Sunday also gave football fans a legendary NFC Championship game, filled with big plays, bad plays, turnovers and eventually tears as the New Orleans Saints eliminated the Minnesota Fighting Favre's in a classic overtime thriller.
So now the Super Bowl teams are set. The question now becomes simple: who you got, Chicago?
Lining up the reasons to cheer for the New Orleans Saints could take weeks. The franchise has never been to the Super Bowl, and has a lot of players who have played for years without getting a chance at the big game.
Drew Brees, a Big Ten guy from Purdue, is one of the best people in professional sports. Shaun Payton, the Saints' head coach, is from Aurora and is an Eastern Illinois grad. Together, these two men jumped on an empty bandwagon in a devastated city and turned a laughable franchise into a winner.
The devastation, of course, was from Hurricane Katrina. My greatest fear is that the significant contributions of people like Brees and Payton become overplayed into cliches by the mainstream media, which does a great job of abusing one or two storylines for two weeks before every Super Bowl.
Ready for my best Tasteless Joke of the Week?
Who would have thought that, after Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans would be cheering for a Brees and a Bush?!?
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Why cheer against the Saints? Reggie Bush.
Where do I begin... There's the pushing-Matt-Leinart-in-to-beat-Notre-Dame thing. And the received-improper-benefits-from-alumni thing at USC. And there's the dating-Kim-Kardashian thing, too. But there's one reason Bears fans likely HATE Reggie Bush.
Why cheer for them? Peyton Manning. The guy's in more commercials than Tiger Woods is... OK, only one tasteless joke per blog. Sorry.
But seriously, Manning is one of the best quarterbacks of all-time and has a great ability to make fun of himself. All you have to do is watch some of the stuff he did on Saturday Night Live (link) to know this guy's hilarious.
There's also Colts' receiver Pierre Garcon, from Haiti who made a strong statement on Sunday by catching 11 balls for 151 yards and a touchdown, and then taking the stage with his native country's flag for a wonderful moment.
There will be lots of mixed emotions outside of Chicago this year, too. In our neighboring Indiana, West Lafayette will have to choose between hometown Boilermaker Brees and the Colts.
Meanwhile, the icon of New Orleans football before Brees was... Archie Manning, Peyton's daddy. The Mannings still live in New Orleans, so there will undoubtedly be some mixed feelings in Archie's house as well.
I'm going to let you pick a side for the big game. If you can't decide, there's always The Who, the commercials, and eating/drinking way too much.