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The Saints easier to like


The question posed to us is "who likes the Colts?" It seems like such an odd query to me. I'd think that everyone likes the Colts. I'd think that if Brett Favre didn't throw that interception or the Vikings didn't fumble and too-many-men-on-the-field themselves out of the Super Bowl, nearly every football fan in America would be rooting for the Colts. Peyton Manning seems affable and genuine. If you don't like that guy, it's on you, not him.

The offense has two no-name wide receiving rookies who filled in for an injured starter and turned into stars. And it features Reggie Wayne who waited patiently to become the number one receiver in Indy without so much as a peep.

Then there's the defense, featuring a somewhat underrated defensive front seven led by Dwight Freeney - a bonafide star - and guys from Alabama A&M (Robert Mathis), Temple (Raheem Brock) and a former walk-on at Rutgers who is one of their defensive captains (Gary Brackett). How is this team not likable?

But herein lies the problem -- they aren't nearly as likable as the Saints. Drew Brees seems to be, by all accounts, as good a person as he is a football player. And then there's the whole concept of 'rooting for New Orleans' whereby the color of the uniform and the players who fill them out means nothing when compared to the geography involved.

We're rooting for the Saints because it's a great story. I had a long conversation with one of my bloggy friends, LSU Freek, on my show today and we talked all about the days after Hurricane Katrina and what the city was like -- and still is like -- in the wake of such devastation. We discussed the feeling the city had this weekend when that overtime kick went through the uprights and the city partied like it hadn't in half a decade...or since 1967 if you're counting in football years.

How can you not root for that team, and that city, to win? But that doesn't have to mean you don't like the Colts.

By Dan Levy  |  January 27, 2010; 2:39 AM ET  | Category:  Dan Levy , Indianapolis Colts , New Orleans Saints Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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^^^^^^^^This. I like this approach, closely tracks my own opinion. Another shot of "Feel Good" for 'NewAwlens' 8^p

Posted by: b71655 | January 29, 2010 6:30 PM

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