Sports commentary: Po' athletes

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New Orleans is home to financial nincompoopery

By Mike Forster

  New Orleans is noted for many great things: music, Mardi Gras, beignets and po' boys among many others.

Now the Big Easy is also known for its pro football team's "Bountygate."

According to a lengthy article in Sports Illustrated, New Orleans Saints players were paid cash bonuses for sundry plays and hits.  The amounts ranged from $100 for tackling a kickoff return man inside his 20 yard line to $1,500 for knocking a player out of a game.

The average defensive player earns about $1.2 million for plying his trade in the NFL.

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