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As some of you know, my son was born 3 months after I was injured in service. He was like Gods way of showing me why I had to look past the pain and focus on the future. Well over these last 14 years he has become quite a diehard Saints fan to the point of sometimes emotional devastation. I'm proud of his commitment to this team considering he has never lived in the N.O. and has been to more away games than home games.

We live in Florida and go to the Tampa game every year, and travel to at least 2-3 others including at least one home game a season. Over the years of keeping this up, we have grown a tight bond and like his dad, we handle tough losses really bad. He won't talk about the Minnesota disaster nor will he hear any argument about the Rams game unless you're arguing whether they should have called the PI or personal foul they missed. He gets it all so there hasn't been much I've had to teach him until last weekend.

He still thinks that wins and losses in the preseason matter and he did not take well to losing to his now most hated opponent, the Vikings. I had to explain the evaluation process, vanilla defense, and why he didn't see anything special from the team. I explained how I was the exact same way when I use to watch the preseason as a kid. You think that what you are seeing is what your going to get in the season. It also gave me an opportunity to explain depth and why he didn't see the starters out there.

I know this post isn't much of a story but when I joined here, my son was a toddler and I use to hope and pray that he would be a Saints fan and not fall in love with the Dolphins like the rest of his Florida born relatives. Not only does he bleed black and gold, Saints football has given me countless teaching moments with him, good and bad. With players like Brees, I'm able to point out why being a leader means leading by example. He tunes in because we are able to incorporate something he loves into conversations that need to be had in order to raise a respectable man.
 

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Amen. My dad explained a lot about winning and losing to me as a kid growing up watching the Saints. When waiting to cross Poydras in front of the Dome the day of the very first playoff game we both stopped, looked at each other, and busted out laughing, never thinking after 20 years we would be attending a playoff game. Priceless.
 
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As some of you know, my son was born 3 months after I was injured in service. He was like Gods way of showing me why I had to look past the pain and focus on the future. Well over these last 14 years he has become quite a diehard Saints fan to the point of sometimes emotional devastation. I'm proud of his commitment to this team considering he has never lived in the N.O. and has been to more away games than home games.

We live in Florida and go to the Tampa game every year, and travel to at least 2-3 others including at least one home game a season. Over the years of keeping this up, we have grown a tight bond and like his dad, we handle tough losses really bad. He won't talk about the Minnesota disaster nor will he hear any argument about the Rams game unless you're arguing whether they should have called the PI or personal foul they missed. He gets it all so there hasn't been much I've had to teach him until last weekend.

He still thinks that wins and losses in the preseason matter and he did not take well to losing to his now most hated opponent, the Vikings. I had to explain the evaluation process, vanilla defense, and why he didn't see anything special from the team. I explained how I was the exact same way when I use to watch the preseason as a kid. You think that what you are seeing is what your going to get in the season. It also gave me an opportunity to explain depth and why he didn't see the starters out there.

I know this post isn't much of a story but when I joined here, my son was a toddler and I use to hope and pray that he would be a Saints fan and not fall in love with the Dolphins like the rest of his Florida born relatives. Not only does he bleed black and gold, Saints football has given me countless teaching moments with him, good and bad. With players like Brees, I'm able to point out why being a leader means leading by example. He tunes in because we are able to incorporate something he loves into conversations that need to be had in order to raise a respectable man.
Great post when I was young in the late 80s growing up in L.A California I got into Saints football. I missed Louisiana and my grandparents. Whenever the Saints would lose I would cry especially in the postseason. When I was in the Army from the late 90s to early 2000s people thought I was a Saints fan cause most of the time I would sport a black t shirt and kahki pants.
When it comes to Drew it is a blessing to have him on this team. I watched him play collegiate ball when I was stationed in Ft.Riley. My wife in a weird bit of irony attended middle school with Drew. In high school she transferred to A private school. That kinda stinks she could have walked the graduation stage with him.
 

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Great post when I was young in the late 80s growing up in L.A California I got into Saints football. I missed Louisiana and my grandparents. Whenever the Saints would lose I would cry especially in the postseason. When I was in the Army from the late 90s to early 2000s people thought I was a Saints fan cause most of the time I would sport a black t shirt and kahki pants.
When it comes to Drew it is a blessing to have him on this team. I watched him play collegiate ball when I was stationed in Ft.Riley. My wife in a weird bit of irony attended middle school with Drew. In high school she transferred to A private school. That kinda stinks she could have walked the graduation stage with him.
Did they know each other? Friends?

If your wife met Drew today and said “it’s me, carol from 7th grade” would Drew say “oh my god, I remember you”?
 
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Did they know each other? Friends?

If your wife met Drew today and said “it’s me, carol from 7th grade” would Drew say “oh my god, I remember you”?
She didn't know him in middle school It was a large one. She is friends with Houston Street (who had a good baseball career) school cause she played softball and him baseball.
Lol. My mother in laws name is Carol
 

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I find as a parent of 2 boys (12 and 9 years old) that sports in general is a great teacher of life lessons. My 12 year old is just becoming a die hard Saints fan. I brought him to his 1st Saints game this past season. We watch every game together. After the NFC Championship game I found him in his room crying and I knew exactly how he felt. I was able to use that game as a "teaching moment". I explained to him that life isn't always fair. Things happen to you that are not fair and you can either shrivel up in defeat or pull up your boot straps and come back even stronger. We will both be watching our Saints this year to see if they will do the same.
 

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