This Sunday I will not be watching Super Bowl LIII.
And it's not because I'm bitter, or because I'm a sore loser.
I'm not watching the game this year because I honestly believe a non-call, seen and ignored by multiple referees, cost the Saints their win for the NFC Championship and their second chance at the Super Bowl.
For those calling Saint's fans sore losers, forget about the fact that there are rules in place for such situations to be remedied (which were also ignored) and understand that for Saint's fans, this is more than just a game.
Hurricane Katrina nearly killed our city. The lack of preparation led to devastating loss of life, infrastructure, and spirit. Ask anyone what lifted our city up and gave every New Orleanian hope for a better tomorrow, we will tell you Super Bowl XLIV. It wasn't just a game; it was an odyssey, a telling. Our city and our team were building the same story. We could and would win. We could and would rebuild. That win meant more than just a trophy and title. It meant our city and home was going to make it. New Orleans would come back better than before, because we loved it so.
Drew Brees posted to Instagram today his first real response to the loss on January 20. His words spoke so true to every fan and every resident of NOLA. There were no words in anger, because...it's Drew. Just an understanding of our mutual feelings of loss and frustration. An understanding of how we saved each other in our weakest moment roughly 13 years ago. An understanding that this is not just a game for us, it's a real-life fucking metaphor for our home.
So on Sunday, I won't be watching Super Bowl LIII. Instead, I'll be watching something that led a city to cry tears of catharsis. I'll be watching my boys in Super Bowl XLIV lift their city up one more time.
"This will make us stronger, this will bond us tighter, this will be a source for our success in the future.
There is no place like New Orleans. There is no community like ours. No fans like the Who Dat Nation. I refuse to let this hold us down. I refuse to let this create any negativity or resentment. I embrace the challenge.
So keep your chin up, hold your head high, puff your chest out because WE are the Who Dat Nation and WE will always persevere." -Drew Brees.
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