Beer, check. Chips and dip, check. More beer, check. Little smokies, check. 50" Plasma TV, check. Did I get any beer? Oh yeah, check! Ok, I'm ready for Super Bowl 44!
In two days my New Orleans Saints will take on Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the big game. It will be the first Super Bowl appearance for the Saints franchise and it will be smack dab in the middle of the start of Mardi Gras! Wow, what a party this city and the gulf south region is in for! From Mobile to Lafayette, from Jackson, MS to Grand Isle the "Who Dat" nation is preparing for a Super Bowl party unlike any ever seen in the south.
The parades are rolling already and black and gold throws are all the rage. More so than at anytime before, anything with a Fleur De Lis is a prized possession this Mardi Gras season. Every newspaper article and TV story about a parade includes at least one reference to the glorious Saints season and the love the city and region has for the team! The parade goers are decked out in Brees, Shockey, Sharper and Bush jersies or the prolific Who Dat shirts, hats and purses. Elementary children are having Saints parades around the parking lots of their schools and every bar, hotel, flower shop, car dealership and liquor stores are allowing their employees to sport their Saints swag during the work week.
It has been a long strange trip from the Saints inaugural 1967 season to the 2010 Super Bowl, but if you ask most Saints fans today, they will tell you its all been worth it. From the hapless early years of expansion, to the hope of Archie Manning, to the bag wearing 'Aints fans. From the Dome Patrol to the Bless You Boys and the current golden age of the Who Dats of Sean Peyton and Drew Brees. Throughout it all, Saints fans have remained a loving and loyal bunch. The entire state has always been enamored with the team from day one and over the years they have become the team of an entire region. So it seems so fitting that such a magical Super Bowl season should culminate during Mardi Gras.
If the Saints pull off the upset and are crowned the NFL's best, the city will celebrate like no other city ever has for their Super Bowl Champions! But, I don't think it will matter one bit if the Saints win or lose, this city and these fans will continue to revel in this wonderful season and the amazing relationship of this team and their loyal followers.
Thanks you Saints! Bless You Boys! Geaux Saints! Who Dat!