New Orleans: Number 2 NFL City, Really?

Posted: August 6, 2009 in Other Sports News
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I’ve always had the thought in the back of my mind that the Saints and the city of New Orleans have always been….not famous… but infamous, or famous for all the wrong reasons.

I’ve always thought that the only way either the team or the city hanging on for dear life could gain fame throughout each ones existance was through inconventional means and that neither the standard quality of living in the city or on field performance of the franchise was good enough to gain fame through conventional means.

For instance, The Saints became the talk of the football world in 2006. The team went 10-6 and won a playoff game, something most decent teams would do. It was because they came back from a storm hitting New Orleans.

The city has been awarded many Super Bowls in the past along with the other media and revenue giants. New Orleans never fit in with the group. We were put on a yearly rotation because we were the “sentimental” favorite and it was financially possible to do so. In this day in age, I would find it nearly impossible for such a small market barely on the NFL map to acquire the NFL championship game without the “pity” shadow of Katrina. The NFL would quickly look to other big name cities who could better accomodate the game past its mere party-like atmosphere. Not to mention they would get another chance to showcase a brand new stadium in such an era. New Orleans always has been fueled by tourism and now it’s being fueled by Katrina. The city could never make it on it’s own. Perhaps it’s the location, perhaps the crime, how about the schools, how about a team winning 200+ games out of 600+ from an NFL standpoint, how about the politicians we had for so long, how about a partially neglected stadium or reluctance to build a new one, how about the neglect of a city?

And how about the fact that any honor that goes to the Saints is immediately redirected toward either New Orleans or the unwavering loyalty of the fans and never stays with the team itself because it would be a struggle to come up with an achievement in such a circumstance?

It could be any one of those, but fact remains people from all over the country see the Saints and New Orleans as recieving honors for the wrong reasons. I’ve thought this for a very long time myself and it’s only people from other places who continuously back me up all over the web ANY TIME either NO or the Saints get an honor (people who New Orlineans claim to love this place) who compel me to write about it.

“The place is a dump.If you are drunk it is okay but if not it is hades.”
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txkjun58
txkjun58
7/24/2009 8:50:25 PM

The Super Dome is just that a SUPER DOME!! It is huge loud and one of the best places to watch any sport or concert. Whoever said the seats are small must have a wide load sign attached LOL. The only problems with the seats are the nose bleeds aren’t padded. There really aren’t any bad seats in the dome. I have seen games in every level and the field is seen great from them all!! I did buy tickets to the Miami game a fewyears back and the seats they sold me didn’t exsist. I went to the office to complain and they gave me and my friend field/sideline passes!!!
Now to the people talking trash about the city. I doubt you have ever been there, because if you have been and didn’t have a good time you are incapable of a good time then!!
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crazydi
crazydi
7/24/2009 7:46:01 AM

superbowl should always be held where its WARM or cool, sorry northerners (yankee chick myself) but who wants to go sit outside for the SUPERBOWL in subzero weather when you can throw on some flipflops and shorts and not worry about something freezing off?  But N.O. has to be the most disgusting stadium in all of football (I was there in January); the remnants of Katrina are still clearly evident but while sitting in my seat before kickoff I happened to look up and still see the effects of Katrina on the ceiling and the seats are SO DARN SMALL (no I dont have a whale tail) I couldnt imagine people sitting in those little seats for a week trying to sleep et al.  I wouldnt go there by choice ever!  But thats just mho –
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amateurhour
amateurhour
7/24/2009 7:09:03 AM

It’s a dome….let’s see these people show up when there is no roof protecting them.  Let’s see a rain sell-out….not going to happen…
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chicoman23
chicoman23
7/23/2009 11:32:06 AM

This is just a PR ranking for the support after Katrina.  When I think football, New Orleans is one of the last on my list.  This choice makes me discredit the rest of these rankings.
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PlutoIsAPlanet
PlutoIsAPlanet
7/23/2009 6:34:13 AM

St_John_Soldier, a grain of salt may be all you have.  How are those government trailers working out?
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dbellis
dbellis
7/23/2009 12:19:15 AM

What? When I think of football I don’t think of the Aint’s. C’mon you is writing this stuff?
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blazer80
blazer80
7/23/2009 12:12:08 AM

New Orleans ahead of Pittsburgh! Get real folks! If it weren’t for a dome, you wouldn’t have any pro football.  And don’t compare the Saints fans, to the Steelers fans. Steelers fans travel. Saints fans don’t!
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FVMPCSM
FVMPCSM
7/22/2009 11:46:44 PM

I would like to visit New Orleans but for anything football related…no and as far as them getting the super bowl I find that hard to make a case for them being a football town since its always other teams playing in it. Additionally what is said about New Orleans doesn’t even mention the saints or anything saint related in its own sentence, not sure that is any respect.
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famousshamus
famousshamus
7/22/2009 11:44:13 PM

As a Niner fan, I was at the game last year and that place was incredibly loud….fun, and good times…my 9ers got spanked, my wallet got stolen, but all in all I have to say…greay stadium and good fans….u guys earned it
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PA2AK
PA2AK
7/22/2009 5:15:04 PM

new orleans and football….not often used in the same sentence until superbowl time…and thats not because they have a team playin in it.
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St._John_Solider
St._John_Solider
7/22/2009 4:03:36 PM

not the number 2 NFL city?? coming from a guy named plutos a planet.

St._John_Solider
St._John_Solider
7/22/2009 4:00:13 PM

Finally we get some respect! WHO DAT!!!!
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PlutoIsAPlanet
PlutoIsAPlanet
7/22/2009 3:29:24 PM

Great site for a Super Bowl, great place to get some red beans, rice, and smoked sausage, not the number two NFL city.
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bigDsfins4ever
bigDsfins4ever
7/22/2009 2:47:38 AM

I can remember when this teams fans wore bags on their heads… for years!…. sorry Katrina is long gone and so is my pity for the city…
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(Comments taken from the New Orleans page on FOX SPORTS’s NFL CITY RANKINGS)

 

Comments for other cities never look like this, but this is the cold reality. It looks like this on every page ever listing the Saints or New Orleans high on a list, every page I’ve seen. It can’t be so great if people complain like this.

Bottom line is things need to improve drastically still. People need to stop living like maggots, the Superdome needs a serious upgrade, IT IS A DUMP!, the Saints need to be a winning football team, I can’t say that they really deserve respect, and possibility in due time, we can take the “IN” off of the INFAMOUS.

PS: Yeah St John Solider, FINALLY, nice screen name analysis.

PSx2 : This is already further discrediting anything FOX related to some of the American public.

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