Bears & Saints for the NFC title Sunday. Vegas says Bears by 3. I'm a "Johnny come lately - only watch the playoffs" football fan - so I offer no insight really - except to explain a little of what the New Orleans Saints are all about. I lived in New Orleans during the Bum Phillips /Kenny Stabler years and for a while under Jim Mora. The dome was always sold out. New Orleanians support the Saints no matter what the record is. Remember the bags on the heads? They were worn by paying fans in seats at the games. In New Orleans they celebrate the team despite the win - loss record. In the years the team was lackluster - fans celebrated their "badness." In better years, fans celebrated the "possibility" of greatness. Make no mistake, the Saints are the Chicago Cubs of pro football. The Bears have a rich tradition of greatness. The Saints have a rich tradition of ineptitude. There was even a joke - book. "The Saints couldn't even beat the Little Sisters of the Poor." (Pictured)
To Bears fans Sundays match up is a game. To Saints fans this is a dream. If it's in the cards for the Saints to lose, at least let the game be close - so these rabid - loyal South Louisiana fans can hold onto the dream as long as possible. Listen to me - their dream has been realized already, my God they're gonna party Sunday - no matter what the score.