How did you become a Saints fan?
Posted 23 September 2009 - 06:00 PM
I'm a lifelong resident of Louisiana, but the story isn't that straight-forward.
Time for some bad news.
When I first started watching football, at the age of 11 (this would be in 1990), I was a ....
Yes, the likes of Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Charles Haley...etc.........along with the fact that they'd already been to 2 straight Super Bowls, made me a 49ers fan. I was a classic front-runner, you might say. But to my credit, I stayed with the 49ers even after they lost that NFC Championship game to the Giants.....all the way thru their classic battles with Dallas and Joe Montana's trade, on forward.
Time for some even worse news...
I hated the Saints during a majority of those years.
Yes, my jr. high and high school years were mostly spent rooting against the Saints. Hell, I had to. In the early 90s, the Saints were not only a division rival of the 49ers, but they were actually a legitimate threat to the 49ers's division championship hopes (especially 1991, when the Saints would win that crown). In 1992, it took a 14-2 record by the 49ers to keep the Saints off their heels ( i think the Saints went 12-4 that year?). Plus, even though I enjoy listening to him now on the "Point After", I hated Bobby Hebert as a quarterback. Pure choke artist. Even in hindsight, I'm glad I didn't root for him back then.
So anyway....after the Saints started the 1993 season 5-0, only to finish 8-8, that essentially started a downward spiral for them, where they were perennial losers for the rest of the decade. As I was finishing up high school and entering college, I found myself rooting for the Saints, almost out of sympathy. I'd still root for the 49ers, but the Saints were definitely team #2 for me. Plus since I was a little older and a little wiser, I realized the value in having an NFL team play in one's home state.
Then in 1999, things changed permanently. Steve Young's concussions essentially ended his season within the first few weeks, which basically left Jerry Rice as pretty much one of the only reasons I followed the 49ers. I can't pinpoint the exact timeframe during that season, but at some point, the Saints became my #1 team, and the 49ers became #2. When 2000 rolled around (Haslett's first year), I basically abandoned the 49ers all together, since I saw no value in rooting for a division rival, even in a secondary manner (although i always rooted for Jerry Rice, thru his stint with the Raiders all the way to retirement). Since then, I've been with them non-stop, thru all the 8-8's, the hurricanes, and everything else. To me, they are just as Louisiana as hot sauce.
That concludes my journey towards becoming a Saints fan........what's the story of how YOU became a fan of so many frustrating Sunday afternoons?
Posted 23 September 2009 - 06:03 PM
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Posted 23 September 2009 - 09:00 PM
So yeah, blame an old Sports Illustrated video from stopping me from being an Eagles fan. And blame the Dome Patrol for stopping me from becoming a Chiefs or Broncos fan (though I used to love the Broncos in Tecmo).
Posted 23 September 2009 - 09:30 PM
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Posted 24 September 2009 - 12:55 AM
everything is good and it's gonna be that way forever
Posted 24 September 2009 - 05:39 AM
Knock 'em the ---- out! -- Gregg Williams
Posted 24 September 2009 - 06:56 AM
Posted 24 September 2009 - 07:02 AM
I think it's the same reason the old man drives the 8 hours in from TX for every home game. He still pulls for the Cowboys, but, deep down, he's really a Saints fan. He just can't bring himself to admit it publicly in TX.
C'mon, you know the Wings are still your No. 1 team.
Because I'm from Detroit. LOL It was either love my new home team or admit where I was from.
Of course, they used to suck worse (well, maybe as bad) as the Saints.
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Posted 24 September 2009 - 08:12 AM
"Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril. When you are ignorant of the enemy, but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain in every battle to be in peril."-Sun Tzu, "Art of War"
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