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Steelers or Vikings likely will face Saints on opening night

We concluded our item regarding the Super Bowl parade with a reference to the season-opening Thursday night game that will be hosted by the Saints.

And so to one of eight teams will fall the unenviable task of facing the Saints in their first regular-season home game as Super Bowl champions.

For the 2010 season, the choices are:  the Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers, Rams, Seahawks, Browns, Steelers, and Vikings.

The most likely choices are, in our view, the last two — the Steelers and the Vikings

If the league wants to lure quarterback Brett Favre for another season, the better choice would be Minnesota.  Guys who can’t make up their own minds often look for external signs, and an out-of-the-gates shot at wiping the bad taste out of his mouth by wiping up the Superdome floor with the Saints probably would be viewed by Favre as a message that he should lace up his orthopedic shoes for one more season.

Over the past few years, the prime-time games to be played during Week One are unveiled in conjunction with the league meetings in late March.  So Favre will have five months or so to ponder whether returning right away to the Superdome will draw him back to the Metrodome.

Both the Steelers and Vikings games likely will be televised at some point in prime time, given that the Saints have now arrived as a major television attraction, and given that the rest of their home schedule (with the exception of the Falcons game) is roughly as intriguing as a bowl of unflavored gelatin.

What say you, PFT Planet?  Which team do you think it will be?  Which team do you want it to be?

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132 Responses to “Steelers or Vikings likely will face Saints on opening night”
  1. bearsrule says: Feb 9, 2010 10:11 AM

    Let me be the first…..it will be the greatest season opening game of all time.

  2. BigEarl504 says: Feb 9, 2010 10:11 AM

    Bring on the Minnesota Farve’s. Can’t wait to roll his ass up again.
    Who Dat!

  3. 4liberty says: Feb 9, 2010 10:11 AM

    genius, sheer genius….flo, that’s why they pay you the big bucks…you, my diminutive ambulance chaser, are the master of the obvious

  4. Tazzard says: Feb 9, 2010 10:18 AM

    Note to Jared Allen: Pay back time; hit him low, late, hard and often!

  5. jwill007 says: Feb 9, 2010 10:18 AM

    Pittsburgh….It will be nice to see their azzes get kicked right out of the gate…..LOL

  6. afiresnake says: Feb 9, 2010 10:18 AM

    Are you sure?
    Why do they face Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers at home, all from the South??? They should be playin two at home, two on the road.

  7. afiresnake says: Feb 9, 2010 10:19 AM

    Are you sure?
    Why do they face Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers at home, all from the South??? They should be playin two at home, two on the road.

  8. steventrommm says: Feb 9, 2010 10:19 AM

    how do they know that those are the home games? i thought the schedule doesent come out for another couple months

  9. DonTerrelli says: Feb 9, 2010 10:20 AM

    1 vote for the Vikings, but it will be T-Jack this time

  10. Pervy Harvin says: Feb 9, 2010 10:21 AM

    Dear God- Please let the Vikings have this game to show the world who the real champs are. I promise I will only drink 5 nights a week and give up cheap prostitutes.

  11. Emoney says: Feb 9, 2010 10:22 AM

    Vikings won’t matter next year. Without Favre, they’ll be like a fart in the wind.

  12. Action Dan says: Feb 9, 2010 10:24 AM

    HOme and away opponents have been announced for a long time. We just don’t know the dates.
    Welcome to the NFL.

  13. DisplayName says: Feb 9, 2010 10:25 AM

    Florio, wouldn’t your Thanksgiving game theory apply even more so to this game? Why would the NFL try to give us a good match up when it knows that everyone is going to be watching anyway? Plus a game against a patsy, ensures the feel good story continues for at least another 10 days.
    Bring on the Buccaneers, and drive home the story line about the Bucs being the last team to beat the Saints before they went on their incredible Super Bowl run….blah blah blah

  14. Bell63 says: Feb 9, 2010 10:25 AM

    # afiresnake says: February 9, 2010 10:19 AM
    Are you sure?
    Why do they face Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers at home, all from the South??? They should be playin two at home, two on the road.
    They face them all at home and on the road. FYI – Divisional opponents play each other twice every year.

  15. Youngone says: Feb 9, 2010 10:26 AM

    “he should lace up his orthopedic shoes for one more season.”
    hahaha Florio, you are starting to grown on me. I seriously used to hate you but the closer I get out of law school the more I dig

  16. d.b.cooper says: Feb 9, 2010 10:26 AM

    Saints-Vikings, for sure.
    The Saints can shut up those idiot Viking fans at last.

  17. MN Boise Fan says: Feb 9, 2010 10:28 AM

    The home and away template has been set since the divisions re-aligned in 2002.
    Its going to be the Vikings vs Saints in this game. Since the whole SB winner hosts the opening thursday night thing started, only once has it been an AFC-NFC battle. The others have been inter conference games. Besides that, Pittsburgh just played in this game last year – no reason to have any team play in it back to back (unless, of course, said team won back to back titles)

  18. purpleguy says: Feb 9, 2010 10:29 AM

    If the NFL doesn’t know who the Vikes’ QB will be that first week, and who knows when Lord Favre will decide, they’d probably be better served going with the Steelers. Unfortunately, the Vikes won’t get the Saints at our dome next year.

  19. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK 2.0OH! says: Feb 9, 2010 10:33 AM

    Gregg Rosenthal thinks the chances of the Saints facing either the Rams or Browns in New Orleans are awfully small.

  20. 8man says: Feb 9, 2010 10:34 AM

    Yes. He’s sure. You play each team in your division twice. One game at home and one game on the road.
    The opponents for all teams are known. There is a rotational formula they use to determine this years in advance. What we don’t know yet are the exact dates and times for those mathcups.
    I’d like to see Minnesota. But I’d be surprised if the NFL let such a marquis game be shown on a night where everyone will watch regardless of who the Saints play. Same goes for the Steelers. That game has November sweeps written all over it.
    The only remaining, and somewhat appealing opponent, is Atlanta.

  21. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Feb 9, 2010 10:34 AM

    afiresnake, are you serious??????
    The Saints are in the same division as the Falcons, Buccaneers, and Panthers…..so they play all 3 of those teams at home, and all 3 of those teams on the road…..
    I think it should be the Vikings, because it is a rematch of the NFC Championship, and because the Steelers are an AFC team, so it is a more meaningful game for each team, could decide home field advantage in the playoffs.

  22. Kryptoid says: Feb 9, 2010 10:35 AM

    Hope its the viks…..this way they can return the favor and hit Breese low and end his season…..then we can add yet another protecting the QB rule to the league…..plus 5 turnovers wont happen again and the saints would be left in the dust

  23. Jagmankane says: Feb 9, 2010 10:36 AM

    afiresnake says:
    February 9, 2010 10:19 AM
    Are you sure?
    Why do they face Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers at home, all from the South??? They should be playin two at home, two on the road.
    –Really? :headslap:
    same division… they’ll have those 3 on the road as well.

  24. u are so dumb says: Feb 9, 2010 10:37 AM

    afiresnake…..because they are in the NFC south, you play every team in your own division home and away
    steve tromm….google 2010 nfc opponents….the opponents are predetermined as soon as the season ends, the time and dates come out later

  25. Brobokil says: Feb 9, 2010 10:38 AM

    It still tells you which opponents are home or away. Let’s give it to the Vikings so there’s no denying who the better team is the rest of the season (Vikings).

  26. dietrich43 says: Feb 9, 2010 10:38 AM

    Schedule isn’t released yet, but the home/away match-ups have already been set. And, they play the Falcons, Panthers, and Buccaneers at home, and again on the road. All division matchups occur twice – once at home, once on the road – also called a ‘home and home’ match-up (since each team gets a home game).
    It’ll probably be the Vikes. NFL has generally gone with Conference match-ups for the opener, especially if it’s match-up with a recent playoff team.

  27. Notoroius B.U.G. says: Feb 9, 2010 10:38 AM

    @steventrommm: Opponents and where the game is played has already been determined. The actual dates of the games aren’t determined yet.
    I’d love a Vikings/Saints rematch – with or without #4…

  28. Milhouse says: Feb 9, 2010 10:39 AM

    Probably not a good idea to send the Vikings there Week 1. It would be a shame for New Orleans to have their Super Bowl hopes crushed so early in the season due to the karmic season-ending injury Brees will receive at the hands of a vengeful Minnesota defense.

  29. The Real Shuxion says: Feb 9, 2010 10:40 AM

    Browns…….I mean when else will you get high national ratings for the Browns?
    That is why Detroit is still playing on T-day right?

  30. Thorpie says: Feb 9, 2010 10:40 AM

    Bring on the Queens…so they can get their asses handed to them again and put all this Vikes whining to bed for good!!
    Now I really, really hope Favre stays in the game for one more year, but that will not be the case if they have to play The Saints on opening night. All of those painful memories will come flooding back. He will remember how the turf at the dome felt and how those bright lights hurt his eyes when he repeatedly was on his back, staring up at the roof.

  31. TechnoHawk says: Feb 9, 2010 10:42 AM

    # afiresnake says: February 9, 2010 10:19 AM
    Are you sure?
    Why do they face Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers at home, all from the South??? They should be playin two at home, two on the road.

    Maybe because they’re in the same division and the Saints will play the Falcons, Panthers and Buccaneers both on the road and at home. The league has already released what games each team will play and has determined the venue for each game. From this Florio knows what home games the Saints have. However, the dates aren’t yet determined so there’s no way to know who’ll the Saints will play for the season opener.

  32. jimbofungus11 says: Feb 9, 2010 10:43 AM

    Since the Saints are probably a shoe-in to win this game (seems like every year the champ prevails in the Thursday opener) – I’d rather see them face the Steelers. Who wouldnt want to see the last two champs face off in the opener in the dome??
    The Vikes-Saints game will have so much hype anyway, and would spruce up maybe a slower week toward the middle of the season.

  33. Rich says: Feb 9, 2010 10:43 AM

    @ afiresnake
    Umm because they play each team in the South twice… Once at home and once on the road…

  34. Ambrose says: Feb 9, 2010 10:46 AM

    Hey, that would be perfect (Saints vs Vikings.) The Viking fans could even use their very own local vocabulary vernacular in direct contrast to the Saints “Who Dat (gonna beat da Saints?)”
    In memory of coming up just a “favre” short of the SuperBowl, the Vikings and their fans could rally around the chant…”Why Dem (and not us guys?)”

  35. DeluxeReverb says: Feb 9, 2010 10:47 AM

    Chi@NYG on Sunday night.

  36. steelersmichele says: Feb 9, 2010 10:50 AM

    As much as I love my team playing on prime time, it wouldn’t be appropriate. We already played Thursday night last season and I think it should be a rival of the Saints. At least an NFC team…

  37. ShackDeezNutz says: Feb 9, 2010 10:51 AM

    Good take by DisplayName. I think they pass on the blockbuster match-up and keep the feel-good story going.

  38. Bob says: Feb 9, 2010 10:51 AM

    Would they waste the Steelers game so soon? I think that’s a good (and safe) one to schedule otherwise — past two SB champs. Vikes aren’t as appealing if it’s Tavaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels at QB.

    If NFL didn’t want to waste the Steelers so soon, how about Seahawks-Saints? Pete Carroll’s first game back in the NFL, could get the Los Angeles market, especially if Reggie Bush is still with the Saints.

  39. sonicjizzmopper says: Feb 9, 2010 10:51 AM

    Can’t go wrong with either team! The Steelers are intriguing because it would match up the past 2 super bowl champions. The Vikings are intriguing because they could have easily been Super Bowl champs.

  40. Pervy Harvin says: Feb 9, 2010 10:56 AM

    Thorpie says:Now I really, really hope Favre stays in the game for one more year, but that will not be the case if they have to play The Saints on opening night. All of those painful memories will come flooding back. He will remember how the turf at the dome felt and how those bright lights hurt his eyes when he repeatedly was on his back, staring up at the roof.
    ===================================
    You don’t know Favre do you?? How fitting he come back and scorch you guys again but in victory. It will happen and I can’t wait. You guys are on his hit list now like the Packers were…you should be terrified. The NFL Chumps getting exposed finally.It will crush you guys!

  41. gopher says: Feb 9, 2010 10:57 AM

    This decision will be made in April right before the release of the schedule. The Vikings will be the team if Favre comes back and if the Williams boys will be out the first four games because of Starcaps. Favre will let the Vikings know by March 5th.

  42. stan26 says: Feb 9, 2010 10:57 AM

    Schedule was published years ago. Except for the names of two teams each year which are variables, but once the season is over they are then known.
    Home and away games are known.
    Only the dates are unknown.

  43. stadanko says: Feb 9, 2010 10:59 AM

    Yeah, tell Brett he has to come get the piss beat out of him in the Superdome again. That will convince him to come back.
    By the way, Vike fans. The “real champs” were the ones actually holding the Lombardi Trophy Sunday. Let it go or it’s gonna be a long offseason for you guys.

  44. Vikes2011 says: Feb 9, 2010 11:00 AM

    I think if the vikes and saints play the first game Farve will throw for 4 td’s and we injure Brees. Vikes will kick there ass…………….

  45. Vikes2011 says: Feb 9, 2010 11:02 AM

    Saints better hope they don’t play the vikes first game because they will beat them to hell……..Vikes will kick there buts like they did in the championship game. Vikes gave the saints 5 turnovers and still needed over time to win. Saints are a joke.

  46. Adam says: Feb 9, 2010 11:05 AM

    it’ll prolly be the Falcons. They might save Steelers and Vikings for later on.

  47. SG says: Feb 9, 2010 11:07 AM

    Steelers vs Saints
    Last 2 SB winners going at it.
    We won’t know about Farve until August
    NBC won’t take the chance that T Jack could be the QB.
    Big Ben is the safe choice, unless he gets on his motorbike again.
    Unless the defense is fixed in Pitt this off season, expect the Saints to put up a lot of points.
    Points = Ratings

  48. SG says: Feb 9, 2010 11:07 AM

    Why do they face Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers at home, all from the South??? They should be playin two at home, two on the road.
    ___________________________________
    Why are on this site?

  49. bluestree says: Feb 9, 2010 11:09 AM

    In order for the Vikings to hit Brees low, hard and often, they would need to have a pass rush. That’s something they always seem to leave at home when they travel. Farve will be looking to see what the Vikings do to build an Oline that can hold their blocks. If he doesn’t think they’ve done enough for him, he’ll ask for his release, so he can rejoin Holmgren and Mangini in Cleveland.

  50. vikeman says: Feb 9, 2010 11:12 AM

    If the offensive line can keep Favre’s “pants off the ground” and AP cures his fumbling woes, it will me 1-0 for the purple.

  51. RobF2010 says: Feb 9, 2010 11:12 AM

    It will be Steelers v Saints in a matchup of the last two Super Bowl Champions.

  52. ChillyP says: Feb 9, 2010 11:16 AM

    Cool, maybe the Vikes will get some impartial Zebras who will call a fare game and not protect the NFL $$$ Storyline.

  53. betheball says: Feb 9, 2010 11:22 AM

    Saints-Vikings sounds good to me
    That will make two straight games of Favre getting bitch slapped all over the field before he throws another ill-timed interception
    No Mas, y’all

  54. EricTheClown says: Feb 9, 2010 11:23 AM

    Mark my words it will be a patsy team.
    NFL loves them pity party saints.

  55. Hodog16 says: Feb 9, 2010 11:25 AM

    Kinda ironic the last time the the kickoff game was inter-conference was the 2007 game with the Saints @ Indy.
    I just remember Jason David (who had moved from the Colts to the Saints) getting absolutely torched in that game.

  56. Yak says: Feb 9, 2010 11:28 AM

    I said it on Sunday as the clock hit 0:00, Vikes @ Saints to open the season 2010. Hell, I evn posted it on my Facebook page. It’s too predictable not to come true.

  57. Ambrose says: Feb 9, 2010 11:28 AM

    Judging by the feedback on this site, anybody that is looking for work can open an Anger Management Clinic just about anywhere in Minnesota and make a bundle. But what else is new?

  58. Vikes2011 says: Feb 9, 2010 11:31 AM

    Saints fans you guys are really cocky. I would back down if I were you guys. The vikes should do a high low on Brees and see what happens. Vikes will kick your ass. Farve will kick your ass this will be more motivation for him to come back next year.

  59. jimmySee says: Feb 9, 2010 11:32 AM

    Heck, if Brett decides to come back and opens his season playing the Saints, he can drive from Kiln right to N.O. to join the team.
    No need for any of that training camp-stuff for the 40-year old wonder boy!

  60. FootballOnly says: Feb 9, 2010 11:34 AM

    How is it that the reigning SB champ (snicker snicker) who had a cream puff schedule last year gets an even easier schedule for next year??? Roger Goodell really bent over backwards to make it up to the Aint’s for Katrina, makes ya wonder what else he promised them. Pretty much every state in the union has natural disasters and in in Orlean’s case, anyone who would live below sea level can’t be playing with a full deck……how long does the rest of the league have to compensate for katrina?

  61. Thor says: Feb 9, 2010 11:37 AM

    Falcons were the first team to play them in the Post-Katrina Superdome. Falcons also pose the biggest challenge to them in their own division.
    But, I would still love to see the Steelers come into town and show the world that they’re back and going for trophy #7.

  62. JimmySmith says: Feb 9, 2010 11:39 AM

    I pray its the Vikings, an opening season loss to the Saints would hardly stop the Viking fans complaints, it will at least muzzle them for awhile.
    It will also shorten their paper championship season from the spring to the 1st game.

  63. Pervy Harvin says: Feb 9, 2010 11:40 AM

    Florio was on KFAN 1390 in MN today and reported to Paul Allen that he got an inside tip that indicates it will be the Vikings. The anger of last season is all but forgotten now, I look forward to destroying the SB Chumps!

  64. Bucket says: Feb 9, 2010 11:41 AM

    Falcons. It’s the Thanksgiving day scenario. For the most part, everyone is going to watch, so why waste a Vikings-Saints matchup when you can pull that out in Week 12 and have everyone tuned. The Falcons with Matt Ryan vs. Drew Brees is more than enough to get people excited for football to begin again. I think the other matchups would be fun, but why not get a mediocre matchup high ratings rather than a game that would get high ratings anyways?

  65. i'm president charlie! says: Feb 9, 2010 11:42 AM

    Steelers’ games that are nationally televised always get high ratings.
    The Vikings couldn’t sell out a home playoff game without the help of Eagles fans the year before Favre came to Minny.
    But, Favre has reinvigorated the Vikings’ fanbase and continues to captivate the nation’s interest.
    Tough call.
    P.S. Browns!?! Brady Quinn vs. Drew Brees LOL!

  66. CheeseGrater says: Feb 9, 2010 11:48 AM

    Wow Saints Fans, I must’ve missed the game where you kicked the Vikings A$$, it looked more like to me that Farve and Manning, both childhood Saints fans, gave you guys a title. It worked out really well for you.

  67. purplejesus28 says: Feb 9, 2010 11:50 AM

    @Yak. We are in the same boat. It seemed obvious then and still does!
    I think the league doesn’t save this game for later. Last year was Titans at Steelers, two teams that most had figured to be at the top of the conference come seasons end. I think this game would get some pretty big, as in “all-time”, numbers for ratings on a regular season game and would be a great kickoff to the season. Just like last season, the former #1 seed loses and goes into a 6-game spiral. But to be honest, I would take an 0-16 season if it meant we had just won a Super Bowl the year before. Congrats!

  68. RayDaMayor says: Feb 9, 2010 11:53 AM

    It’s clear now……
    Pervy Harvin’s negative obsession with New Orleans can only mean one thing…..his boyfriend ass-raped him at Pete’s in the French Quarter in broad daylight.
    It’s the only explanation of his (choke-choke)deep-seeded anger.

  69. toddm6d says: Feb 9, 2010 11:54 AM

    Saints won’t have the wink wink nod nod on the season from Goodell next year.
    Sorry ‘aint’s but your feel good story has now been told. LOL.

  70. bluestree says: Feb 9, 2010 11:57 AM

    @gopher; Farve decides by March 5th? Put down the crackpipe, son. Farve has learned that not only he can skip training camp and that pesky drug testing, but he’s making a fortune being the guy who can’t make up his mind. Brett likes his money. And he won’t be back to the Vikes if they don’t do something about the O line that got his brains beat out in New Orleans. If they don’t, he’ll move on. And now that he has job security, Chilly may not want him back, after Brett made him his bitch in front of the entire football world! You’ll know if Chilly concentrates on rebuilding the secondary instead of the O line, Brett won’t be back and Chilly don’t want him.

  71. giantstags7 says: Feb 9, 2010 12:01 PM

    Make it the Vikes. Everybody talks so much about how much they hate Favre’s offseason escapades, but deep down we all know we secretly love every second of them.

  72. Youngone says: Feb 9, 2010 12:02 PM

    @afiresnake
    WTF man? WTF?

  73. ThreeIfByAir says: Feb 9, 2010 12:02 PM

    No, it’ll be the Vikes, for a reason nobody has yet mentioned: CBS will scream at the NFL until they’re hoarse if it’s the Steelers.
    Remember that the ‘opposing’ network only gets two games a season featuring a particular team. CBS’s games next season featuring the champions: one against the Steelers and one against… the Browns.
    If they lose the Steelers game to NBC because it’s the opener and all they’re left with is a Browns game, Les Moonves will bend Roger Goodell’s ears until they fall off.
    With all that said, since the tradition of the champion opening on a Thursday started in 2004, one season has indeed opened with cross-conference game. That was in 2007, and bizarrely enough it was Saints at Colts. The only game Fox got featuring the champion Colts that year was a game against the Bucs. So maybe turnabout is fair play.

  74. durno99 says: Feb 9, 2010 12:07 PM

    It amazes me how cocky Saints fans are after a GIFT win against the Vikes. When I say gift I mean turnovers-our coaching-and the fortune of some bad calls and NO CALLS! I hope MCCRAY has a career ending injury and the Vikes kick GREEN BAY SOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!

  75. Pervy Harvin says: Feb 9, 2010 12:08 PM

    RayDaMayor says:
    February 9, 2010 11:53 AM
    It’s clear now……
    Pervy Harvin’s negative obsession with New Orleans can only mean one thing…..his boyfriend ass-raped him at Pete’s in the French Quarter in broad daylight.
    ————————————————–
    Man, you Saints fans are always pitching homosexual related posts. Is that really how things roll down in the Bayou?? Freaks!

  76. vikingfansarewhiners says: Feb 9, 2010 12:12 PM

    Viking fans, it sure is a great feeling to win a super bowl, but its a feeling you losers will never know. Tonight there is a parade for the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. In Minnesota? More crying. Get over it losers. The better team won. Super Bowl record-New Orleans 1-0. Minnesota 0-4. Enjoy your offseason, losers.

  77. Contra says: Feb 9, 2010 12:13 PM

    Florio never addressed the reason why he took down his article which bashed the 2pt conversion. Why Florio? Was it because you knew you screwed up and everyone was calling you out?

  78. SpartaChris says: Feb 9, 2010 12:15 PM

    I love the classless fans hoping for an injury to Drew Bress that puts him out for the season. When it happens to one of your key guys, remember, karma can be a bitch.

  79. sven_ftw says: Feb 9, 2010 12:21 PM

    # BigEarl504 says: February 9, 2010 10:11 AM
    Bring on the Minnesota Farve’s. Can’t wait to roll his ass up again.
    Who Dat!
    ——————
    sure. they’ll just be sure to fumble a bit less when they roll over you for another 475 yards.
    hope you guys bounce back from those 29 free agents alright…

  80. ChillyP says: Feb 9, 2010 12:29 PM

    Yeah enjoy that Parade in New Orleans tonight. I for one will be laughing at all the rapes and murders that will be reported tonight in the New Orleans. Enjoy your crime rate increase tonight.

  81. TheFoo says: Feb 9, 2010 12:30 PM

    Hope Allen blows out both Brees knees.
    Remember that hit cheaters!

  82. packers4life says: Feb 9, 2010 12:30 PM

    I can see Viking fans are being delusional again. No surprise at all.

  83. TheHydraPart6 says: Feb 9, 2010 12:33 PM

    Pervy Harvin says:
    February 9, 2010 11:40 AM
    Florio was on KFAN 1390 in MN today and reported to Paul Allen that he got an inside tip that indicates it will be the Vikings. The anger of last season is all but forgotten now, I look forward to destroying the SB Chumps!
    ————
    Whiggin’ out again I see. Keep mouthing off about regular season wins. Come playoff time you all will favre it up. you always do sport.

  84. swede700 says: Feb 9, 2010 12:35 PM

    SpartaChris: Why don’t you talk about the classlessness shown by the Saints fans, referring to the “Queens” and “Losers?” It goes both ways, sir.

  85. RavensFreak00 says: Feb 9, 2010 12:38 PM

    It will be the Steelers.

  86. Ghost of Studwell says: Feb 9, 2010 12:40 PM

    The same ruling that applies to the Williamses applies to Charles Grant and Will Smith. I’d like to see them all playing. Who wants to play a depleted team? Why kind of satisfaction is that?
    The Vikes might not have Favre next year. And the Saints might not have Robi, Fujita, Jhari Evans, or Sharper. Fujita and Shaper are unrestricted and likely gone.
    It will be a different game altogether.

  87. RayDaMayor says: Feb 9, 2010 12:40 PM

    Dear Pervy Harvin and Vikes2011 fans,
    How is that offseason woking out for you whiners? Between you 2 crybabies you could flood a city river.
    VIKINGS LOST
    SAINTS WON (Super Bowl too)
    And I really don’t think any NFL player from any team will be quaking in his shoes worried about facing your 2010 Viking team. Brett isn’t going to led the Vikings to the promised land….last year, next year, any year.
    MOVE ON.

  88. emricha2 says: Feb 9, 2010 12:41 PM

    The only remaining, and somewhat appealing opponent, is Atlanta.
    ^^This guy has it right. The NFL isn’t going to waste a couple of great games right off the bat. Also, the person who said Seattle may be on to something. Good idea. It’ll be Atlanta though, better chance of a close game.

  89. finsbooyah says: Feb 9, 2010 12:42 PM

    Vikes2011 says:
    February 9, 2010 11:31 AM
    Saints fans you guys are really cocky. I would back down if I were you guys. The vikes should do a high low on Brees and see what happens. Vikes will kick your ass. Farve will kick your ass this will be more motivation for him to come back next year.
    ==================================
    Haha, Geez you are delusional. Saints fans are cocky??? Uhhh, they just won the FREAKIN’ SUPER BOWL!!! And they beat the Vikings to get there. Your post is not only cocky, but completely idiotic

  90. Boudin says: Feb 9, 2010 12:42 PM

    Vikings fans suck. they don’t acknowledge that the Saints TOOK THE BALL AWAY. so i say if your team sucks so bad that they can’t even hold on to the ball then they don’t deserve playing for a championship. biggest pretenders of the season.
    and to the idiot up top that wants Jared Allen to go high low on Brees… that redneck sack of ass needs to get to him first.
    1 tackle in 2008
    2 tackles in 2009
    come on back you sad sack loser Vikings fans. we’ll send you home unhappy AGAIN.

  91. SpartaChris says: Feb 9, 2010 12:48 PM

    Vikes2011 says:
    February 9, 2010 11:31 AM
    Saints fans you guys are really cocky. I would back down if I were you guys. The vikes should do a high low on Brees and see what happens. Vikes will kick your ass. Farve will kick your ass this will be more motivation for him to come back next year.
    =============================
    Not nearly as bad as Vikings fans, who are constantly arrogant for no reason. Vikings fans are all talk with not a damn thing to show for it. At least the Saints went out and won one.
    And before you start blaming the refs again, remember- 5 turn overs. In fact, I think Peterson just fumbled the ball again.

  92. TorVikeFan says: Feb 9, 2010 12:51 PM

    Saints fans fear a rematch with the Vikings, because they know that the second-best team in the NFC won the Super Bowl, and that only happened because, while the Vikings almost gift-wrapped the NFC title game by committing several turnovers, the refs made sure the Saints won with a number of terrible calls and non-calls.

  93. SpartaChris says: Feb 9, 2010 12:56 PM

    FootballOnly says:
    February 9, 2010 11:34 AM
    How is it that the reigning SB champ (snicker snicker) who had a cream puff schedule last year gets an even easier schedule for next year??? Roger Goodell really bent over backwards to make it up to the Aint’s for Katrina, makes ya wonder what else he promised them. Pretty much every state in the union has natural disasters and in in Orlean’s case, anyone who would live below sea level can’t be playing with a full deck……how long does the rest of the league have to compensate for katrina?
    ====================================
    Are you dumb, or just stupid?
    You do know the NFL Schedule rotates each year, right? Other than playing the teams in their conference who finished in the same spot as they did, the Saints have no more control over who they play each season than the Lions do. To think there is some kind of grand conspiracy as to who certain teams face each season is misguided at best.

  94. Katmanduu says: Feb 9, 2010 1:01 PM

    Why not the Ravens?
    Wait a minute….I forgot…..they don’t like to play nationally televised games on the road. Something about getting their asses kicked every time they do.

  95. Tebow's a Douche says: Feb 9, 2010 1:02 PM

    Either team will probably lose. The Saints will be just as good next year, if not better.
    The Vikings and Steelers are both on the downturn. Especially the Vikes. They blew their load in free agency, and they’re aging.

  96. SpartaChris says: Feb 9, 2010 1:11 PM

    swede700 says:
    February 9, 2010 12:35 PM
    SpartaChris: Why don’t you talk about the classlessness shown by the Saints fans, referring to the “Queens” and “Losers?” It goes both ways, sir.
    ==================================
    Ever heard of “Sticks and stones?” There’s a HUGE difference between juvenile name calling and rooting for a season ending injury.
    Besides, the Vikings ARE losers. That’s what happens when you lose.
    I’ve always thought “queens” was a stupid attempt at an insult, but I guess when you wear purple…

  97. DCViking says: Feb 9, 2010 1:11 PM

    Steeler or Vikes — remember its only 15 yards no matter how late or low you hit Brees. Just make sure he remembers it.

  98. Percy Nugz says: Feb 9, 2010 1:12 PM

    Vikings-Saints would be awesome. Jared Allen, Ray Edwards and CO. better be going low on Brees! One torn ligament for the mole man is not enough in my opnion.

  99. Deb says: Feb 9, 2010 1:17 PM

    The Vikings would be the obvious choice BUT it’s only an interesting game with Favre under center. Without him, opening night becomes a meaningless letdown. Without him, the Vikes’ entire 2010 season becomes a meaningless letdown. If the league can’t get a commitment from him prior to setting the schedule, they’re better off going with the Steelers because that’s the only other marquis option on the Saints home schedule.
    Maybe if Goodell called Favre, he could get an answer before training camp.

  100. FootballOnly says: Feb 9, 2010 1:17 PM

    Just heard that Goodell still feels the need to make it up to the Saints because of Katrina and as such has ordered that all Saints games for next year will be played at home, the Saints will get to select which officiating crew they want for each game, the Brady rule will not apply to the Saints, Saints DB’s are allowed to wear stick ‘em on their hands to make it easier to hold on to wr’s, all On Side kickoffs will be awarded to the Saints and that the Saints will be awarded the ball first in any and all OT games. These new rules will stay in effect until the rest of the NFL gives the Aints the “respect” that they feel they deserve…….all the rule changes sound good except the last one, respect ain’t comin’. LMAO

  101. Vikes2011 says: Feb 9, 2010 1:18 PM

    Hey all you cocky fans from New Orleans why don’t you wine some more………You got lucky beating the vikes you won’t be that lucky next time you bunch of babies……..You guys should pull your fat lips over your head and swallow. The vikes didn’t lose the game they beat themselves and yes the vikes have lost 4 super bowls but each team they played was a great team………..Again don’t get cocky.

  102. JayBot says: Feb 9, 2010 1:24 PM

    My money is on Pittsburgh. They can sell it as a match-up between the last two champs, and they won’t have to wait for the hillbilly waffler to make a decision.
    As a side note, I see a 6-2 home record for New Orleans at worst based on that schedule, and I could easily see them going 8-0 considering 6 of the 8 games are slam dunks.

  103. steeltownpride says: Feb 9, 2010 1:29 PM

    I dont care if we open with the Saints or not . Dont think they will open with the Steelers . More likely a NFC opponent .
    Viking fans are starting to sound like Raven fans . Always crying after you get beat . Please stop it ok ? Congrats to the Saints on the big win . Love seeing it .

  104. Pervy Harvin says: Feb 9, 2010 1:35 PM

    Deb says: Without him, opening night becomes a meaningless letdown. Without him, the Vikes’ entire 2010 season becomes a meaningless letdown.
    ————————————————–
    Hardly. We are a great team,shit ,would go 11-5 easy with TJack. Take the North

  105. BigEasy says: Feb 9, 2010 1:47 PM

    On behalf of the Saints organization I would love nothing more………….to DESTROY the Viqueens YET AGAIN on a National Satge and I’m praying Brett Favre comes back and gets utterly embarressed yet again on National Television!!!!!!!!!!!

  106. nolawhodat says: Feb 9, 2010 1:51 PM

    A PR guy from the Vikings told me at the game that it was already set that the Saints would open up with the Vikings.

  107. Gautam says: Feb 9, 2010 1:52 PM

    Favre’s already licking his chops
    and getting physiotherapy at the same time

  108. edgy1957 says: Feb 9, 2010 2:03 PM

    Since they can’t have a Super Bowl rematch, they may go with the next best thing but you never know. They went with Tennessee instead of an AFC title rematch of the Ravens vs the Steelers, this year.

  109. Tomthebombtracy says: Feb 9, 2010 2:03 PM

    Steelers at Saints…..not as as easy as it sounds.
    Like a lot of teams (Eagles, Ravens, Bengals) Steelers are slaves to the September baseball schedule. The teams share parking.
    The Pirates are away the NFL opening weekend which always has meant the Steelers would be home.
    Now, the Steelers could 3 of the first four away (which they would fight) or you could squeeze a Monday night home game in the Pirates homestand.
    One thing the Steelers have not had to worry about is Pirates playoff games……not after 17 years of losing.

  110. swede700 says: Feb 9, 2010 2:24 PM

    SpartaChris:
    But, either way it still shows a lack of class, doesn’t matter whether it’s juvenile name-calling or wishing an injury. You need to address both, rather than just complaining about 1 side.
    And to Tebow’s a Douche (classy name there)…the Vikings aren’t aging. They have some positions that are aging, but the great majority of their team is 28 or younger.

  111. SF Saints Fan says: Feb 9, 2010 2:35 PM

    It should be the Vikings.
    It does not matter who the Vikings QB will be. That will not be known for sure until the third pre-season game anyway. If “pants on the ground” does come back, you won’t know for sure until late August and if he does not, you won’t know if is Sage or T-Jack because they both suck and you won’t know who sucks less until after the third pre-season game.
    The NFL can solidify a HUGE ratings win by putting the Vikings in that game and can generate millions of page hits on this blog site by doing so. How many times can you hit F5 in Minnesota to find out if the Vikings actually have a QB to play in the game?
    The Steelers would be a great story. Before the Steelers went on their tear through the league in the 1970′s, they were a slapstick franchise similar to the Saints. Then they started winning championships and all things changed. The Saints are now respectable and have won a Championship, so the Steelers would also make a great story.
    All I know is that I will be at the game and it will be awesome to see the Super Bowl Champion Banner unfurled in the Superdome, right next to the Rickey Jackson Hall of fame Banner. It will be a great day……..

  112. Chickenfoot says: Feb 9, 2010 2:39 PM

    Tebow’s a Douche says:
    February 9, 2010 1:02 PM
    Either team will probably lose. The Saints will be just as good next year, if not better.
    The Vikings and Steelers are both on the downturn. Especially the Vikes. They blew their load in free agency, and they’re aging.
    =================================
    Turd of a post.
    Outside of Winfield Pat Williams and Favre, where exactly are they old?
    You are about as dumb as your screen name.
    You obviously know nothing about football, maybe you should try knitting or macreme.

  113. mnmaverick says: Feb 9, 2010 2:42 PM

    Make the Saints come to Minnesota.
    The Vikes will kick their ass here.

  114. slegeir says: Feb 9, 2010 2:57 PM

    Vikings fans still can’t admit they lost the game because of Favre’s interception. Come back Brett so the Pack can have another chance at beating you. Not to mention the Saints and everyone else you will play. This time you will probably be carried off the field.

  115. Rip says: Feb 9, 2010 3:07 PM

    I see footbaloney’s vagina is still sore from having to know his loser team spend yet another year watching the best teams play for a title from the comfort of their own homes.
    Snicker snicker. Maybe next year all you whiners can ask for a rule change – just award the Lombardi trophy to your loser teams and cancel the season altogether, since that’s the only way they can get a ring.
    Losers. Sore, whiney, pathetic little losers. Enjoy the offseason, you’ll probably be more successful than when you actually have to play a game.

  116. i'm president charlie! says: Feb 9, 2010 3:49 PM

    Not a Saints fan, but I can’t believe the unreal amount of butthurt of Vikings fans in these comments. This stuff is hilarious!
    Did anyone really expect that Brett Favre was going to win the Super Bowl this year? The dude is an ego maniac and perennial choke artist. These are not the recipes of a champion. The only championship Brett will ever see is when he puts in the tape when he was wearing green and yellow.
    Saints were the best team all year. Period.

  117. VIKING4LIFE says: Feb 9, 2010 4:08 PM

    I’m a Viking fan, like my brother. And I can’t help notice that there seems to be a number of outraged Saints fans, angry because certain Viking fans still believe the Vikings are the better team. I offer some explanation. I’m not mad that the Vikings lost, this is something I’ve sat through before, many times. I was born into a rather unique circumstance, those four super bowl appearances? I wasn’t even born yet, never saw them. Instead, I witnessed the careers of Herschel Walker, the coaching of Jerry Burns, Dennis Green and Meathead Mike Tice. I was here in 92 when the skins beat us 24-7 in a wild card game. I watched the 93 Giants beat us 17-10 in another wild card game. I sat quiet in 94 as the bears clubbed the vikes 35-18 in another 1st round game. I saw the 96 Cowboys blitz the lights out of a knee brace wearing Warren Moon in a 45-10 beat down. I remember the dismantling the 97 49ers gave us in their 38-22 victory. I was still loyal in 98 when we went 15-1 only to get edged out by Atlanta 30-27, in another overtime NFC Championship loss. I was still watching in 99 as the Giants took the Vikes to the woodshed 41-0 in another championship game. I watched in 04 when the Eagles beat us in the second round 27-14. I sat through a painful 05 filled with the “love boat” scandal and Dantes knee injury. I watched disgusted all of 08 knowing all we needed was a quarterback all the way to the 26-14 playoff loss to the Eagles. And of course I was watching this year, as we picked up our sorely needed QB. My problem isn’t that the Vikings lost, I’m quite accustomed to that by now. It was how, dirty hits on old man Favre and a team that seemed destined to shoot themselves in the foot; five turnovers make an impressive statement. So yes, Saints fans, you have the hardware, congratulations. But forgive me if I don’t concede certain points of view, namely I still feel the Vikings are and were the better the team. Football is a game of inches, and watching football is a game of “what ifs” and “almosts”. And there are certain times and certain moments when all one has to hold on to are the “what ifs”.

  118. Deb says: Feb 9, 2010 4:53 PM

    @VIKING4LIFE …
    And at some point you guys need to suck it up. I may believe the Steelers were the better team when they lost to the Cowboys in SBXXX. And I may have good reasons I could list for feeling that way. But we lost. They will always be the champions. And me making an ass out of myself by posting why we shouldn’t have lost and why they shouldn’t be champions won’t change anything. That was a heck of a team. Kudos to them. I still love my guys. Enough said.
    @Pervy Harvin …
    Favre’s presence is what makes a Saints/Vikes game must-see TV. They can show replays of Favre’s final throw and yada yada about what might have been. Without him, it’s just another game. As for the rest of your season, if they thought they could get to the Super Bowl without him, they wouldn’t have jumped through hoops to get him. He was the big draw. The Vikes faithful will still be interested. But the team won’t be getting record MNF ratings without Brett.
    @Tebow’s a Douche …
    The Steelers finished with the same record as the wildcard teams and barely missed the playoffs. All our losses were by 7 or less. We also missed the playoffs the year after SBXL and came back to win SBXLIII. Don’t be so sure about that “downturn.”

  119. JimmySmith says: Feb 9, 2010 5:55 PM

    I guess the rest of the PFT nation is only beginning to see what we knew all along, that the Viking fans are sore losers, excuse makers, and generally clueless about football.
    But that will never stop them from claiming they are the best, were the best or about to be the best despite a 50 year history of never being the best. Or at least if you don’t count choking, where they are clearly in a class by themselves.

  120. jx4cmario1 says: Feb 9, 2010 7:15 PM

    JimmySmith, why are you so enamored with Vikes fans, it’s getting creepy, no sorry, it’s been creepy for a while. Let go of your infatuation and worry about something that actually effects your own life in any way, shape, or form.

  121. mikemcsaint says: Feb 9, 2010 7:51 PM

    Viking fans are amazing. It’ll be 10 years from now and they’ll still be making excuses for why they can’t win big games. Favre is a great regular season qb. When it’s on the line he makes dumb decisions and that along with Saints defensive players stripping the ball is why they won. And all this talk about dirty play! I assume Pervy harvin and Vikes2011 have never stepped foot on a football field. They’re probably fat overweight couch potatoes living in their moms basement eating potato chips and drinking pop. THIS IS FOOTBALL!! There is eye gauging, nut grabbing, pinching, pulling kicking, twisting of sprained ankles. Maybe the reason your team can’t win the big one is because they keep making excuses just like you. And one last thing your team got the benefit of 9 penalties so by your logic the refs must have been paid to put Favre in the SB but that still couldn’t help. Learn from the classy Colt fans, admit the Saints were better and move on.

  122. Saint33 says: Feb 9, 2010 9:22 PM

    lmao @ a Saint’s fan insulting a Vikings fan for not being able to win big games.
    The Saints won the big one this year, sure. But their frachise has been a joke before this year, and hadn’t even made the SB before this year. The Saints were one of the jokes of the NFL for years, now since you won one, you’re going to mock other franchises that have at least come close and been competitive their entire existence.

  123. employer says: Feb 10, 2010 1:45 AM

    @Deb
    Please,please,please tell me that it was an impostor that authored that post of yours I just read. I realize that at this part of the thread the probability of you reading this is small,but in the off chance that you revisit, I have to say that I’ve enjoyed your contributions on various topics over the past few weeks. They’ve proved to be well thought out and insightful. Which led me to believe that in a sea of football sophomores ,there was an island of reason. However, stating that without Favre at the helm, the Vikings 2110 season will be a meaningless letdown is, well… a true drooper for this football guy. I expected more from you.
    I trust I need not elaborate?

  124. straightup says: Feb 10, 2010 3:04 AM

    If i would have picked the right lottery numbers i would be a millionaire, but i didn’t. The Saints won’t play the Vikings until later in the season where it can actually count for something. I really hope we travel there to play. As far as the Vikings winning the next match-up, do yall know who your QB will be?

  125. digby51 says: Feb 10, 2010 10:08 AM

    ……It will be the Steelers…ratings is all they care about and the Steelers will whip the Saints on their march back to the Super Bowl for ring #7…

  126. ErinRodgers says: Feb 10, 2010 11:15 AM

    RayDaMayor says:
    February 9, 2010 12:40 PM
    Dear Pervy Harvin and Vikes2011 fans,
    How is that offseason woking out for you whiners? Between you 2 crybabies you could flood a city river.
    ___________________________________
    Well you trash down in NO would certainly know something about having your city flooded. I hope your name has something to do with Ray Nagin, the inept liberal mayor of NO when Katrina hit. He did about as good a job as the Haitian government….except Nagin had about a week to prepare. It doesn’t surprise me though, just look at the animals living down there. Every person I saw celebrating looked like the missing link. I’m glad that the Saints were able to win the “Entitlement Bowl”. It couldn’t have happened to a better city….New Orleans only leads the nation in murder rate. What a fantastic city with a great group of classy people!

  127. Deb says: Feb 10, 2010 1:25 PM

    @employer …
    Thank you for the kind words about my previous posts. Sorry this one was a disappointment. In my defense, I’ve had the flu for more than a week and was ticked off about something when I wrote it. But it was a silly thing to say.
    From a television perspective, the major storyline of a Saints/Vikes rematch is the Favre INT on the last play of regulation. If he’s not there, it takes all the drama out of the rematch.
    As for the rest of the Vikes season, without Favre, I’m not sure they win the division.
    The Pack is a good team, and Rodgers is a better QB than whoever the Vikes have waiting in the wings. The Vikes have a strong defense, but so do the Pack. The Vikes’ o-line was horrible at protecting the QB in the championship game, and AP has to address his butterfinger issues. And I’m not sold on Childress. Twelve men in the huddle? At that stage of a championship? Given some of the stories, I can’t help wondering how much of the play-calling this year was Chilly and how much was Favre. And how much did faith in Favre elevate the play of the people around him?
    So not a “meaningless letdown,” but definitely a lesser ratings draw and a bigger question mark.
    Better?

  128. SteelersRlife says: Feb 10, 2010 4:00 PM

    Vikes2011 says:
    February 9, 2010 11:31 AM
    Saints fans you guys are really cocky. I would back down if I were you guys. The vikes should do a high low on Brees and see what happens. Vikes will kick your ass. Farve will kick your ass this will be more motivation for him to come back next year.
    Vikes2011 says:
    February 9, 2010 1:18 PM
    Hey all you cocky fans from New Orleans why don’t you wine some more………You got lucky beating the vikes you won’t be that lucky next time you bunch of babies……..You guys should pull your fat lips over your head and swallow. The vikes didn’t lose the game they beat themselves and yes the vikes have lost 4 super bowls but each team they played was a great team………..Again don’t get cocky.
    Last time I checked, whether or not you “beat yourselves,” the game was still lost. And I don’t think the Saints got lucky. Both the Saints and Vikings had great years, but there is no way you can say the Saints got lucky. The NFC Championship was a great game, and the Saints came out on top. Also, “yes the vikes have lost 4 super bowls but each team they played was a great team.”…I believe the Colts were a great team, and the Saints beat them too. The Saints had a heck of a year, and won the big one also. Hats off to the Saints organization on a great year.
    O, and Vikes2011, try spelling your own quarterbacks name right next time…F-A-V-R-E. That just looks bad when you can’t spell it.

  129. employer says: Feb 10, 2010 5:59 PM

    @Deb,
    Good stuff. All valid.
    I will disagree with the divisional champ thing. I hear what your saying. But Minny is just that much better than the rest of the division. Really.
    I’ll tip my hat to Green Bay and what they’re trying to accomplish. Nice team. Nothing more. They have problems. I’ll start with Ryan Grant. He’s due way too much money for a back of his caliber. Capers is over rated. Always has been. I was completely unimpressed with their inability to stop anything against Arizona’s offense in the wild card game. I got the sense he (Capers) was too. That said, they can be dangerous.
    blah.blah,blah.
    Chicago has put together a nice staff. Not a Lovie Smith fan, but some of his coaches are very talented. Just maybe not cut out for HC. Tice, Marinelli and Martz are solid. It will be interesting to watch the Cutler – Martz thing unfold. I wish them luck. They may very well need all they can get. They’re all aware that it’s hot seat time from the gate. Kind of has a castoff, misfit feel to the whole thing though. You know what I mean? Too desperate and not enough time left.
    Detroit. I was intrigued with last seasons developments. Than they hit the field. And now I’m just bored with them.

  130. Deb says: Feb 10, 2010 10:36 PM

    @employer …
    I’m not sure the Vikes are that much better than the Pack without the Favre magic. Get him back–and keep him healthy–then, yes, expect a similar season to this. Lose him and the Vikes will be neck and neck with the Pack. Don’t underestimate Capers. He may be overrated as a head coach, but he’s a talented DC unless age has cost him a step. I don’t know what happened to them against AZ–other than Warner–but he’ll adjust.
    It’s difficult for me to take Chicago seriously. They just can’t seem to get their stuff together, and that mish-mash of egos they’ve brought in … well, it will be interesting to watch. I’m not a Cutler believer, but that doesn’t mean he can’t do the job. He’s got the arm … or so he keeps saying.
    Detroit. Stafford’s a good QB. But I’ll believe they’ll contend when I see it.

  131. employer says: Feb 11, 2010 1:33 AM

    @Deb,
    See you on the next thread.
    It’s fun, isn’t it?

  132. BlacknGold says: Feb 23, 2010 12:10 AM

    Don’t know if anyone will see this(a later post to an earlier article), but you should, and I will post again where ever I see this question posed! Growing up in the Burgh, I have bled Black and Gold. I watched a city that was wrecked by the offshore move of big steel, and the rust belt. I saw a classy organization develop a championship mentality that has truly made the fans feel the extra daily confidence derived from living in a “City of Champions” (Pens helped too…and the Pirates, though having a prolonged drought, led the way in 1960!). Most cities would envy what has taken place in Pittsburgh…and the potential has been set, with stellar coaching and personnel evaluation, and a depth of dedicated players, for a similar trend to emerge in New Orleans, elevating the fans throughout the Gulf South states and way beyond. (By the way, the fools who were speculating about criminal activities during the championship celebration have obviously never been to Mardi Gras uptown…it is the tourists who act the stupidest in the French Quarter while “real New Orleanians enjoy a family atmosphere elsewhere”. Someday, I hope all you distraught Vikes, etc fans get to feel that feeling…nothing like it, and it will be cathartic for your resentment.
    As to the opening game, with Polamolu back FOR SURE and Favre UNSURE, I PROPOSE A “BLACK AND GOLD BOWL” between the Super Bowl champs of the last 2 years.
    Your talking Lebow’s D against Brees, Colston, Bush, Henderson, Meachem, Thomas, Shockey, etc. and Greg William’s D against Roethlisberger, Ward, Holmes, Mendenhall, Parker, Miller, etc.
    As a fan of both teams, I hope this matchup is for both the first and last game of next season
    LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!! BLACK AND GOLD to the SUPER BOWL!!

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