Reporter's Note: The Saints are playing the Lions tonight in the next step of their quest to reclaim the NFL Championship. I can think of nothing more important to write to the president about.
Dear Mr. President,
Tonight’s the night! My beloved Saints are taking to the field in the first round of the NFL playoffs to battle with the Detroit Lions. As always, I wish both teams well…and especially the Saints.
I love it when the Saints win. It is sweet each and every time. Maybe it’s because they seem like such good guys. Maybe it’s because Drew Brees is a real leader in a world filled with pretenders. Maybe it’s because, as fans, we endured so many heartbreaking years of losing. But I think it goes beyond all that.
I love New Orleans. I have loved it ever since I lived there in the late 1980s. I love it in a way that withstands hurricanes and crime rates and floods and oil spills and collapsing economies. I love the streets, the food, the sounds, the smell, the music, the art, the way the ships rumble past on the river and the way the light filters through the live oak trees.
I realize that football is just a game. But sometimes a game can reflect an awful lot of the love and enthusiasm that one feels about a whole community, and that’s how I feel when I see the Saints play.
I’m sure there are some Detroit fans who feel the same way about their team, and I wish them luck. But not too much.
All of which is a long way of saying: Where will you be watching the game tonight? Don’t even think about saying you won’t be. Ha! If you want to come over, give a call, but trust me…there will be no talking during the game. Especially if the Lions are ahead.
Just saying. Who dat!
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