Finally, we were back in the Superdome. Twenty-two months away from one of my favorite places to be in New Orleans. The excitement could be felt all around as we pulled up and went to the parking garage. We got there very early since we were not sure how the new procedure worked. We had planned to go to a preseason game, but Hurricane Ida didn’t think that was a good idea.
The process was super easy. I brought my son’s vaccination card; I had mine on my phone in the LA Wallet app. If you do not have this app, it is a must. Anyway, we walked up the steps, showed our cards, and walked to the gate to get in. People were friendly and patient, which we all know is sometimes hard to do when you are required to change the way you have always done something. We got to our seats and looked on wide eyed.
It was a sense of relief to be back there. Sounds odd to some I am sure, but I have been going to Saints games since I was a baby. My love for my team is strong and being away for so long was heartbreaking. I instantly thought about Drew as I looked on the field. How the last time we saw him was a playoff loss, and how no one knew we wouldn’t get to see him play in person ever again. I tried to brush off the emotion, but it was there, and it was felt all around.
The crowd was loud and the ‘Who Dat’ chant made my heart almost burst out of my chest. We were back, and it was going to be okay. Kickoff, loud cheering, it was just awesome. The game started out slow, it felt like the hurricane did, time just slowly ticked on by. We looked, decent, we had a lot of good plays that got everyone out of their seats in excitement. Then the end of regulation, and we are tied, to an 0-3 team, on OUR home turf. It was…ugly, that is the only word I could use to describe it, ugly.
So, this is life without Drew Brees, this is what it will be like for a while, but honestly, I would NOT want to be the quarterback to come in here after Drew, can you image the burden that entails? Cause, it is a big one. He brought so much to this city, besides football, that his shoes are almost impossible to fill.
We will be okay, if I keep telling myself that, maybe it will happen. I will take a few seasons of mediocre to make up for the awesome 15 years we had with Drew Brees. We didn’t want to ever think what it would be like when he finally did decide he was done, no one wanted to even put it out there, but here we are, and we will be okay.