The championship in any professional sport, team or person, is a real accomplishment. For athletes, its reassurance and enormous attention. Whether it is tennis, baseball, boxing or hockey, everyone involved went from zero to hero and especially with the fans.
New Orleans residents seem to have turned enthusiasm for the Saints into an excuse to party, because no success to relish in yet.
In addition, not only are Saints underdogs, they are virgins to the Superbowl and it is overwhelming off-the-field distractions.
Talk about pressure, because losing is just not an option. It is reality, either the Colts or the Saints will lose. Getting so close, is still #2 or second spot and that feeling should not be sturdy enough.
The responsibility of Saints Head-coach Sean Payton is to remind his side the entire season will be obsolete, and the only record second seat earns is none at all.
Watching the City of New Orleans spirit is inspirational, but no classes or work pre-Superbowl for some and city-wide for Monday following does not make for better fans.
This point I can attest to as a Yankee and Giants fan, as New Yorkers party, continue to work, attend school and still show their teams plenty of love. Celebrating winning the NFC Championship, wearing only Saints colors till the game, hanging posters in windows, or specialty ‘player’ cocktails arouses fans and a city’s anticipation of the possibilities ahead.
My hope for this city, who has brought hope back in a seemingly lost cause is not getting ahead of themselves. Celebrating is saved when there is something to celebrate. God-forbid the Saints lose on Sunday and all the progress since Katrina might become useless.
The Saints, the city and it is fans have every reason to be excited, like a kid on the night before Christmas. The pure energy unites a city like nothing else. Just keep in mind that losing sucks and do not embrace it.
Do not act like victims where losing gets a by. Making it is not winning is….’Who Dat‘ is for the champs, no one cares who their last game was against.
“Before you can win a game, you must first not lose it.” – Chuck Noll