So many of us here in New Orleans have to realize that the die hard Saints’ fans are usually within the confines of the city. Well, that’s what so many of us have grown up thinking because we know how deep and true the colors of black and gold run in our veins. What we can’t forget is that there are many true fans throughout the world that are a part of the “Who Dat Nation.”
One such fan is the lead singer of the hard rock band Pantera, Philip Anselmo. Yes, he does still make New Orleans his home, but you will be glad to know that he takes his “Who Dat” pride with him wherever he goes. His band’s album “Cowboys From Hell” turned twenty years old on July 24, 2010 and he recently sat down for an interview with the NY Hard Rock Music Examiner Elliot Levin.
Elliot discussed all things music with Philip, but as the beginning of the interview shows, the Pantera lead singer is a big time sports fan
Examiner: Good afternoon Phil, this is Elliot from foamcage.com, how’s it going
Philip: Hey man what’s going on? Examiner, where?
Examiner: foamcage.com, we cover local content all over the country
Philip: I’m wondering, do you cover the NFL and stuff like that?
Examiner: I personally don’t, I’m the New York rock and metal guy, but we cover the NFL…
Philip: Well I get links to Examiner a whole lot, and there’s guys who wereborn on sports there…
You can read the rest of the first part of Elliot’s interview here: Cowboys From Hell turns 20, interview with Philip Anselmo
Big sports fan as you can tell and you’re about see a part of the interview that proves Anselmo is one of the biggest Saints’ fans out there. The guy truly knows his stuff and the final couple questions with Elliot proves it.
Images of Philip Anselmo’s visit to the New Orleans Saints
Examiner: So I wanna close out with a football question. Here in New York it’s pretty fierce Giants and Jets territory, but on my fantasy team, I have Lance Moore, Jeremy Shockey, and Pierre Thomas. So I’ve been rooting for your Saints all season, but Pierre Thomas has been causing me some trouble…
Philip: Ahh he’s been causing everybody trouble. But if you look at the play where he got his ankle hurt, versus Atlanta week 3, it’s a treacherous motherf***ing tangle. Very, very treacherous.
And he still came back in that game and ran a big beautiful screen after that. So you know, every report about Pierre Thomas, no it’s not a high ankle sprain, no there’s no broken bones, no there’s no broken tissue, we just don’t know… I’m gonna tell you what. I don’t know what the thinking behind it is, either just awful luck… you gotta figure, Pierre Thomas, undrafted free agent, comes and battles his way, beats one of the Pittman kids out of college, he wasn’t a draft pick, beat his a** out to make the team, has not had one season where he’s been completely healthy.
Neither has Reginald Bush either.
Both guys, not durable. Pierre, I don’t know, I think a lot of people here in New Orleans are very concerned about Pierre Thomas because obviously he’s loved here, but obviously you got Reggie Bush making $8 million this season, he’s been sitting out one week longer than Pierre. Pierre’s hauling down what, $1.5 million this year? I know Coach (Sean) Payton loves having Reggie Bush as a decoy, he loves to use him as a chess piece to throw other defenses off and make them accountable for Reggie Bush and whatnot. I just think that in our running backs system, aside from a few wrinkles, I think you plug the runner in and they work in Sean Payton’s system.
Look, our rookie Chris Ivory, we have not committed to the run this year so much because of obviously the injuries, but Chris Ivory’s got all the potential in the world, we saw that versus the Buccaneers when he rushed for 156 yards, man. We got Julius Jones, man, former Cowboy former Seahawk, and he’s looking good. He’s starting to do things that Reggie used to do, catch the ball out of the backfield, get hit with the slants… like Lance Moore. You’re a smart man for having Lance Moore on your fantasy roster because the guy IS going to get f***ing open. He IS going to snag those TD passes. People laughed on PFT last year when I said, but look, Lance Moore, a healthy Lance Moore, is an insane weapon and people rag on him last and sh*t, and I wrote back and said that motherf***er who caught that 2 point conversion and held onto it in the Super Bowl, that Lance Moore.
He’s our Steve Smith, man. He’s our Steve Smith when healthy.
But real quick, going back to the running back thing, Reggie’s supposed to come back after this bye week, we’re playing Seattle at home, we wrote off 3 games, well 2 games that we should not have lost. Atlanta did not beat us. We beat ourselves versus Atlanta. And the Cardinals game was just a Cardinal sin. It was our offense throwing the f***ing game away. Drew Brees, he’s a great quarterback, but he makes me feel uncomfortable. Like any quarterback in the league, he’s gonna take shots, he’s gonna take shots down the field, and he’s gonna gamble, and when he gambles, a lot of times, and I’m thinking it’s because of his size, he’ll come up short, he under throws, and he throws at receivers’ feet.
Well this year, he’s thrown interceptions, the amount of last year already. So after the 2006 season, which was Payton’s first year, we sneak into the NFC Championship, get killed by the Bears, and then we come back that next year, Deuce McAllister’s injured. we got injuries here, we got injuries there, we’re trying to plug in holes and we end up 7-9. And Brees threw for damn near 5,000 yards, you know? He’s constantly throwing the ball, constantly throwing the ball, plenty of interceptions that year. Plenty of interceptions.
So it’s definitely a challenging year, the other game, aside from the Atlanta game that we shouldn’t have lost, well I already mentioned the Cardinals, but I’ll tell you what, straight up, the Cleveland Browns came out and kicked our ass from first f***ing whistle to the last whistle, they kicked our f***ing *ss. They almost won yesterday too, they’re a tough team man.
Examiner: No shame in an honest loss, right?
Philip: Damn right man. Hey, I’m pulling for the underdog. I like some underdog teams, man. I kind of like the Texans, but they’re kind of f***ing it up right now, I have respect for the Browns. I love a lot of the players for the Detroit Lions, but they got injury problems with their quarterback… this year in the NFL, it seems a lot more even, a lot more balanced out. I think the Patriots made a big case for themselves for being the number one team in the AFC, and everybody’s… the NFC to me is wide open. And I still say the Saints are the best team in the NFC. We play our best ball, we can beat any motherf***ing team in the NFL, let alone the NFC.
Examiner: Well, my fantasy team is counting on that!
Philip: Well dude, sounds like it, but Lance is good for it. He’s good for several more touchdowns, I’ll tell you that.
Examiner: And they’re saying hopefully Pierre Thomas returns after this bye week yesterday.
Philip: They’re saying that, but they’re also saying he might not. He’s still in a f***ing walking boot… I mean look, dude. Don’t get me wrong. Pierre Thomas on that screen, that misdirection screen, with blockers out in front, there’s hardly anyone out there who looks or runs tougher.
We want Pierre back as much as anybody, but I don’t know what, you know there’s been speculation that he’s sitting out there because he’s not happy with pay and all this and that and he wants to reconstruct his contract… well common sense will tell you that if a player wants a better contract then they better get out in the f***ing field and prove it.
Also Pierre’s good people, he’s good people, he’s not that selfish of a kid, if he could play he really would. So I’m saying his injury’s legit, I just think it’s a little worse, it’s obviously worse, than it’s giving any credit for, whether they can find any damage or not. I mean f**k…you normally just go and have an MRI and you say “okay this is it, bingo!” The guy… it’s time to get back on the field, but it’s a tough one. It’s a tough one.
Images of Philip Anselmo’s visit to the New Orleans Saints
Finishing up the interview is part two of Elliot’s sit down with Philip Anselmo: Cowboys from Hell turns 20 with Philip Anselmo
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