Jimmy Buffet, fans protest penalties against Saints

Jimmy Buffet played a concert in New Orleans Sunday night and he wore a black and gold T-shirt with colors that seemingly match those of a certain pro football franchise in the city.

“FREE SEAN PAYTON” read the shirt in gold letters, a picture of which can be seen on the front page of Peter King’s MMQB column this morning at SI.com.

The city is the focus of the sporting world tonight with the NCAA Championship game set for the Superdome. It was over the weekend, too, with the Final Four and there were protesters out and about. Protesting something about hoops? No. According to WWL-TV, they were protesting the punishments NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has handed down for Bountygate. Fans protested outside the stadium and you might guess they will return this evening too.

The protesters believe the NFL has gone too far in punishing a franchise that has already separated itself from the man running the scheme – ex-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. These fans are deeply attached to their team and the spotlight will be on New Orleans for some time. The Super Bowl will be held there this season. Talk about timing.

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