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Sep 16, 201309:36 AM
The Editor's Room

Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

Newhouses to Saints Fans: Hit 'The Street'

Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, was a day of infamy in the relationship between Saints fans and the newspaper they once relied on. For the first time ever there was no day-after-the-game newspaper home delivered. That that particular game happened to be a riveting victory over the Atlanta Falcons made the loss even greater.

Last October when The T-P was cut back to thrice weekly (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday), the Newhouse execs had to deal with the absence of next-day Saints coverage. The answer was a tabloid sports extra that was delivered to subscribers. Now there is not even that. Instead fans who want print coverage are asked to go to the newsstand to buy at copy of the newspaper’s Monday tabloid edition of The Times-Picayune Street.

Those fans could, of course, turn to their i-things for game analysis, but that is not the same experience as having the sports section spread across the breakfast table, each page filled with insights and statistics. I used to particularly enjoy columnist Jeff Duncan’s coverage plus the sports staff’s Monday morning grading of the game by squads, including the coaches. Now that’s lost.

This morning, Monday, any fans who want more analysis about yesterday's thriller against Tampa Bay will feel the same slight.

Fortunately there is the daily New Orleans Advocate which is on front steps on Monday mornings and can provide analysis. Even before the merger within the paper, if there was something that guys from Baton Rouge were especially proficient at it was covering football. Now with the addition of former T-P reporters and the link with WWL-TV, the Saints coverage is even stronger.

Meanwhile Steve Newhouse can sip his morning coffee over the sports sections of The New York Times or The Post to read about the Giants' loss to Denver, a game in which both of the sibling quarterbacks grew up reading about the big games on Monday mornings in The Times-Picayune.

Maybe, out of fairness to us, Newhouse should cancel the Monday delivery of his newspapers. He can always get them at the newsstand.

 

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BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Errol’s Laborde’s new book, Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival (Pelican Publishing Company, 2013), is due to be released Oct. 31. It is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

 


WATCH "INFORMED SOURCES," FRIDAYS  AT 7 P.M., REPEATED AT 11:30 P.M. WYES-TV, CH. 12.

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Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

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Errol LabordeErrol Laborde holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans and is the editor-in-chief of Renaissance Publishing. In that capacity he serves as editor/associate publisher of New Orleans Magazine and editor/publisher of Louisiana Life magazine.

Errol is also a producer and a regular panelist on Informed Sources, a weekly news discussion program broadcast on public television station WYES-TV, Channel 12. Errol is a three-time winner of the Alex Waller Award, the highest award given in print journalism by the Press Club of New Orleans. He also received the National and City Regional Magazine Association Award for Best Column for his New Orleans Magazine column, beating out 76 city magazines across the country. In 2013, Errol received the award for the "Best News Affiliated Blog," awarded by the Press Club of New Orleans.

Errol’s most recent books are Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu and Marched the Day God: A History of the Rex Organization. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and traveling with his wife, Peggy, to anywhere they can get away to, but some of his favorite spots are the Caribbean and historic locations around Louisiana. You can reach Errol at (504) 830-7235 or errol@myneworleans.com.

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