30 Dec 2005
Len Pasquarelli is reporting that the NFL and Saints owner Tom Benson have reached a deal to have the Saints return to Louisiana full-time next year, playing in Baton Rouge until the Superdome is fully repaired sometime around early November. This is ludicrous. I'm sorry for sounding like a jerk, but then again I'm not sure why this country has decided that anyone who is honest about the situation in New Orleans is a jerk. I hate to even hint at politics on this site, but we've all decided that we're not going to have a realistic conversation about what's going on down there. The national media says that putting the Saints back in New Orleans is the right thing to do. Are any of these people planning on moving to New Orleans to support the team? Why is it that the only nationwide discussion of the reconstruction of New Orleans comes in stories about a professional football team? According to the Houston Chronicle, the current population of New Orleans is 65,000. Slate says the population is 100,000. The pre-Katrina population was 450,000, which itself was one-third lower than the population 40 years ago. Does this sound like a city that can support an NFL franchise? Does this sound like a city that should be devoting one iota of its resources to an NFL franchise? As for Baton Rouge, ticket sales there were two-thirds of what they were in San Antonio. I feel bad for the people of Louisiana who love football, but last time I checked LSU was pretty good and drawing more people than the Saints.
27 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2006, 9:10pm by Jerry
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?