With five days remaining until Super Bowl XLIV, the Who Dat nation is getting restless. Now that Commissioner Roger Goodell seems to have backed down from his ‘We own Who Dat’ stance, the only one opponent for Saints fans to worry about are the Indanapolis Colts.
“I’m usually a big Manning fan,” said Beth Baker of Church Point. “I like both Peyton and Eli, but don’t get me wrong. Anyone who is playing the Saints, especially in a game like this, is my enemy.”
Many articles have come out in the past few days which have discussed the Manning connection to the city of New Orleans as well as his father’s obvious relationship with the team. Not all fans, however, are fans of the Mannings like Ms. Baker is.
“I haven’t cared much for him since he was in college,” said Martin Dugas of Lafayette. “He didn’t go to LSU and neither did his brother. The only person in that family who has ever done anything for this state is his father (Archie) and he ain’t playing anymore.”
During the Pro Bowl Sunday night, both Drew Brees and Peyton Manning were interviewed at halftime and both emphasized that whichever team made the least amount of mistakes would probably win. Both also showed a great deal of respect for each other and their respective opponent as is evident by the lack of trash talking that, unlike previous years, we’ve seen leading up to this year’s game.
“We need to be focused and prepared,” said Brees during the broadcast. “Peyton’s obviously a good enough quarterback to take advantage of any mistakes we might make.”
Manning returned the compliment.
“We know we’re going to need to score anytime we get the chance,” he said. “With Drew at the helm, these guys can score from anywhere on the field. I look forward to an exciting game.”
Across Louisiana people have been looking forward to this game with an intensity never seen before in this state. Probably because they have never experienced it before.
“I never really followed professional football before but I noticed sometime during the season that people were really getting excited about these guys,” said Cora Olivier of Cecilia. “It’s not as though people in south Louisiana have ever needed a reason to party but this looks like something I haven’t seen before . . . and I want in!”