Friday, 16 October 2015 11:28
The Saintly spirits of Steve Gleason touching Michael Mauti, New Orleans and the nation
Written by 

gleasonThe NFL New Orleans vs. the Atlanta Falcons rivalry over the decade has had its share of special moments.

It started during the first years in the sixties, when the New Orleans franchise took to the Tulane University Stadium.  It grew with intensity during the last-moment-Falcon victories in the dirty-birds home.  It worsened with that Hail-Mary Atlanta win in the Superdome, sending a hopeful crowd to the sad Poydras streets.   Over the years, the two teams and their cities have fought, cursed and hated one another, with a football passion, like no other.

 Last night, in front of national TV, a spirit of the past rivalries descended onto the field and through the living rooms across the nation.

The NFL, moments prior to the kickoff, showcased a two-minute memory of the historic night that Saints’ Steve Gleason blocked the Falcon’s punter’s kick.  That one moment captured in front of a nation TV audience, will go down into the city’s history as a living testimony in time.  It represents the rebirth of the very fragile post-Katrina city, desperately thirty for hope, after its football heroes were prevented playing at home and after the team’s owner was convinced to return it to its roots. 

Fast-forward nine years.  The son of a New Orleans-great Saint, Rick Mauti, ripped across the Falcons’ front line and blocked a punt for a touchdown;  Again, on prime-time national television.  That one play helped break through the cloud of desperation of losses the once-proud Super Bowl champion has experienced the past-year-and-one-half.    If anything, it helped a wounded city realize it could believe once-again.

With quickness and brute strength, Michael Mauti, was able to pay tribute to the former Saint, who now suffers from ALS.  The horrific disease, has robbed Gleason’s body but has graced him with a mind and heart, still living with gut determination of purpose.  Although unable to speak, the TV cameras showed his a smile beaming across his face lighting up the stadium and the hearts of the nation.   At that one moment, the awesome spirit of Gleason touched that of Mauti, creating a special bond, for the ages.

The Saintly spirits of Steve Gleason touching Steve Mauti, New Orleans and the nation

Please watch the short video 

Login to post comments
Powered By JFBConnect
  • Cat Fights on the Hot Cement Confederate New Orleans statues
  • Ex-Saints, Bears, Bills, NFL Exec, Jim W. Miller discusses NFL Draft tomorrow
  • Trump's new plan; Curtains on tax returns release; 40% say Trump-Russia; Probing Obama admin
  • Watch Louisiana Governor Edwards talk about CAT Tax failure

catRarely, have I seen few issues that have generated as much raw heat, tension, and passion than the Confederate monuments controversy. 

Just as existed during the real civil war, where brothers battled brothers, social media is the battleground, particularly Facebook, pitting friend against friend.

On one side of the tense divide, there are those who are protecting the New Orleans civil war era monuments.  Burnt in effigy, forever, is the symbol of Mayor Mitch Landrieu for up-ending what the monument protectors consider to be the loving civil society of New Orleans.

Lately, events have turned somewhat militaristic.

Some protectors of the Confederate monuments have been staying vigilant, in person and online, even surveilling during the wee hours of the morning, waiting for the next Mayor Landrieu attack. On Sunday morning, with protections of snipers, masked workers and a dumbstruck audience, the worst of all of the monuments was cut and carried., the Liberty Monument. 

Read More

miller nfl live2 5It’s D-Day or Draft Day tomorrow in the NFL.

More specifically, Thursday represents the first day of the NFL draft 2017.

Read More


trump curtainsThe major President Trump news of the day focuses upon taxes, not only the tax cuts he is proposing but his own taxes, which he obviously, refuses to unveil.


Read More

edwards play money 1

At a press conference today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the CAT Tax did not pass the House Ways and Means Committee.  The Governor, in addressing the media said that "the fate of that bill was decided long before we unveiled it".

Read More


Sen. Appel talks budget, economy


Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1