As more than 106 million people saw Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl 44 last night, they not only became NFL champions but they were able to place one last band-aid on the city of New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana.
As the city still recovers from Hurricane Katrina, and families of the estimated 1,836 people who lost their lives are still on the mend, sports and the New Orleans Saints were able to take their minds off things for a couple of hours.
The 2005 hurricane was the deadliest in the U.S. since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane. It flooded 80% of New Orleans. Destroying several places of business and enabling massive looting in attempt to survive.
Sports showed once again, that it isn’t just a game. It can help save a city, or help build a new one (i.e, expansion franchises) by simply having something for them to cheer.
Bourbon Street Looked electric last night.
The Saints didn’t quit last night, coming from behind 10 points, the largest Super Bowl deficit. In dramatic fashion, the Saints made NOLA residents feel like there was no hurricane for one night.
Brees is the face of New Orleans.
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