Finally, the 2009-2010 NFL season has come to an end. Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints, and of course all of the fair weather fans (no pun intended) because without the horrible devastation of hurricane Katrina four and a half years ago, this Super Bowl victory would have never been possible. At least that’s what I gathered from all of the media coverage leading up to today.
So now, Saints fans are reveling in their team's first Championship in their 43-year history. That, in itself is astonishing to have finally overcome such an embarrassing history; from not posting a winning season in their franchise’s first 21 years and putting up only two playoff wins in 42 years.
The Saints and their fan base should be celebrating the fact that their team took down the mighty Colts and the great Peyton Manning. They should also be focusing on the future of their young team and how they will be a force for years to come. Instead, they think a Super Bowl victory might repair or improve their hurricane-ravaged city.
But over the last two weeks leading up to this game, we as NFL fans were force-fed a barrage of “boo-hoo and woe-is-me” crying by Saints players and fans telling the same old story of how their team is an inspiration to a broken city and region, and how a victory would somehow provide relief. Relief for all the displaced fans, survivors and all the suffering and hardship they have endured. The last time I checked, a Super Bowl victory does not rebuild or repair…anything; except maybe emotional damage.
Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States; however there is no reason that the Super Bowl should have been used as a relief effort for the City of New Orleans, and the surrounding Gulf Coast region.
The thousands of still-rebuilding residents and all of New Orleans SHOULD be and are ecstatic about the victory, but it seems like they are for all the wrong reasons.
*By writing this article, I am in NO way trying to be insensitive to the destruction and tragedy that occurred after hurricane Katrina. I am pointing out that the media coverage surrounding the New Orleans Saints rounded back to one specific point: That the city seemed to have been waiting for a Super Bowl win to be able to rebuild their city.