New Orleans Makes a Bold Statement

What a five week stretch this has been. It started with the divisional playoff win over the Cardinals on Jan. 16th, continued with the NFC Championship triumph over the Vikings on Jan. 24th and hit a rousing crescendo with the Super Bowl XLIV win over the overrated Indianapolis Colts on Feb. 7th.

Then came the parties and parades. Fat Tuesday costumes included more of a Saints theme than ever before.

Never in the history of sports has there been a post-game celebration like the one New Orleans put on display over the past 10 days. I think most people already knew that people here could party, but with the eyes of the nation on the city like no other time since Hurricane Katrina, the Who Dat Nation came through in a big way. People saw a celebration free from violence and destruction. People saw a victory parade rivaled by none other. People saw the city come together and reward the team that means so much. People saw a resiliency in our people who were enjoying a payoff 43 years in the making.

The party continued through the rest of the Mardi Gras season with Saints players and coaches riding in parade after parade. Sean Payton and Drew Brees have made their mark in New Orleans Saints history. They’re heroes forever. But let’s not forget what they’ve done for the community. They’ve embraced it. They’ve cultivated it. They’ve made it better.

The Saints are back and at the top. And now that the rest of the U.S. has seen what we’re made of, with a new mayor and new hope on the horizon, it seems the city isn’t far behind.

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Comments

  1. I’m so proud of my hometown Saints and everything. You can’t have said it better. I question the election of Mitch, but he has to be better than Nagin. Anyway, can you do me a favor and find a picture of Drew Brees with ashes on his forehead? I’ve heard rumors that he’s a Catholic convert, but cannot confirm it. (This would be a good thing to me.)