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THE TIMES, JANUARY 9, 2014, PAGE 2 -- Like us at Facebook.com/theindependencetimes John Dudek By JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist After an absolutely bizarre weekend of wild card games, we are down to just eight teams. Of course, one of those teams is the New Orleans Saints. The Saints overcame the stigma that they couldn't win a playoff game on the road, or outdoors. Last Saturday night, they did both. Shockingly, New Orleans ran the ball better than Philadelphia, and played better defense. Those are the two biggest reasons that the Saints prevailed, 26-24. The Saints actually kick off the divisional round of the playoffs, against the Seattle Seahawks. As you may recall, Seattle defeated New Orleans earlier this season, 34-7, in the Saints' most lopsided defeat all season. Nationally, most sportswriters believe the Seahawks are the NFC's best team. It would be hard to disagree with that. As for the Saints, they won their first road playoff game in franchise history just last week. This will be the tough- est test for New Orleans since Scan Payton took over as head coach in 2006. My prediction: New Orleans 20, Seattle 17. In the night game, the India- napolis Colts travel to Foxbor- ough to take on the New Eng- land Patriots. Here is pretty much all that you need to know about this ganie. Tom Brady and the Patriots are almost unbeat- able at home in the post sea- son. The Indianapolis Colts needed to come back from a 38-10 deficit, at home, to even get here. My Prediction: New England 38, Indianapolis 23. On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers will meet up at high noon. These two teams are absolute mirror images of each other. They both run the ball effectively, play great defense, and have dual threat quarterbacks. In fact, this game will come down to which quarterback makes the fewest mistakes. It's A Boy! California native John Ma- kar and Lauren Lafargue Ma- kar of Ponchatoula welcomed their second child Gregory Ma- kar into the world on January 2. Gregory was born in Tampa Florida where the couple is liv- ing after long careers in the U.S. Army. Gregory weighed 6 lbs, 9 ounces and was 19 inches long. The Ponchatoula Times , The 2ndependence Times Published by The Ponchatoula Times L.L.C. Established october 1, 1981 Print Edition Published Thursday of every week at 170 North Seventh Street Post Office Box 743--Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 SUBSCRIPTIONS $25 a Year In Tangipahoa Parish $30 a Year Outside Tangipahoa Parish ($5 Discount for Seniors) Gift subscriptions offered at same rates --24 Hour Telephone Line-- Subscriptions and News Tips 985/386-2877 INTERNET EDITION http://www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes/ E-MAIL editor@ponchatoula.com timesofindependence@gmail.com U.S. Periodicals Postal Permit No. 666730 Postmaster, address correspondence and changes of address orders to: P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 Bryan T. McMahon-- Editor & Publisher Derrick E Hingle - Sports Editor Deirdre McMahon Sanchez--Houston Bureau Chief Bliss McMahon--Chicago Bureau Chief Mark McMahon--Detroit Bureau Chief Brendan McMahon--New Orleans Bureau Chief Capt. David Stefferud--Madisonville Bureau Chief Times Columnists and Photographers Ole Hardhide The Alligator, Thomas Kuhn, John Dudek, Uncle Sam, Dudley Clark, John Johnson, Marion Fannaly (Automotive), Brooks O'Connor (features), Parker Layrisson (Law), Jim Perrin (History), Prof. Dr. Randolph Howes M.D. PhD (Health1 Times On Wheels Columnists Bryan T. McMahon & Chris O'Conner NEWS RELEASES & ADVERTISING e-mail (preferred) editor@ponchatoula.com ads@ponchatoula.com P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 We accept VISA/Mastercard OFFICIAL JOURNAL City of Ponchatoula, Town of Independence, Tangipahoa Parish Library, South Tangipahoa Port Commission, Ponchatoula Area Recreation District, Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival MEMBER Louisiana Press Association, Gulf States Automotive Writers As- sociation, Texas Auto Writers Association HONORS Louisiana Press Association Freedom of Information Award, 1st Place Investigative Reporting, 1st place Editorial Writing, Gibbs Adams Award for Investigative Reporting, 1st Place Best Headline (Brooks O'Connor) Brown Pelican Award for Environmental Reporting OFFICE HOURS Please call for Appointment (985) 386-2877 Panther's quarterback Cam Newton and 49er's signal caller Colin Kaepernick are both high risk, high reward players. I PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 January 9 - Mark & Wendy Puffpaff January 10 - Jeffrey & Cathy LeSaicherre, Paul & Suzi Our- so, Stanley & Peggy Verneuil, Thomas & Patty Hebert, January 11 - Ronnie & Lynn Threeton, Ronnie & Ruth Faust, Tim & Judy Murry, January 12 - Terry & Charlsa Cannon January 14 - John & Jenny Bohning January 15 - Jack & Terry Pisciotta January 9 - Ciara Ward, Ernie Drake, Evelyn Pepitone, Harry Gabriel, Joe Jason, Ju- lian Allibe, Kasey Brooks, Kyle Martin, Pat Powell, Rebecca Pellichino, Rebecca Schaff, Timi Henderson, Richard Rody January 10 - Bernice Brum- field, Christina Ourso, David Freeman, Edna Gillman, Evah Cokerham, James Cox, Kim- berly Latino, Laura Gibson, Martha LeSaicherre, Myrtle Hoover, Nicholas Lemoine, Stanley Verneuil, Jack Edward Kupper January 11 -Amy Ourso, Carla Barlow, David Bougere, Dennis Pevey Jr., Elaine By- ers, Jeffrey Yent, Jim Byers, Katusha Zeller, Kenneth Schat- zle, Louis Myers, Matthew La- tino, Melvin Meyers Jr., Shelby Peterson, Trey Foster, Vickie Stanga, Victoria Loga, Carson Thibodeaux January 12 - Craig Messmer, Edwin Hoover, Jeannie Watts, Jim Sim, John R.T. Bernard, Judy Roques, Kathy Deslatte, Marilyn Schaff, Molly Gladney, Tanner Perrin, Mike Taylor, Destin Costanza, Cheryl Bo- totte, Jennie Watts January 13 - Barbara Alex- ander, Beth Schmitt, C.F. Von Aspern, Debbie Bazile, Debbie Hickman, Denise Fendalson, Diane McCrory, Elaine Wil- liamson, Emily Harper, Ernest Ourso Sr., Jennifer Tallo, Kathy Sewell, Leslie Pedigo, Milton Hill Sr., Phillip King, Rob Beyl, Ryan Price, Sydney Brown, January 14-Aurelie Cerdan, Emily Basso, Jennifer Gracia, Joseph Bougere, Kody Deslatte, Leah Bougere, Mike Heroman, Scarlett Anderson, Scarlett For- rest, Spencer Wyld, Steven Ge- genheimer, Timothy I. Ragan, Celeste Hoffmann, January 15 - Barry Gordon, Brad Lavigne, Christopher Pot- tle, Eddie Parker, Janet Wad- dell, Jenny Bohning, Jenson Adams, Mildred Sicard, Patty Hubert, Robin Berner, Shirley Jackson, Wanda Thornton. Please Notify Us Of Changes You Wish Made In our Birthday and Anniversary Greetings 985/386-2877 editor ponchatoula.com FROM PAGE ONE Marshal will be officially an- nounced. Winter's Feast is $10 each for paid members of the krewe. Annual Dues of $100 will be ac- cepted at the door. Tickets for non-men~ber guests are $25 each; adults only. The feast is limited to 50 din- ers. Others are advised to RSVP by Wednesday, January 22 to: Krewe Chairman Tom Pitt- man 985-969-4834, email toml- sueng@aol.com, or to krewe Secretary Myra March 985- 507-7823, kreweoferin.sec@ ponchatoula.com FROM PAGE ONE dergarten to fifth grade who may submit an 8 x 11 draw- ing or other art medium, on a Celtic symbol and may include a paragraph on the symbol. The Krewe of Erin Queen's Committee includes an SLU professor of Irish literature, two Master of Ed teachers, an SLU Phi Kappa Phi, a Tulane BA in Social Science, a Registered Nurse, and other learned schol- ars who recently met and final- ized the annual essay contest theme: Celtic Symbols. These include the Sham- rock, Harp, Claddagh, Celt- ic Knot, St. Bridget's Cross, Celtic Cross, Celtic Tree of Life, New Grange, Lucken- booth, Ogham, Tara Brooch, Spirals, and Triquetra (Trinity Knot). The essay should be 500 -750 words written in MLA style for- mat with parenthetical referenc- es and a Works Cited page listing your sources. Aminimum of three sources, which should include one book, is required. Wikipe- din will not be accepted as the primary source, and we strongly encourage use of local libraries. MLA format information can be found at http://mlaformat.org/ The essay must be your own work - not copied and pasted. The symbol should be thor- oughly researched from its origins to the impact today. Pictures or drawings may be added to explain variations. You may submit your es- say electronically for pre-re- view by Monday, February 2. The Queen's Committee is raf- fling a 16" Celtic Deco wreath and a new authenticated Ma- dame Alexander St. Pat's Doll. Tickets are one dollar.S1. First winner has choice of prize. Submit all entries to: Con- test Deadline: P.O. Box 2146, Ponchatoula, LA 70454, or to: kreweoferin.sec@ponchatoula. corn Baton Rouge* I New Orleans* I Ponchatoula: (985) 467-9525 I www.PonchatoulaLawyer.com *By Appointment Only first step in reachingyour goals is reaching the person who can help you achieve them. .401(k)/403(b) Rollovers ,All IRAs, Annuities,& Drop Ameriprise . 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