What can you say about the Saints? They've gone from cause of the blues to making the news.
Well, the short answer is, the NFL is only allowing the game to be seen on its own NFL Network, from which it makes lots of extra money since actually going to an NFL game in person is so inexpensive for us fans these days.
The league allowed stations in New Orleans and Dallas to bid for this game since they are the teams' home markets. Everywhere else (like here), they want fans themselves to pony up.
Get used to it. Before long, you'll have to pay see all NFL games on the tube, both regular and post season. That's their plan.
As broadcasters, we think some things should be available free to everyone. Local and national news, weather and emergency coverage. And football games. But it seems lawmakers of both political parties are doing everything they can to gut America's system of free, advertiser-supported local television, instead helping to pad the pockets of other businesses not required to serve the public interest.
Next week we'll begin airing information on the latest attack on our public airwaves by Washington bureaucrats.
For now, Geaux Saints. And for now, if you want to see them beat the Cowboys, head to Dallas or New Orleans or a local bar with the NFL Network. Or just listen to the game on the radio, use your imagination and hold onto your wallet, because the NFL's coming after it.