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New Orleans Apparently Has A Football Problem

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On just the fourth play of the game we would have what I call, “The Block Heard ‘Round The World”.

The Falcons were set to punt the ball away but Saints Safety Steve Gleason broke through and blocked the punt.  Saints Corner back Curtis Deloatch would recover the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

I still remember Gleason breaking through and hearing one announcer scream, “Watch out!  Right through!”  Saints Head Coach Sean Payton and  Quarterback Drew Brees were shown fist pumping and jumping like crazy and the Superdome sounded like a jet engine inside.

The rebirth would continue all the way to the 2009-2010 season where the Saints would finally reach the Super Bowl with a winning field goal kick in overtime in the 2010 NFC Championship game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Saints radio announcer Jim Henderson would once again provide the Saints fans a collective voice when he yelled, “It’s good!  It’s goohoohood!”

You could hear the relief and exhaustive tone in his voice as he said it.  Over forty years of tears and heartache could be summed up in his next phrase, “Pig’s have flown, hell has frozen over!”  The rest is history.

Of course the 2010-2011 season for the Saints ended in another round of disappointment.  I had finally managed to score season tickets and had dreams of being able to see a “Two Dat”.

But as I’ve done all these years, I’ll regroup and get ready for another season. Which brings me back to our “football problem” in New Orleans.

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