We'll never know. I know for sure, though, that we should have had at least a few more since 09, and specifically in the last 3 years. I'm glad we got the one, but dang. Sooooo close to having more.
Even before BG, me and a few friends were saying that there was to much revenue to lose if a host team went to the SB, especially for hotel bookings.And that right there is the reason why Rog & co. did that. They knew the Saints had a legit shot to host it that season. Well, probably. It's probable.
the Saints had a legit shot to host it that season.
Disagree with the first part, agree 100% with the last part. I have no idea why so many people here think Goodell actively puts energy into specifically hurting the Saints bc of some vendetta (Payton being critical...) or any other reason (not wanting us in a home SB).No, they didn't.
The defense already wasn't particularly great..........and the offense had essentially zero chance of repeating what it did in 2011.
Can't believe there are people out there who think Roger Goodell had this intense fear of a team who had never up to that point even won a road playoff game going to such extremes to ruin their season........when all he had to do was allow their defense to take the field a few times. The guy is a useless commish and generally not a likable guy, but I strongly suspect some people overestimate the amount of thought he previously put / currently puts into the Saints.