Nick Underhill’s analysis: In a ‘disappointing’ day for the Saints offense, the Texans’ J.J. Watt gave the offensive line fits

Associated Press photo by Eric Christian Smith -- Texans defensive end J.J. Watt leaps after sacking Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the third quarter of the Texans' 24-6 win Sunday in Houston. Watt had two sacks, two tackles for loss and seven quarterback hits.

HOUSTON — Zach Strief wouldn’t get into it. He didn’t want to talk about specific players. He felt to do that would be to oversimplify things. The New Orleans Saints offensive line’s struggles during Sunday’s 24-6 loss to the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium were not exclusive to one opponent. “I think… Continue reading →

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Sunday: Chok’s choices for Fair Grounds

Michael Beychok, the 2012 National Handicapping Championship and 2012 Eclipse Award winner for best handicapper, brings 35 years of experience to The Advocate. Beychok — also the senior partner of Ourso Beychok Inc., a national political consulting firm based in Louisiana — runs his… Continue reading →


The basics of reporting banded birds

Advocate photo by Joe Macaluso. Shot 9/27/2007. Region 7 biologist Mike Perot inspects a mature wood duck drake to make sure the just-applied band is secure. Perot and biologist supervisor Chris Davis recorded the band number, noted the sex and maturity of the bird before releasing him into the woods off the Amite River. The wood duck drake is the most colorful duck breeding in Louisiana.

It’s an annual appeal, and it comes from biologists who manage the two most hunted species in Louisiana. Federal and state waterfowl biologists want duck and goose hunters to report taking banded birds. And state’s wildlife biologists want deer hunters to… Continue reading →

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