Christmas is a magical time of year for everyone who celebrates it. It is a time of cheer and a time when people rally around each other for the season. However, another magical season is going on right now; a magical football season.
As you all know, Hurricane Katrina decimated the city of New Orleans in 2005. Many people were left homeless and helpless. They needed a source of hope. The next year the New Orleans Saints acquired Drew Brees who has since adopted the city and brought the Saints back from the dead. The Saints have become the heart and soul of New Orleans and have become that much needed source of hope for all those still in need. Drew Brees is not just the leader of his football team, but the leader of New Orleans. He has unified the city and become one of it's most popular figures.
This season has been a dream come true for the city of New Orleans. Their New Orleans Saints have had their most successful season in franchise history, already winning 13 games. However, what could be greater for the city of New Orleans than to declare themselves officially back from devastation with an undefeated 19-0 season. At 13-0 it was looking very promising. The next game was against the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas has been known as "America's Team" ever since they started their Super Bowl run in the mid 1990's. This matchup consisted of the old America's team against the current America's team.
Jerry Jones, the owner and general manager of the Cowboys, has been the face of the franchise for years now. He is sometimes known as the bad guy in the NFL for his criticism of referees, selfish actions, disapproval of revenue sharing, and perceived "arrogance". As someone who dislikes Jerry Jones, I would liken him to the Grinch because he is only interested in himself and will do whatever it takes to get an edge on someone else.
The Cowboys defeated the Saints last week ending the Saints run for perfection. Knowing the way the city of New Orleans rallies around the Saints, this was a major blow to their fans. One week before Christmas, it was as if their presents had been stolen from right under their tree. This doesn't mean that the Saints can't still win the Super Bowl, but how great would it have been for the city of New Orleans to go undefeated. It would have been the fulfillment of the American Dream (devastation to supremacy.
This is why as far as I am concerned, Jerry Jones stole Christmas from New Orleans. And the worst part of all...there's no way for him to give it back.
Even though I live in New York, I want to personally thank the New Orleans Saints for reviving the city of New Orleans. We are all currently witnessing how big an impact a small group of people can make in times of devastation. The Saints are an inspiration to us all and always will be.