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Saints to Recognize Members of the Media in Mercedes-Benz Superdome Press Box
By NewOrleansSaints.com
Posted Nov 25, 2011

The New Orleans Saints will recognize ten distinguished members of the New Orleans sports media and public relations field inside the press box of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Placed on the glass partition of the third row within the press box are plaques honoring Champ Clark, Bill Curl, Buddy Diliberto, Peter Finney, Hap Glaudi, Wayne Mack, Bruce Miller, Bob Roesler, Jerry Romig and Frank Wilson.
 
“It  makes sense to recognize the outstanding contributions of these ten men and what they have meant to the history of sports coverage in our city,” said Saints Owner Tom Benson.  “There are many others who have also contributed to the rich legacy of sports in New Orleans, but this is a start and we are proud to have their names honorably listed in the press box here at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.”
 
*Clark was a pioneer among African-American journalists in New Orleans. The host of the first African-American sports radio talk show in Louisiana, his career spanned five decades on four radio stations. During his 68 years in the media, Clark also served as a sports journalist for various publications, including Sports Parade, a newspaper which he founded.
 
*Curl started his career in New Orleans as the sports information director at Tulane University. After serving in a public relations role for the New Orleans Tourist and Convention Commission, he spent 33 years as the director of public relations for the Superdome before his retirement in July, 2010.

*Diliberto started his career in journalism as a sportswriter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune for over 15 years. He then served as the sports director for WVUE-TV from 1966-1980, moving over to WDSU-TV from 1981-1990, before closing out his career as a talk show host for WWL radio from 1991-2005.
 
*Finney started his career with the New Orleans States-Item newspaper before moving over to the Times-Picayune. He has been a local sportswriter and columnist for 66 years and is still penning columns for the Picayune today.

*Glaudi first served as a sports writer for 22 years, before serving as the sports director of WWL-TV from 1961-78, closing out his distinguished career as a sports talk show host for WWL radio from 1979-1999.
 
*Mack spent 35 years in television and radio in New Orleans. He served as sports director of WDSU-TV for 15 years and also was in charge of sports programming and was a talk show host at two radio stations for 20 years. He was also a radio broadcaster for WGSO, WSMB, WBYU and WCKW. He also authored the book “Saga of the Saintsâ€, which chronicled the club’s first 25 years. He served as the club’s radio play-by-play announcer from 1976-81.
 
*Miller, who was in sports media for 50 years, 43 in New Orleans, worked at WDSU Radio (1957-61), WDSU TV (1961-73), WGSO Radio (1974-80) and WWL Radio (1980-2000). While at WWL, Miller covered the Saints, hosting the team’s radio pre-game and halftime radio shows. 

*Roesler served as executive sports editor and as a columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune for 45 years. He was instrumental in bringing Super Bowl IV to New Orleans and served on the Mayor’s Super Bowl task force that played a key role in securing eight more Super Bowls. He has also served as one of the past presidents of the Pro Football Writers Association.

*Romig, a longtime public relations and television executive in New Orleans, has served as the public address announcer at Saints games for the last 42 years.

*Wilson covered the Saints as a New Orleans correspondent for a pair of Baton Rouge Newspapers for over 18 years, the Baton Rouge Advocate and the States-Times.

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Graham Trade Signals Possible Paradigm Shift for Saints O

by Michael Fazende on 05/07/15

Graham Trade Signals Possible Paradigm Shift for Saints O

When last we saw each other, the first item on my Saints wish list for 2015 was a nasty OG to sure up the offensive line. One to help protect drew Brees up the middle and two to further enhance the running game which showed potential in the second half of 2014.

Well, the Saints went one better. They traded for Seattle All-Pro center Max Unger and a #1 draft pick in exchange for All-pro TE Jimmy Graham and a 4th rd draft pick.

Yes, the Saints got nasty on the O-line today. Unger is a no-nonsense, tough as nails leader who, at center who will upgrade the play of the entire unit. He is the type of gritty player the Saints have sorely lacked as of late.

Unfortunately, to get something you must give up something.

While Jimmy Graham will be missed as a receiving TE, his lack of blocking skills have made him expendable. Word is he's also become a bit of a diva since signing the big contract. As the Saints begin a paradigm shift in their offensive philosophy, a blocking TE will be needed more than a receiving TE.

Personally, I will miss pre-contract Jimmy Graham. He provided more highlights than can be counted. He was a match-up nightmare for opposing defenses. When the Saints needed a big play, Brees to Graham was among the most feared combinations in the NFL.

But in games that mattered most, Graham disappeared. He was exposed as being weak minded and surprisingly shut downable when matched up with a CB with size(Patriots' Aqib Talib) or a safety with speed(Ravens' Will Hill) or any defense named the Seahawks.

Back to Unger. This deal, to me, signals a shift in the Saints offensive philosophy. With the re-signing of Mark Ingram, continued development of Khiry Robinson and the farewell to Pierre Thomas, it appears Sean Payton has concluded that power is better than finesse. Look for the Saints to emphasize the power running game more in 2015.

Why the shift?

1. To protect the franchise. Even at 36, Drew Brees still drives the car. A better running game will keep the heat up the middle off him.

2. To protect the defense. A power running game keeps the clock running, the opponents offense off the field and best yet, keeps YOUR crappy defense off the field.

Whether Payton displays the discipline needed to stick with the running game remains to be seen. But it appears he's willing to give it try.

So a big welcome for Max Unger, a much needed force on the offensive line.

As for Saints fans mourning the loss of yet another Saints great moving on to another team, don't forget, the Saints won a Super Bowl before any of us ever heard of Jimmy Graham.

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