You notice the fleur de lis symbol on the layout pattern I chose for this blog? That’s very deliberate–You see, I’m a Louisianian (the fleur de lis is one of our state icons), . . .
AND ON TOP OF THAT, I’m a New Orleans Saints fan.
I see the two–being a Louisian and being a Saints fan–go together.
And I’m not just a fair-weather fan–I’m almost foolishly loyal. I’d have even admitted my fanship a year ago when the team only won three games. Sure, I was aggravated and fed up and disgusted–feelings we fans have grown accustomed to over the years–but you could still count me “in” the fold. I’ve always been one of those with “faith,” as long as Iknew there’s a “next season” right around the corner of the calendar. And sure enough, no matter how disgusted November and December may have left me, I was always back stride the the time July rolled around, checking in the TV listings for the pre-season games to see who and what was new. Another year, a refurbished team, refreshened hope, but above all, renewed faith!
So now, I can’t imagine anyone enjoying the Saints success this season so far more than me. (I’ve been a loyalist since the beginning, 1967, and I’ve endured the thick [and mostly] thin of it all.)
Sure, I know, the season is a long one and a 4-1 start “doth not a championship (or even a successful season) confer.” But how many people–outside of Louisiana–realize how badly New Orleans and this state needed exactly that kind of start? (Check the 9/25/06 post at this blog to recall that Monday night bash that started this Saints-a-mania?).
But even more amazing to me is the number of fellow citizens–before as well as after the 2005 hurricanes–who don’t value the NFL Saints as a player in state economics. Many have gone so far as to express bitterness and rancor in their denunciation of the team and in their derision of governmental leaders who support keeping the team around. These people actually think the state would be better off economically without the franchise. (Hmmmmm . . . . would somebody produce some evidence–if it exists– to support that conclusion?)
So here’s where I have to draw the line.
Sure, it’s one thing to have a political opinion–we’re all entitled to convictions–but when I perceive that someone’s negative voice threatens the well-being of the state, and ergo my well-being as a citizen of the state, I can’t but take the matter personally.
Suffice it to say that I want the Saints to stay for a loooooooooong time. Not just because I’m a Saints fan, but because I’m a Louisiana fan.
These two things just naturally go together . . . They’re meant to be!
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