Well that was an interesting week

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Mardi Gras Hugo

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Photograph by Jonathan Bachman

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Boy, oh boy, what a two-week stretch it's been. Apologies to anyone that wanted an in-depth report on what happened to Melvin Ely's hair or if that French Quarter Flyer survived to live another day (my money is on he's just fine, it wasn't his first mid-air mishap, after all), but you can thank the mess that is Mardi Gras and corresponding horde of out-of-town visitors for the absence.

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No matter, we got a lot of catching up to do. After all, the Saints reached a 5-year deal with Jonathan Vilma (he of the many languages and dropped gun charges) and re-signed center Jon Stinchcomb. Both are favorites in the locker room and with the media, so at least we know next season will be entertaining. But aside from Vilma, Stinchcomb and Gregg "The Extra G is for Genius" Williams, what do the Saints have in store for the rest of the offseason? Apparently, the Saints are 'courting' a number of valued free agents, with WIlliams speaheading much of the search on the defensive side. But how much is a courtship worth if it doesn't end in marriage? Current Saints defenders should be wary, though.

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But ofcourse, the story of the past 10+ days has been the departure and immediate return of the Hornets' Tyson Chandler. I was starting to worry that every Hornet that was in a "Best of" video would be traded. Luckily, that's not the case (for now, at least). The Hornets are indeed riding high on a four-game win streak thanks in no small-way to Chandler's efforts on the glass.

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Speaking of win streaks, how 'bout them Tigers? LSU is in the top-25 for the first time since they made it to the Final Four with "Big Baby" Glen Davis in 2006. That seems like a lifetime ago but thanks to Trent Johnson, these Tigers are looking for another post-season run. They clinched at least a share of the SEC title after beating Florida on Mardi Gras day and are now posed to make a sleeper run on many an office bracket pool.

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Oh, and pink dolphins! It's good to be back.

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