40 Years in the Desert and We Can Finally See the Promised Land
Blast from the Past: 1967-My Siblings, et al, Celebrate First New Orleans Saints Win
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On November 10, 1967, the New Orleans Saints won their first game of their first season. They defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 31 to 24. My dad took this photo the day of that game.
(Pictured from right to left, my brother Michael, Andrea, his future wife, my sister Danna, and Joey, her future ex-boyfriend. Somewhere there's a version of this shot with little 5 year-old me in it, but I couldn't find it, either.)
Today, after 40 years of pain, after the Saints have made history by defeating the Eagles once more, advancing to the final four. Next week, we play for the conference championship. If we win, it's off to the ...the... the...
Honestly, I just cannot get my head around this. After all this time, after the bag-head seasons and the close-but-no-cigar seasons, the idea is just blowing my circuits.
Tonight's game almost killed me. I mean that. I had so much adrenaline pumping through my veins that I thought I was going to blow a major artery. I had to get the yoga mat out and at one point, I actually had to start doing headstands to get myself calmed.
And I know I wasn't the only one who suffered through this one. Jebus! What a game. It's going to take the whole weak to recover from the stress. Mom said she's going to put Xanax in the kingcake for next weekend's game.
I was a little disappointed in how the team played tonight, with the exception of the faked punt. But needless to say, I'm just thrilled beyond belief that we've made it this far.
Deuce McAlister should be canonized (really!) for his role in the win.
Here's the 2007 version of the Saints Defeat the Eagles sofa picture. It was lovely being in the middle of this mother-daughter sandwich. I didn't shrink, I'm just slouched way down. Mom's fun to watch a game with, but it's hard to keep Rachel still.
GO SAINTS! GO SAINTS! GO SAINTS! GO SAINTS! GO SAINTS!
All the way!