Saturday, January 13, 2007
Oh Will The Saints Go Marching In
Normally I'm not a big supporter of professional athletics. I just don't care for immature, self-important boys being paid millions of dollars to go play games--nor the attendant revolving of the universe that follows around them. I'm not saying professional sports don't have some benefits; they can inspire children to exercise, even pursue dreams, and the true "good-guy" athletes can accomplish great things (raise money for foundations, create awareness of issues, even--*gasp*--be credible role models--as a native Baltimorean/Baltimoron I'm thinking of Cal Ripken, Jr as a shining example). A team can also create a groundswell of civic pride, particularly when they reach the playoffs. The New Orleans Saints have never been a powerhouse team; in fact, they've only won one playoff game in their entire history. Yet, somehow, this season has been one of their best ever, and they are now even contenders. So, in light of the suffering of our brothers and sisters in the Crescent City, it would be a Great Thing if this was finally the Saints' year to shine. Playoff game is tonight against the Philadelphia Eagles, 8pm EST/7pm CST, on Fox. Maybe I'll even watch.