28 episodes

Does the Who Dat cheer send chills down your spine? Do you believe Saints football unites us even in in the toughest times? Black and Gold Rush, hosted by New Orleans native Rachel Jones, is a podcast covering all aspects of Saints football, but it focuses on telling inspiring stories that make it clear why we cheer for the Saints year after year - and why it's so important to pursue our dreams without fear.

Rachel Jones is a journalist and communications pro who hosted Black and Today on Nola.com from 2012-15, and she's back to share her passion for the Saints and all things football. Weekly guests will include team reporters, former players, and fans just like you! Learn more at www.rachelwjones.me/podcast.

Black and Gold Rush Rachel W. Jones

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Does the Who Dat cheer send chills down your spine? Do you believe Saints football unites us even in in the toughest times? Black and Gold Rush, hosted by New Orleans native Rachel Jones, is a podcast covering all aspects of Saints football, but it focuses on telling inspiring stories that make it clear why we cheer for the Saints year after year - and why it's so important to pursue our dreams without fear.

Rachel Jones is a journalist and communications pro who hosted Black and Today on Nola.com from 2012-15, and she's back to share her passion for the Saints and all things football. Weekly guests will include team reporters, former players, and fans just like you! Learn more at www.rachelwjones.me/podcast.

    A Trip Down Memory Lane with Mike Hoss: Saints Fanhood, Lessons from Jim Henderson, Mike's Goals as the Voice of the Saints

    A Trip Down Memory Lane with Mike Hoss: Saints Fanhood, Lessons from Jim Henderson, Mike's Goals as the Voice of the Saints

    We know New Orleans Saints’ RT Ryan Ramczyk is staying put since the great news of his contract extension broke last week, but the team’s changes in 2021 aren’t limited to just the field. Broadcasting legend Mike Hoss is joining the fold as play-by-play radio broadcaster. 
    On a new episode of Black and Gold Rush, Mike Hoss recounts his journey with host Rachel Jones - from his days at James Madison University wanting to be a professional golfer, then pivoting to broadcasting and eventually landing at WWL in 1989 after three previous jobs. At WWL, Hoss worked under Jim Henderson, the Voice of the Saints for more than 30 years, including during the team's run to Super Bowl XLIV. Hoss shares the many lessons he learned in his career to this point, his dreams of being a play-by-play announcer, and interviewing for the Saints role not once but twice.
    So what can Saints fans expect from him and color analyst Deuce McAllister in the booth? And does Mike have a pump-up song picked out for game days? Don’t miss this conversation with the new Voice of the Saints - Mike Hoss!
    CONNECT WITH US / LINKS MENTIONED
    Mike Hoss Twitter
    Mike Hoss Facebook
    Mike Hoss Instagram
    Mike Hoss named play-by-play announcer for New Orleans Saints game day broadcasts on WWL
    Rachel Jones Twitter
    Rachel Jones Instagram
    New Orleans Saints signing RT Ryan Ramczyk to five-year, $96 million extension
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    • 54 min
    He Trains Saints' Dogs and Helps Thousands Uncover Purpose Through Pain (Meet Saints Fan Joseph James)

    He Trains Saints' Dogs and Helps Thousands Uncover Purpose Through Pain (Meet Saints Fan Joseph James)

    The Who Dat Nation is full of incredible people. On a new episode of Black and Gold Rush, you'll meet Joseph James, whose first client at his dog training business, Professional K9 Solutions, was someone New Orleans Saints know well - Zach Strief.

    You'll hear how Joseph became the "unofficial dog trainer of the New Orleans Saints" thanks largely to Zach Strief and Senio Kelemete. A major theme throughout the episode is the power of relationships. The Saints welcomed Joseph and his family, and when Joseph's wife died of cancer in 2019, several players attended her funeral and others sent well-wishes, including Mrs. Gayle Benson.

    But Joseph's story doesn't end in tragedy. He and host Rachel Jones discuss how he's coaching others to understand their purpose in life even if they're experiencing crushing pain. This is a wide-ranging episode that touches on grief, loss, love, relationships, and yes, also a lighthearted look at some of your favorite Saints dogs from Sean Payton to Drew Brees and much more.

    CONNECT WITH US / LINKS MENTIONED
    Professional K9 Solutions
    Joseph James Instagram
    Purpose Through Pain Podcast
    Episode 19 - Eroding vs. Growing with Michael James (on Apple Podcasts)
    Rachel Jones Twitter
    Rachel Jones Instagram
     
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    • 1 hr
    Kawaan Baker the Touchdown Maker | Saints Draft Series Part 6

    Kawaan Baker the Touchdown Maker | Saints Draft Series Part 6

    Kawaan Baker, an explosive WR from fledgling football program South Alabama, concludes the New Orleans Saints draft series on Black and Gold Rush. Host Rachel Jones sits down with JT Crabtree, radio voice of the Jaguars, to discuss Baker (or “KB”) the person and the player whom the Saints chose in the seventh round, just three spots behind where they selected legendary WR Marques Colston 15 years ago.
     
    Baker stole the show at South Alabama’s Pro Day with a 4.41 second 40-time and impressive vertical leap and broad jumps, and he became the first Jaguar ever drafted by the Saints in South Alabama’s 13-year football history. Known as Kawaan Baker the Touchdown Maker, Rachel and JT explore the Atlanta native's route to the final roster, his quiet demeanor off the field, and much more.
     
    PROGRAMMING NOTE: New episodes of Black and Gold Rush return June 21, 2021!
     
    TOP 3 TWEETABLE QUOTES
    (7:54) “He really opened some eyes late in the game, and I think that’s what got him the 255 spot with the Saints. I know he’s thrilled to have just an opportunity to show what he can do.”
     
    (9:54) “I cannot think of a better spot for Kawaan to land, not just being local, but also I really think he fits into that Saints offense that uses so many different weapons and utilizes them in so many different ways.”
     
    (11:21) “I don’t really remember him posting anything or saying anything pro-Falcons, so I think it’s a pretty easy change for him … you will never see him wearing black, white and red at the same time ever.” 
     
    (23:10) Random Round
     
    CONNECT WITH US / LINKS MENTIONED
    JT Crabtree Twitter
    Rachel Jones Twitter
    Rachel Jones Instagram
    Saints Draft Pick Series Part 1 - Payton Turner
    Saints Draft Pick Series Part 2 - Pete Werner
    Saints Draft Pick Series Part 3 - Paulson Adebo
    Saints Draft Pick Series Part 4 - Ian Book
    Saints Draft Pick Series Part 5 - Landon Young
     
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    • 28 min
    Landon Young Leaves Places Better Than He Found Them | Saints Draft Series Part 5

    Landon Young Leaves Places Better Than He Found Them | Saints Draft Series Part 5

    No one outworks Landon Young. In football or in life.
     
    On this episode of Black and Gold Rush, you’ll hear from University of Kentucky grad assistant coach Ryan Finck, who took over much of the offensive line coaching duties when longtime Wildcats O-line coach John Schlarman passed away in November 2020. Finck describes how Young led the “Big Blue Wall” as a team captain and left a legacy at Kentucky.
     
    Tune in FRIDAY for the finale of the Saints draft series - all about Saints seventh-round pick Kawaan Baker with South Alabama’s own JT Crabtree!
     
    TOP 3 TWEETABLE QUOTES
    (1:27) “He is everything that is the state of Kentucky, Landon is the perfect example.”
     
    (2:54) “You could walk down this hallway right here, and every coach is going to have something different, something new, and something wonderful to say about Landon Young.”
     
    (12:07) “Landon, I think, has a chance to come in and be a guy who plays the right tackle position. When he came back after training for his pro day, he looked like a million bucks, and he said he’d been doing a lot on the right side because he knows all his reps were on the left.”

    (17:57) Random Round

    CONNECT WITH US / LINKS MENTIONED
    Ryan Finck Twitter
    Rachel Jones Twitter
    Rachel Jones Instagram
    Saints Draft Pick Series Part 1 - Payton Turner
    Saints Draft Pick Series Part 2 - Pete Werner
    Saints Draft Pick Series Part 3 - Paulson Adebo
    Saints Draft Pick Series Part 4 - Ian Book
     
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    • 21 min
    Ian Book - Future Starting QB or Long-Term Backup? | Saints Draft Series Part 4

    Ian Book - Future Starting QB or Long-Term Backup? | Saints Draft Series Part 4

    Be honest. We're not 100% sure whether the New Orleans Saints will start Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill at quarterback in 2021. Sean Payton also could install a package for the Saints fourth-round draft pick, Notre Dame QB Ian Book.

    On a new episode of Black and Gold Rush, Notre Dame football reporter Tyler James is here to break down how Ian Book won the starting job at Notre Dame and why some people insist on calling him "deceptively athletic." Many in Notre Dame circles believe landing with the Saints will give Ian Book time to learn the offense, but what is his NFL future? Can he be a starter one day, or is he a long-term backup?
     
    Tune in MONDAY for Part 5 of the Saints draft series - all about Saints sixth-round pick Landon Young with Kentucky grad assistant coach Ryan Finck!
     
    TOP 3 TWEETABLE QUOTES
    (7:15) "Certainly Ian Book has been a guy since his high school playing days who has been doubted a little bit."

    (11:25) "He will be willing and certainly prepared to handle a quarterback competition in whatever sort of opportunities and pecking order the Saints put him in."

    (15:30) "I think it is a good situation whether or not he plays at all in his rookie year or just sort of waits in the wing and learns what he needs to learn at the NFL level and prepares himself to have a sustainable career, whether that's as a starter or as a long-term backup."
     
    (21:42) Random Round
     
    CONNECT WITH US / LINKS MENTIONED
    Tyler James Twitter
    NDInsider.com
    Rachel Jones Twitter
    Rachel Jones Instagram
    Saints Draft Pick Series Part 1 - Payton Turner
    Saints Draft Pick Series Part 2 - Pete Werner
    Saints Draft Pick Series Part 3 - Paulson Adebo
     
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    • 28 min
    Why CB Paulson Adebo Should Intrigue You | Saints Draft Series Part 3

    Why CB Paulson Adebo Should Intrigue You | Saints Draft Series Part 3

    Former Stanford cornerback and Saints third-round draft pick Paulson Adebo lets his play speak for itself. He's no quote machine, just shy and straightforward, but very well-respected by teammates and coaches.

    On a new episode of Black and Gold Rush, longtime Stanford radio broadcaster and Pac-12 Network reporter Troy Clardy is here to discuss how Adebo can impact the New Orleans Saints' secondary. Get ready for a crash course in the Cardinal football brand too!
     
    Tune in FRIDAY for Part 4 of the Saints draft series - all about Saints fourth-round pick Ian Book with South Bend Tribune reporter Tyler James!
     
    TOP 3 TWEETABLE QUOTES
    (5:36) "The physical, the tangibles, the measurables are the one thing that certainly give you the first impression about Paulson Adebo ... but don't forget the ball skills and don't forget the recovery speed as well."

    (7:18) "Some numbers that you might not necessarily be aware of and numbers that might not necessarily show up are his ability to show up in big games."

    (13:25) "Stanford guys have a bit of a brand as being a bit more readily made to handle some of the rigors you might face in the NFL on and off the field. I'm looking forward to seeing how Paulson can apply some of those with the Saints in the future."
     
    (22:22) Random Round
     
    CONNECT WITH US / LINKS MENTIONED
    Troy Clardy Twitter
    The TreeCast with Troy Clardy
    Rachel Jones Twitter
    Rachel Jones Instagram
    Saints Draft Pick Series Part 1 - Payton Turner
    Saints Draft Pick Series Part 2 - Pete Werner
     
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Ochorseplay ,

Solid podcast

This is a great podcast and is knowledgeable, thorough and entertaining. She truly shares how teams can bring people together. How awesome! Great passion.

ProK9s ,

Who Dat Nation

Always great to hear what’s happening in The Who Dat Nation and Rachel is doing it just great. Thank you so much for your amazing work!!!

Gam till ,

Rachel has the inside scoop!

Every Saints fan needs to listen to this show! There are SO many gold nuggets that you can’t get anywhere else. I think Adam Schefter might actually get his info from Rachel! :)

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