Local N.O. Saints fans craving more in 2010
By: Howell Dennis
CROWLEY - Tonight, the New Orleans Saints take the field for the first time since winning their first Super Bowl. For the first time in the history of the franchise the team will take the field in a regular season game as defending Super Bowl champions.
Needless to say Saints fans are eagerly anticipating the 2010 season.
“I hope they just pick up where they left off last season,” said Terry Bourg of Rayne. “The last seven months have been like a dream that I don’t want to end.”
Tonight’s opponent will be the Minnesota Vikings whom the Saints defeated in the NFC Championship game last January. After the beating that future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre suffered in that game, there has been talk of this being a ‘revenge match up’ for the Vikes. Saints fans, however, are hearing none of it.
“Brett Favre himself said ‘that’s football’,” said Brett Hoffpauir, an employee of Southwind Nursing Home. “They didn’t sign up for flag football it’s tackle football. The Saints played like that all season but you didn’t hear people complain until Brett Favre got hurt.”
Hoffpauir, who’s predictions on the scores in last year’s playoff games was uncannily close to accurate, also said he was looking forward to a good game.
“I predict 34-17 Saints,” he added.
Chris “Bug” Jabusch is another diehard fan from Crowley who built an outdoor kitchen near the beginning of the 2009 season. He and his friends, who are obviously very superstitious, noticed a trend as the season continued.
“The Saints won every game that we watched in the outdoor kitchen,” said Jabusch. “The first one we didn’t watch there was the Dallas game (the Saints first loss in 2009) and my friends were a little upset with me. This season if I’m not in town I’m going to leave a key outside so they can watch the game in there.”
The Vikings player that worries Jabusch isn’t Brett Favre.
“I’m worried about Adrian Peterson,” he said of the Vikings Pro Bowl running back. “The Saints may be short on linebackers and if the defensive line doesn’t stop the run we may be in a bind.”