Saints Fan In Wonderland, 16-0

Roy LaFaverCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 06:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the Washington Redskins on December 6, 2009 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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I was thinking this morning I don't even know how to feel about this season, not really.  I moved to Louisiana a little before the bags came out, and I was instantly a fan.  Before that I had been a Packers fan before the ice bowl, and that game made me a Packers/Cowboys fan.  Hey, Memphis never had a team.  I was a Frank Ryan fan, a Unitas fan, and a fan of many other players and teams before New Orleans.  All of them were champions at one time or another, but I never considered the Saints a champion, even after the miracle in 2006.  I just liked them.  I even liked the bags.  I liked Archie, and I liked Hebert.  I will never forgive Phillips for playing Hokie when he was injured.  I will never like the 49'ers because of the touchdown given to them after Rice spiked the ball before crossing the goal line.  We WON that damned game, no matter what the scoreboard read.

But what about now?  We have had some pretty good defenses, but we have never had anyone like Greg Williams.  We have had some decent offenses, but I have never seen anything like the 2009 Saints, never.  So I think it is kinda like a really good, really big Poboy; it's too much to eat, but I will force it down anyway.  I want 16-0.  If I don't get it, the only thing that will console me is a Superbowl.  If I get the 16-0 it will be something we all can remember.  The playoffs will be like a new season, but 16-0 could be our moment if we never win another game.  Steelers fans have come to expect a championship.  Patriot fans, ditto.  New Orleans fans - "I hope we win this Sunday".  I don't know if we will ever have the feeling of invincibility shared by fans in those championship towns.  When Joe Theisman was roaming the backfield for the Skins, and the Hogs we're chewing up D-lines, the people in Washington knew the feeling.  The best memories for us are probably those of Manning running for his life and delivering a stike to Chandler.  Now, it's our time.

Don't play the guys who are hurt.  Put everything else on the field, pedal to the metal.  16-0