A Louisiana man who bet against the New Orleans Saints has lost his 60-inch high-definition, flat-screen TV to a backyard firing squad, but he also became an Internet star.
Wayne A. Spring told his friends that if New Orleans beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday, anyone who wanted could come to his house and shoot his television.
"I was a Saints fan, but used to be they never could win and I admit I was a fair-weather fan," Spring said on Thursday. "And there was all that 'Who-Datting' going on, online, so I just decided to go against the grain."
Things were looking good until the Saints tied the game and sent it into overtime.
Spring, a nurse who owns a medical staffing company, said as soon as the undefeated Saints kicked the winning field goal, his phone started ringing.
About a dozen Saints fans, toting firearms and a case of beer, showed up at his home in Albany, some 50 miles northwest of New Orleans, and shot up his TV in the back yard.
Spring said he would not be betting against the Saints again.
"I'll be watching the game this weekend on a 13-inch black and white set," he said. "I've learned my lesson."
SAINTS SIGN FORMER WEBER STATE FULLBACK: New Orleans signed fullback Marcus Mailei from the practice squad of the Philadelphia Eagles and linebacker Anthony Waters from the Buffalo Bills' practice squad and have waived fullback Kyle Eckel.
Mailei is a 6-0, 255-pound rookie from Weber State who signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in April and played well for them in the preseason before landing on their practice squad for the first 13 weeks of the regular season. A two-time All-Big Sky Conference selection in college, the Salt Lake City native caught 58 passes for 563 yards and five touchdowns with 161 yards and three rushing touchdowns on the collegiate level.
RYAN SITS OUT: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan sat out another practice Thursday because of a toe injury, making it increasingly unlikely he'll be able to play against the unbeaten New Orleans Saints.
While Ryan took part in a walkthrough, which was closed to the media, he wasn't even at the indoor practice facility for the main 2 1/2-hour workout. Chris Redman ran the first-team offense.
Even so, coach Mike Smith isn't ready to say for sure that Ryan won't play Sunday.
"He was with us in the walkthrough," Smith said. "He did more today than he did yesterday. We would make an announcement if we knew for sure he wouldn't play. We're not ready to make that announcement."
GALLERY OUT FOR THE SEASON: Oakland Raiders left guard Robert Gallery will miss the rest of the season with a lower back injury.
Gallery injured himself in last week's game at Pittsburgh. Coach Tom Cable said Thursday that Gallery will need a "repair" done and won't return this season. The injury is not career-threatening. Gallery missed six games earlier this season with a broken bone in his leg.