Monday, February 8, 2010
Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints on the greatest maiden victory in Super Bowl history.
Let me join the chorus of kudos for the 2010 Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, who played a great second half and whipped the favored Indianapolis Colts fair and square. While the game had miscues on both sides, there were no big penalties that made a game changing difference. The refs let them play and the Saints played better.
Just as the Saints deserved to win, history said they deserved to be underdogs. In the previous 43 Super Bowls, teams playing in their first Super Bowl against a team with a recent Super Bowl win have not done well. The only maiden team to beat a former champ was the Tampa Bay Bucs beating the Oakland Raiders back in 2003, but the Raiders' previous championship had happened 19 years before, so there were no players still on the roster from the last champion. When the Saints won last night, they beat a team that had been champions only three years ago with many of the same players on the roster, most notably Peyton Manning, the most prolific passer of his generation.
Best wishes to all the Saints fans and particularly those in the great city of New Orleans. I blush to even consider giving all y'all tips on how to party, but I say pace yourselves. After all, Mardi Gras is only eight days away.