Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Rebuilding New Orleans Sans Saints

I hate myself for being a fan of professional sports, especially now.

Tom Benson, the owner of the New Orleans Saints, has agreed to negotiate with San Antonio mayor Phil Hardberger about permanently moving the franchise to San Antonio. In the words of John DeShazier,
San Antonio wants to make the Saints' temporary relocation a permanent move, and Saints owner Tom Benson reportedly is willing to listen. And if there's a primal urge to grab each principal and scrub it with a Brillo Pad to scrape off a layer of the grime, join the crowd.
There's slimy, and there's this.
There's callous, and there's this.
There's kicking a city in its ribs when it's already down on its knees, and there's this.
But, apparently, "this" happens. Or will, as soon as the last second elapses on the 2005 season.

I remember Benson telling fans to be patient as the Saints rebuild. They've been rebuilding for more than 30 years in New Orleans. Now that New Orleans needs to rebuild, Benson's wallet seems to be pretty impatient itself.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Michael,

I'm glad I finally found you once again. I've sent you several e-mails to the only e-mail account I had of yours and they've all been returned (obvious reasons) with one exception, the last one, but I still hadn't heard back from you. I couldn't believe that after finally tracking you down after so many years that I would have lost contact with you again. However, because I'm on the UNO Religious Studies mailing list, I found out from their pamphlet of this Blog of yours. So, I'm glad to see you and your family are all right. I'm certainly sorry to hear you lost valuables. I couldn't even imagine how that feels. I still have lots of stuff from my trips to Israel and am certainly willing to share those with you in the hopes of perhaps restoring some of which you have lost. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help.

Bruno (garife@hotmail.com)