By now you might have heard the latest blockbuster story relating to the New Orleans Saints. If not, here's the synopsis: ESPN's Outside the Lines is reporting that Saints general manager Mickey Loomis had the ability to eavesdrop on opposing coaches during games at the Superdome in part of the 2002 season, as well as all of the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
The entire report is here, including an on-the-record confirmation of allegations from the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. If true, Loomis would have violated NFL rules and possibly federal law as well.
The NFC North played a central role in the most recent Saints story; quarterbacks Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers were two of four quarterbacks the Saints took out bounties on, according to the NFL. It's not yet clear if the division will be affected by the latest story, but it's worth noting the Saints' performance against our teams at the Superdome in those seasons.
Week 2: Saints 35, Green Bay Packers 20
Week 15: Minnesota Vikings 32, Saints 31
Week 6: Saints 20, Chicago Bears 13
Week 6: Vikings 38, Saints 31
More to come, I'm sure.