5 years ago, (well about 4 and a half) , this is what the Superdome in New Orleans looked like.
New Orleans was hopeful...they were looking toward the future. The Superdome still had a LOT of work to make it NFL ready for the opening game in 2006 after having to move games in 2005 due to Katrina.
Fast forward 4 years from the date Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast... fast forward to the New Orleans Saints having a GREAT year with Drew Brees at their helm as quarterback.
OK, I have to confess, I didn't really know how well they were doing. Being a woman of a certain age who is single, I don't HAVE to watch football if I don't want, so most of the time I don't follow much of the NFL season...
I did hear trickles of information that the Saints may make the Super Bowl... WOO HOO was all I could think - that city NEEDS some great news. Well, guess what????? The Saints made it to Super Bowl XLIV (ok, so what number does that make it????)
On February 6th, 2010 I boarded a cruise ship sailing out of New Orleans bound for the Eastern Caribbean. Needless to say, I was surrounded by New Orleans Saints fans... Black and Gold was EVERYWHERE... Mardi Gras beads in black and gold with little football beads were being handed out to strangers by the boisterous Saint loving cruisers.
On February 7th the entire cruise ship geared up for the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts. And what a game those two teams treated every Saints or Colts fan to.
I will tell you, I have never been to a Super Bowl and probably never will, but the energy , the excitement and the vibrations going on in that crowd on a Carnival Cruise ship that cold February evening were as close to being there that I will ever feel. Those Saints fans NEVER doubted their team could win, just like they never doubted they would rise out of the rubble of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.