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Dawn Knight

Dawn Knight

The author of Taliaferro: Breaking Barriers and a high school English teacher.

What's not to like?


About halfway through the season, I knew the Colts and Saints were going to the Super Bowl (although the Saints had me nervous when they went into overtime Sunday). It wasn't just that both teams were undefeated at the time, but the idea that it would be a great match up in so many ways.

Both have power offenses led by two of the finest quarterbacks, and although Drew Brees and Peyton Manning have tremendous talent, they don't have big egos. Neither takes the credit for his team's success but acknowledges the impressive players on both offense and defense who support him. Both score often and generate excitement.

It is easy to admire both teams for their football prowess, but it goes beyond football. These teams have managed to avoid, for the most part, the kind of athlete who is either too often in trouble or too eager for attention. Players for the Colts and Saints are more often in the news for generous donations of their time and money.

Neither the Saints nor the Colts are unpopular. What's not to like, really? These teams aren't the Patriots, after all. While the Colts have had a series of successful seasons including a recent Super Bowl win, the Saints have not. Just a few years ago, they played every game on the road after Hurricane Katrina decimated the city of New Orleans and struggled to win a game. The Saints are simply the underdogs, and everybody loves a good underdog story. I'll be cheering on the Colts, of course, but I couldn't have picked a worthier opponent.

By Dawn Knight  |  January 27, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , New Orleans Saints Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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