During Mardi Gras last year, the cacophony of spectators calling out for beaded necklaces along St. Charles Avenue suddenly evolved into rhythmic, orderly chants of M-V-P!
Drew Brees, wearing a tuxedo, beamed as he stood at the head of a float, tossing prized Carnival “throws” to the admiring crowd.
Brees was not the NFL’s MVP of that recently concluded season (it was San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson), but in New Orleans, fans wanted their quarterback to know what they thought only weeks after he’d led the Saints to their first NFC championship game appearance in franchise history.
Two seasons later, Brees very well may be on pace to become the actual MVP of his league, with more than a little help from a charismatic running back and punt returner whose exploits routinely inspire unified chants of “REG-GIE! REG-GIE!” in the Louisiana Superdome.
Brees, now in his eighth pro season, and Reggie Bush, in his third year, are simultaneously playing the best football of their careers, which makes the Saints’ offense extremely tough to stop.
Through six games, Brees has completed 71 percent of his passes for 1,993 yards and 12 touchdowns, putting him on pace to break Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino’s 1984 record of 5,084 yards passing in a single season.
“These first six games are probably the best stretch of six games I’ve played,” Brees said this week. “I just feel like with as much work and everything that we’ve put into this thing, it’s becoming automatic. And that’s when you know you’re getting somewhere and you know you’re kind of getting that level is when you’re not having to think about things anymore, it’s just happening.”
It would be one thing if Brees had all of the receiving threats at his disposal that he expected when the season began. He hasn’t, because Marques Colston, the team’s best receiver for the previous two seasons, tore ligaments in his thumb in Week 1 and missed the past five games. And former Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey (sports hernia) and veteran receiver David Patten (groin) each missed the past three games.
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
Thailand international Pitsamai Sornsai, a new arrival for Inter Taoyuan, is to lead her team against Taipei Bravo tomorrow in the 10th round of the Taiwan Mulan Football League. Sornsai, who is nicknamed Pui, has attracted interest from media and fans as the first foreigner signed to play in Taiwan’s women’s league. Inter are among six teams battling for the title this year. The addition of Sornsai is a boost for the international profile of women’s soccer in Taiwan and elevates the competition. The 31-year-old brings a wealth of experience, including from the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Championship, the Southeast Asian Games and
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very