Saints post game display no mark of a champion

The New Orleans Saints were the feel good story of 2009.  The perceived underdog regardless of personnel, recovered from the adversity of Katrina and instilled hope and joy into a city that needed it most.  They are the reigning Super Bowl Champions and are poised to make another run at it in 2010.  How quickly they seem to have forgotten.

Following Monday Night’s victory over division rival Atlanta, a few defensive players including Jonathan Vilma took liberties over the Falcons emblem on the turf posing for photo’s as if they had just returned from a deep sea fishing expedition proudly displaying their catch.

The move is quite a head-scratcher, especially from a veteran such as Vilma.  Perhaps amateur would be a better word.  The Saints are still the Super Bowl champions until someone else supersedes them.  With an 11-4 record there is no reason to think that they won’t be able to make a run at a repeat. 

As a rule, a teams’ emblem at the center of their home field should be left alone.  Players have long held the belief that this is a hallowed area for the home team.  Despite a win or loss, it’s a hallowed area considered to be as much a part of the team as a living thing would be. 

The denigration of this hallowed ground is nothing new however.  T.O. performed his desecration of the holy star in Dallas while with the 49ers.  LaDainian Tomlinson was outspoken about an incident following a Chargers loss to the New England Patriots in the playoffs whereas players from New England celebrated victory on the iconic bolt at centerfield. 

The incident only serves to give the Falcons locker room material for the playoffs.  There is plenty of chance that Atlanta could be hosting New Orleans once again in January.

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  • Robbie

    Good god you sound like a cry baby

    All they did was take pictures which they have done many times after wins

    Nobody stomped anything, Nobody spit or kicked anything, Nothing

    There was absolutely nothing offensive about their actions

    The Gov. of Penn is right. We are a bunch of pansies in this country

  • Arthur

    If it was intended to be insulting–and it sure doesn’t look like desecration to me–how do you write this column and not even mention Roddy White’s pregame tweets, which it would have been a response to? God’s sake, what is going on with you columnists that you’ve lost all sense of context?

  • http://riggosrag.com Drew Hall

    Would they be posing for pictures after a loss? The Saints are the World Champions. They are the ones on top of the mountain. Why do they act as if the Falcons are the reigning Super Bowl Champions? Start acting like you’ve been there.

  • Travis

    “The perceived underdog regardless of personnel, recovered from the adversity of Katrina and instilled hope and joy into a city that needed it most. They are the reigning Super Bowl Champions and are poised to make another run at it in 2010.”

    As a New Orleanian, I request that you and the rest of the media please separate Hurricane Katrina and the Saints Super Bowl win.

    Trust me, no one here in the metro area said, “well that makes Katrina all worth it.” The two events are mutually exclusive. If we must endure a Hurricane Katrina in order to win a super bowl, I just assume lose the team. Hopefully the team will move wherever I am moving as I’m not gonna stick around for too many more hurricane of that size.

    After we get past that issue, the rest of your post sucks too. It’s a mamby pamby rant about some guys that just won a game taking pictures on the conquered field.

  • Stephen

    Just goes to show that winning a Super Bowl does not equate to having any class…..I’m just say’n!!!!