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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Matt Fuerbringer watches intently during warmups, first with hands on hips before he briefly crosses his arms then immediately moves them behind his back. David Savard Jersey . After that, its a thumbs-up to four-time Olympian Reid Priddy and a high-five with David Lee.A quick hug and handshake for technical coordinator Nate Ngo.The top assistant mens volleyball coach for the U.S. team adjusts his headset well before the first ball is struck, then is right in the huddle during timeouts and hollering from the bench, fingers clasped around a clipboard.This is the Olympics Fuerbringer never had as a player. He came close to making the beach team for London four years ago.I do miss playing, yeah, I miss it a lot. But this is a different type of love, its a different type of impact, he said. Its really fun that these guys let me be on the journey with them.A former standout player both indoors and on sand, the 42-year-old Fuerbringer has been the reliable right-hand man for John Speraw as he balances dual coaching roles with the national team and UCLA.The U.S. lost a thrilling five-set semifinal to Italy on Friday, the Americans four-game winning streak snapped since a loss to Italy in the second match of pool play. They will play Sunday morning for bronze.Fuerbringer is the brainchild behind their blocking defense.Speraw also so appreciates Fuerbringers strength developing strong relationships with the players.Thats a really important role for an assistant coach but particularly in this situation when Im managing two programs, Speraw said.It was Fuerbringer who first texted setter Micah Christenson with an invite into the U.S. gym when another body was needed for training.Hes definitely the most relatable in the volleyball sense. He has a great mind for volleyball. We really respect what he says, Christenson said. Hes doing all of that dirty work.While he is enjoying being part of the indoor teams run in Rio, Fuerbringer still couldnt wait to steal away to Copacabana beach and root for his old beach volleyball partner, Nick Lucena.He got a thrill watching Lucena on the sand alongside Phil Dalhausser before they were eliminated in Mondays quarterfinals, and they hung out Sunday.For the indoor team, not only is Fuerbringer the eyes for Speraw as needed, he makes at least one trip each winter to check up on the American players abroad with their professional club teams.Of the whole staff, hes the one whos kind of been there and done that, Ngo said. He played on the indoor national team and had an awesome career on the beach, so his ability to relate to the guys and know what theyre going through in a big moment, hes been in those situations.Lee counts on Fuerbringer to discuss ideas and strategy in the middle of matches, during training or off the court.When the Americans dropped their first two games in Brazil, Fuerbringer and the staff stressed the basics: Get back to just focusing on effort and not the results.Its great to have a guy whos competed at the highest level and knows what were going through, and he obviously brings a big impact to our blocking defense, Lee said. So that means I have a lot of discussions with him. Hes always there for me to figure out what to do on the next play.Fuerbringer said everyone on staff has helped in key moments during this Rio run.Just like the 12th man on the roster is part of the team, the last coach on the rosters part of the team, Fuerbringer said. 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NEW ORLEANS -- While the sold-out Superdome celebrated Monday nights opening-drive touchdown by New Orleans, one fan stood still, holding an American flag colored in the home teams black and gold.The Rebirth, it read.The Saints hosted the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, 10 years and a day after re-opening the Superdome against the same team following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the Federal levee breaches.The Superdome is much different now compared to the one ravaged during and after the 2005 storm. More than $360 million in mostly public money has been used to renovate the facility. Improvements include two large end-zone videoboards and field level club sections.The faded exterior siding dented by hurricane debris was replaced a couple of years after the Superdome re-opened, and the recognizable roof has been replaced with newer material.New Orleans rebirth from Katrina is tied as much to the Saints and the Superdome as it is anything else. And Monday night, the team tried to tap into that emotional connection.Like Sept. 25, 2006, Grammy Award-winning singer and New Orleans resident Irma Thomas belted out an emotional national anthem.At halftime of Atlantas 45-32 win , while videoboards showed scenes from the 2006 re-opening, Southern Universitys marching band played and spelled out rebirth in formation. And just like that night in 2006, New Orleans Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band played The Saints Are Coming.The biggest part, though, was the involvement of Steve Gleason, who played an emotional role again.Ten years ago, he blocked a punt to help New Orleans to an early lead in a 233-3 victory over Atlanta. Brandon Dubinsky Blue Jackets Jersey. In the years since, he has been known as much for his battle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis as he is for that punt block.He was one of the Saints honorary captains on Monday night, directing his automatic wheelchair onto the field for the coin toss. When he was announced as one of the captains, he was greeted with a loud round of cheers.But all of the memories couldnt help the Saints re-capture the same magic the night held 10 years ago. While that 2006 win made New Orleans 3-0 and gave the Saints an early divisional lead, Monday nights loss kept them winless and at the bottom of the NFC South.Whatever is happening now is here for a reason, Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. Its here to make you stronger. Its here to sharpen you up a little bit, toughen you up a little bit, and bring a team together in a way that will serve you in a positive way down the road.Yet, the remembrance of the events a decade ago werent just felt by the home team. Falcons linebacker Deion Jones, who grew up in New Orleans and played at LSU, made a special note on his shoes to remember Katrina.I think that everybody was just so excited for him, Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said of Jones, who returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown. 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