Bobby: I wrote a letter to the editor of the Times-Picayune today regarding the Saints situation and they contacted me to tell me that they were printing it in tomorrow's paper. Just wanted to share it with everyone:
Another type of rebuilding begins in New Orleans today. Since the gut wrenching loss to the 49ers in the playoffs this past season, the only salve for my wounds has been the thought of winning the Superbowl in the Superdome in 2013. Now I’m sitting in stunned silence as our next season already feels like it’s over and the first preseason game won’t be played for 5 months. Today is indeed a sad time for Saints fans. That is the part that stings the most. The people who are the most affected by all of this are the fans. Fans who work hard and spend a ton of money to see their home team win games and eventually bring home the championship. We have done nothing to deserve this and yet the entire next season will be an experiment now.
Now that my lament has been established, let me say this about our city and our fans. We have been here before except last time we had a team that was about to leave the city. Fans were living in different parts of the country because their homes were destroyed by floods. Former Saints player and folk hero to New Orleans, Steve Gleason, was quoted recently as saying “Through adversity you tend to find the real heroes”. It’s time for this team to come together and prove to ourselves and the league that history is about to be made. Before, the desire was to get to the Superbowl in our home stadium. Now, that goal has a new hurdle. If the Saints were to achieve that without their regular head coach on our home turf, it would be the single greatest comeback story in sports’ history. Imagine overcoming all of those obstacles. Impossible? Maybe so. Don’t forget the feeling we all shared when the Saints won the Superbowl. For 44 years we all thought that would NEVER happen either.
Confucious once said “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” The Saints have fallen today. Now it’s time for Saints fans and players to pick this team up off the ground and do something grand.
Now is the time for heroes…
Bobby Hoerner, MSW