It was the muralist. Allow me to explain. When my hometown Buffalo Bills hit financial dire straits and it became obvious they will be headed out before too long, the New Orleans Saints immediately popped into my football radar as a potential replacement. The recent success the Saints had been enjoying at the time with Sean Payton and Drew Brees certainly helped, but it wasn't the instigator. What caught my attention about the Saints and made them stand out was something … more
I've always been a New Orleans Saints fan. When I was a young kid, the names of Dalton Hilliard and Reuben Mayes passed over my lips dozens of times. I pretended to be Bobby Hebert and Morten Andersen in my backyard on countless occasions as well. I wanted to be a part of the Dome Patrol with Pat Swilling. I also wanted to run roughshod over defenders like Craig "Ironhead" Heyward. As the years went by, a few other teams … more
The New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints play in the South Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL).
The Saints were founded in 1967 as an expansion team and played their home games at Tulane Stadium through the 1974 season. They went more than a decade before they managed to finish a season with a .500 record, two decades before having a winning season, and over four decades before reaching the Super Bowl. The team's first successful 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.
Since 1975, the Saints' home stadium has been the Louisiana Superdome. However, due to the damage Hurricane Katrina caused to the Superdome and the New Orleans area, the Saints' scheduled 2005 home opener against the New York Giants was moved to Giants Stadium. The remainder of their 2005 home games were split between the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After a $185 million renovation of the historic stadium, the team returned to the Superdome for the 2006 season. The team played its 2006 home opener in front of a sold-out crowd and national television audience on September 25, 2006, defeating the Atlanta ...