Thursday, 05 January 2012 09:59
Of New Orleans Saints, Sinners, Lions, Tigers and Bears
Written by 

sid-saints-sinnersi’m supposed to give a damn as a profession and i don’t give a damn, not for the moment anyway.

who in their right minds in south louisiana gives a rat’s patoot who in iowa voted for which malformed malignancy of candidate for president of the corporate states of america, teabag division? after all, six out of the last nine winners of that gop caucus ultimately failed to win the white house and, in many cases, even their party’s nomination. so to hell with them for now and forever.

what’s rightfully important now in south louisiana is that, for the moment, we are the football capitol of the world.

our saints open the nfl playoffs in prime time Saturday night at the dome, followed 48 hours later by our lsu tigers facing off against bama for college football supremacy.

football is far closer to the soul of our people than any political hack’s empty platitudes. our saints and tigers bring us together in joy and happiness in ways our politicians never can or will.

we choose our saints of the superdome over the sinners of d.c., and more power to us for having our priorities straight.

we choose the saints over the lions in something of a roman coliseum-style bit of irony, and our tigers of lsu over the late bear bryant’s alabama crimson tide. i must reference bear bryant here because it completes my analogy of sinners and saints and lions and tigers and bears, oh my.

plus, fortunately for lsu fans, nick saban is not now, nor will he ever be, bear bryant. saban’s more like the political carpetbagger always looking to upgrade his own profile instead of growing roots and knowing what a home really is. above all, saban loves saban.

in new orleans we choose to share our passion and joy of life in many ways: through our food, our music, our celebrations and culture, and through acknowledging excellence on a football field, where our friends and foes are far more clearly defined than in the halls of congress or the state capitol.

why shouldn’t we rejoice in occasions like these and ignore the comparatively trivial exploits of a pack of political losers in bad suits now on their way to new hampshire, geographically 18 states away and psychologically light years away from us?

by the way, looking ahead to Saturday night’s tv schedule, while our beloved saints take on the detroit lions at the superdome in prime time on nbc for the world to see, abc will be featuring as counterprogramming….a republican presidential debate in new hampshire!

saints football versus a teabagger sleaze and slumber party. america gets to vote with their tv remotes Saturday night, and i’d bet heavy on the saints, but i don’t think i’ll find any suckers willing to bet on the teabaggers, not even in new hampshire.

Those tv ratings are the kind of political poll i’ll look forward to reading about on Sunday. i have a feeling that the nation will affirm rightfully what’s important, interesting, fun and compelling in life, and the politicians can be left to squabble over what’s left. the saints are gonna defeat both the teabaggers and the lions.

kickoff is at 7 pm. you know where i’ll be: getting crunk and occupying the dome. the rest of the world can wait a while longer. who dat.

-sid arroyo

Sidney Arroyo

Sidney Arroyo is a progressive political activist and consultant who has worked on numerous campaigns in the New Orleans area.

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