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TheOak 09-13-2012 12:20 PM

Being a Saints Fan
 
If your over 25 and a New Orleans Saints fan you fall into one of two main categories in my opinion. You were born that way and know what it is like to be a fanatic of a team that brings nothing but heartache, but stuck through until the glory days; or you are someone who was a fan of another team through their glory days and became a New Orleans Saints fan when the team started having their... (no judgement, it is what it is) and there is still a % of people who do not fall into either category for what ever their reasons are... Those are however the two main.

Regardless of win or loss we should all endeavor to support our team, and try to keep in mind the true competitive nature of the NFL Football player. I do not doubt at all that there is no collective group of people or individuals that wants to win more on game day than our Saints.

It would benefit the Saints nation if we all step back and try to not become "New Yorkerish" and throw a parade after every victory yet put the team in the stockade after a loss. These players did not suit up and take the field with the intent to lose, get intercepted, burnt, manhandled, or fumble the ball. As painful to a fan as all of that is to watch, that was not the players intent. They are human just like we are, EVERYONE has a bad day at work periodically.

As a Saints fanatic if I were written about in the annuals of fandom I would want to be known as a fan that always supported my team through victory and defeat.... We should lose with class, and win with modesty.

Benson trying to move the team aside.... That team has stuck by its fans (all of us) and city through thick and thin. Lets remember that before we start hating for a bad play, week, season.

Even Shanle. I love to beat up on him when I can, but I would still buy that slow non tackling motherfkr a beer if I ever ran into him.

Papa Voodoo 09-13-2012 12:26 PM

Re: Being a Saints Fan
 
I can accept losing if we play solid. Sunday we were outcoached and the players didn't stick to fundementals. They showed heart and fought back so I applaud them for that, but they need to maintain discipline. They do that and we lose...so be it.

Rugby Saint II 09-13-2012 12:38 PM

Re: Being a Saints Fan
 
I moved to New Orleans and became a fan in '77. I have loved them every since.

TheOak 09-13-2012 12:52 PM

Re: Being a Saints Fan
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Rugby Saint II (Post 438103)
I moved to New Orleans and became a fan in '77. I have loved them every since.

Then you were born a member of the "Who Dat" and just had yet to realize it :-)

Beastmode 09-13-2012 01:22 PM

Re: Being a Saints Fan
 
I grew up in Baton Rouge in the early 80's where you were lucky to even find a true Saints fan. There were some, but they were few and far between which was odd considering LSU was average at best during that time but they bleed purple and gold no matter what.

There were a couple of decent seasons but nothing special. Even when they made the playoffs the losses were completely devasting because they would just unravel when it looked like it was going to happen. It was beyond heartbreaking.

Now when they lose it's not nearly as bad because often, they are still in the game! Right until the end they still have a shot. Unless you know what it's like for it to be the 3rd quarter with no hope for countless seasons you can't understand the beauty of just having a shot to take victory from the jaws of defeat in the waining seconds which they have done numerous times since Brees. The losses still hurt but you can say, you know what, a play or two and we had it. I guess my point is the era of feeling sheer embarrassment Monday after Monday has not been present for quite some time. I never want to go back to that feeling. Those were some very dark days.

TheOak 09-13-2012 01:40 PM

Re: Being a Saints Fan
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Beastmode (Post 438118)
I grew up in Baton Rouge in the early 80's where you were lucky to even find a true Saints fan. There were some, but they were few and far between which was odd considering LSU was average at best during that time but they bleed purple and gold no matter what.

There were a couple of decent seasons but nothing special. Even when they made the playoffs the losses were completely devasting because they would just unravel when it looked like it was going to happen. It was beyond heartbreaking.

Now when they lose it's not nearly as bad because often, they are still in the game! Right until the end they still have a shot. Unless you know what it's like for it to be the 3rd quarter with no hope for countless seasons you can't understand the beauty of just having a shot to take victory from the jaws of defeat in the waining seconds which they have done numerous times since Brees. The losses still hurt but you can say, you know what, a play or two and we had it. I guess my point is the era of feeling sheer embarrassment Monday after Monday has not been present for quite some time. I never want to go back to that feeling. Those were some very dark days.

The era of Black has passed us brother... We now live in the era of Gold!

TheOak 09-13-2012 01:43 PM

Re: Being a Saints Fan
 
I was pretty much born this way in 1970... My father was a die hard Saints fan and if the house caught fire on Sunday at 1pm it just a soon burn down around him.

I love winning, and losing is an unhappy place for me... However I watch them because I love to watch them play. For me it is sort of like watching a child play sports... Win or lose.. that's my team out there.

dizzle88 09-13-2012 01:51 PM

Re: Being a Saints Fan
 
Whilst i Live in the UK and haven't been to the states yet, I still consider myself a saints fan til death

My first post on this site was met with replys welcoming me to the nation and saying quote "I have contracted the black and gold bug"

I felt a tremendous amount of family on this site, every member I am proud to say I would buy beers for when i come to New Orleans (I haven't got that much money though lol)

I played soccer since birth but got bored with it, when I started playing what we English call "American football" I felt this to be the perfect sport for me, and in 2007 I watched my first saints game and was immediately hooked to the team (even though we weren't that good lol)
Now I haven't missed a game since 2007, ive watched a saints game that finished at 5am and gone to work an hour later, when people ask why don't you just record it and watch it when your home, my reply is;
Man, you just don't understand...

Whilst I can't say I've been a saints fan since the real bad days because I'm only 21, id still like to say this team is now a part of me forever and will support our team until the very end

No matter how the teams doing I'll still be sat by my TV, cheering from across the pond and very soon will be getting my very own ticket to the game

Bleeding black and gold forever

xan 09-13-2012 02:44 PM

Re: Being a Saints Fan
 
I will not tolerate being castigated for having standards.

We had them when the Saints sucked. We had them when the Saints were bad. We had them when the Saints were "euhnn."

Now that the team has had success - knows how to be a winner - I will jump on any sorry-ass player who does not uphold his commitment to playing up to his potential. That includes using his brain.

ok, rant over. Go Saints Go!

TheOak 09-13-2012 02:58 PM

Re: Being a Saints Fan
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dizzle88 (Post 438122)
Whilst i Live in the UK and haven't been to the states yet, I still consider myself a saints fan til death

My first post on this site was met with replys welcoming me to the nation and saying quote "I have contracted the black and gold bug"

I felt a tremendous amount of family on this site, every member I am proud to say I would buy beers for when i come to New Orleans (I haven't got that much money though lol)

I played soccer since birth but got bored with it, when I started playing what we English call "American football" I felt this to be the perfect sport for me, and in 2007 I watched my first saints game and was immediately hooked to the team (even though we weren't that good lol)
Now I haven't missed a game since 2007, ive watched a saints game that finished at 5am and gone to work an hour later, when people ask why don't you just record it and watch it when your home, my reply is;
Man, you just don't understand...

Whilst I can't say I've been a saints fan since the real bad days because I'm only 21, id still like to say this team is now a part of me forever and will support our team until the very end

No matter how the teams doing I'll still be sat by my TV, cheering from across the pond and very soon will be getting my very own ticket to the game

Bleeding black and gold forever

I watch it live and record it for later consumption.... Too much emotion in the live game for me to analyze who did what that doesn't have the ball in hand. :-)


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