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BillyCarpenter1 10-22-2003 11:30 AM


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Saints’ fans need to remain calm
Kevin Foote

October 22, 2003

Don’t do it.

I repeat, don’t do it.

In case you didn’t hear me, don’t do it.

If you haven’t actually heard the talk, you can just sense it dancing around in their heads of Saints’ fans as their eyebrows are raised.

All the die-hard New Orleans Saints’ fans still left on the bandwagon after last year’s collapse and this season’s humbling 1-4 start suddenly have a reason to smile again.

If nothing else, their faithfulness was rewarded with the 45-13 spanking of the hated Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

When the Saints got to 35 points by the half, all I could think of was the 1973 season opener when the Falcons demolished New Orleans 62-7. Payback would have been nice. Yes, I was getting greedy. Too bad Jim Haslett wasn’t.

But I was getting greedy for one game, one day, one special performance.That’s something you can enjoy for a week until the first dropped ball the following Sunday.

But the whispers I’m beginning to hear are much more dangerous, much more daring and much more ill-advised.

“If the Saints can beat Carolina Sunday, they’re right back in it,’’ they’re thinking.

Don’t do it.

“If the Saints can somehow keep their offense clicking and can win their next two games to get to 5-4 by the bye week, they’ve got a chance,’’ they’ve theorized.

Don’t do it.

I warned all Saints’ fans after the season-opening loss to Seattle to just give up the hope and try to enjoy being Saints’ fan again. Forget about playoff pictures and division races. Just enjoy rooting for your team each week.

A little success makes that tough to swallow, but it’s the best approach in today’s wacky NFL.

By the way, if you know any Chicago Cubs’ fans, pass this message along. I fear that getting so close to the World Series this season will taint them forever. No longer will being the lovable losers be good enough. They can smell it now.

Losing seasons won’t be easy to accept any longer. They’ve got hope and if Mark Prior and Kerry Wood don’t indeed turn out to be Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, that hope is going to ruin everything that’s been unique and special about the loyal Cubs’ fans.

And just as the wisdom of that advice starting making sense to some Saints’ fans, Aaron Brooks and the offense stumbled upon a day of execution like their fans haven’t seen since midseason last year.

Don’t do it. Don’t throw caution into the wind.

Forget about the fact that Carolina and Tampa Bay lost last week. Just wipe it out of your minds that they’re even in the same division as the Saints.

Just enjoy scoring the most points that a New Orleans team ever has against Atlanta. Just dwell on how much agony that franchise has caused you over the last three decades and think about how embarrassed they must have felt on Sunday.

But don’t take it any farther than that.

I know it’s tough to resist. The NFC is awful right now. I suppose the Minnesota Vikings are for real, but that’s it. No other team in the NFC would even be close to being a top six team in the AFC.

Considering the fact that the Saints already have three AFC powers in their rearview mirror and a host of mediocre NFC clubs (and one bad AFC team in Jacksonville) left on the schedule, it’s hard not to start daydreaming a bit.

But don’t do it.

Forget about the fact that the Saints’ defense is getting healthier and it doesn’t have one good offense left on the schedule.

Forget about the fact that the Redskins are falling apart at the seams, that Donovan McNabb and his injury appear determined to make Rush Limbaugh look like a genius, and that the Giants seem to love being their own worst enemies.

Forget about the fact that the world champion Buccaneers appear to be yielding to all the pressures that go along with wearing the crown.

Forget about the fact that the only quarterback left on the schedule that’s playing at a high level these days is Quincy “Staubach� Carter, of all people.

Forget about the fact that it’s beginning to look like Michael Vick won’t return for the Saints’ next game against Atlanta on Nov. 16.

Forget about the fact that the coaches finally were smart enough to play Orlando Ruff at linebacker and it appears to be making a difference.

Forget about the fact that this horrible defense has already held opponents under 20 points four times.

If you’re still reading this column, do the following: stop, take a deep breathe and ...


nocloning 10-22-2003 12:30 PM

Couldn\'t agree more. The mood swings in this forum are remarkable. Some people begin to speculate who to take with the first overall pick after going 1-4, some others are already writing Ws all over the Saints schedule after they climbed to 3-4 after two games that simply were must-wins.
As far as I\'m concerned the season is over if you only look at the play-offs. Foote\'s approach is exactly what I\'m trying to do. Take it one week at a time and let\'s see what the Saints can do against that particular team. #18 in a power ranking sounds about right to me. Don\'t set yourself up for another heartbreak.
Wins against Carolina or Tampa Bay would be upsets. The problems you all cried about after week 5 still exist. I can almost see the posts stating how frustrated they are with McCarthy for trying to make this game into Deuce vs. Davis, disregarding the strengths of this team or the return of the Brooks bashers after Aaron followed up a great game with a sub-par one (as he apparently usually does). There\'s lots of ways we can lose these games and few we can win them. Pretty much mistake-free football is what it will take. Sure, I\'ll still be watching and rooting for them to see if they can pull it off, but I don\'t get my hopes up too high.

saintfan 10-22-2003 12:34 PM

My hopes are always high. That\'s why loosing hurts to the bone. That\'s the same for a fan of any team...just personified if you\'re a Saints fan...

...then again, if you\'re scared, call the law. LOL


BillyCarpenter1 10-22-2003 12:50 PM

I understand what clone is talking about. Expecailly the \"Mood Swing\" thing. I know I\'m more optimistic than most and I also know who the pesimist are. My mood hasn\'t changed any. I\'m still opitmistic about the whole thing. If they do it great. If they don\'t -- I\'ll live.

But, when I sit down to watch the Saints play -- I always have my hopes up very high that they will win. How can you not? I don\'t see ANY team out there that the Saints can\'t beat, if they are on their game. I think if you can\'t get your hopes about your team because you are too worried about getting you heart broken, then some where along the line, you forgot this is only a game and you are missing out on the fun. The heartbreak makes the winning even that much better...

deadflatbird 10-22-2003 01:20 PM

Don\'t do it...
Don\'t write another article like that.
Don\'t do it...
What kind of bull**** is that?
Don\'t do it...
Look its my team and if I want to hope they get to the Super Bowl even if there are 0-11 then I\'ll do it.
Sorry I love my team 9-7, 10-6, 12-4, or 0-16
I am a Saints fan for life, born, breed, and raised. Win are lose I don my black and gold faithfully each week and year round. Bless you Boys... Super Bowl Januaray 2004

tweeky 10-22-2003 01:32 PM

A really crappy article.
The ultimate defeatist.
I\'m surprised that loser didn\'t give up and quit before he finished that moist pile of feces.

WhoDat 10-22-2003 01:59 PM

I think the article was a bit sarcastic guys. I don\'t think that he was truly saying the Saints are done, but instead suggesting that they have a chance, but to just enjoy the season and take it one game at a time.

I would like to remind the council at this time that I, WhoDat Delhomme (hehe, couldn\'t resist), entered a message into this board after the week five loss stating that I thought that this team could win three straight and make it back to 4-4. I believe the thread was titled, \"4-4. Believe it.\" To my knowledge, it was the first to express this sentiment, and should this happen, I would like to receive my just recognition for a) predicting the future, and b) continuing to be optimistic (yeah that right optimistic) after being labeled the world\'s biggest pessimist this preseason. That is all. Thank you.

tweeky 10-22-2003 02:31 PM


I would like to receive my just recognition for a) predicting the future, and b) continuing to be optimistic (yeah that right optimistic) after being labeled the world\'s biggest pessimist this preseason. That is all. Thank you.
We stand in shocked and stunned awe of your superior prognastication-ism and optimism-ism!

deadflatbird 10-22-2003 03:34 PM

I predict that the Saints will play another game someday.

WhoDat 10-22-2003 03:37 PM

Tweeky - spoken like a true gentlemen, scholar, and jolly good fellow. Here here!

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