The New Orleans Saints are almost as much a part of this city as Jackson Square and the French Quarter. Although most of us would admit to there being a touch of masochism in our relationship with the team, we would be lost without our Saints.
If you're a New Dat, (a newcomer to the Who Dat Nation) welcome. There are a few things you should know.
The Saints are the champions, having beat the Colts and New Orleans' native Payton Manning in the Superbowl in Miami to end the 2009 season. It was a dream season for Saints fans, and the celebration went on for several weeks into and past Mardi Gras. Even by New Orleans standards the party was WILD.
A Little History:
New Orleans was granted an NFL franchise on November 1, 1966. In New Orleans, the celebration of November 1 as All Saints Day has been a part of our culture since the beginning of our city's history--thus the team was named the Saints.
In 1985, the team was bought by current owner Tom Benson. It wasn't until 1987 that the team had a winning season, and in 2000 enjoyed its first post-season victory. In 2005, the team was displaced by Hurricane Katrina to San Antonio, but came roaring back to the Superdome in the memorable game of September 25, 2006, with a win over Atlanta on Monday Night Football. That year, the Saints played for the NFC championship, losing to Chicago.
Quarterback Drew Brees leads the team, Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles are two fan favorites. Sean Payton is the no-nonsense head coach.
The team is very active in the community, with an emphasis on helping children. The Brees Dream Foundation works with cancer patients. Deuce McAllister's Catch 22 Foundation contributes to under-privileged youth in the Gulf South, and Sean Payton initiated the Pay It Forward Foundation.
The 2011 Schedule
Preseason games home games start on August 12, 2011 and the regular season home games start on September 9, 2011. Get the complete 2011 Schedule and plan a weekend in New Orleans around a New Orleans Saints game.
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What Else You Should Know:
The Louisiana Superdome is home to the Saints. Season tickets are sold out, but single tickets are sometimes available. If you're not a season ticket holder, you can purchase tickets from Ticketmaster. Check out the ticket exchange website.
The Official Website. of the New Orleans Saints.