The Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints just battled it out in Super Bowl XLIV last night, and it has been a tough night for those of us that favored the blue team. Still, it's hard to feel totally bad for the Saints, class acts like Drew Brees and Coach Sean Payton, and the great city of New Orleans.
I know it's perhaps been overwritten in the two weeks leading up to the big game, but it certainly bears note that the City of New Orleans needed this more than Indianapolis did. Indianapolis is a great city with its own problems, but New Orleans was nearly obliterated from the map in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. I don't feel that we, as a city, have ever faced such a challenge. With respect to what the Crescent City has been through, I hope we never have to face that sort of challenge in Indy.
Today, the team from New Orleans stands atop the mountain of America's favorite spectator sport. For Tom Benson, the owner of the Saints, this is his payoff for not taking his team away. The Saints leaving, from what I hear, would have ripped a major part of the heart out of New Orleans. Few teams have a connection with their city like the Saints do.
While there's much work still to be done in the Big Easy, it's this Colts fan's hope that my team's loss can help to bring joy to the citizens of New Orleans who have been so challenged over the last four plus years. Tonight, it was "Who Dat" indeed. Watch out...because the Colts will be gunning for you later this year.
I still believe in blue, but, tonight, I feel all right even though my team lost because New Orleans finally won.