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THE TIMES, MARCH 3, 2016 PAGE 2 Like us on Facebook NFL Offseason By JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist With the NFL scouting combine now over, teams have a clearer idea of who they are targeting in April’s draft. With that now comes cutting L expensive veteran free agents to make room for the next gen- eration of future stars. The league calls them “cap casual- ties”. Basically, it is a veteran player that the team would ide- ally like to keep on their roster, but can’t, due to the financial ramifications of paying them. Instead, they cut the veteran player, and replace him with a more cost effective rookie. Then they hope that the young guy can contribute to the team, at least providing a comparable amount of production that the veteran did. In New Orleans, a prime ex- ample would be ten year vet- eran, and fan favorite Marques Colston, got his walking papers this morning. While Colston- was still a productive player on the field, and a great locker room presence, the move had to be made. Odds are, he will get picked up by another team, paid handsomely, and have a few more productive years left in him. As a Saints fan‘, I just hope he doesn’t end up on one of our rivals, like the Atlanta Fal- cons, or the Dallas Cowboys. Over in Buffalo, former num- ber one overall pick Mario Wil- liams just got released as well. While Williams has been pro- ductive his whole career, he I wasn’t particularly a good 'fit John Dudek with the Bills. That move will save the team 12.9 million dol- lars next season, and some oth- er team is going to get a great defensive end. Once the NFL’s annual col- lege draft is completed, teams will turn their attention to free agency. Any roster spots or posi- tions that weren’t filled in the draft, will be addressed then. It used to seem like the Sum- mer was the NFL?s Offseason, not anymore. With social me- dia, and an entire network that covers the league 24/7, football never stops. 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Town of Independence, South Tangipahoa Port Commission, Ponchatoula Area Recreation District, Madisonviile Wooden Boat Festival MEMBER Lo‘uisiana Press Association , HONORS Louisiana Press Asso‘cia’tion Freedom of Information Award, ist 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 PHS BasebaH update ' By John Beadle Ponchatoula baseball trav- eled to New Orleans for the WGNO baseball tournament this past weekend going down to the wire against Jesuit Sat- urday losing 4 to 3 in the bot- tom of the 7th.. Rojas joins Zeph rs By Joel ay Times Sports Editor Augusto “Cookie” Rojas has joined the New Orleans Zeph- yrs as Senior Vice President and General Manager. Former General Manger Mike Schline has been named the team’s Vice President of Baseball Opera- tions. Rojas comes to, the Zephyrs from Learfield Sports where he worked as General Manager for Brown Bears Sports Properties at Brown University in his na- tive Providence, Rhode Island. Rojas also spent eight years as General Sales Manager for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. “I am thrilled to join the Zeph— yrs organization,” Rojas said. “We will continue to strive to provide affordable family enter- tainment for our fans and spon- sors, and have Zephyrs baseball be a source of pride and a team the entire New Orleans commu- nity can rally around. “The Zephyrs begin the 2016 season on April 7 with eight games on the road. The Zephyrs 2016 home opener at Zephyr Field is on Friday, April 15 at 7 pm. against the Omaha Storm Chasers. Does this frigid cold weather have you dreaming of more warm, sunny days across south Loursrana? If so, the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardener Association and the LSU AgCenter has the cure for you! The Hammond Spring Gar- den Dayis set for: Saturday, March 12th from 9am-3pm at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station. This event will be sure to cure those winter blues! The plant doctors are in! LSU’sDr. Raghu- Winder Singh and Dr. Ron Stra- han will be on hand to help di- agnose and prescribe advice for those battling plant diseases, lawn and turf problems. Get a healthy dose of vitamin C with Dr. Jimmy Boudreaux’s educa- tional seminar on citrus home production. Create a healthy diet and landscape with Dr. Kiki Fontenot’s presentation on edible landscapes or boost your plant knowledge with Dr. Allen Owing’s Super Plant Program presentation. I Don’t forget the famousMas- ter Gardener Plant sale where you can get a leg up on your spring garden! Master Garden- ers will be on hand to help you with your gardening questions and needs. This year’s program will in— clude a plant swap, the annual plant sale, kid’s activities, com- mercial and educational exhib- its, educational presentations, concessions and the plant diag- nostic center. Walking tours will showcase some of the research at the sta- tion. The event is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Tan- gipahoa Parish Master Garden- ers Association. Admission is $5 per vehicle. Commercial vendors are wel- come and encouraged to join this fun outdoor event! Limited number of spaces available. 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