Can any true Saints fan can forget it?
The magical year of 2006, the year of rebuilding, the year of a drowned city rising again, the year that the Saints actually made the playoffs, and the year that the Black and Gold were one game, a measly 60 minutes away from the Super Bowl for the first time ever.
But the Saints were defeated that year by the Bears in Chicago, bringing the magical season full circle, from a stadium full of floodwaters to a stadium full of snow. From the cheers of thousands to the boos of thousands.
Then, in 2007, the Saints went marching back to Chicago, hoping to keep their thin playoff hopes alive, but Devin Hester and Da Bears had something else in mind and for the second straight year, the Bears ended the Saints' season.
And with a win on Thursday night in Chicago, the Bears could once again end the Saints season, but the game has to be played first.
Sure, the Saints have to win out to even have a shot at the playoffs and even if they do win out, then nothing is certain, but they have to take it game-by-game, step-by-step and not make it any harder to get into the playoffs than it already is.
Maybe this year, we'll finally get the win that we wanted back in the NFC Championship Game; maybe we won't, but that won't stop me from cheering on the players and the team that I love.
PS: Its gonna be cold again.....