Super Bowl: The Saints Geaux Marching In; The Preacher Was Wrong!

Henry BallSenior Analyst IJanuary 24, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints reacts to a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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You know the old hymn, "When the Saints Go Marching In".

I first heard it at the age of seven when I went to the First Pentecostal Church of Denham Springs, La. with my big brother.

On the way home I asked him why they were singing about the Saints--and dancing in the isles--since most people just put bags on their heads and mumbled ‘french’ words under their breath when the Saints were on.

My brother explained to me that the Saints needed all the help they could get so the song and prayers were meant to encourage God to change his mind about New Orleans since the City (and Team), according to some zealots, was a god-forsaken place!

So to me it was the theme song for the NFL team in my home state and I would happily sing it with or without a bag on my head.

A couple of years later the preacher said the song was about good people being called to Heaven.  Obviously realizing his error I sought him out after the service and explained to him that it was about the New Orleans Saints going to the Super Bowl. 

He told me that Armageddon would come before that would happen!

Well, according to the Mayans and Hollywood that is not happening until 2012 but the Saints are indeed about to GEAUX MARCHING IN!

That preacher was WRONG!!

"Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez"

Geaux Saints!