That one call doesn’t change that it was sure an amazing season!
In our staff editorial, it is our mission to take the most debated and discussed topic in the community in a given week and give our thoughts on the situation.
Most of the time, we’re discussing local politics, state politics or the happenings in Washington DC, which given the time and current political climate, are usually pretty easy talking points to pick from.
But this week, we’re going to stray from our sweet spot and delve into the world of sports — a topic that we usually leave exclusively to Managing Editor Casey Gisclair.
But this one was so egregious that we had to take it off his plate and add it here into our weekly staff editorial.
The Saints got hosed.
There, we got it out of the way and said the words that everyone out there are thinking.
The Saints got hosed.
The non-call at the end of the game was brutally bad — among the worst calls that we’ve seen.
The overtime was a tease. The Saints won the toss, got the ball and had chances to erase all of the wrongs that were done to them in regulation.
But it wasn’t meant to be.
The Saints threw an interception, the Rams took the ball and got just close enough for the game-winning kick that punched their ticket to the Super Bowl.
By now — three days later — all of the conspiracy theories have been hashed and re-hashed on social media.
Fans have spewed their anger and have said their pieces — lashing into the officials, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the league itself and everyone else that could possibly be blamed.
It is not our place to pile on.
Officiating is a hard job. Those guys get 99 percent of the calls right and sometimes, that 1 percent that they don’t comes at a crucial time in the game.
This time, that missed call came in a crucial spot and it cost New Orleans dearly.
But instead of harping on the officials, we want to shift the tone of the conversation in a different direction.
No matter what happened in that last game of the season, we want to say that this season has been one heck of a ride and we all owe the Who Dat’s a sincere debt of gratitude for entertaining us throughout the course of the year.
This year’s New Orleans Saints team was one of the best in franchise history — a division-winning team that undoubtedly was one of the best teams in the entire NFL.
How many memorable moments did this team give us? Well, they swept the Atlanta Falcons (always a plus), secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, introduced us to Choppa Style and had the city of Atlanta shaking in its boots about the idea of the Black and Gold playing in the Super Bowl in their city.
They showcased Taysom Hill (at about 5 different positions), used Alvin Kamara like a Swiss Army Knife and made it cool for an entire defensive unit to take a family portrait after forcing a turnover.
They brought back the Joe Horn cell phone celebration, made us all cry when Drew Brees broke his passing yardage record and shared the moment with his wife and kids and ignited our passion for the beautiful, great state of Louisiana.
The Saints have enjoyed an amazing ride — one which we know will not last forever, so let’s enjoy it for what it is while it’s still here.
Drew Brees is now 40. How much longer he has left, we do not know, but wisdom would indicate that the end of his career is near.
So we want to make sure that instead of using negative energy (that won’t make the NFL change their minds anyway), we instead show our support and appreciation for the Black and Gold for one amazing ride.
To the New Orleans Saints, we thank you for an unbelievable season.
It ended a few wins shorter than we’d hoped, but heck, that’s why next year is going to be so much fun.
One missed call doesn’t change a thing for us here – we had an amazing time.
And we can’t wait to see the future ahead.