A year to forget for LSU, Saints
This was not the football seasons that LSU and Saints fans were hoping for or expecting.
Just one short year away from winning the BCS championship, Tiger fans were planning for a trip to the title game again or at least another visit to the Sugar Bowl.
But inconsistent quarterback play and a weaker than expected Tiger defense and LSU managed a 7-5 regular season with losses to Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Ole Miss and Arkansas.
LSU faced Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and stung the Yellow Jackets with a 38-3 win to give the Tiger faithful hope for the 2009 season.
I admit growing up in Florida I have not been a life-long Saints fan as I cheered for the Miami Dolphins before moving to the Bayou State.
As most Saints fans painfully remember, New Orleans were founded in 1967 and went 16 years before they managed to finish a season with a .500 record and 21 years before having a winning season.
The best years were from 1987–1992 when the team made the playoffs four times and had winning records in the non-playoff seasons.
In the 2000 season, the Saints defeated the then defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams for the team’s first playoff win.
The Saints are one of six teams never to have played in a Super Bowl.
The Saints came close when they advanced to the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 13, 2007, after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 27-24 in the divisional round of the playoffs.
They were the first team in NFL history to reach a conference championship after losing 13 or more games the previous season.
The Saints fell 39-14 to the Bears in the NFC Championship.
Since that game, New Orleans managed to go 7-9 and 8-8 as the Saints fans were forced to “Wait ‘til Next Year” again.
The Saints have had seven 8-8 seasons in their history and 26 years with losing records.
So if you were born in 1967 and followed the Saints since their beginning, you have only been able to celebrate a winning season six times.
2009 could be the year to remember for New Orleans, or maybe it will be just SOS - the same old Saints.
LSU fans expect the Tigers to compete for the SEC West title and hopefully bigger accomplishments every year.
With the revival of Alabama football and the ever increasing tougher teams in the SEC West, repeated trips to Atlanta and the title game maybe fewer and farther between for the Tigers.
If LSU “struggles” to another 7-5 season next year, Les Miles will go from a national championship coach to hearing Tiger fans jeering “Leave, Les Leave.”
I heard a couple of LSU fans this season say they felt Les should have take the Michigan job.
I bet the Wolverine fans wish he had too.