Last night we also watched the Alastair Sim version of that story where we learn it's OK to be a ruthless dickhead one's whole life so long as it's in pursuit of the riches necessary to buy everyone off just before you die. Tom Benson has been in that phase of the cycle for a few years now making sure they put his name on football fields and cancer hospitals and stuff. Strange that he even cares that much. The Ghost of Christmas Future could show him his grave, I guess, but he already knows about the statue so it's not that scary.
Still, there's no way to go back and make this not have happened.
Among the book's most revealing passages:Benson and his acolytes will keep trying, though. But it's a ponderous chain, Tom.
-- The grassroots effort by local civic and business leaders to ally with the NFL and save the Saints during the chaotic months after Hurricane Katrina.
"He (Benson) was leaving," said John Koerner, owner of Koerner Capital of LLC, who attended summit meetings of top New Orleans business leaders and NFL executives, including Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, in late 2005 and early 2006 in order to gauge and rally support for the Saints. "There was no B.S. about it. He was leaving, and we did everything we could" to change his mind.