KEY MOMENTS IN SAINTS HISTORY
Nov. 1 - National Football League awarded 16th franchise to New Orleans as NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle made the announcement at New Orleans' Ponchartrain Hotel ... the New Orleans States-Item headline that afternoon was "N.O. Goes Pro!"; Dec. 15 - John W. Mecom, Jr. becomes majority stockholder-president of franchise; Dec. 22 - Victor E. Schwenk appointed director of player personnel; Dec. 27 - Tom Fears named franchise's 1st head coach.
Jan. 9 - New Orleans' NFL franchise nicknamed Saints; Jan. 27 - Saints signed 1st player, former Ole Miss & L.A. Rams kicker Paige Cothren; Feb. 9 - Saints select 42 players in expansion draft; March 8 - 1st season-ticket drive launched ... Saints sell 20,000 on 1st day & 33,400 before 1st game; March 14 - Saints make Alabama FB Leslie Kelley top choice in NFL draft; July 1 - Rookies report for 1st training camp at San Diego's Cal Western; July 6 - FB great Jim Taylor signs with Saints; July 10 - Veterans join rookies at training camp; July 16 - DE Doug Atkins joined Saints in trade with the Chicago Bears; July 20 - Bert Rose named general manager; Aug. 2 - Saints lost to Los Angeles Rams, 16-7, in 1st preseason game at Anaheim, Calif.; Aug. 12 - Saints score 1st preseason victory by beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 23-14, at Shreveport, La.; Sept. 9 - Saints record 1st preseason win in New Orleans, downing the Atlanta Falcons, 27-14 ... the victory gave New Orleans a 5-1 preseason record, best ever for a 1st-year expansion team; Sept. 17 - Saints open 1st regular season schedule in style as rookie RB John Gilliam returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a TD, but lost to the Los Angeles Rams, 27-13 in front of 80,879 at Tulane Stadium; Nov. 5 - Saints record first regular season win, beating the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-24, as Walt Roberts scores 3 TDs; Dec. 17 - Saints defeat the Washington Redskins, 30-14, to wind up with a 3-11 record, which tied the record for most wins by a 1st-year expansion franchise.
Jan. 30 - Saints select DT Kevin Hardy as 1st choice in NFL draft; March 29 - Victor E. Schwenk named general manager; Sept. 10 - FB Jim Taylor announces retirement.; Dec. 15 - Saints beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, in season's final game to emerge with 4-9-1 record and 3rd place finish in Century Division ... Saints' 2-year record of 7-20-1, was best ever for an expansion club.
Jan. 28 - Saints select G John Shinners in 1st round of NFL draft; Feb. 9 - 16-year veteran Doug Atkins receives Vince Lombardi Award as NFL's most dedicated player; Aug. 6 - K Tom Dempsey signed by the Saints; Oct. 5 - In Los Angeles vs. the Rams, rookie Tom Dempsey kicks a 55-yard FG, the Saints longest field goal to date ... the kick was the NFL's longest that season and 1 yard shy of tying the NFL mark; Nov. 2 - Saints snap 6-game losing streak at St. Louis, 51-42 ... the game set NFL record of most total passing TDs in a game as the Saints' Billy Kilmer and the Cardinals' Charlie Johnson connected on 6 each; Nov. 16 - Tom Dempsey sets Saints record with 4 FGs against the N.Y. Giants, hitting his 4th with :11 left in the game to pull out a 25-24 victory; Dec. 21 - Saints close 3rd season with 27-24 win over Pittsburgh to bring record to 5-9 ... Danny Abramowicz wins NFL receiving honors with 73 catches for 1,015 yards and 7 TDs ... DE Doug Atkins retired after 17 NFL seasons.
ROASTED FRESH CORN
Roasted Corn will be a perfect offering for tailgating or any outdoor event! It’s delicious and easy to make. Simply cut a 15 x 15 square of aluminum foil for each ear of corn. Drizzle butter flavored oil on the foil and sprinkle salt and pepper or Cajun seasoning to taste. Place one ear of fresh corn in the center and roll to coat with the oil and seasonings. Wrap tight with foil. You can add flavor by applying strips of fresh basil or any herb you prefer. Place on a hot grill and turn every 4 minutes until you hear the oil sizzling.
(You can substitute butter or margin but you have to turn corn more often because it will burn faster than buttery flavored oil)