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Sports Gumbo Recipe #3

First things first, the football gods need to know better than scheduling bye weeks on the same weekend for both the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers. There were some legitimately depressed people walking around. Yet, the sports world carried…

The Return – Brees is Back

  It was an up and down weekend in Louisiana football. The Saints welcomed back their leader Drew Brees, Tulane fell short in recording a dramatic comeback win and LSU might have set itself up to become the number one…

Stompa Style

  I don’t even understand how this keeps happening. To be honest, I thought the Saints were going to be 4-4 and praying for the day Drew Brees would return. Fortunately, that was a feverish nightmare by yours truly as…

Top 12 Cool Things About Louisiana Football

  I’m told everyone loves a list on the internet and who am I to deny the people or the entire world wide web? So here’s the top 12 cool things about football in southern Louisiana. 1. I said it…

New Orleans Football

  It’s a rare day. The Saints and Tulane are both sitting at 4-1 and the sky is the limit. New Orleans took care of the Buccaneers and now are all alone in first place and Willie Fritz and the…

Sports Gumbo Recipe #2

  You’re reading this on a Monday morning. Maybe you’re home enjoying a cup of coffee or maybe you’re at work pretending to work. Hopefully, the buzz around your home or office is all about the big Saints win over…

You Just Gotta Believe

  They don’t necessarily follow each other and play at significantly different levels but within the course of four nights Who Dat Nation and the Roll Wave lovers saw both of their favorite teams, the New Orleans Saints and Tulane…

Troubled Water

  The time was right. The Saints absolutely needed a play. Jared Goff, the L.A. Rams quarterback, dropped back and Trey Hendrickson stormed around the left end. Hendrickson batted the ball out of Goff’s hand and the Saints All-World defensive…

Football Overdrive

  Last week was fun with the smattering of games — some big, a lot of them small — but now the season is in full speed mode with the NFL’s debut of its 100 season of professional football. Football…

Week Won

  It’s that glorious time of year again. The air feels a bit cooler (everywhere except New Orleans) and the colors of the leaves begin to change (not New Orleans) and go cups are just a bit nicer to have…

Sports Gumbo Recipe #1: River Ridge Rules The World

  I love New Orleans culture. You absolutely know this if you are a regular reader of this column. I love everything about this crazy town. Yet – and many folks are with me on this very important point –…

5 Reasons to Believe

The ways of media and its younger, but now potentially bigger brother social media, flow like an ocean. Sometimes the tide is for you and sometimes it is against you. You’ll never control it. Thus, as we roll into the…

Practice Season

  I couldn’t help myself and just had to get to the Superdome to watch the New Orleans Saints kick off their (pre)season versus the Minnesota Vikings. While it was fun to see the Black and Gold running out onto…

Camp Days

Training camp, the cannon shot that screams football, has returned and America responded accordingly. This time of year, we immediately start dreaming of Super Bowls and talk up the new guys who are going to put us over the top…

Awards Night

  We celebrated with our colleagues in print and media at 61st Annual Press Club of New Orleans Excellence in Journalism Awards Gala on Saturday downtown at the NOPSI hotel. Awards were doled out the city’s best and Joe Duke…

What if?

  Summer is getting hotter and hotter and if the city would ever do us the favor of not having to worry about streets flooding we could kick back, relax and think about what’s going in our local sports scene.…

Summer Fun

  They say the All Star Game of the major league signifies the halfway point of the MLB season but to me it marks the beginning of a whole lot of nothing going on in sports. No football. No hockey.…

American Pride

  Did you hear the joke about the soccer player that went to the White House? OK I’ll stop. Why is everyone so sensitive these days? Besides, I can write about that on a future date I guess. Today is…

Summertime Sports

  Early summer is that time of year where a sport’s addict has to dig deep to get her or his fix. Sure, there’s major league baseball, but how excited can you get over a team’s win or loss when…

Trippin on Zion

  We were rolling through the southeast when the buzz in New Orleans was mounting for the NBA Draft. New Orleans was about to get its new king, Zion Williamson. The young man from Duke is hailed as being a…

Trippin'

  Baseball. Basketball. Football. The backbone of American culture. Well, if not the backbone, at least three of its ribs, right? Another rib, if not as popular on social media, is the American highway system. It’s a place I find…

Not So Super

  It’s lights out for the state of Louisiana in the “Road to Omaha” as the LSU Tigers were swept by the underdog Florida State Seminoles, a team that some thought should not have received an at-large bid into the…

Tiger Time

  We have March Madness in basketball and over the past few years have created a playoff in football. The arrival of June brings us the other tournament of the big three sports – the NCAA regionals. The tournament takes…

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Mark Patrick Spencer is a writer, whose work has published in the pages of many literary journals, including Hobart, Magma Poetryand Midwestern Gothic.

Spencer formerly worked in the entertainment business for 11 years as an assistant director (“The Duel”, “Kickboxer: Vengeance”) and now heads the digital marketing company, Seersucker Creative (www.seersuckercreative.com).

Spencer lives in Uptown, where he can be found sitting on his porch contemplating another cocktail. Contact Spencer at markspencer7@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at @TheSonOfNoise. Follow Full Sport Press at @FullSportNOLA.