Monday, September 26, 2005

Home Sweet Home...Sort Of

After three straight away games to open the season, the Saints finally get a game that resembles a home game. The Saints will be playing this season’s home games at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Saints have just been playing badly these last two weeks, and hopefully coming “home” will help them start over. This past Sunday the Saints lost to the Minnesota Vikings 33-16. The Saints weren’t in the game at all, because after fumbling the opening kickoff, for the second week in a row, it took the Vikings one play and 13 seconds to score a touchdown. Too many fumbles and too many penalties have led to this downward spiral. Hopefully the Saints can change their luck next week against the Buffalo Bills.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Sometimes It’s Not Just a Game

At times of such destruction and despair, people look to sports as a way to take their minds off of their troubles. Sunday the New Orleans Saints gave the people of New Orleans something to cheer about, something to feel good about by winning their season opener 23-20 against the Carolina Panthers. It seems like the team is taking the burden of uplifting this city on to their shoulders, this is no longer just a season. “In the back of our minds, we know we have to give them one tiny bit of hope,” said Saints quarterback Aaron Brook. This is a way to prove to America and to the world that New Orleans isn’t out yet.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

The Game Must Go On

Thursday night the Saints played their final preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, but the game was not on the minds of the players; they were more worried about their homes and families. Yahoo! Sports reports that Saints linebacker James Allen stood in the stadium tunnel moments before the game with cell phones in both hands trying desperately to get a hold of family in New Orleans. The Saints will be going to San Antonio to stay and wait to see when they can go home if they homes left to go to. It’s hard to imagine that these players are still asked to go to work even though they are unsure of the welfare of their family and of their city. But apparently, as I said earlier, the game must go on.