New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The funniest thing about the Saints is the stupendously awful football they have played for four decades now. The following things about the Saints are actually true:
- After being founded in 1967, the Saints went more than a decade before they managed to finish a season with a .500 record
- The Saints went TWO decades before having a winning season.
- They could not manage to finish as high as second in their division until 1979.
- In 1980, the Saints lost their first 14 games, prompting local media personality Bernard "Buddy D" Diliberto to advise Saints supporters to wear paper bags over their heads at the team's home games; many bags rendered the club's name as the "'Aints."
- It wasn't until the 2000 season when the Saints got their FIRST playoff win, defeating the St. Louis Rams. Their second playoff win came in 2006. (Again, this is in 4 decades of playing professional football.) However, they did win the Super Bowl (and two other playoff games) in 2009.
- The Saints are the first team in NFL history to reach a conference championship after losing 13 or more games the previous season. In that game, they came up just a bit short in a 39-14 loss to the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship.
- The team's colors, black and gold, symbolize New Orleans' strong ties to the oil ("black gold") industry.
- The team's mascot is "Gumbo the Dog." Really.
- After the end of the 1996 season, former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka was hired. Although this initially generated a lot of excitement among Saints fans, Ditka's tenure ended up being a failure. After coaching for two losing seasons, Ditka traded all of his picks for the 1999 season, as well as the first-round and third-round picks for the following season, to draft University of Texas Heisman Trophy running back Ricky Williams in the first round. However, Ditka, most of his coaching staff, and general manager Bill Kuharich were fired at the end of the 1999 season due to the club's 3-13 record.
- Only ONE of the 7 Pro Football Hall of Famers who played for the Saints at some point are in the Hall of Fame for their careers with the Saints.
- After Hurricane Katrina, San Antonio almost succeeded in stealing the Saints from an already devastated New Orleans, claiming (and this is true) to simply be giving the franchise an option to relocate to a real city. New Orleans prevailed, retaining control of their historically pathetic team.