Benson clarifies lease, team performance

Updated: October 3, 2003, 3:39 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Less than a week after the New Orleans Saints lost 55-21 to the Indianapolis Colts and unhappy fans donned paper bags and held up signs demanding changes, owner Tom Benson defended his team.

Benson took a quarter-page ad in the Times-Picayune on Friday to "set the record straight."

The Saints (1-3) have only one home victory since Dec. 8, including the preseason. Sunday's prime-time loss sparked a rash of complaining letters to the editor and disgruntled talk-show discussions. ...

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