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New Orleans Update

Figured I'd update the progress of Scott and his gang going to N'Orleans for some humanitarian work to help rebuild the city. They were hoping to end their trip by cheering on the Skins at The Superdome, but it doesn't look great so far. My man Scott writes of his latest go-round trying to secure tickets for his part of 5-6 volunteers:

"Community Relations here denied my request and sent me to Saints community relations.
They said they might have some late next week (too close for comfort) but said those tickets were in the Skins hands right now. So I went to the Skins ticket office who said those tickets were allotted for players and for when Community Relations has a request for them!!!!
So this morning I went back to Community Relations and asked if they could put a request in to the ticket office on our behalf."

Needless to say, it hasn't been a smooth process. Anyway, besides building homes, Scott and his gang will be doing some food packing and distributing and visiting a halfway house to hand out Christmas gifts. They are also conducting a toy drive for the foster kids they will be visiting in N.O. There are 26 kids in the home and they hope to have a gift for each of them.

Trust me, these are some great people here, and maybe there's a chance someone in either of the franchises reads this post and finds a few to get a few comp tickets in their hands.

All I know is, these guys are definitely getting a bunch of drinks on me on Crescent Street the night before the game.

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 6, 2006; 1:30 PM ET
 
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JLC thanks for updating everyone on what we will be doing next week. It would be great if they came up with the tickets, but help building New Orlenans is the real reward.

Posted by: jm220 | December 6, 2006 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I am taking a group to the game in New Orleans and have a couple of extra tickets that I would be more then happy to give you. The are nose bleed tickets, but at least you will be sitting with a bunch of die hard Skins fans.

Posted by: Trevor | December 6, 2006 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Trevor you should contact Scott. If you don't have his e mail address let me know.

Posted by: jm220 | December 6, 2006 2:03 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame that the posts about helping rebuild homes in NO get the LEAST amount of posts. We are all diehard fans of some team, but first and foremost, as Americans we should want to want to do/say something about a REAL battle down there--trying to bring the community back. I gave five hundred (I'm not in a position to give more). I also have the oppportunity to go down at the end of the month to see the area for myself.

Posted by: What Up? | December 6, 2006 2:12 PM | Report abuse

What Up? I agree with you. To be honest I really thought we would have more than 6 people going. However, I am thankful for those that have step up.

Posted by: jm220 | December 6, 2006 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Since I'll be here editing, can you guys let me know where I can send a check to help you out?
borenc@washpost.com.

Posted by: Jason's editor | December 6, 2006 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks. I have sent Scott an email.

Posted by: Trevor | December 6, 2006 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Great Trevor. Cindy I just forward the e mail that Scott sent with the address for donations.

Posted by: jm220 | December 6, 2006 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I didn't start following the blog until after it was too late to plan on making the N.O. trip, and who knows if I would've received spousal approval to make the trip anyway. But I do think it's a great undertaking, and I applaud you guys heartily. You're a credit to the blog, and to Redskins Nation, and I hope some pix are posted from the trip (not to mention blog posts) so we can enjoy it vicariously.

Maybe you guys could set up a Paypal account to make it easier to donate? I would love to chip in with some bucks, since I won't be able to be there in person.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | December 6, 2006 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to everyone who is participating and supporting this cause.
I've been to NOLA four times since the storm and have helped a musicians group gut homes (www.arabiwreckingkrewe.com). The city has gotten MUCH better from the first time I visited post-Katrina (Oct 05) but it is still literally light years away from being the kind of city you'd find in the USA.
If you are there on Dec 16 you should go to the Rock N' Bowl to see Bonerama (they're a trombone band, and the guys that I've been helping gut homes). They play some incredible music, and are dear friends of mine.
Have fun, and know that you are doing great work down there.

Posted by: Jessica | December 6, 2006 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Nate in the PDX contact Jason Editor. I forward the e mail from Scott to her. Not sure if it is his home address or not so I don't want to post it.

Posted by: jm220 | December 6, 2006 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, a Paypal account to receive donations is (I think) relatively easy to put up and would be easier than e-mail (so uncomfortable given our quasi-anonymity) and snail mail etc. And therefore might yield more donations. Or maybe there is a N.O. charity to which we could donate directly, in concert with the volunteer project? Just thinking out loud here.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | December 6, 2006 3:24 PM | Report abuse

First off, Jason thanks so much for the update and the kind words about the trip. I also wanted to thank everyone for your generosity. I have a paypal account set up from before and if you would like the info, please email me at saadman40@gmail.com.
I hope to bring a duffel bag full of toys down next week and your donations will make a huge difference. I am going to be making a big shopping run to Target tonight and later this week. Hopefully it will add a little cheer to these poor kids lives.
Trevor - I also really appreciate the generous ticket offer. There are six of us though, so I don't want to just grab two. Hopefully the Skins will come through for us in the next few days and if not, we'll get tix the old fashioned way.
Thanks so much again everyone.
Sincerely,
Scott

Posted by: Scott | December 6, 2006 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Scott, for volunteering your guts out.

Posted by: disappointed | December 6, 2006 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Because I'm curious about the development of quarterbacks (I wonder why...), I've picked up Charlie Pierce's "Moving the Chains" book on Tom Brady. Check out this graf:
Tom Brady moves the chains. It's the first thing the New England Patriots and their coaches saw in him, back in 2000, when he was a sixth-round draft pick--and a fourth-string quarterback--directing the scout team with players who hadn't been around long enough yet to be considered castoffs. The scout team's job is to simulate the offense of the upcoming opponent. However, after practice, Brady and the scout team would practice the New England offense. He led and they went with him. "They'd go through the plays and, if somebody got something wrong, he'd correct them," recalls Belichick. "You could see them getting better. They moved on you."

Posted by: Jason's editor | December 6, 2006 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I think the NO trip is a wonderful thing and I had planned to go. Alas, my boss will not let me (or anyone here) take any vacation days in December:-(

Posted by: Lisa | December 6, 2006 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I think the New Orleans trip is great and represents what is best about fans of any team.

I imagine a lot of us have kept an eye on the Saints and cheered them on this season. I'm not a fan of losing but I won't mind a loss to the Saints as much because their wins give the people of one of the great American cities something to cheer about.

I'll tell you what if there is a playoff game between the Saints and the Cowpaddies . . . well I'll be in black and gold shouting "laissez les bon temps roulez!"

Thanks to all of you going down there and making the effort.

Posted by: sfskin | December 6, 2006 6:21 PM | Report abuse

As a person whose title is "Community Relations Manager" I heartily apologize for the lack of cooperation and consideration from my counterparts in this matter. If I had any influence -whatsoever-in the NFL, this problem would never have come up in the first place.

Rex

Posted by: Redskinrex | December 6, 2006 9:16 PM | Report abuse

looks like LaVar is still in denial of how his agent shafted him.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2689062

Posted by: RedEd | December 6, 2006 9:27 PM | Report abuse

guys, i can only speak for myself. the reason i don't post under this topic re: football related stuff is out of respect not because i'm dissing this REAL LIFE MATTER unlike football and games.

Posted by: dealer | December 6, 2006 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Scott:

hope the the skins burocracy does the right thing in the end!

godspeed.

Posted by: skinsfan@8KaboveMSL | December 6, 2006 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Good Luck Guys, kick some butt down there. Hook up that pay pal so we can help out a bit.

PG

Posted by: Pub Golf | December 7, 2006 10:41 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | December 7, 2006 11:47 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | December 7, 2006 11:50 AM | Report abuse

PG - I went out last night and got gifts for all the children. Thanks to donations from friends, family and great folks like yourself, I have collected a bunch of money to cover the cost. If you would like to donate you can paypal to saadman40@gmail.com.

Thanks so much again to everyone for their generosity.

Best,
Scott

Posted by: Scott | December 7, 2006 11:54 AM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS:beware of blog scams that ask you to send money to places with no accountability(suckers)!

Posted by: Anonymous | December 7, 2006 11:54 AM | Report abuse

scott enjoy your vacation on all these suckers!

Posted by: Anonymous | December 7, 2006 11:58 AM | Report abuse

If you don't have anything to say just shut the hell up. If you don't trust what is going to go done. Then just don't send a donation.

Posted by: jm220 | December 7, 2006 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I feel just as uncomfortable taking money over paypal as I would giving it. As I said before, if you'd rather just send a gift instead of money then please feel free to do that as well.
Thanks,
Scott

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