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Those Marvelous "Who Dats" Have Done Dat

Unthinkable, Unimaginable, Unbelievable! The "Who Dat Nation" is a force to be reckoned with both on and off the field. The Saints came marching into Miami's Sun Life Stadium and made believers out of the world. Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints? Nobody, not even Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. Final score of Super Bowl XLIV, New Orleans Saints 31 - Indianapolis Colts 17. I know this term has been over-used and over-emphasized the last couple of weeks, but the New Orleans Saints were truly a team of destiny.

Today's blog is again not related to horseracing, but who cares right now. We just won the Super Bowl and Saints fans are on top of the world. Nothing else seems to matter, so let's talk about this team of destiny. We all know how we got there, going 13-3 in the regular season, then beating the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings and their two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Then it was Peyton Manning and the Colts for the "big one". The Colts have done this before - they were poised and confident - but they hadn't faced this poised and condident Saints team for quite sometime.

There were more than just a couple of Super Bowl trends we had to overcome after Drew Brees called heads and we won the toss. In 43 previous Super Bowls, the teams that won the coin toss are 20 - 23 - now make that 21 - 23. The teams that have won the coin toss have lost 10 out of the last 13 - now make that 10 out of 14. The NFC has won the last 12 consecutive coin flips and is 2 - 10 in those match-ups - now make it 13 consecutive coin flips and a 3 -10 record. Teams that score first are 28 - 15, but have lost five of the last eight - now make that 28 -16 and six of the last nine.

After thinking about it, I guess the best way to look at the first quarter is to compare it to the first two or three rounds of a 12 round boxing match. The Saints were like fighters that counterpunch, feeling-out the Colts, so to speak, and looking to find a weakness in their game plan. We took a few shots from the Colts here and there, had to bob and weave a little bit, but then established a rhythm and began to take charge of the contest and won a unanimous decision. Call it divine intervention or whatever you want, but Sean Payton, like the veteran boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, orchestrated a well coached attack that just took a little time to execute.

The amazing thing about the Saints is the charm and charisma they display as a team, from not only the head coach, but from Drew Brees to Reggie Bush to Jeremy Shockey to Jonathan Vilma to Darren Sharper to Tracy Porter and down the line. They come across as really likable guys that enjoy playing football. No hot dogs, no I or me guys, just a cohesive team with one goal, or should I say bowl, in mind. Those lovable "Who Dats" accomplished that goal.

I really don't feel the need to rehash the game, because if you are a Saints fan, you saw the on-side kick recovery, Drew Brees go 32 for 39, you saw Tracy Porter intecept and return a Peyton Manning pass for a touchdown and every other exciting moment that took place on the field. Now, those of you that know me know I don't have a sentimental bone in my body, but one particular scene during the post-game coverage does definitely and will always stick with me. The cameras showed Drew Brees holding and hugging his little boy. He was kissing his son's cheek and his eyes welled-up with tears. I'm getting goose bumps right now as I'm writing this, because I can only imagine the emotions and thoughts that were going through Drew's mind at that very moment. Drew Brees is the perfect role model for both, sports and everyday life. That was defintely a Kodak moment shared by the whole world.

In all actuality, Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, Florida on Sunday, February 7, 2010 really featured the good guys (Saints) against another group of good guys (Colts) and as it turned out, the good guys we love and cherish got the money. Now that's a beautiful thing, so let's enjoy this for a while..

O.k., I can't help myself. When will the NFL release the 2010 schedule? When does training camp start? Can we do this again? Who Dat!

Special thanks to fellow jocks agent Terry "Jaws" Miller for picking the Colts to beat the Saints. I'm happy to report that his record of not picking a winner since Secretariat was a two-year-old is still very much alive. Thanks again Jaws.

Next week it's back to racing with a chat with Helen Pitts-Blasi about her career and a horse named Einstein.