For players and coaches, a football game starts long before kickoff. The same holds true for the food-minded Saints fan. For such fans, it starts with choosing what to cook and devoting the hands-on work to ensure a victorious feast.
It's really no wonder. Take the enthusiasm of the Who Dat Nation, add south Louisiana's endemic passion for food and the results are predictably over the top.
The Saints managed to eke out their second win of the season in the Superdome on Sunday, besting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in overtime, 37-31.
The Saints have now won 10 straight in the Superdome. It was a less-than-impressive victory, punctuated by Drew Brees interceptions, an inability to capitalize on Tampa Bay penalties — and an overly loud train noise piped in over the Dome PA system that caused an uproar on social media and local talk radio.
The Dallas Cowboys beat the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, 38-17.
It was a game described by many on social media as a #dumpsterfire.
The 24-0 halftime score was the biggest Saints deficit since the arrival of Sean Payton as head coach in 2006. It took until the 11:14 mark of the third quarter for the Saints to even get on the board.
Shayne Graham missed a 41-yard field goal.
Drew Brees threw an interception.
Jimmy Graham fumbled the ball, only the fourth fumble of his career.
When New Orleans was awarded its NFL franchise in 1966, the first person to own the team was John Mecom Jr. – a 26-year-old Houstonian whose father made a fortune in the oil industry. An avid sports fan, John helped shape the team’s identity: he picked out their colors and logos, and even helped move them to the Superdome.
The New Orleans Saints suffered another disappointing loss on Sunday, this time in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Browns have bested the Saints in five of their past six matchups. On Sunday the Saints were done in by another late field goal, this time a 29-yarder with three seconds to play in regulation. The final score: 26 to 24.
One highlight: Quarterback Drew Brees passed John Elway, moving into fourth place on the NFL’s all-time list for passing yards.
It was a tough weekend for New Orleans football. The Tulane Green Wave and the New Orleans Saints both lost to Atlanta teams.
The Tulane Green Wave debuted their brand-new Uptown stadium on Saturday. It was the first football game played on their campus in nearly 40 years. But they lost to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 38-21.
On Sunday the Saints headed to the Georgia Dome to play the Falcons. The Saints held the momentum through the first half, and seemed like they were on their way to an easy victory over their division rival.