My favorite sports memory happened last year during the NFL season. My husband and I had recently moved to Louisiana and were excited about our new surroundings and the friendly people. But one thing that my husband noticed is that no matter how friendly the people were to us, their face always seemed to rest in a distressed position. They would give you a huge smile when they greeted you but afterwards everyone always seemed like everything wasn’t the way that it should be. We asked our friends, who had been living here for a long time about this, and they responded that the permanent smiles that use to grace the faces of the people had been permanently wiped away when Hurricane Katrina wiped everything else away.
Then a funny thing happened, I was out for the day at the same old usual stores that I always frequented when I noticed that something was different about all the people that I greeted. Everybody now didn’t just only smile to be polite; they kept that smile on their face all day long. Everywhere I went I noticed that something was just different in Louisiana. When my husband got home from work I asked him if he saw what I saw throughout the day. And his response was “Babe, didn’t you hear that the New Orleans Saints are in the Super bowl?” I responded with a confused look on my face, “That’s what all the smiles are about?” My husband then got a huge smile on his face and said, “You know how Hurricane Katrina took a lot of people’s faith? Well Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have brought it back.”
My husband was right. As we watched the Saints beat the Colts in the Super bowl, we couldn’t help but catch the fever that was contagious throughout the whole state of Louisiana. And when the Saints won it, the streets erupted into the party that used to never stop in New Orleans and everywhere in Louisiana. That party still hasn’t stopped.