Fontenot ‘jinxes’ himself, picks up first personal foul
Published 12:00 am Monday, October 8, 2001
Monday, October 08, 2001
NEW ORLEANS – Funny thing happened while all of the officials
in the Louisiana Superdome had their eyes glued to the usually
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hot-headed offensive tackle Kyle Turley, just waiting to see him
pop an opposing player.
Turns out, Turley for the most part was a good boy and a personal
foul call early in the third quarter that forced the Saints to
settle for a field goal, came from none other than the usually
cool cat and unspoken leader of the line, center Jerry Fontenot.
&uot;You know, that’s the first personal foul I’ve ever had
in my career,&uot; the 13-year veteran said. &uot;The odd thing
is, I was just telling (a local media member) that this week.
So, I guess I jinxed myself.&uot;
With 11:21 remaining in the third, Ricky Williams ripped off
a 7-yard gain on second and nine. Toward the end of the run, Fontenot
laid into a Minnesota linebacker at the end of the play.
&uot;The mentality for us as an offensive line near the goal
line is we can be a force by hitting guys in front of our backs
to help get them in. But I gave the umpire an opportunity to call
it. I don’t hold it against him for calling it. It was my fault.
I was a little overly aggressive there.&uot;
But Turley being Turley, made light of the incident. &uot;At
first we thought they threw the flag because they thought I did
it,&uot; he joked.
Fan noise from the sellout throng of 70,020 made life for the
Vikings’ offense extremely difficult. The offensive line was guilty
of a number of false starts and seemed generally rattled. Most
of the team’s 12 infractions for 115 yards came in the trenches.
&uot;It’s a tough place to play, just like at our place,&uot;
Vikings head coach Denny Green said. &uot;We jumped offside some
and had a lot of mistakes. I think that crowd had a lot to do
with it. The pass rush didn’t hurt, either.&uot;
Canine cuties grace ‘Dome
Three members of the Huntington School Canine Cuties dance
team were selected as All-Americans during their summer dance
camp. For this honor, students of the Ferriday, La. private school,
Courtney Glidden, Brandy Raley and Maggie Blunschi were rewarded
by being chosen to dance in an elaborate halftime performance
during Sunday’s Saints game that included dozens of student dancers
from all over the south.
An easy selection, this is one many Saints faithful will remember
for some time. To the naysayers, however it began as seemingly
typical. With nearly two minutes remaining in the first half,
Daunte Culpepper hit Cris Carter in stride for what appeared to
be a 52-yard touchdown strike. But the heady Saints corner Kevin
Mathis caught up with Carter at the 3 and in a sweeping motion,
jarred the ball forward into the end zone where Sammy night recovered
it, resulting in a touchback.
What,s next: The home again, away again Saints (2-1) will hit
the road to face the Carolina Panthers in a noon kickoff at Ericcson