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THE TIMES, DECEMBER 4, 2014, S orts John Dudek Playoffs By JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist After what has been a largely dis- appointing season for the New Orleans Saints, they are actually going to still win the NFC South. While they are technically in a tie for first place, the Falcons have the mighty Green Bay Packers next, in Green Bay. That is PAGE 2 - Like us on Facebook pretty much a guaranteed loss. This season feels like a complete failure, and yet the playoffs are almost a given. If you are a division winner, you are auto- matically in the playoffs, and the NFC South is historically bad this season. If the Saints were in almost any other division, they would probably be in last place. The final month of the season, looks extremely promising for the Saints. The defense is coming together at just the right time, and they get a pathetic Panthers team, at home in the dome this Sunday. This is a game, that if the Saints don't win, they need to forfeit the rest of the games on the schedule, and wait until next year. That obviously won't be the case though. I see New Or- leans dominating Carolina, from start to finish, and making life miserable for Carolina quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday. Prediction: New Orleans 41, Carolina 20. I still cannot believe that this un- derachieving team is really going to sneak into the playoffs. In fact, neither can the NFL. There are actually rumors that the league is considering changing the playoff structure, to prevent a team with as bad of a record as the Saints to host a playoff game. Then again, the NFL did change the overtime rules, after the Saints beat Brett Favre and the Vikings on their way to the Super Bowl. The Ponchatoula Times The Independence 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://wwwpnchatulacm/ptimes/ E-MAIL editor@ponchatou!a.com timesofindependence@gmail.com FACEBOOK facebook.com/theponchatoulatimes, or facebook.com/theindependencetimes 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 Hingie - 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, John Johnson, Marion Fannaly (Automotive), Brooks O'Connor (features), Parker Layrisson (Law), Jim Perrin (History), Prof. Dr. Randolph Howes M.D. PhD (Health) Times On Wheels Columnists Bryan T. McMahon 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, South Tangipahoa Port Commission, Ponchatoula Area Recreation District, Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival, Tangipahoa Parish Rural Fire District No. 2 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 AOH to give out candy Saturday morning C6ntinuing its annuat tradi- tion, the Ancient Order of Hi- bernians (AOH) will be giving out fresh fruit and candy to chil- dren 9-11 a.m. this Saturday in front of the office of La. Court of Appeal Judge James "Jimmy" Kuhn, 103 North Sixth Street. OPTIONS and TARC are special guests, but the general public is definitely invited. And rumors have it that Santa Claus has also been invited. The AOH is an organiza- tion of Catholic men of Irish ancestry who call one another "Brother" and who have devot- ed themselves locally largely to feeding the poor. Their larger mission is to support the Catholic clergy, a practice dating back centuries to Ireland where bounties were placed on Catholic priests iden- tical to those offered for wolves by the English which at the time held sway over all of Ireland. AOH members would hide the priests from those who would do them harm. Today, members of the AOH do good works in their com- munities, while continuing in their mission to support and, when necessary, defend Catho- lic priests. Go Kickball Ponchatoula Hope everyone -had a Happy Thanksgiviving. Win- ter registration is currently open. Games will start Janu- ary 8th, and will last for 8 weeks. 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