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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, DECEMBER 13, 2012, PAGE 2 John Dudek Game Over By JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist For the New Orleans Saints, the season is all but over. After a crushing defeat at the hands of the New York Giants, 52-27, this bounty-tainted sea- son is over. While the Saints are still "mathematically" in the hunt, their season is lost. There are so many factors that led to such a disappoint- ing season. Was it the pa- thetic defense? Was it the lack of a head coach? Was it the tremendous amount of pres- sure on Drew Brees to live up to that gigantic contract? Ladies and gentleman, it was all of the above. The NFL set the New Orleans Saints up for an epic failure of a season. I truly believe that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell didn't want the "bad boy" Saints to be the first team ever to play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium. And that is a crying shame. The league should be cele- brating the Saints. They are the ultimate underdog story - what they overcame just by staying afloat in New Orleans after the devastation brought on by Hur- ricane Katrina. After the hurricane, they overcame 44 years of losing in just about every way imagin- FROM THE By THOMAS KUHN Times Columnist The annual Ponchatoula Christmas Parade was a smash- ing hit! With a variety of floats and bands, the large crowd of on- lookers seemed to enjoy all as- pects of the parade. I had the pleasure to ride with the Queen of Erin in her car. The large crowd was enthusiastic and very appreciative of the many throws given by parade par- ticipants. It was good to see so many children enjoying the pa- rade with their parents. Saturday's parade was fol- lowed by a fund raiser spon- sored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) on Sunday Thomas Kuhn afternoon to raise funds for TARC and Options. The event, held at Bantaa's Fleur De Lis, was a treat in many aspects. The food prepared by Bantaa's PLEASE SEE PAGE 4 =v The Ponchatoula Times Pu61is ecl 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 AYear In Tangipahoa Parish $30 A Year Outside Tangipahoa Parish ($5 Discount for Seniors) Gift subscriptions offered at same rate 24 Hour Telephone Line-- 985/386-2877 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 Bryan T. McMahon Editor & Publisher Derrick E Hingle - Sports Editor Deirdre McMahon Sanchez--Caracas Bureau Chief Bliss McMahon Chicago Bureau Chief Mark McMahon Detroit Bureau Chief Capt. 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