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.