Week 15: At Falcons

6 away games in 7 weeks... with 4 road games in a row.

Dam8610
08-31-2008, 06:09 PM
There's a problem with the switch. If they switch the games, look at Bucs schedule between Week 8 and Week 15

Week 8: At Cowboys
Week 9: At Chiefs
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: Vs Vikings
Week 12: At Lions
Week 13: At Saints
Week 14: At Panthers
Week 15: At Falcons

6 away games in 7 weeks... with 4 road games in a row.

You're right, the NFL should risk a game in an evacuated city potentially during a hurricane just so th Bucs don't have to play 6 of their final 7 on the road. :rolleyes:

Geo
08-31-2008, 06:13 PM
That is a tough spot for the Bucs, but what are you going to do? Mother Nature doesn't negotiate, and who knows if the regular season rematch will be a home game for the Saints or a "home" game.

Flyboy
08-31-2008, 06:17 PM
You're right, the NFL should risk a game in an evacuated city potentially during a hurricane just so th Bucs don't have to play 6 of their final 7 on the road. :rolleyes:


LOL, right? Oh man, that was funny.

BlindSite
08-31-2008, 06:37 PM
I've always thought a lot of that home field advantage stuff was crap anyway.

Flyboy
08-31-2008, 06:39 PM
I've always thought a lot of that home field advantage stuff was crap anyway.

Tell that to the Atlanta Falcons in 2006 when they visited the Dome for the first time.

Bucs147
08-31-2008, 06:44 PM
You're right, the NFL should risk a game in an evacuated city potentially during a hurricane just so th Bucs don't have to play 6 of their final 7 on the road. :rolleyes:

It's not like there aren't any other possibilities. If it wasn't a division game, would they just cancel the game ? No. They would probably play the game at San Antonio or somewhere else. There are other possiblities.

And I didn't say that we shouldn't switch the game. I just said that it wasn't a perfect solution as everyone was saying here.

EDIT: There are possibilities that Tropical Storm Hannah hit Florida during the next week. :rolleyes:

BlindSite
08-31-2008, 06:52 PM
I'd rather tell it to the Steelers or to the Giants

Chucky
08-31-2008, 07:38 PM
They should just play the game in San Antonio if NO can not host it

D-Rod
09-01-2008, 04:26 AM
I'd rather tell it to the Steelers or to the Giants

Heard the phrase, "exception that proves the rule"?

In pretty much any sport, teams perform better at home than away. That may have to do with crowd support at key times, comfort level because of travel and locker rooms, or any number of different factors. Football is actually one of the few sports in which there is a tangible reason for that, in terms of crowd noise on third down.

As for the Bucs, the long road trip is balanced out by the potential to get ahead of their division by having a key early game at home rather than away.

In any event, it's pretty obvious where the priority should lie.

BlindSite
09-01-2008, 04:55 AM
There's a list as long as dirk diggler of teams that perform well one the road, one game shouldn't make a difference to a contenders season. That's my point. There's no reason to whine about losing a game at home, contenders will overcome, pretenders will succumb.

etk
09-01-2008, 03:40 PM
We're happy to host both games.....the Saints only need 6 home games anyway right?

Can't wait for this one no matter where it's played. Sedrick Ellis vs Jeremy Zuttah=:'( though. At least the Saints DBs still suck.

bigbluedefense
09-01-2008, 04:23 PM
homefield advantage is huge in football.

the crowd noise is basically what makes the difference. the opposing offense has to limit its playbook on the road bc of crowd noise, limit its audibles, and has to do a silent count.


its definitely an advantage.

Flyboy
09-02-2008, 03:20 PM
The game will be played in the Superdome.