The New Orleans Saints returned to the Superdome, their home, on September 26, 2006, more than a year and 180 million dollars after the storm hit. Then, finally, the joyous time came for The Saints to come marching home.
Even now, one year later, I can still taste the gumbo and still feel the anxiety and hope lingering from the storm. Fans everywhere are holding signs that say, "We Believe", or, "Go Saints", then, at that moment, right before kickoff, something special happened, everyone who was watching that game smiled, at the exact same time. Even the thousands of people that were affected, who had little to smile about until now, beamed.
The Saints coming back home is not about a team, it is about giving all of North America hope.
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