For most of the New Orleans Saints' history, there has been unluckiness, heartbreak, and sadness.
Back in 2003, John Carney missed an extra point after the River City Relay play against the Jaguars. That point would have sent the game into overtime; if the Saints had won that game, they would have made the playoffs.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina stuck New Orleans, and the Saints had to play in a different area for home games instead of the destroyed Superdome.
However, a inspiring run in 2006 set up some hope for Saints fans; maybe, the heartbreak and torture can end.
After two disappointing seasons in 2007 and 2008, 2009 was by far the most successful for the Saints. They started off 13-0, and had one of the most potent offenses in years.
Drew Brees was an MVP candidate early on in the season, the running game was one of the best in the game with Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush, and the defense was opportunistic and game-changing.
But while the wins kept piling on, the blowouts stopped. The Saints needed a missed chip-shot field goal by the Redskins to tie the game up and win in overtime to keep their undefeated season. The Saints struggled against Atlanta and Carolina, but got wins.
However, the party ended in an upset loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Then, two more losses to the Buccaneers and the Panthers closed out a bad ending to the regular season. 13-3 is great, but not when the three losses were going into the postseason.
Still, the Saints have home field in the NFC, and have the bye week to fix some issues. There is still hope for Saints fans that these Saints will win the Super Bowl. It could still be destiny for a "star-crossed" franchise.