Super Bowl - Saints vs. Colts: Who Ya Got?

 

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Sunday gave football fans an AFC Championship game that ended as expected, with Peyton Manning and his veteran Indianapolis Colts running away from the New York Jets.

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?

 

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The New Orleans Saints

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?!?

You're welcome. Remember to credit me when you repeat that. Cash baby. Cash.

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.

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In the Saints last trip to the NFC Championship Game, at Soldier Field, Bush of course broke a long run that was punctuated by him pointed at Brian Urlacher, flipping into the end zone and dancing.

Lots of reasons to cheer for the Saints, and Reggie Bush as a reason not to. You're pick.

 

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The Indianapolis Colts

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.

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Why cheer against the Colts? Peyton Manning. It hasn't been that long since they beat the Bears in the Super Bowl. Maybe I'm lazy, maybe I carry a grudge, but the picture of Manning I put on the dart board in my man cave is still on it.

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.

 

 

 

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  • Easy choice, root for the Colts. Saints fans will NEVER root for the Bears. Does this ring a bell? "Bears will finish what Katrina started"; "Your home was destroyed? Too bad you weren't in it." Throwing snowballs and beer bottles at us at the NFC champ game two years ago? Chicago has the nastiest fans in the league and actually boo their own QB's; Saints fans actually root for ATLANTA over the Bears. I can speak on behalf of the WHO DAT NATION, we don't want any support from any Bear fan. Root for the COLTS!

  • In reply to whodat1219:

    Sorry to hear you had a bad experience in the Windy City, Who Dat. I will take a moment to stick up for Chicago fans, though, and say that we might have pelted an opponents' fans with snowballs, but they drilled Santa Claus in Philly, so I think they technically hold the trophy for nastiest. I don't think any of the comments you're claiming o have heard were/are appropriate, and I'm sorry you had to go through that.

    If you're saying there's no room on the Saints' bandwagon, I'll accept it. There's a good chance, though, that the same Bears fans that cursed you said worse into their beers two weeks after that game in the direction of Peyton Manning, so there Bears fans are on the fence right now.

  • In reply to the1tab:

    I along with many other "who dats" will always hold somewhat of a bad taste in my mouth from that day in chicago when our people were so horribly mistreated by the bear fans. For 3 years now i have rooted against your team in every game that they have played and hated your city to it's core. However, I can appreciate the fact that every group has a few "bad apples" so to speak and I suppose all your fans cannot be blamed for the ignorance of these said individuals, regardless of wether or not they are the majority or minority. I would just like to say that I appreciate your willingness to apologize for the actions of your brethren and while I may never really love or root for the bears or their fanbase as a whole, I have no problem with yourself or others like you jumping on the bandwagon and joining us in our celebration. In closing I would like to thank you Tab, for showing myself and the rest of the Who Dat Nation the other side of bears fandom.

  • In reply to the1tab:

    That was a very decent reply. I was expecting the worst. I see it is unfair of me to label all of a city's fans. In fact, I should know better since I do not associate myself with LSU because they have too many mean drunks as fans. I'm sure neither the Saints nor the Colts would mind fans like you on their bandwagon. (May I add to your list of "nastiest" the Cowboy fans who came into our Dome and kicked over drinks as they came down the aisle and seemed to want to fight each Saints fan after our loss to them.)

    Additionally, regarding the article, I do not believe the contributions of Brees and Payton - nor Bush (although it pained us too at first to welcome a USC player) - can be overplayed. These talents took a chance on quite possibly the worst team (consistently) in the history of the NFL. Apart from everything they've done for the franchise, they are a tremendous part of the community. (Brees Dream Foundation, esp) They didn't just accept the challenge of the Saints franchise, they took on the weight of the entire city. They (among many other Saints players) have outstanding character. I hope these men get beyond the credit they are due.

    Updated version of who to root for - when an SEC team is in the college national championship, even if it is not my team, as much as it pains to me pull for a team like Alabama, I have to root for the SEC team. Even if it means rooting for a rival, I think fans ought to hope for the best for their own conference.

    Last, I apologize for the stereotype. We don't play the Bears in the regular season this upcoming year, but maybe we'll see you in the playoffs. I probably won't be back on this site, so here's to second chances...

  • In reply to whodat1219:

    Every city does Ugly it's own way, so no worries on the stereotypes. And as I hope you read in this blog, my hope is that the incredible things Brees, Payton & Co. have done in the community in New Orleans doesn't get played into a cliche "feel good" story at the expense of cheapening the wonderful things they've done in New Orleans. But, whenever you have ESPN and the rest of the mainstream media only able to handle two stories at once, it's impossible for a great story to not get beaten to death in two weeks. Kudos to the Saints for a great season, and hopefully the Super Bowl treats them well.

  • In reply to whodat1219:

    GO COLTS! I make no apologies to New Orleans. if the bears arent going to be there we might as well root for our sister city.

  • In reply to the1tab:

    Yesterday, I said that whoever won yesterday's Saints-Vikings game will win the Superbowl, so I guess I'm going with the Saints.
    This entry is on today's "Hot on ChicagoNow:"
    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/hot-on-chicagonow/2010/01/hot-on-chicagonow-january-25-2010.html

  • In reply to laurenstrec:

    It could actually be a pretty entertaining game. If the Saints can rattle Manning's cage like they did to Favre, they have a chance. If not... it's going to be really hard to beat Indy

  • In reply to the1tab:

    The other question is "Who really cares?" This is going to be like watching the Expos take on the Marlins. The only good thing about this game is that it is on CBS which means no Joe Buck.

  • In reply to machi39:

    Joe Buck vs. Jim Nantz... I'll call that a wash in the I'd-Rather-See-My-Dentist Category

  • excuse me, correction - that game was three years ago. The memories will hold forever. Go for the Colts, seriously.

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