Scoot: Trump campaign manager indicted – BUT the Saints won again!

October 30, 2017 - 10:44 am

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort turned himself in to the federal government after being indicted of conspiracy and money laundering.  The indictment is part of the Russia investigation. 

That is a huge story, BUT the Saints beat the Bears yesterday to win their 5th game in a row.  The Saints are now 5 – 2 at the top of the NFC South.  What a turnaround after a dismal 0 – 2 start to the season!

Reliving the Saints win over the Bears yesterday is the perfect thing to do a beautiful Monday in New Orleans.  The Saints took the opening drive down and got a break when the Bears were penalized during the Saints field goal attempt.  On the next play Brees pitched to Kamara and the Saints scored a touchdown rather than settle for a field goal.

The Saints defense had many lapses during the game, but they were tough when they had to be.  After the 2:00 warning in the first half, the Saints defense crushed Bears running backs, rushed and then sacked the QB and the Bears field goal attempt was no good.  At the end of the first half, the Saints were leading the Bears 14 – 3.

In the 3rd quarter, the Bears were moving down the field and that inspired Bears fans to start a chant of “Let’s go Bears,” and there were enough of them to make the chant standout.  But that led to Saints fans booing and then breaking into the “Who Dat” chant.

The Bears scored a touchdown, but the touchdown was reversed because the receiver did not have control of the ball. The Bears settled for a field goal and with 5:42 left in the 3rd quarter the Saints led the Bears 14 – 6.

The Saints added a field goal and the defense shut down the Bears offense.  The Saints were on their own 24 yard line and Brees threw a pass to Kamara in traffic, and Kamara made a great catch and the Saints were down the to Bears 42.  Then on a 2nd & 12 on the 25-yard line, Mark Ingram fumbled and the Bears recovered with 7:32 remaining in the game.

The Saints defense pressured Bears QB Trubisky, who ran to an opening in the defense and the Bears were suddenly down to the Saints 26.  The Bears went on to score and late in the 4th quarter it was Saints 17 Bears 12.

With 3:55 left in the game and the Saints starting at their own 20-yard line, I thought this was not the time for the Saints to do what they have done in the past – protect the lead.  Brees threw to Ginn, Jr., who made a great catch and the Saints were down to the Bears’ 26.

Then it happened again.  Ingram lost the ball.  This time is was stripped out of his hands – the Bears had the ball on their own 30 with 2:12 remaining. 

At the 2:00 warning, the Saints faced a test of strength.  Could the defense stop the Bears?  Over the past few seasons we have seen the Saints lose games they should have won and at this point in the game against the Bears many Saints fans were getting the sick feeling again.

The Bears had the ball 4th & 1 on the 39-yard line with 1:57 left in the game.  I’m sure there is a lot of talk about the next call on talk radio in Chicago.  The Bears, a strong running team, decided to pass the ball on 4th & 1; and the pass was incomplete.  The Saints took over on the Bears 39.

The Saints added another field goal and led the Bears 20 – 12 with 1:35 left in the game.  And then the rookie Lattimore intercepted the Bears to secure the Saints 5th win in a row!

It may not have been a pretty win and there were times the offense and the defense lapsed, but instead of letting the game go, the Saints found a way to win.  Every game doesn’t have to be a well-executed win, but good teams find ways to win even the ugly games and that’s what the Saints did yesterday.

After the game, Drew Brees acknowledged that he was happy with the win; but he was not happy with the way they won and he talked about the improvements he would like to see as the team moves forward.

There was one moment of classless behavior on the part of a Chicago Bears player.  At the end of the 1st quarter - the Saintsations were performing a routine as the teams moved to the other end of the field.  That’s when #71, Josh Sitton of the Bears, literally walked in between the Saintsations and through their performance as if to say, “F” you.

I witnessed another classless moment as I was leaving the game, and there were Saints fans and Bears fans walking together.  A Saints fan started shouting to the Bears’ fans, “Go Home!”  I turned to a Bears fan walking next to me and said, “That a-hole doesn’t represent all Saints fans.”

On this Monday, there is a lot to talk about.  Three people were shot in New Orleans over the weekend; and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his longtime business partner, Rick Gates, were indicted in the Russia investigation. 

Yes, there are big stories to talk about; but thinking about and reliving the Saints big win yesterday against the Chicago Bears is an example of the role sports plays in our lives.  It’s a great distraction.  The Saints win will not make the other, more important stories go away, but it does give us a mental break from the daily exposure to the mind-boggling news.

Saints fans should enjoy this moment, but let’s treat this as a “moment” and not a ticket to the playoffs.  Fans want the Saints to focus on each game and not look ahead.  Well, as fans – don’t we need to do the same?

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