Take a moment to appreciate the sight of a jubilant Rob Ryan buying drinks for fans in the wake of Sunday night's game.
Somewhere, Dallas Cowboys fans were drinking for entirely different reasons altogether.
UPDATE: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:40 p.m. ET by Gabe Zaldivar
A tip of the hat to NOLA Defender for spotting video of a triumphant Ryan toasting a raucous crowd that continues to shout, "Defense!"
Cowboys fans, look away.
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OK, the free drink was more likely the kind of gift delivered by a man high off the fumes of victory and the seemingly delicious nip of one or two Rolling Rock brews.
And really, if it weren't for the magnanimity of the NFL game clock, the Saints would still be running up the score on the Dallas Cowboys. Thankfully, that fact also allowed Ryan to celebrate the big win over his former team.
For those of you who missed the clash (Saints scoring exhibition?), the Saints beat the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, 49-17. It was the kind of game that had some of us reaching for the phone to call authorities, because things were getting that bad.
Essentially, it was a thumping, a pounding, a good ol' fashioned mollywhop that demanded all parties spread to their respective corners of the country and drink—either to celebrate or forget.
In Ryan's case, he was enjoying his revenge after beating the team that fired him last season in favor of current Dallas DC Monte Kiffin.
Of course, it was only one game, and you can hardly say with any confidence the future of the Cowboys defense is in eternal disarray.
We thought it was best for us to go in the direction that we are, and it doesn't look good right now. Hopefully we can make it look good, but I have all the feelings that you have when you want to look back at a decision, and I realize when some of them work you have to have a few things go along with it.
Candidly, we're having some of the same things that Rob had last year. Frankly, to be fair to Rob, he lost a lot of guys on defense. We lost more this year. That's the game, though. That's what we play. That's the NFL.
Go ahead, Ryan, drink that down, because it's smoother than any cold domestic you might order at the bar. You might want to chase it with the knowledge the Saints defense also allowed just 193 yards (104 passing) in Sunday's game.
Strauss does remind that Ryan has partied it up and bought rounds at Ms. Mae's before, so there is now a huge reason for fans to flock to that particular watering hole after Saints wins.
As for Cowboys fans, hopefully your own drinking decisions wiped out any memory of that game. Nobody should have to remember that debacle.
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