This Boston Writer Perfectly Nails Why Saints Fans Have The Right To Complain Forever
Can Saints fans just get over it already?
I've seen that question a lot over the last few days and to be quite honest, I don't know if we'll ever be "over it." At least not completely.
If you've been under a rock, I'm talking about the infamous non-call at the end of the Saints-Rams NFC Championship game that has already been crowned as one of the worst in sports history. Not only was it terrible, but it pretty much denied the Saints their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.
I'm very certain that we'll move on. By now many of us have accepted it for what it is and realized that nothing will change the terrible non-call that affected everything from the outcome of a game, to the Saints going to the Super Bowl—and not to mention, the legacy of Drew Brees, Sean Payton and the rest of the Saints players and organization.
Regardless of what state of grief you're in right now, I'm here to tell you that it's perfectly fine if you never "get over it."
Actually, I can't take any credit for that statement. One article, in particular, has helped me out of my moping around and it didn't even come from a local writer or journalist. It's a story written by Michael Hurley of CBS Boston, and he addresses the specific debates that some bring up when telling Saints fans to "stop whining" about the non-call seen 'round the world. (by everyone but the refs, apparently)
Not only does he address the debates, he methodically present his argument against each one, Hurley points these responses out in great detail.
It’s been weird. This isn’t a scientific measurement by any means, but I have observed two distinct camps. People have generally responded by either saying:
A: Quit crying! Every team deals with bad calls!
B: The Saints still had plenty of chances to win the game!
C: It’s the Saints’ fault that they were even in that spot! Blame Sean Payton!
All of that is wrong. I’m here to say that. It’s wrong.
You can read his post in its entirety here.
So with that said (or should I say read?) we will move on. We will bounce back. But we will never forget what happened, what didn't happen, and what could and should have been. And we will always have the right to complain.
Also, Michael Hurley is forever invited to the crawfish boil. As a matter of fact, he can come down for the crawfish, the gumbo, the boucherie, the second line, the beignets, and all the poboys.