The undefeated Saints lift spirits in New Orleans
They ain’t the Ain’ts anymore. And ain’t that grand for New Orleans.
Football’s once-hapless New Orleans
“The whole city is floating right now. We’re all on a cloud. Cloud nine,” said 68-year-old Lynn Compter, standing next to his mustard-yellow 1939 Chevrolet, which was decked out in fleurs de lis with the
Football is a passion that goes beyond words in Louisiana, where Y.A. Tittle, Billy Cannon, Eddie Robinson and the Manning family are legends. But
With their come-from-behind wins and gritty play, the
“This team doesn’t give up, even when they’re behind. This team has been in every game,” said Lamar Callaway, a 69-year-old retired bridge inspector who lives in Lakeview, a New Orleans neighborhood badly flooded by Katrina. Plus, he said, the
Since Katrina, the
This season, the team has taken it to a whole new level.
Everywhere, people are high-fiving and chanting, “Who dat say dey gonna beat dem
“I’ve collected every sports page with their win on it this year. I’m keeping them all. I’ve got my
Even Mardi Gras is making way. One parade was canceled because it was set to roll on Feb. 7, the day the Super Bowl will be played in Miami. Another parade will be moved to the following Tuesday if the
When Katrina struck in August 2005, about 80 percent of the city flooded. The population is still only 350,000, compared with the pre-storm level of 454,000, and some neighborhoods are still in ruins.
“We expect corruption, we expect mediocrity, we expect potholes,” said Sidney Arroyo, a local political consultant. “The
The No. 1 bliss maker is No. 9
He is himself a symbol of renewal. Brees got a second chance after suffering a serious injury while playing for the San Diego
He said he believes it was more than coincidence that he ended up in New Orleans.
“Everything happens for a reason, you know? Seriously. It’s a calling,” Brees said.
“If Jesus was on one side of the street and
In suburban Metairie, where the
“We’re past being, ‘Poor us,”‘ she said. “We’re now the strong city and the strong team.”
Associated Press writers Brett Martel and Stacey Plaisance contributed to this report.