# CCXLVIII…All (New Orleans) Saints Day…

I cannot apologize for the bad pun title…while it is entirely true that this is All Saints Day on the calendar, it was also on this date, in 1966, that founders John Mecom, Jr. and David Dixon were awarded the NFL franchise in New Orleans.  Although the team was named after the great song, “When the Saints Go Marching In” (our anthem), it was a pleasant coincidence that the franchise was awarded to them on November 1 (All Saints Day, in the Catholic community).

Also, on a humorous side note, a local member of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, at that time, expressed that “he liked the name…as he had an idea that the team was going to need all the help it could get”.  I picked up being a Saints fan in 1989, almost 20 years after their creation, and I can attest to that, because until the victory in their only Super Bowl (XLIV), there were times that I wanted to wear a paper bag over my head (like the fans used to at one point)!

GEAUX SAINTS…as I will be Noir-et-or (black and gold) until the end…

Also on today’s laundry list of birthday celebrators are pro golfer Gary Player (1935), late singer/actor Sergeant Barry Sadler (“Ballad of the Green Berets”) [1940-1989], publisher Larry Flynt (1942), former WWF/E manager Bobby “The Brain” Heenan (1944), singer Lyle Lovett (1957), former MLB phenom Fernando Valenzuela (1960), Red Hot Chili Peppers’ frontman Anthony Kiedis (1962), and drummer for Def Leppard, Rick Allen was born in 1963.

Country star Big Kenny (of the band Big & Rich) was born in 1963, actress Jenny McCarthy (1972), singer Bo Bice of “American Idol” fame (1975), MLB journeyman (and former Red Sox) Coco Crisp (1979), and Destiny’s Child singer LaTavia Roberson was born in 1981.

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

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