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The Who Dat Nation Becomes Next Year Country

Bleacher ReportAnalyst INovember 14, 2008

Back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, many farmers around the nation were affected by plagues that ruined their crops, such as grasshoppers, locusts, and floods. After pinching pennies all year to survive and sometimes ending up in debt, the farmers would boldly proclaim, "Wait till next year, come next year, it will be better."

That saying has now become the battle cry for the Who Dat Nation.

Don't get me wrong, I have every ounce of confidence in Drew Brees, but one player can not do it alone. We need for Jeremy Shockey to get healthy and some of these defensive backs to step up and make plays instead of letting quarterbacks like Matt Ryan throw all over the field.

Come next season, we'll be better.

Throughout years of losing seasons, many Saints fans would say that and every now and again, the Saints would have a good season, like 2006 where a 10-6 record carried them into the playoffs with home-field advantage.

They beat the Philadelphia Eagles and then suffered a horrible lost to the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game. The fans rallied around the team and waited for next year.

In the '07-'08 season, the Saints and Patriots were both picked to be Super Bowl contenders; it was the year of Black and Gold destiny. The team went 7-9 and once again lost to the Bears in the final game of the season. We waited until next year.

Well, next year is here and the Saints don't look to be on the track for the playoffs, much less a Super Bowl. In the words of coaching great Mike Ditka, "Playoffs?, I just hope that we can win a game."

As always, we will wait 'til next year.

At least next year we will have Tracy Porter (above) and Mike McKenzie, with both of them on the field at the same time we looked to have a pretty good defense but as always, someone got injured.

We've waited for 40+ years for a Super Bowl; we can wait another year, it won't kill us or anything. And it certainly will not kill our Who Dat pride.

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