(*-I know this is similar to my last entry, but it bears repeating.)
As some of you perhaps know, I am a bit of a fan of the New Orleans Saints. I was born the year of the 1-15 Aints, so there was never a question that it would be in my blood for life.
With that being the case, I've seen how little respect the Saints get even when they're racking up wins like Glenn Beck racks up batshit crazy. Witness the Week 10 NFL Power Rankings at theonlinewire.com:
NFL Power Rankings: Week 10
1. Indianapolis Colts - Colts keep on winning and have the ring that proves they are legit.
2. New Orleans Saints - New Orleans still has big questions on defense but is still good enough for #2 in the week 10 NFL power rankings.
Now I'll admit that the Saints have a lot of respect these days, even from historically hardcore haters. And that I had to dig this deep into the power-ranking pool to even find one that had the Saints as low as No. 2 is an encouraging sign indeed.
It's not the ranking I have the issue with; it's the ring.
Specifically, the fact that the Colts' winning of a past Super Bowl is the reason they're ranked higher than the Saints here. And, let's face it, that's about the only reason they might deserve to be. Indy is an exciting team to watch, yes, but they do not light up the scoreboard quite like the Saints, and are winning by margins as thin as the logic in Glenn Beck's head.
Funny thing about the Super Bowl is, it has no bearing on future performance, no matter how much people like to pretend it does. So the Saints were losers from 1967-86, and again from 1993-99, and again in 2005. Are they those teams in 2009? No. As I always say, that's why they play the games and don't just consult an almanac.
I watched Super Bowl XLI - pitting the Colts against the Chicago Lucky Fluky Care Bears in rainy Miami - from a hotel room in Springfield, Missouri. Why? Because I was in the process of moving there that very weekend. I had just taken the job I currently have, relieved that I was able to find a gig in my field after an exhaustive year-and-a-half of searching. Come Super Bowl time in February, I will have been at my job for three years. It's been a long, sometimes difficult, always educational journey. Just long enough for everything to change, from the president to The Price Is Right. And in that time, there have been 41 Any Given Sundays. And a whole different Manning (and a whole different Kurt Warner-led team) winning the Super Bowl.
The point being, time has passed. Judge Indianapolis on its own current merits, not because the Colts won three years ago. Similarly, don't assume the Saints will fail just because, well, that's what they do. It's 2009. They're both 8-0. Let's start from there.
Speaking of pointless expectations... (How's that for a smooth transition to politics?)
I hear a lot of Republican pundits crowing over the results of the recent spate of elections, as if it's a referendum on President Obama's performance thus far. Easy, tigers. It's gonna take a lot more than a few shoo-in local races to get Sarah Palin in the White House. Let's see how that health care thing turns out before declaring the Democrats toast. Or, better yet, try standing for something rather than obstruction, GOP, and maybe then you won't have to pin all your political hopes on what the opposition does.
Again, I repeat myself. But so does the news.