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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Some losses are so bad that when you get home, your dog kicks you. The New Orleans Saints only played once this weekend, but somehow, they lost four times. They keep losing. They will wake up tomorrow and feel like ...

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Old 01-17-2012, 06:55 PM   #1
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Loss to 49ers feels like being continually punched in the gut

Some losses are so bad that when you get home, your dog kicks you.

The New Orleans Saints only played once this weekend, but somehow, they lost four times. They keep losing. They will wake up tomorrow and feel like they lost again. Players lose, fans lose, gamblers lose, bar owners in the French Quarter lose ... well, OK, I suppose bar-owners in the French Quarter always win. But everybody else loses, again and again.

Here are the Saints' four losses:

1. They fell behind San Francisco 17-0 in the second quarter. They have Drew Brees and all his toys on offense, so they had a bit of hope, but teams that fall behind 17-0 in road playoff games are generally finished. Saints fans had to feel like they had lost already.

2. After coming back to take a 24-23 fourth-quarter lead, the Saints let Alex Smith run 28 yards on a quarterback keeper with 2:11 remaining. This was an especially brutal way to lose, because Smith was a notorious bust before this season. He really should change his name, just to ease the pain of losing to Alex Smith (My suggestion: Alex World Peace). Also: 28 yards on a quarterback run around the left tackle? That play should not go for 28 yards in a video game set to "cheat" mode.

3. The Saints scored a touchdown 34 seconds later, but then they allowed Alex &(^^%((^%$** Smith to lead the 49ers all the way downfield, where he threw a 14-yard strike to Vernon Davis for the game-winning touchdown. This had to feel much worse than a normal loss, because Saints fans got their hopes up three times -- during the week before the game, when they came back from that 17-0 deficit and again when they took the lead in the final two minutes.

4. On Sunday afternoon, the top NFC seed, the Packers, got crushed by the New York Giants. This means that, if the Saints had just picked off that last 49ers pass -- if Alex &(^^%((^%$** Smith had played like the old Alex Smith -- they would have hosted the Giants in the NFC Championship Game.


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Old 01-17-2012, 07:14 PM   #2
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After 40 plus years of woulda coulda shoulda, I'm numb to the pain of losing games we should have won.
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Do you keep picking at the scab by endlessly watching ESPN and reading Sports Illustrated online?

I do...I'm not sure why...
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Old 01-17-2012, 07:23 PM   #4
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After 40 plus years of woulda coulda shoulda, I'm numb to the pain of losing games we should have won.
We have advanced from saying, "wait 'til next year" after week 10 to getting knocked out of the playoffs for 2 straight years after a SB win. I'll take it.
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I havent let it go yet. Can't, especially after the Giants win... oh fark man we would be going to the sb had we just not let that happen...hurts more
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I wish I could go into hibernation until draft day. Oh hell, their replaying the game on NFL network right now. Can someone suggest a good ledge for me to jump from?
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I havent let it go yet. Can't, especially after the Giants win... oh fark man we would be going to the sb had we just not let that happen...hurts more
did you hear Brandon Jacobs on NFL32 talking about how the Giants really did not want to play in New Orleans again?

He said it was like the black hole: you go down there and just disappear.

We'd already beaten them mentally. The game would have been just that much easier. AAARRRGHH!!!!
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I quit watching the sports talking heads last Thursday. I won't watch again till the pre-season. I just don't want to keep re-living the past. I'd rather move on and hope for a better 2012 season. Since we are hosting the Super Bowl in 2013 and no team has made it to a Super Bowl hosted by that team's city, it would be nice to have the Saints accomplish that.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:29 PM   #9
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did you hear Brandon Jacobs on NFL32 talking about how the Giants really did not want to play in New Orleans again?

He said it was like the black hole: you go down there and just disappear.

We'd already beaten them mentally. The game would have been just that much easier. AAARRRGHH!!!!

I can assure you that the Giants are feeling like their stars are aligning. They did not want to come to NO.
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Originally Posted by NOLA54 View Post
I quit watching the sports talking heads last Thursday. I won't watch again till the pre-season. I just don't want to keep re-living the past. I'd rather move on and hope for a better 2012 season. Since we are hosting the Super Bowl in 2013 and no team has made it to a Super Bowl hosted by that team's city, it would be nice to have the Saints accomplish that.
This is kinda the point I was making in an earlier post. At least we have a team now where accomplishing what you say is not such a stretch. In the past, it was just a pipe dream.
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