If you are a New Orleans Saints fan who happens to be under the age of – say, 25 years old – you simply don’t know what the struggle has bene like.
You didn’t suffer like those of us who have been Saints fans for much or all of their existence. If you simply appeared as a New Orleans Saints fan in 2000, you might be led to believe the Saints have never been “bad”.
Beyond the Katrina season of 2005, the Saints have either been a near .500 team or above a .500 team for the last 20 years. So, a younger person might forget that beyond the recent relative success, the Saints overall still have a .458 lifetime winning percentage.
Back-to-back 13-win seasons have helped that number go up. But the Saints have completely gotten over the hump of poor and have become a respectable franchise, leaving behind the misery of the past.
And a new generation of Saints fans are enjoying the fruits of that success.
The Saints entered the final four games of the season with the NFC South already locked up. As well, the three seed was also locked up due to the debacle that is the NFC East. That was a huge bonus there, as the pressure then was only to improve on that with seeding.
My prediction for this final segment of the season was 3-1, which was spot on.