When you go to Heaven after you die, tell St. Peter you're a Saints fan. He'll say, 'C'mon in, I don't care what else you done, you suffered enough.' -- Buddy D, "The Point After," 10-03-04
Buddy Diliberto, the voice of the New Orleans Saints, has passed away at the age of 73. Buddy D was the most important and recognizable radio sports commentator in this great city's history. His broadcasts, delivered in his quintessential New Orleans dialect and peppered with bizarre linguistic pecadilloes, connected deeply to generations of residents, including this listener, throughout his 50 years of passionate analysis. Saints football will be a worse place without you Buddy.