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Blakeview: Bernard "Buddy D" Diliberto


This week we remember what would have been the 85th birthday of legendary sports journalist Bernard "Buddy D" Diliberto. Born Aug. 18, 1931, Buddy joined The Times-Picayune's sports page in 1950 and later became a columnist. Soon, he made the leap to television, joining WVUE-TV in 1966 and then WDSU-TV in 1980. Never one to hold his tongue, Diliberto was banned from the New Orleans Saints' team plane for his criticism, which included wearing a paper bag on his head in shame during one of the team's many losing seasons. In 1991, he joined WWL-AM, where his colorful on-air style and frequent malapropisms were mixed with calls from nutty Saints fans, which he nicknamed "squirrels." For years, Diliberto promised to wear a dress if the Saints ever made it to the Super Bowl. Though he died in January 2005, his fans wore dresses to parade through the streets in his honor when the Saints succeeded in 2010.

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