New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says his community will stay behind the Saints, no matter how much the bounty scandal affects the team this season.
“I think it’s a really unfortunate set of circumstances for everybody,” Landrieu told the Aspen Times. “I think it’s gonna blow over. We have an unconditional love for the Saints. That’s kind of what you have to do. I mean, we used to go to games with bags on our heads, instead of not going. So we love the Saints and we think it’s gonna be fine.”
The practice of Saints fans wearing bags on their heads began in 1980, when the Saints suffered through a 1-15 campaign that was their worst season in franchise history. For all the problems in New Orleans this offseason — the bounty mess, the suspensions, the inability to get a deal done with Drew Brees — no one expects the Saints to be anything close to that bad this season.
But if the Saints are bad, New Orleans will continue to support them. Nothing that has happened this year will change that.