Tommy: How can you mend the Who Dat Nation’s broken heart?

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
January 24, 2019 - 1:47 pm

“How can you mend a broken heart? How can you stop the rain from falling down? How can you mend this broken man? How can the loser ever win?” – Bee Gees “HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART”

You’d think the Bee Gees had foreseen the events that unfolded with our Saints Sunday in the Superdome. How indeed can you mend our collective heart after being robbed and ripped off by two officials on the “no call” heard ‘round the world? I took calls from Philadelphia and Australia listening on the RADIO.COM app that said they too were in disbelief about what happened. If somebody in another city and on another continent could clearly recognize a potential FOUR fouls (pass interference, face guarding, unsportsmanlike conduct and targeting) how in the hell could two seasoned NFL officials miss it?

“Life, so they say, is but a game and they let it slip away. We may never pass this way again.” – Seals and Crofts “WE MAY NEVER PASS THIS WAY AGAIN”

That’s a fairly succinct summation by Seals and Crofts. The odds of everything falling into place, things you can control balanced with things you can’t control, to go to a conference championship game are overwhelming. So how do we, hope to be two minutes away from a Super Bowl again after the enigmatic “no call” happened?

They don’t just hand out invitations to the Super Bowl. A team must summon up its courage, face their fears, shed some tears and hope for the best as each season unfolds. We Who Dats, while not subject to the same physical bumps and bruises as our Saints, face our own emotional wounds as we watch our guys fight from play to play on the fields of the NFL. We expect it to be hard. But we also expect it to be fair.

A TRUE Who Dat knows that you’ll only get as much out of a season as you put in. So we totally invest our hearts and souls in the Saints. We realize the competition is both brutal and fierce. We know a ball that is oblong can sometimes bounce in your favor, sometimes not. But we buy in under the condition that if you endure, battle, struggle and survive we’ll see our team, our Black & Gold family, on the biggest stage there is. In our own families we gather together to celebrate united with the hope of another Lombardi.

All of that happened Sunday until the final two minutes of the NFC Conference Championship when the “no call” that affected us all occurred. Why did it happen? How could it happen? Hopefully one day we’ll find out, but until then it is what it is and we have to deal with it.

But how do you right the wrong?

How do you make it up to the team and to fans when our Saints are two minutes away from another trip to the biggest game of all? Draft choices? That’s not gonna do it. Firing the official? Nope, that’s gonna do it either. Roger Goodell resigning? That won’t put us two minutes away from going to another Super Bowl. Congressional hearings? Resolutions? Boycotts? Parades? Nein, nyet, nada and HELL NO. Unfortunately, the only thing that will ever ease the sting is for the Saints to put themselves in that position again and hope they don’t fall victim to the same incompetence and who knows what else as they did Sunday.

“Workin’ hard to get my fill. Everybody wants a thrill. Payin’ anything to roll the dice just one more time. Don’t stop believin” – Journey “DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’”

Easy for Journey to sing. They won’t have to wait and hope for another chance next year. Eventually we’ll put the “no call” behind us. Another Lombardi will help us do that. But we’ll NEVER forget. Can we again be two minutes away? Will we again be two minutes away? I don’t know, but…don’t stop believin!! Like the rest of the Who Dat Nation I’m ALL IN. That’s the only way you’ll get it All BACK, right?

By the way the officials in Sunday’s game SUCKED.

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