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Today in NOLA 8.31.17

This Thursday, listen in to some top artists discuss street spirit, learn the basics of spell casting, watch some college football, or cool off with some free ice cream and comedy. On this day in 1819, a battle took place on the water between the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service and The Bravo, a pirate ship owned by Jean Lafitte. After a gun fight, The Bravo was taken over and several pirates, including Lafitte's lieutenant Jean La Farges, were captured. Now, more to do today. 

TV Sinner?

Sean Payton may have another challenge during the preseason. A new report from Mike Florio of NBCSN professes that the Saints are concerned about being forced to star in the next season of “Hard Knocks.”

Payton Preps for Pay

Despite the drama and speculation that has surrounded Louisiana football for the past six months, it appears that the key personnel will not change during the 2016 season. During a radio interview on Thursday (2.25), Sean Payton said that he is close to closing a contract extension and added that he expects Brees to be back as well.

Today in NOLA: 8.28.14

Are the Saints ready for the real season? Make your judgements tonight, when they play the Baltimore Ravens in the final game of the preseason. Tonight’s your last chance to catch Bug at the Shadowbox. In music, Terence Higgins and Cliff Hines team up for an inspired duo performance and the band with the most interesting resume in indie rock arrives at the BEATnik. Tonight’s picks are enlightening:

Saints Get 'Why Your Team Sucks' Treatment

Like every NFL team, the Saints (and their fans, city and state) have come in once again for some relentless preseason browbeating, courtesy of Deadspin's Drew Magary. After lambasting Tampa and Atlanta, the 2014 edition of Why Your Team Sucks targets the Black and Gold on Wednesday (8-13).

Superdome Roof Gets New Fall Coat (VIDEO)

The Saints may be in West Virginia to get ready for the season, but Mercedes Benz Superdome workers still have their own peaks to climb. This week, crews are fanning out across Da Dome's roof to clean and provide a new coat of resin that will protect against algae.

Saints-Rams Rundown: Cooks, Kicks and O-Line

With familiar showstoppers like Drew Brees and Pierre Thomas on the bench Friday night, the New Orleans Saints' new faces got a chance to shine against the St. Louis Rams. The 26-24 scoreline probably felt good for WhoDats. But in a game that didn't count, the focus was all on the glimpses that the game offered. When it comes to new additions that could help the very good 2013 squad turn into a Super Bowl contender in 2014, Brandin Cooks and the offensive line stood out.

Saints' Preseason Place Kicker Battle Pits Veteran v. Upstart

The New Orleans Saints are leaving the pranks behind at summer camp in the mountains. On Friday (8-8), the Black and Gold head to St. Louis to begin real live game scenarios in the year's first preseason contest (7 p.m. WVUE-TV). While the game doesn't count, the coaches looking to determine who will be the team's place kicker will definitely be keeping score.

Tom Benson Hospitalized at Saints Camp

Updated 12:55 p.m.

The Saints' owner was on the injury list once again Tuesday. Tom Benson was taken to a hospital near the New Orleans Saints' luxury resort training camp in West Virginia on Tuesday, according to a team spokesman. The 87-year-old billionaire needed oxygen and was released Tuesday morning, Greg Bensel said.

Brees Sits Out Scrimmage with Injury

When the New Orleans Saints scrimmaged at the team's Greenbrier training camp on Saturday morning, Drew Brees was on the bench nursing an injury. The elite QB sat out of the practice contest with a strained left oblique muscle, according to the team.

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