New Orleans Saints fans want off of the emotional roller coaster

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Dec. 27, 2009; New Orleans, LA, USA; A New Orleans Saints fan reacts after the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Louisiana Superdome. The Buccaneers defeated the Saints 20-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

Since that fateful day on February 7, 2010, New Orleans Saints fans have been taking an emotional roller coaster ride that has had plenty of up and downs.  Lately the ride is making fans want to reach for the emergency brake.

Since 1967 Saints fans have endured mostly downward dips as the team was referred to as the “Lovable Losers”.  A term given to the Saints because even though they lost, they kept coming back for more and so did the Who Dats.

Fast forward to 2005 and a devastating hurricane that decimated the city of New Orleans, many thought the ride was over when rumors swirled that owner Tom Benson may be headed West with his franchise.

But the Saints stayed and not only helped rejuvenate a franchise, but a city as well.  New additions like head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees spearheaded the team and fans toward the promised land.

The night of February 7, 2010 the city of New Orleans, much less the world, had not seen such a celebration.  Some said it rivaled Mardi Gras in the city.  The Saints and their fateful Who Dats had made it to the top of the track.

The following season fans just knew that the Saints would “Two Dat” and bring a second world championship home.  Instead, the season was riddled with injuries and a shocking loss to the underrated Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs.

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