Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Saints in the Superbowl

The main topic of discussion around here lately is the New Orleans Saints. For the first time in franchise history they're going to the Superbowl. This is a huge deal for many different reasons. Most news stations claim the success of this season is aiding the continued effort to "rebuild" New Orleans post-Katrina. I'll admit the morale in the crescent city has improved greatly due to our beloved Saints.

I think it's hard for people who aren't sports fans (and most people outside the gulf coast region) to understand how a football team could have such a drastic effect on people. It's not really something that can be explained. For many it's just so nice to have something positive happen here after so many years of dealing with the lasting effects from Katrina, corrupt politicians and the high crime rates. There will still be hurricanes, liars in office and murders, but for just a few weeks we can forget about all of that and enjoy the high of knowing our team is great. It gives us something to cherish. We can all sit around and talk about the moment Hartley kicked the game-winning fieldgoal in overtime to send our boys to the Superbowl.

I went to Walmart the day after the championship game. The greeter at the door had a huge grin on her face. When I walked through the doors she said, "Who dat!" I smiled back and said, "Yes, ma'am!" I'd say over half the customers were donning Saints t-shirts and jerseys. Everyone just smiled at each other. The feeling in the air was strange. It was as if we were all friends, celebrating this wonderful news together. Our team, previously known as the Aints, had finally achieved the unbelievable.

After the best season since the beginning of the Saints, the WHO DATS are headed to Miami to face the Indianapolis Colts. Oddly enough, the Colts are my other favorite team. I've been a Manning fan since his UT days. On any other day I'd root for the Colts. Not against the Saints though. Although I'd be disappointed if our "team of destiny" lost in the Superbowl, it won't sting as badly if it's handed to us by Peyton and former LSU player Joseph Addai. Either way, it's gonna be a party in the MIA.

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