February 7, 2010

Super Bowl Sunday

The Saints (15-3) face the Colts (16-2) in the biggest game in franchise history today.

In the 43rd season of the franchise's existence, the team has officially joined the NFL as a championship contender.

Forty three years of memorabilia and merchandise have a new glimmer, a shiny fresh veneer, thanks to the gem of this year's team.

Lance Moore wrote: "Its almost time! Get ready Who Dats!"

Jeremy Shockey wrote: "the Time is near!!! who dat nation is taking over MIAMI"

Hornets PG Chris Paul wrote: "Mornin evrybody...headed to church here in NO...black and gold day at church lol..."

It is fitting that on the weekend the Saints' make their biggest impact on the league yet, the team makes a dent in the NFL's most prestigious institution: LB Rickey Jackson was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame on Super Bowl Saturday.

Jackson, who we believe has been overdue for the honor, is the first player in Saints history to fill his resume with accomplishments in a Saints jersey. The NFL does not place players into the Hall of Fame with a team. The Saints are represented in the Hall by DB Doug Atkins, RB Earl Campbell, GM Jim Finks, HC Hank Stram, and RB Jim Taylor. But none of those players earned their way in while wearing a fleur di lis, and none represented the Saints on the field in the past 20 years. Finks helped created the Saints' first winning seasons with Jim Mora, but is first credited with turning the Vikings franchise around.

Payton's investment: Saints HC Sean Payton ponied up a quarter of a million dollars of his own money during salary negotiations with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Payton admitted this week that in Week 9, the Saints reimbursed Payton for his investment, which helped purchase a 9-0 start, a 13-0 run, a division championship, a #1 overall seed, two home playoff and a Super Bowl bid.

Bush's shoes to charity: RB Reggie Bush will autograph and auction his Super Bowl shoes for Haiti relief efforts after the game. Check out the design here.

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