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JONFINEPRODUCTIONS.COM NEWSLETTER  3/26/20
THANK YOU DENNIS AND SCOTT FOR CONTINUING TO WORK.  PLEASE SEE THE WIZARDRY OF OS AND HEY REF BELOW.
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OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO ONE AND ALL AS WE TRY TO MAKE OUR WAY SAFELY THROUGH THE PANDEMIC.  Far be it for me to try to guide other people what to do as it is a challenge just taking care of my own stuff.  Having said that, here are some ideas that might help the “greater good”:
1.       Please be a good citizen and practice proper pandemic hygiene and social distancing.
2.      Reach out—preferably with a phone call, but an email message could also work—to people you know who might be especially emotionally vulnerable during this trying time….the elderly, those who live alone, people battling depression/mental illness, people who’ve lost their jobs, those that have an underlying medical condition….basically anybody who might be especially stressed out.
3.      Give blood.  The Red Cross urges you to call them at 1 800 RED CROSS (800 733-2767)
4.      Thank people who are working at places of business that are open.  A simple “thank you for working today” should suffice.  As always, thanking law enforcement people is a real good thing.
5.      Volunteer your services in your community….. The City of Denham Springs is in need of volunteers.  Particular areas of concern or impending concern include a Media Coordinator, Feeding Program and welfare checks (visiting people in need to make sure they have adequate food, medication and necessities).  Please contact Travis Tharp, Volunteer Liaison for the City of Denham Springs at 225 485 5845  or TTharpe [at] CityofDenhamSprngs [dot] com.
6.      If your life circumstances have changed (losing a job, now being a caregiver, etc.), try to establish a daily routine and abide by it.
7.      Exercise regularly
8.      SUPPORT AREA BUSINESSES PLEASE….I ask you to strongly consider supporting local businesses as much as you can.  Stay safe.  Be careful.  Follow all of the precautions that have been mentioned.  But, there are a lot of businesses that are the backbone of our communities that could really use you as a customer in these challenging times.  Purchasing gift cards at these restaurants would also be a wonderful idea.  Here is the status of our restaurant sponsors in the Denham Springs Community:
Buddy’s Bar B Q….Drive-Thru
Duke’s Seafood & Steakhouse….To Go
Maria’s Mexican Restaurant….To Go….Curbside….WAITR
Mr Gattis Pizza…..Drive-Thru
Swamp Box Café….Curbside….To Go…..curbside and WAITR
Please try to patronize these outstanding businesses and shop locally when you can.  THANK YOU!!
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This is not an all-inclusive list.  If you have any ideas or suggestions, please email me.
JIM SPRING SPEAKS!....Last week in this newsletter, we mentioned that Tulane Football could be a good entertainment alternative in the fall.  We premised this attempt at humor by apologizing to former football great Jim Spring (Denham Springs HS, Tulane).  Jim’s response:
Dear Mr. Fine. . .I hate to admit it, but that was a pretty good joke!  However, every action is subject to consequences.  I am now compelled to joyously remove your name from my Last Will & Testament.  A pity, as you were in there for big bucks.  Nonetheless, it was still a pretty good joke.                                                                                                                                                                   
Our response:
Jim
Thanks for being a good sport.
Although disappointed I will no longer benefit from your demise, I'm glad you were proactive and notified me right now.  That way, I can make adjustments in my financial portfolio to accommodate this substantial loss of income in 2050.
JON AN ASSET TO SOCIETY?!?.....I used to say that any single woman who turned me down when I asked her out on a date had to be a Lesbian.  There could be no other plausible explanation.  But, with what has transpired in the world, I’ve had to rethink my point of view.  In retrospect, all of these women had been practicing social distancing…as a proactive measure in preparation for life today!  Thank you ladies for having a social conscience and avoiding the charms of Jon Fine for the greater good of society! (EDITOR’s NOTE:  and your greater good too!)
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DSHS HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS:  The Denham Springs High School Athletic Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the tenth class of inductees through March 31.  Hall of Fame nomination guidelines for the Class of 2020 are available to the public on the DSHS website at www.denhamspringshs.org or by picking up a copy at the school office.  For more information, contact Jim Spring at jimspring53 [at] hotmail [dot] com or (225) 588 0366
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THE WIZARDRY OF OS
By Scott Osborne
Assistant Basketball Coach at Central High School

        The tendency when you are a fan of a specific team can be to remember the bad free agent signings more than the good ones.  Saints fans have plenty of bad signings to remember, too.
        Jairus Byrd, Jason David, Brandon Browner, and Coby Fleener are a few that stand out. Then there are the re-signings that don’t work out like the dreaded Junior Gallette contract that haunted the Saints for years in dead money.  Finally, there is the list of those who got away and were productive such as Darren Sproles and Malcolm Jenkins.  Of course, every team and every fan can make a list like this one for their team as it is the nature of the beast.
 The reality, though, is that the Saints under Loomis and Payton have been really good overall.  Recently, there have been exceptional free agent signings like Demario Davis (great), Larry Warford (very good), and Jared Cook (good).  I fully expect Emmanuel Sanders fit in the Larry Warford very good level, and I am very surprised because I didn’t think the Saints could pull off this type of signing at receiver.
For the last two years the Saints have missed a Lance Moore/Willie Snead type of receiver in this offense.  Sanders is that with slightly better speed.  The flexibility of the offense right now is exceptional.  The Saints have traditional solid to great contributors at every skill position (Thomas, Murray, and Cook) and players with tremendous versatility in Sanders, Kamara, Hill, and Harris. 
Loomis has also been better on who he chooses to give the long term contracts.  Cameron Jordan and Michael Thomas are the best examples of such high character people that receiving top dollar has only served as greater motivation.  Most Saints fans, including me, were surprised Andrus Peat received a lucrative long term contract. 
I am willing to trust the decision for one huge reason.  Just look around the league.  Where are the great guards that can also play tackle?  I realize Peat is not great when he plays tackle, but what is the other option?  The NFL is loaded with skill players, but not with guards that can play tackle.  Peat is one of the few and you know his character so keep him around.
There is no way to keep everyone and some players have to get away.  Mark Ingram got away last year and eventually Vonn Bell will this year.  But, last year Murray filled the role and this year Malcolm Jenkins has been brought back to make up for losing Bell.  In both cases, the Saints read the market correctly and did not overpay.
Loomis and Payton haven’t been shy in telling everyone their strategy in free agency.  They want to fill the most desperate needs in free agency so they can concentrate on getting the best player available in the draft.  As a result, by their actions, you can always determine where they saw the weakness in the roster the previous season.
Two seasons ago it was tight end and the Saints signed Cook.  Last year it was receiver and this year Sanders was the big signing.  The other big hole on the roster is at linebacker, yet the Saints haven’t signed anyone.  Of course we are only a week into the free agency period, but I am going to predict the Saints are not going to sign a linebacker for that starting role. 
I have a couple reasons why I feel comfortable with that prediction.  One, the Saints had two linebackers they really like returning from injured reserve in Alex Anzalone and Kaden Elliss.  I know.  I know.  Anzalone has been hurt every year, but I am just trying to get into the thinking of Loomis. 
The second reason is that 75% of the time there are only 2 linebackers on the field anyway.  Davis never leaves the field and the other can be Alonso, Anzalone, or Elliss.  Add special teams monster Craig Robertson to the list and the Saints are good enough at linebacker to where the Saints don’t feel the need to overpay in free agency for someone right now. 
At this point in the offseason, I feel great about where this roster is heading.  I know the Saints will take the best player available in the draft, but there is a good chance that player will be a very athletic linebacker (Patrick Queen or Kenneth Murray).  Then, the receivers in this draft are so plentiful that in the third round (if the Saints don’t trade into the second round) there will be a quality player. 
While the Saints will most likely lose out on some of the big name receivers in this draft that are very appealing, keep in mind, Michael Thomas was a second round pick.  But, I need to stop here before I get into the draft too much since topics to write about are far and few between.
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HEY REF
BY DENNIS DEARIE
VETERAN LOUISIANA HS REFEREE

        My editor called me over the weekend to ask if I wanted to continue the “Hey Ref” column during this global pandemic. After a short time we agreed to continue for the time being. My personal experience with infection and a life/death situation has me worried since I’ve got what the doctors call a compromised immune system. Which basically means even the smallest germs can put me in the ICU or worse. So, everyone this is something we can’t play with.
        By now everybody has heard that Tom Brady has traded the snow in New England for the warm temps in Tampa Bay. This has to be the biggest mistake in NFL history. But how and/or what went down that caused Brady to bolt from the great north? With the sport’s world trying to figure this one out it simply comes down to simple respect or I should say the absence of respect.
        You’d figure after 20 years and with all that Tom Terrific has done for this franchise the question of respect shouldn’t even be in any conversation. But that’s what it all boils down to. There has never been a question of Brady not being happy with his paycheck for his entire career. If Brady was all about the Benjamins he’d have played for half the teams in the NFL. But spending 20 years in one city tells me this has absolutely nothing to do with money.
        It sure isn’t the owner who believes Brady taught Jesus how to walk on water. So, there’s only one other place to look and where all the blame belongs. Since the first day Bill Belichick made the accent to head coach in the NFL he’s practiced a theory that he doesn’t want a player that’s in decline. He prefers to trade a player he thinks has one or two years left before they start declining in order to get the biggest bang for his buck.
        But nobody thought he’d exercise his tried and true system when the player’s name is Tom Brady. But oh, how wrong was the entire human race. After the end of his last season in New England Brady told his agent he wanted to play just two more years before hanging it up. The conversation concerning a pay raise for Brady never made it in the negotiations since Brady could’ve said he wanted a trillion dollars a season for his last two years. But Brady being Brady made a single demand; his last contract he wanted to stay in New England was a simple two year extension.
        But Bill didn’t want to deal with a player, any player, Brady included, that could and would demand anything where Billy Boy wouldn’t get something out of the deal. He decided if he couldn’t deal the cards he wanted to play with then he’d let Brady walk. Brady wanted to get some top notch receivers in this year’s free agency since he made no secret that he’s upset with the receivers on the roster. All of them were ranked near the bottom in the league when the talk was the amount of time it took them to separate from a defender after the snap.
        New England did sign troubled Pittsburg wide man Antonio Brown who stayed with Brady when he first landed on the Patriots’ roster but legal matters doomed him from the start. Belichick was told of Brady wanting him to spend money on free agent receivers BEFORE Brady would re-sign with the team. But Billy boy knew he was going to try and get rid of Brady before he started to decline so there was no room for either party to come to an agreement on getting Brady some help.
        So, at the end of the day the only person to blame for Tom’s leaving the Patriots is the head coach. He’s dealt with all of his players this way and Brady was nothing more than another player that he needed to cash-in on before he wasn’t holding all the chips!
Till next week…..
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