I don't generally like to editorialize with any articles that I write. I feel that with the New Orleans Saints playing in Super Bowl XLIV this weekend in Miami though, it offers me an opportunity to reflect on what a Saints win over the Indianapolis Colts would mean not only to the city of New Orleans but to the country as a whole.
A Saints win to me represents all that makes this country strong. It represents it's resiliency. I guess I'm a little biased seeing as how I had the opportunity to do some volunteer work in New Orleans in the weeks right after Katrina devastated the city.
What I saw in my time there was something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It showed me that no matter the obstacles in their way the residents of New Orleans will find a way to keep life as normal as possible. This past year has been tough for people all over the country, sacrifices have had to be made all across the board. If there's one thing that New Orleans residents have not sacrificed it's rooting for their Saints.
I remember watching that Monday Night Football matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, the first game in the Superdome since it housed evacuees from Katrina and the place was electric. You never would've guessed that just a year beforehand it was completely destroyed and most people wondered if football would ever be played there again.
So the next time you hear the famous "Who Dat" chant from a Saints fan I hope you can answer "Not Me".