How low can they go?
From the lowest of lows, to the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows.
That’s how the fans in New Orleans must feel.
First, their city is almost demolished by Hurricane Katrina. Then, the New Orleans Saints transform the Super Dome and all that is New Orleans to fun and joy and dominance by winning Super Bowl XLIV in 2009. The Saints were the story in the NFL. Their story is one of the reasons Token Sports was founded: Come from behind. Defy the odds. Joy in the face of sadness.
Now, however, the Saints are hitting rock bottom.
Of course, we all know about the bounty program that has decimated the team, resulting in a life-long suspension for former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and a season-long suspension for Saints head coach Sean Payton, among other ripples across the Saints organization.
Now, reports are surfacing (via ESPN) that New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis used an audio recording device to eavesdrop on conversations by opposing coaches. The Saints, and others close to Loomis, are crying foul, saying the allegations are completely false.
But let us, for a moment, dive into the rabbit hole of what would happen if it is true. All of a sudden, we have the team that was the darling of the NFL, rescuing itself and its city from ruin and climbing to the top of the league. Having one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in Drew Brees, and some of the best players. Then we would see what the team truly is: cheaters and thugs. And in the end, this means one thing: the Saints are like everyone else, only not as good at hiding it.
We’ve seen it in college basketball and football: scandals as far as the eye can see. Nobody at the top will ever take the blame, because they can produce winners and winners earn money and money earns players and players earn championships and championships earn more money.
And ultimately, to some people, it’s not about the smile on the face of the fan at the game, but it’s about the money in their pocket. And that makes me sick to be a sports fan sometimes.