February 8, 2010

Saints' win echoes around a continent

Not only was Super Bowl XLIV the most watched television show in the history of U.S. television shows (surpassing the 1983 M.A.S.H. finale), but it also broke the Canadian TV ratings record.

Thousands greeted the Saints at Armstrong International today as their charter plane returned to home soil, and Saints TE Billy Miller was in awe of the numbers and attention: "They shut down the HWY from so many fans at the airport. Congrats New Orleans you deserve it!" So was ESPN's Rachel Nichols, on location. She snapped this picture of a young fan.

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal wagered the Super Bowl Indiana governor Mitch Daniels - the stakes the flag of the other's home state football team flying over state property. We'll see if Daniels honors the deal, his office sniped at Maryland governor Martin O'Malley over failing to honor his part of a similar deal.

Drew Brees is a busy man now. He was in Disney World parades today, defying laws of physics, also recorded an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman today, which will air tonight.

The presses are still rolling at the Times-Picayune, where demand for Super Bowl "Amen!" issues is staggering.

Jets safety Kerry Rhodes, himself a bit disgruntled and perhaps on his way out, congratulated another former Jet who was shipped off when he wrote: "I'm happy 4 my brother J vilma some people wanted him out a situation, he got out and got the BIG ONE! Congrats."

Cowboys Hall of Fame QB Troy Aikman wrote: "Congratulations to Sean Payton, Drew Brees and the entire Saints organization...quite a thrill for the city of New Orleans. Well done!"

Aikman's longtime backfield teammate, Hall of Famer Emmit Smith wrote: "Big time congrats to drewbrees his Saints teammates and the whole who dat nation"

Boston Celtics Glen Davis (of LSU) and Rajon Rondo (of Kentucky) will ride with the Saints in their Super Bowl parade tomorrow.

Saints CB Usama Young wrote: "Who dat?! We dat!!! Nola, we're back... The kids posed for the cam while everybody welcomed us back from MIA" and included this picture.

Saints CB Leigh Torrence wrote: "Back home in New Orleans! First time home on the couch being a champion! Feels So Good!!!"

Former NFL OL and Sports Illustrated write Ross Tucker wrote: "How about the stark contrast between the Colts 3 runs at end of 1st half and Saints onside kick? Aggressive beat Conservative. Usually does."

Jets kicker Jay Feely wrote: "
Happy for Drew Brees (one of the best guys in NFL) and New Orleans!! Their rebirth from Katrina is complete. They deserve this celebration."

Lastly, strangely, former Bills great Thurman Thomas took a shot at former Bills head coach and Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams when he wrote: "
Now everyone wants Greg Williams to b a HC candidate. He's a DC, not a head coach!!!!!!!! Retread!!!!!"

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