When the New Orleans Saints came from behind to beat the Miami Dolphins 46-34 Sunday, what is reverently known as the Who Dat Nation increased in population significantly.
When the New Orleans Saints came from behind to beat the Miami Dolphins 46-34 Sunday, what is reverently known as the "Who Dat Nation" increased in population significantly.
Before the momentous come-from-behind victory, Who Dat Nation was strong, but primarily made up of long-suffering die-hard Saints fans, newcomers to New Orleans and football masochists who find hope and pleasure in losing.
The skeptics who settle for nothing less than great football and have seen the Saints find every possible way to lose over the years had yet to apply for residency in the nation.
Those days are over; the Saints are 6-0 and the boundaries of Who Dat Nation are bulging at the seams.
The Saints came from 21 points behind to win, silencing critics who said they would lose the first game when they did not take the lead.
Quarterback Drew Brees suffered through his worst game of the season, enduring five sacks and three interceptions, and the Saints still scored 46 points.
New Orleans sealed the victory with defense, Tracy Porter’s 54-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The Saints scored four out of five trips inside the Dolphin 20-yard line, then iced the victory with defense, as Porter ran the Miami turnover all the way to the end zone.
Nobody deserves a winning football team more than New Orleans. When the city was teetering on the brink after Katrina, the Saints were there to give everyone something to be proud of, something to root for, something to make it easier to get through the long recovery days, weeks and months.
The NFL season is mercilessly long, and today’s 6-0 team is not guaranteed even a trip to the playoffs.
But if the Saints keep playing like they have, and the fans stick with them when they stumble, who knows how far this team can go?
We’re a bit superstitious and don’t want to utter the words that start with the letters S.B. so early in the season.
But it sure looks like the the Saints’ 2009-10 magic carpet ride lifted off Sunday for a long and exciting ride.
Weekly Citizen (Gonzales, La.)