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The Saints Nominated for an ESPY

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Monday September 25th, 2006 was a special night for the city New Orleans.
The game was the first for the Saints in the Superdome since Hurricane Katrina. The atmosphere resembled that of a Super Bowl with musical performances from the Goo Goo Dolls, U2 and Green Day along President George W. Bush taking care of the coin flip. Paul Tagliabue and Roger Goodell were also in attendance for the special night. Millions of Americans tuned in for the game, as it became one of the most-watched events in the history of cable TV.

As you probably remember, the Saints got off to a great start in front of probably the loudest crowd in Superdome history. Steve Gleason blocked a punt in the first quarter that was recovered for a touchdown by Curtis Deloatch. The Saints scored their next TD on an exciting double reverse with a hand off from Reggie Bush to Devery Henderson. Veteran kicker John Carney nailed two field goals in the first half to put the Saints ahead of the Falcons 20-3 at halftime. Throughout the entire game the Saints defense stifled the offense of the Falcons and kept Michael Vick from doing anything. The Saints won in dominating fashion by a final score of 23-3.

All in all though it was a special night for the City of New Orleans, a rebirth on a national stage. ESPN has recognized the greatness of that night and have nominated it for an ESPY award in the Best Moment category.
The other nominations for the ESPY award for best Moment are:

Tiger Woods’ victory in the British Open just two months after the death of his father Earl. Tiger shot a 5 under-par 67 in the final round of the tournament to win it by 2 strokes.

Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith became the first and second African-American head coaches to make it to the Super Bowl.

Derek Fisher flew from his daughter’s eye cancer surgery to game two of the playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. Fisher was late to the game and finally made it on the floor in the 3rd quarter amidst a standing ovation from the fans. He would go on to hit a crucial 3 pointer to help the Jazz win the game in overtime 127-117.

The Saints definitely have a great chance of winning the ESPY. Their fiercest competition is definitely Dungy and Smith becoming the first and second African-American coaches to make it to the Super Bowl. These events are more significant than Woods’ and Fisher’s because the Saints’ Moment involves an entire community and the Super Bowl moment involves an entire Race and movement. Both are awesome moments in all of sports history.

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Go Saints!!!


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  1. […] The ESPY awards took place on Wednesday July 11th and will air on Sunday night July 15th. The New Orleans Saints won the Best Moment Award for their return to their victorious return to the Superdome for the first time since Hurricane Katrina when they trounced the Atlanta Falcons 23-3. They edged out Tiger Woods’ victory in the British Open just two months after the death of his father, Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith becoming the first and second African-American coaches to make it to a Super Bowl and Derek Fisher’s late arrival to a playoff game following his daughter’s eye cancer surgery. Click here to read more about the Saints Triumphant return to the Superdome following Hurricane Katr… […]

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