The great thing about professional sports is that it can galvanize a community across class, color, economic, and political lines. In this polarized age, sports are about the only thing left that can lay claim to that. I'm not going to write much about the New Orleans Saints -- make that the National Football Conference Champion New Orleans Saints -- great overtime victory against Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings yesterday. I didn't grow up rooting for them throughout 42 years of frustration, and there are other writers can express the unique satisfaction of accomplishment better than I can. Not only that, their steadfast loyalty has earned them the right to do this without out static from someone like me. So don't miss Cliff's Crib:
This morning I got on the elevator with her and she looked like she had never been to sleep. As she was yawning and trying to get herself together I couldn't help but making a comment..."You haven't been to sleep either have you?" Turns out she was down in the French Quarters last night and had to get up this morning for work. I started with this story to prove that New Orleans is home to the people who can party real hard and grind out 8 -12 hour work days afterward with no problem. That's how we roll. I have never seen people look so tired and be so happy at the same time.And while you're at, don't miss this at NOLA.com. They've compiled the over fifty songs that New Orleans musicians have written and recorded about the Saints. The Sonics had one when they went to the NBA Finals back in '95 and I'm pretty sure that even the Red Sox had only one in history-making run to the 2004 World Series. NOLA.com adds to the playlist as new music becomes available and has streamed it, so you can listen continuously. Music can bring a city together, too.
So, even if you're not a Saints fan or a sports fan, be happy for the people of a city who had this coming to them