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Old 10-22-2006, 04:46 PM   #1
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This writer "Gets" it

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Saints' fans shouldn't focus on finish line just yet

Don't do it.
The excitement level is so high after a 5-1 start that the temptation can be too much to fight off for some long-suffering New Orleans Saints' fans.

But don't do it.

Don't start thinking that if you go 5-5 the rest of the way, you finish 10-6 and in the playoffs.
Don't start telling yourself that a 4-6 finish the rest of the way gets you a winning season and possibly in the playoffs.

And don't start trying to figure out how the Saints can get a bye week in the first round of the NFC playoffs.

It's just too early to go down that road.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying to curb your enthusiasm for what Sean Payton and Company have brought to the Gulf Coast this fall.

Continue the process of bringing down all of your old ''Who Dat?'' stuff out of the dusty boxes in the attic. Keep relishing the Monday mornings after the wins.

Don't stop hollering in utter glee each time a national analyst incorrectly predicts the Saints to lose another one.

Payton wants you loud and proud. The Superdome crowd responded to his challenge in Sunday's win over Philadelphia. Keeping following Payton's lead.

He's a coach, so he lies with a straight face like all of them do. But shortly after Sunday's win, he maintained that his team still has a lot of work to do.

This time, it wasn't just coachspeak. The four-quarter game hasn't been played yet.

"We have the potential (to be a playoff team),'' Deuce McAllister said. "We can't fall into that trap of thinking that we're 5-1, so we're almost there. We have to continue to work hard and do the things we've been doing. But we definitely have the opportunity to do something special.''

If this continues, the Saints are about to enter some dangerous territory. Another win or two in the next three weeks and suddenly they'll be favorites and not underdogs.

They'll be targets, no longer chasing a dream in relative obscurity.

Opposing division coaches will be playing Payton's new offense for the second time through the order, starting Nov. 5 at Tampa Bay.

The challenges began to change at that point.

With that said, football will still be football. It'll still be about managing games correctly.

Watching Arizona self-destruct in losing to Chicago on Monday should be a vivid reminder to Saints' games of that truth. No matter how good you play, the fine line between winning and losing is managing the game at the right time.

Drew Brees has figured that out. He's under control for three quarters and then somehow out of control in a good way in the fourth.

If the Saints stay healthy and Brees doesn't get amnesia any time soon, that time to look down the road may come, but it's not now.

Enjoy the bye week and don't think about the finish line just yet.

Just enjoy the race for now.


He seems to sum up my thoughts very well.

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Old 10-22-2006, 06:17 PM   #2
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I mean i get what he's saying but, honestly I just want to enjoy the season and be as happy as possible. I think we've earned the right to be overzealous about our playoff possibilities. I really don't wanna hear any of this "calm down, lets not get too excited" talk. How often are we doing this well in the first place?

When we've played consistently well enough for a few years, then I could understand not getting overly excited about a fast start, but we don't have that luxury.

Enjoy it while it lasts, because you never know when this may be taken away from us.
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Old 10-23-2006, 06:11 AM   #3
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players mentallity need to get to the promise land.
fans will be fans and look at what ifs, we saints fans now how to do that better than any other fans in the nfl. cubs have a "goat" and we have domed ghosts. one day we will know the feeling of red sox fans when the "curse of the babe " was finally broken.
till then i am a fan that dreams
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Old 10-23-2006, 08:32 AM   #4
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Right now I just want them to go out and pummel that Ravens D...and to see Hollis Thomas and Fujita knock Jamal Lewis around...and Will Smith and Charles Grant treat McNair like a tackling dummy
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:55 AM   #5
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...and Will Smith and Charles Grant treat McNair like a tackling dummy
^^^^^^^Look forward to seeing that, but be aware there are gonna be holding calls cuz I think Big Willy is hungry cuz he's been mighty quiet......but he was being held so D(h)OME FIELD ADVANTAGE!!!!
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Old 10-23-2006, 04:01 PM   #6
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Nice read i never saw that in the daily advertiser wow lol
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Old 10-23-2006, 10:47 PM   #7
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Nice read i never saw that in the daily advertiser wow lol
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Perhaps it went over my head.
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Old 10-23-2006, 10:55 PM   #8
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Good article there. Spot on.
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Old 10-24-2006, 12:39 PM   #9
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Even the sports writers are thinking this might be too good to be true. But if the Saints go out and play the way they have been playing, good things are going to happen. I like the Saints chances of making the playoffs but there is a loooonnnngggg way to go. Either way, you will find me in section 648 for every home game cheering and yelling and screaming and drinking and spitting on myself and making a fool of myself and loving every minute of it.
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Old 10-26-2006, 08:35 PM   #10
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Bobaganoosh - Where in 648 are you? Our group is rows 11-13 but my seat is row 11
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