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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, AUGUST 2 , 2012, PAGE 2 Finally... Football! By Times Columnist John Dudek After months of contract talks, bounty scandal news, and dwelling on last year's playoff loss, it is finally time for some football. It seemed like an eter- nity and a half has gone by since we last saw the boys in black and gold on the field. What's worse than that, is the last time that they were on the field, they walked off in disbelief, after losing to the 49ers in the afore- mentioned playoff loss. Now, all that is about to get put in the rear view mirror. Now, there is no turning back. Drew Brees has finally signed his contract. The suspensions in the "Bounty Gate" scandal have been doled out. And, maybe best of all, the NFL schedule makers were kind enough to give the Saints a chance to exact some revenge on the 49ers. New Orleans will host San Francisco on November 25 in the Mercedes Benz Super- dome. While many teams would fold in the wake of the adver- sity that the Saints will have to deal with this season, you won't hear any excuses from this bunch. In fact, they have been known to pull together when di- saster strikes. Remember how strongly theybounced back after Hurricane Katrina? Ka- trina took some of their homes, Attorne, rs at Law PARKER .AYR SSON Law Firm Auto Accidents :%: ::;" " .;." Personal Injury Wrongfu Death Parker La, risson Angela Elly Steven Gonzalez John Dudek and damaged the stadium they called home. Sure, Coach Pay- ton has been suspended for the season. But, if one quarterback was an extension of his coach, it is Drew Brees. That is what makes Drew Brees even more valuable to this team, and city. This is finally going to be the season that Brees gets the na- tional recognition that he truly deserves. While Brees leads the Saints to another playoff ap- pearance, you will start to hear the MVP talk on ESPN and oth- er national sports outlets. Well, guess what? It is election time, so I'm starting the Drew Brees for M.V.P campaign right now. It doesn't matter what party you support, because this is go- ing to end up turning into one big Super Bowl party. In about 6 months from now, you can tell everybody that you heard it here first, in the good ole' Pon- chatoula Times. The Ponchatoula Times Published by The Ponchatoula Times L.L.C. Established October 1, 1981 Print Editio n published Thursday of everyweat.. 145 West Pine Street, Suite A 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 rate --24 Hour Telephone Line-- 985/366-2877 INTERNET EDITION http://www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes/ E-MAIL editor@ponchatoula.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. 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