People Get Ready

[ make levees, not war ]

Archive for the ‘The Saints’ Category

Krewe du Vieux 2007

Posted by schroeder915 on February 4, 2007

pgr4943.jpg

It’s the first parade of the Carnival season, as well as the most profane, roasting any public official reviled by New Orleans residents. More photos.

The parade was moving way too fast to get clear photos, or to even read some of the political roasts on floats and costumes. Last year’s parade was possibly the best Krewe du Vieux ever. I hollered at Ashley, but he was moving too fast as well. I didn’t get a glimpse of any other nefarious characters.

I apologize for falling behind on posts. There’s just a lot going on lately, including a project to completely migrate PGR off of WordPress.com to my own host.

My hope today: that Payton Manning and the Colts do to Chicago fans what Chicago fans did to New Orleans fans — finish what the Great Chicago Fire started (compare how New Orleanians treat visiting fans here).

Related: Community Gumbo podcast — Saints pride displayed in Lakeview.

Advertisements

Posted in Carnival, Dollar Bill, Kathleen Blanco, Katrina Dissidents, Krewe du Vieux, New Orleans, Political Corruption, Recall Nagin, The Saints, Worst Mayor Ever, Worst President Ever | 19 Comments »

From the town that put fun in the word funeral

Posted by schroeder915 on January 23, 2007

Wright Thompson gets it:

As people waited, the craziest thing happened. What started as a funeral turned into a celebration — a celebration not just of a team, but of themselves. The beers they raised were toasts to their own resiliency. Fans screamed. They chanted. They sang that U2 song “The Saints are Coming.”

HT: Jeff, Library Chronicles.

Posted in Katrina Dissidents, New Orleans, The Saints, Worst Mayor Ever, Worst President Ever | Comments Off on From the town that put fun in the word funeral

This one hurts

Posted by schroeder915 on January 22, 2007

pgr4866_400p.jpg

I was expecting a different outcome when I traveled out to Lakeview to see how residents there were watching the Saints game. I wanted to celebrate the incredible displays of neighborhood solidarity out there, as people assembled in trailers, in gutted homes, in churches and in tents, to watch the Saints game. They demonstrated that a neighborhood is more than just a collection of buildings; it’s a team bound together by relationships and common goals.

I was so sure the Saints would win, and so was everyone else. It just seemed like the stars had aligned for the Saints, that the curse of the dome had been lifted, that our wandering in the desert in search of the promised land had ended, that the gris-gris was kicking in, and that the magic would somehow rub off on us as we struggle to rebuild our lives, our homes, and our neighborhoods.

Alas, the Saints were stopped. Lakeview residents were visibly shocked and dismayed. The blow of defeat hit them hard. They really needed a victory. One woman driving away from a party gestured to me through the driver’s side window — she swept fingers down her cheeks like tears. From the players’ post-game comments I heard, the Saints were playing for a New Orleans’ recovery victory as much as we were cheering for a Saints Super Bowl victory.

Sean Payton said he recognized those expectations — he said he recognized the team spirit attitude of Saints and New Orleanians — which made the sting of defeat for fans and players that much worse.

“The hurt we have now will go away,” coach Sean Payton said. “But there are a lot of people back home, who were a big part of this season, who experienced a greater pain that won’t go away.”

Well, let me try to take the pressure off of the Saints.

New Orleanians have suffered defeats before. Forty years supporting a losing team didn’t stop fans from keeping the faith. Saints fans have always been among the most loyal and supportive of their team despite decades of losing. This year, the Saints finally proved that they can fight back from a near-death experience — maybe because they were near death. They played with the spirit of New Orleans pulsing through their veins, the funky rhythm of her culture setting the beat, and the bonds of community strengthening their play. The teams that could have done this throughout history are few to none. New Orleans inspires — it inspired the imaginations of the Saints to within one game of the Super Bowl. Just four teams were left standing at the end of the season — one of them was the Saints.

I salute the Saints for playing an extraordinarily successful season, for committing themselves to New Orleans, for being the vehicle of our hopes and prayers, and for keeping us in the consciousness of the nation when there is so much more to do.

God knows, New Orleanians aren’t strangers to adversity. I met a couple living just a football field’s length from the new sheetpiling at the breach in the 17th Street Canal levee wall. They know that their decision to be the first ones on their block to rebuild isn’t a rational proposition, but they felt that’s what they needed to do. They’re making a stand. They are model Americans. They possess the finest of the American pioneering spirit, forging a course of action in a hostile environment — not so much the natural environment, because that can be restored and improved — but a hostile policy environment, or should a I say a hostile anti-policy environment.

One of the scenes that strikes me anytime I travel out to Lakeview are all of the American flags. Even though their houses are completely gutted and abandoned, owners still leave American flags mounted in front of their homes. Some of the flags aren’t very well maintained, which I also find interesting. I know the flags aren’t intentionally neglected, but if citizens are having a hard time getting back into their homes because the federal government has yet to adequately live up to its responsibility, then the symbols of that power will inevitably fall into disrepair. It seems such a poignant sign of our times.

Before the Saints started winning, there seemed to be an unofficial war against New Orleans, in the midst of which, quietly, volunteers from around the country came here to help their fellow Americans get back on their feet again. The Saints played for those volunteers as well. Jarvis DeBerry:

When the hurricane struck, folks stranded here begged and screamed for the government to recognize them as Americans, to respond to the emergency with the appropriate urgency. Didn’t happen. Now, word is, we’re America’s Team.

More and more, we’re fighting as a team, staging the first phase of a nationwide revolt against the status quo. It’s becoming clearer to people around the country that as New Orleans goes, so goes the rest of the nation.

Just as Sean Payton groomed the Saints organization to eliminate prima donna players who put themselves before team, New Orleanians are organizing themselves with the support of fellow Americans around the country to eliminate prima donna partisans who put themselves and their friends ahead of citizens and country, and we’ve begun to operate as a team.

Sure, the Saints lost the NFC championship, but by playing as a team, they helped to win back New Orleans — an achievement far more worthy of our gratitude.

One of the things we saw the Saints do this year, for the first time in a long time, was to fight back in the second half, even when they were losing. It’s just half time in New Orleans. The Saints have another season to look forward to, and New Orleans still has a second half to look forward to.

More photos from my visit to Lakeview.

Related:

Ray in New Orleans — A message to the Who Dat nation

Ashley Morris — puke

Adrastos — bummer man

Posted in New Orleans, The Saints | 5 Comments »

Laissez le Saints rouler

Posted by schroeder915 on January 19, 2007

If the Saints win the Superbowl it’s like Katrina never happened, said Stephen Colbert … and monkey boy gets a pass for his pathetic response over the last year and a half?

Nyaaaah. One thing’s for sure, Bush will have to mention New Orleans for the first time since … since … uh … anyone remember?

colbertsaints.jpg

Library Chronicles’ Jeff tipped me off that Stephen Colbert’s rooting for the Saints over Chicago in the NFC championship game, and why not? The Saints are America’s team (HT: TM, for the link to vote in the poll). Who dat nation is everywhere. This is our year.

saintspoll.jpg

With Sean Payton, Drew Brees, Joe Horn, Reggie Bush, John Carney, Marques Colston, Deuce McAlister, Scott Fujita, and more, plus a little Marie Laveau gris-gris, the Saints are unstoppable:

Gris-Gris is sometimes referred to as the iron fist of Voodoo due to its hammer-like quality of relentless pounding until the spell takes effect. Once a Gris-Gris spell is cast, the momentum slowly builds until it becomes an unstoppable force.

Hey, nothing will please me more than to see da Bears frozen out of the game. As a once-upon-a-time cheesehead and Packers fan, the rivalry never dies.

I can’t wait to see Loki dressed up as a Saintsation (HT: Lisa, The Garden of Irks and Delights).

saintsationloki.jpg

Er … well, maybe I can wait after all.

(By the way, the least I can do for Saintsation Kirsten is to note that as a diabetes patient, she’d like to help Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation find a cure for diabetes.)

Posted in Katrina Dissidents, New Orleans, Sean Payton, The Saints, Worst President Ever | 11 Comments »

Do not attempt to adjust your television set

Posted by schroeder915 on January 13, 2007

Sean Payton: “The curse of the dome is lifted.”

Just one game away from the Superbowl — New Orleans is coming back!

faith_sm.jpg

If only it were as easy as getting to the Superbowl 😉

Maybe if we had Sean Payton as our mayor instead of no C Ray Nagin. Just when we need a mayor to carry us to the recovery Superbowl, we get a guy who’d rather sit it out.

Posted in Katrina Dissidents, New Orleans, The Saints | Comments Off on Do not attempt to adjust your television set

Sean Payton for mayor

Posted by schroeder915 on November 1, 2006

17nw_payton6_2755474.jpg

We get hit, we learn, we adjust our game plan, and we move on to win the next one. WWL sports announcing legend Jim Henderson said, “You see new stuff, something different, from Sean Payton every weekend” (HT: Library Chronicles).

Can anyone imagine seeing “our mayor” Ray Nagin champion the fight for New Orleans once a week, let alone in a once-a-day status report?

Payton, on Sunday’s defeat to the Ravens:

“I think the first message is the formula,” Payton said. “A game like yesterday just really reiterates everything we’ve talked about leading up to this season. They see it, and they know it. They’re not going to need any special pep talk today by the head coach.

“They’re going to want us to help them get better today. They’re going to want us to give them criticism that’s fair, based on what we’ve seen. And here’s how we think we can improve this. Here’s how we think we can change this and move on. Again, I think it’s important we’re moving on to the next game.”

Of course, you have to start with a game plan, something “our mayor” has thus far failed to deliver. Anyone seen those project worksheets?

Meanwhile, why is it that every time Tom Benson starts talking about moving the Saints out of New Orleans, they start losing?

With a 242 to 354 record over 40 years, New Orleanians have to be among the most loyal fans anywhere. Tom Benson is lucky the fans haven’t left the Saints!

tp_front_061031_sm01.jpg

Posted in New Orleans, Ray Nagin, Sean Payton, The Saints | 3 Comments »