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February 9th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

How important is Saints' Super Bowl victory for New Orleans?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Four and half years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the city finally has something to celebrate in its Super Bowl victory.

Some people say the Saints' first championship win in the team's 42-year history is the greatest thing that could ever happen to New Orleans. The city's spirits have been lifted... and it promises to be a Mardi Gras season the likes of which even New Orleans has never seen before.

It's been a long time coming - a very long four years since that awful day when Katrina roared ashore and tore the life out of one of the really special cities in this country. Katrina flooded 80 percent of the city, killed 1,500 people, drove thousands more from their homes never to return, and destroyed the economy. But it didn't kill The Big Easy's spirit.

Today renewal is breaking out all over New Orleans.

The day before the Super Bowl, they elected a new mayor - the first white mayor in 30 years. He's promising to bridge a racial divide that grew wider under Mayor Ray Nagin. Mitch Landrieu won 66 percent of the vote in an 11-candidate field. A huge win in a city that is more than 60 percent African-American.

Landrieu has his work cut out for him - including lowering one of the highest crime rates in the country, rebuilding the schools; and of course, the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina - including houses, infrastructure, hospitals, etc.

But today New Orleans is a very happy place. And the rest of us are happy for them.

Here’s my question to you: How important is the Saints' Super Bowl victory for New Orleans?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Mike in New Orleans writes:
It is beyond a Super Bowl victory, Jack. It's about surviving, and then thriving. It is also about shedding an image and defying the stereotypes with which our city and our people have been branded for decades. This is a new New Orleans, and the Saints’ victory makes it official.

George in Austerlitz, New York writes:
I saw a man near tears with joy on CNN this evening, all because his team had overcome the odds... at last. Winning gives people hope. It gives regular people the day-to-day courage to go on. It suggests that we too can rise above history and succeed. Our roots grow deeper with the pride of a winning team... We feel like we were a part of the victory, like we helped. We get pride and self-respect from a winning team. How important is it? Today, in New Orleans, it's everything!

Mike in Quebec writes:
Not so much! A Super Bowl win will not help build the house, put food on the table.... sure it's great. We all like our city to win a championship, but at the end of the day, nothing changes except maybe ticket prices next year.

Paul writes:
New Orleans, like Detroit, is the bellwether of problem-solving for everything that is wrong in this country. What they do, will be indicative of how the rest of the country will track.

Brad writes:
Jack, As someone who has volunteered in the rebuilding effort and experienced first-hand the resolve of the people of New Orleans, I can't stress enough how important this win is. After all the city has been though, this victory provides a sense of accomplishment, improves the local psyche and most of all, demonstrates that New Orleans is not gone, but more vibrant than ever.

Willow in Iowa writes:
It’s very important. For many people in New Orleans, this is their first big sign that their world is coming back to normal, that it will be fixed. I have friends in New Orleans and the tears and the happiness over this championship are amazing.


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soundoff (236 Responses)
  1. Sandra

    In the scope of life I don't think any Super Bowl victory is important at all. It's a game, nothing more.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  2. Billy

    I think it is most obvious that a city and region with serious problems in reconstruction and reorganization have such a positive motivational force in the form a Super Bowl win! It confirms that with hard work and hope, the most unimaginable things can happen. Optimism is a miracle worker. Now if the US Congress would find a way to absorb some of this we would all be better off.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  3. Alan Janer

    As important as air to a submerged pair of human lungs.

    From Baton Rouge, LA
    Living in New York, NY

    February 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  4. Rola

    Hey, Jack.Being a New Orleans resident ,the victory is very important.We have got the Saints parade going on,a new mayor,and the win will really help our economy.Jack, the Saints really deserved the win, they worked hard all season.It is also important for the city's rebirth, now New Orleans will be referred to as the Superbowl Champions home, not as suffering or having pain. Thanks for asking.Lightin up a bit Jack ,okay.
    How bout u come nd see Brees at the parade?lol

    February 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  5. Jim Z..Ft. Worth...Texas

    Through all Katrina has done to the people in the city of New Orleans and the state, they have been, by definition, martyrs. But Sunday, for the first time ever, they were all, Saints....' Les Bon Temps Roule'...

    February 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  6. Ed From Harrisburg

    Jack, you just have be happy for New Orleans. It's not what we think is important about the Super Bowl victory by the Saints. It's about what the people of New Orleans think and how they are inspired after the tragedies and hardships of recent years. If people feel inspired, then let them feel inspired. Who is anyone to rain on their parade. I've got to believe that the Manning Family with competing loyalties are inspired in some way being from New Orleans. It's a first for them and it couldn't have come at a better time. Let them enjoy and savor every moment of a great come from behind, never say die, well fought great football game which may end up being legendary in its time. And anyone who disagrees with this is a Grinch...Who Dat?

    February 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  7. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    As a NOLA transplant, I can tell you the Saints are the galvanizing force for the city. They are the city's heartbeat at this time of year. I was never fortunate to live there during any good seasons, but loved them nonetheless. When they won a regular game, the effect was palpable for the entire next week. People were more upbeat, more bonded to complete strangers. When they lost, the next week was deflated, like we collectively watched our dog get run over. Now that they have won the Superbowl, people are going to thrive off that feeling for months. When you are rebuilding a city and trying to instill a sense of community into an entire city, nothing can compare to a Saints Superbowl victory. Non-New Orleanians scoff at the notion, like Disney writers are taking over the sportspages portraying some fantasy, but it is spot on. Look at the players. In a world of primadonnas and self-entitled, self-centered millionaires, not one of them gave an interview without bringing up the city and its people. They know how big it is.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  8. Kevin in Austin

    It is the most uplifting event to ever occur in this region.. not just in the time since Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans was no shining star before the hurricane.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  9. JD in NH

    While a nice diversion, it doesn't reconstruct houses or otherwise rehabilitate the city. It means very little.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  10. Darryl

    I think its great for the city. My family and I had the opportunity to visit the crescent city in October and had a wonderful time. I was happy to see that New Orleans wasn't as bad off as portrayed in the media. There is still work to be done.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  11. Maria

    Oh, it's worth some good PR. Shows that New Orleans is at least back as a sports city. They took in revenue which should be used to help increase or restore city services. Beyond that, it's a drop in the recovery budget.

    Maria

    Brunswick,MD

    February 9, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  12. marlene

    In the terms of added dollars to the economy – not much. But in terms of a boost to the city's moral and confidence, a lot. Regardless of the impact, good fortune to the Saint's football team and city. Marlene in Mich

    February 9, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  13. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Give me a break – it’s just a game. While I have nothing against people who obsess about a bunch of overpaid walking chemistry experiments running back and forth in a stadium, the word “important” has no place in the same sentence. In case no one noticed, we do have some truly important problems to deal with. But then maybe our priorities are mixed up, and this is the reason we do have these big problems. Important? Please.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  14. Mustapha

    Houda said its not important? For real they deserved it after all the suffering during Katrina. This is the relieve for the All new Orleans. Its just makes them feel special. and it is a special game.I hope you agree jack

    February 9, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  15. Tina Tx

    Very important. This will boost the moral of the people. If the Saints can win then they can stay and fight to rebuild their homes and life.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  16. John from Alabama

    Jack: It will not get one home rebuilt, or one business restored, but it will lift the morale of New Orleans and the citizens who live there. HOORAY, or better yet, WHO DAT!!! Go Big East Go!! New Orleans has heart, great food, blues, and jazz, but it needs a win to celebrate all the good people and great events in the Crescent City.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  17. Loren, Chicago

    It's easy to be dismissive of a sporting event as not having any conection to reality, but in this case, there is such an emotional component tying this team to the city, that one cannot deny the importance of this to the people of New Orleans. This is a reminder to the citizens of New Orleans of how far the city has come and what they can accomplish with faith in themselves. We can only hope that they understand that the win is only a symbol and much hard work on their part will be required before the city is come back.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  18. Willow, Iowa

    Its very important. for many people in NO, this is their first big sign that their world is coming back to normal. That it will be fixed. I have friends in NO and the tears and the happiness over this championship is amazingly large.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  19. Conor in Chicago

    Hopefully it puts New Orleans back on the map and on the minds of people. The area is still largley devastated and recovery has been slow. Paid mercanaries actually patrol the streets (think Haliburton)-that's how bad stuff still is down there.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  20. David from Raleigh, NC

    It's not that important. Once the dust settles, it will be business as usual in the Big Easy.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  21. Darren - Detroit

    It'l bring a lot more resources in to rebuild than the Bush administartion did, that's for sure.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  22. Cathy

    I am not normally a Saints fan, but I always support an underdog
    team, so despite the predictions, I went with New Orleans. I was
    able to visit the city some years ago, and I would love to see all the
    areas that are still not rebuilt, come back to life. So, this win will
    bring more people into the city and state to spend money, and hopefully speed the process. Great job Saints!

    February 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  23. Layne Alleman

    Jack, As far as boosting morale?, probably some. The reality is that the sun will come up tomorrow, and the lousy levees, horrible crime-rate, and devastation in the poorer neighborhoods will still be there. Their Local, State, and Federal governments let them down big-time, and all the sport victories in the world isn't going to change that. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  24. JENNA

    How important is the Saints' Super Bowl victory for New Orleans?

    The Saints win brought pride back to the city of New Orleans. And it fries me to see Bobby Jindl in the parade when he voted against funding the rebuilding of New Orleans at every turn.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    February 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  25. John,

    Jamestown,NY Not important at all, overpaid players & team owners . The Tax payers pay for the stadium & then we have to pay to see the games. We own the stadium, we should enter it free. Then when the owner tells the public that he is going to move if he don't get a updated stadium, Ha, I say move, that means less taxes I have to pay for building a stadium or remodeling one.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  26. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    What a shot in the arm for a town that needs all the help it can get. It will show the residents that even though you are an underdog you can do great things. Who dat? That's the Saints, thats who.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  27. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    It is improtant for the people of New Orleans to show that they still have the spirit to fight back from being down in so many ways with so little help. It shows that they can get out of their mess and be winners to boot.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  28. Paul New Port Richey, Fl

    Party hearty Saints fans. You have been patient. I know what patience is. I am a Cleveland Browns fan.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  29. Rory Murray

    Jack,
    Tourism has always been crucial to New Orleans. I hope they exploit this win for all it's worth. They deserve a lucky break!
    Rory Murray
    San Bernardino, CA

    February 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  30. DB

    Its a great achievement to win the Super Bowl. But I am sick of hearing about Katrina and New Orleans. Did everyone forget about the MS Gulfcoast? They actually got the eye of the hurricane. Waveland, Long Beach, and Gulfport all got hit way worse than New Orleans. The 9th ward will survive and Brad Pitt can be a "hero" for fixing. Pay attention to the real victims.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  31. Greg Turman

    Since Katrina about half of the Saints fans moved to Texas and stayed.
    All of them have become Cowboy fans.
    Would have meant a lot more before Katrina.

    Us Texicans are glad to see our neighbors win the big one.

    Congrats to the Saints & the city of New Orleans

    February 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  32. Jim

    Jack,

    I guess not much in the long term, but in the short term it will generate some revenue and good spirits from the celebrations. It sure is good to see those folks smiling again.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    February 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  33. Eugene Northern Cal

    It's major Jack. That city has needed an emotional boost since Katrina and they got it. Just wish I were there doing the Bourbon Street Stroll Sunday night.
    And we're still waiting to hear Wolf sing.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  34. Joanne B

    Football is a game, and it is another case of Americans falling in love with the "unimportant". Amazes me that Corp Welfare to the Billionaire owners has been going on for 15 yrs...take from those who need better quality food on the table and tax them to feed rich people.
    Yes, we watch Football, however it is not THAT important.
    Joanne
    Mn

    February 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  35. Lou from North Carolina

    I think that win was for thousands of people who may have never been to New Orleans but we were pulling for them because we wanted New Orleans to win. I can't remember when I have seen a football game with more excitement and happiness. The quarterback and his son. It doesn't get any better than that.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  36. Joe CE

    Important, gives the people a lift and focuses attention on New Orleans. It is discrase that rehabilitation is draging on but 80% of the cityt is OK. I was recenbtly there. Recommend ir for a winter vacation. Some of parts that were severly flooded shoud be turned into parks. Also diving walls should be bulit to contain flooding in smaller areas. Of couirse, the levees should be strenghtened & raised – should have been a stimulous project.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  37. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It seems to have changed the whole psyche of the citizens of New Orleans. It's not only a victory for the Saints but for the city, the state, and for that matter, the country.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  38. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    The Saints' win has done more for New Orleans than our government could ever do-give them a sense of pride.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  39. Richard, Syracuse

    It is important. GOD hit New Orleans in the gut with Katrina, but the Saints did not let that stop them. They not only won the game, they won it with HEART.

    Every penny that goes into the area is sorely needed. Everyone seems to have forgotten how many people we still have without homes because of that storm. And the ONLY people down there are Church's and Volunteer groups. Where is our Federal Government? We could take some of our Nonviolent criminals and let them volunteer to help build homes and have their crimes whiped off the books completely.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  40. ken from jefferson city

    Jack, it's important because it show's that that you don't have to be terrible your whole life you can still be the best but it takes hard work.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  41. Rick McDaniel

    Perhaps the new mayor will be far more important to the city's recovery effort, than a Super Bowl win.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  42. Ivy Missouri City TX

    Jack
    Being a city ignored and forgotten about, something as simple or as great as a Super Bowl victory and the party afterward is a great signal that New Orleans is still alive and it takes more than a hurricane and an inept government to kill the city of Saints

    February 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  43. Mysterious, Chicago

    As a New Orleans Native, BIG TIME FOR THE BIG EASY!!! That' show we roll.

    February 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  44. Joey in Florida

    Good for them – they won a game. Back to the real world, now.

    February 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  45. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    It would be nice if it meant something more than a sugar high lasting just a few day. Unfortunately, by next week little will have changed and the high long gone.

    February 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  46. Dennis North Carolina

    Good for the spirit.

    February 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  47. Penny, Bellvue WA

    It'll make people there happy for a few days, but it's totally meaningless.

    February 9, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  48. DW Gard

    The win is a great mental win for the people of New Orleans. And we all know they need it.

    February 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  49. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Very, it just helps bring the city closer together. Gives them a greater sense of pride in their town. I think it is great. New Orleans is such a great town, was one of my favorite vacation places.

    February 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  50. Mike in New Orleans

    It is beyond a superbowl victory Jack. It's about surviving, and then thriving. It is also about shedding an image and defying the stereotypes with which our city and our people have been branded for decades. This is a New New Orleans, and the Saints victory makes it official.

    February 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  51. ron - american living in Copenhagen

    Probably the best thing for New Orleans since Louis Armstrong - New Orleans got a rotten deal from the government - still getting a rotten deal after all of these years - too many broken promises and way too many officials between the needs of the citizens and the promises made - The Saints give them hope, the Saints interact with their local community, The city feels proud again, the Saints feel proud, and they are all pulling together - with an attitude like this - we will see New Orleans, their citizens, and their NFL team rise to the top again!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  52. frankie

    It's all good!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  53. Theresa

    It's a great start to improving things. Hopefuly the new mayor can too.

    February 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  54. Bill in Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think it is very important, it brought joy and happiness to a place that so desperately needs it. It helped bring liberals, conservatives, blacks and whites together with nothing else on their mind but to celebrate their saints victory. It also put the spotlight on just how much more needs to be done in New Orleans. When the saints won the Super Bowl it was like someone writing a movie script that you wouldn't think could happen in real life.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  55. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    The Saints worked very hard for this miracle,Maybe George did a fly over the game?

    February 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  56. Nicholas Weber- Green Bay, WI

    It is very important. This is just what they needed to rekindle their unity as a state and to continue the fight.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  57. Linda in Arizona

    It's certainly a great morale booster. I'm happy for them. Wish I was there to have some of their delicious regional specialties.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  58. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    A sporting event is an intangible element to any society.

    What is a tangible element of New Orleans is the spirit and compassion of a city hell bent on resurrection. That is what is important, and that is what will lift them up. The thrill of winning a football game will fade, the union of the souls of these people are everlasting.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  59. Kyle, Irvine, CA

    This was extremely important to the people of New Orleans. A city that suffered devastation now has some light and a reason to party!

    February 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  60. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    I saw a man near tears with joy on CNN this evening, all because his team had overcome the odds... AT LAST.
    Winning gives people hope. It gives regular people the day to day courage to go on. It suggests that we to can rise above history and succeed.
    Our roots grow deeper with the pride of a winning team... We feel like we were a part of the victory, like we helped. We get pride and self respect from a winning team.
    How important is it?
    Today, in New Orleans, it's everything!

    February 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  61. Terry Gnsbg,IN

    Just returned from there, the party will last through Madigras- guaranteed!!! It'll wear off like everything does but it was the best thing that could ever happen to that state & I'm from Indiana!

    February 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  62. Richard Texas

    I don't do the bourbon street thing because I don't drink. To me there is nothing worse then being sober around a bunch of drunks so I have no desire to go to new Orleans. Needless to say I will not be helping their economy. This is a short lived victory for a team. Next year rolls around soon enough. I don't put much stock in football. It is an over priced over paid performance I don't waste my money on. Football does not put people to work and only helps the local economy. If you have a losing team it does not even do that.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  63. Mike in Quebec

    Not so much! A Super Bowl win will not help build the house, put food on the table.... sure it's great. We all like our city to win a championship, but at the end of the day, nothing changes except maybe ticket prices next year.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  64. Paul Ivanushka

    New Orleans, like Detroit, is the bellweather of problem solving for everything that is wrong on this country. What they do, will be indicitive of how the rest of the country will track.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  65. Greg, Ontario

    As far as I know it's not going to get the 9th ward rebuilt like it should be by now. I wonder how many jobs would be created if you started doing what should have started years ago. Rebuild Haiti? Sure, but rebuild your own city and put people to work? Nawww that would make to much sense.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  66. A. Smith, Oregon

    Despite Bush-Cheney's best efforts to completely destroy New Orleans so that Big Oil could more easily remove Oil reserves in that same area, New Orleans some 5 years later has managed to find their spirit and continue it's massive rebuilding and construction programs.

    How important is it to see this city overcome the horrific treatment beset upon them by the former Republican Administration? Its vital to all American's to see how America can indeed be righted and steered away from the horrific abyss which the former Republican Administration has pushed, threatened and steered America towards for the previous 8 years.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  67. vanbarbee

    The Saints' recent victory is tremendously important to the city Jack. With violent crime rates maintaining unacceptable highs and the city still suffering from the shock of Katrina, New Orleans, and all of Louisiana with it, needed something to raise their spirits. With any hope, the Saints' will serve as an example which could help bring the city out of the depression it has suffered for the last decade.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  68. Scott Stodden

    Honestly Jack and I say this with tears in my eyes that this SuperBowl win for New Orleans brought a new hope to the people of New Orleans and to the state of Louisiana itself, hope that even though devastation and destruction occurred everything will be alright! Iam so happy for the New Orlean Saints and the job they did and they truly deserve this win and the people of New Orleans now have a reason to celebrate once again!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illlinois)

    February 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  69. Robert

    Who are the saints?

    February 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  70. Jeff in Minnesota

    Very important. Hopefully the Saints' Super Bowl win will show the citizens of New Orleans that there is a reason to be proud of their city. When I visited New Orleans just before Katrina hit, it was obviously a city in the doldrums. It seemed to not know what it wanted or where it was going. It was just a convention and party city with no real direction, surviving day-to-day. This is a city with a rich history that is unappreciated not only by most Americans but also by a large portion of its citizenry. The biggest problem the city faces is how to afford the costs of living below sea level. While it can be done, I'm afraid that the costs involved far outweigh what New Orleans can afford. Somehow New Orleans has to determine how to survive, both economically and physically. It is only a matter of time before another storm comes their way.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  71. Diana

    I say very important. I puts New Orleans back on the map and on people's minds. Revenue will greatly help too. People will not only want to go to celebrate Mardi Gras, but they'll want to celebrate the Saints victory. More money for them. I hope it helps them rebuild.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  72. David Sisters OR

    It's important for New Orleans–tomorrow the rest of the country will move on.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  73. james in anaheim california

    God bless them.... what else is there to say. Our family has never seen a more exciting sporting event our lives and we are not even Saints fans, and for once all of america who maybe fans of different football teams put that aspect aside,cheered and prayed for good fourtune to fall upon New Orleans team and the city.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  74. honestjohn in Vermont

    It gives a great boost for a city that was devastated by Katrina. Its good for the spirit.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  75. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, look at the pictures coming out of NOLA today, and compare them with the pictures we have become accustomed to seeing. It's pretty obvious that the Saints' victory is very important, not just for NOLA but for the whole country.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  76. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    This decisive win is just the therapy they really needed. The smiles and total joy on every face!!

    From almost total devastation and horror to winning the Super Bowl has helped bring the necessary sunshine and bring real hope.

    Now maybe there will be an even greater rebirth of New Orleans and all LA. Now the world can see what is working and what still needs to be done.

    This win also tells the world "We're bloodied, but unbowed" and we will be back even better than before.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  77. Bill

    Hello Jack. I'm glad the Saints won the Superbowl, but it really was only a game wasn't it?

    February 9, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  78. Craig in Illinois

    Important?
    Why?
    It's a milestone for the Saints and it's time to party and get back to reality.
    Crime, racism, dirty politics, poverty, scandals, and everything else that's wrong with New Orleans and almost every other city in this country.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  79. Mark

    It won't make a bit of difference. The "culture" of corruption and crime will continue and New Orleans will be the same Old poster child for everything that is wrong with American cities.

    Mark
    OKC, OK

    February 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  80. Laura

    It's not the Super Bowl victory that's important for New Orleans, it's the spirit that resurrected the city, embodied in the spirit of the team, that's important. It's a sign of resilience and strength, the city is coming back, and bigger and better than before.
    Laura

    February 9, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  81. Silas Kain - Boston

    The collective American attention span is about as long as that of a gnat. While it is great for the people of New Orleans, it will do little to motivate their fellow Americans to complete the job. The people of New Orleans have learned how to do it on their own with little external help. And now their team has pulled off a Super Bowl miracle which validates what they're trying to accomplish. The way I see it, Jack, New Orleans might get little attention for a week or two, but after that if you ask a resident where the local FEMA folks are, they'll reply, "WHO DAT?"

    February 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  82. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Its important Jack! It is about the great spirit of New Orleans and its people! It is a great victory for New Orleans, for its people, for the country and for anyone who have watch from afar the pains New Orleans have gone through fom the tragic day of Katrina and their resilience! I never forgotten that day because it is on that day that I had started to change how as an artist I create my art which included painting while watching the news and New Orleans was the news on that first day! I am very happy for New Orleans and this great win which means a great revival!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  83. Plato Autridge

    At least the people of New Orleans will resume stronger efforts in trying to restore their city once before spirit of celebration. The city has been somewhat deserted for so many years because of the catastrophe cause by katrina few years ago and forgetting what were the true symbols that may people remember new orleans and what it use to be this moment of celebration will bring back a sort of winning spirit of happiness so that they can put most of the bad that happened behind them and move on

    February 9, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  84. Weldon from Canada

    It's great to see New Orleans have something to cheer about. It is about time something positive has happened to give them something that is upbeat and cheerful. I hope they celebrate for the next month or so.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  85. michaeljwjr

    The Saints are to New Orleans, what Obama was to the African American Community.

    Proof that anything is possible with enough work, and heart.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  86. Chaney. Louisiana

    Jack this is big for Norleans and the State of Louisiana, we are on the bottom end of every negative list known to man.. all through the devastation of Katrina the strength of the people shone through. The Saints owners and players worked with the people in the rebirth of a City, and in return were inspired by the spirit of those same people. to work harder aim higher, and Nobody gonna beat Dem Saints.....

    February 9, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  87. Linda Serdiuk

    A bunch of fine black and white football players did what GW Bush couldn't do...restore pride.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  88. Alan, Louisiana

    Im about 45 minutes to an hour away from New Orleans, This is a huge thing here. Who Dat has literly became our motto. This is probably going to be the biggest thing in New Orleans next to Katrina.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  89. JP

    The city's spirit is stronger than ever – this symbolizes uniting against impossible odds and not only surviving (to get to the big game) but prospering.

    Mark (OKC), who predicts the city "will be the same old poster child..." clearly has never been to NOLA and knows absolutely nothing about it.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  90. Abe

    It is a great thing for the Nation. We ALL needed something to feel good about!
    Abe
    White Bluff, TN

    February 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  91. Amanda

    Jack, I'm thrilled for New Orleans. I hope the victory bolsters their tourism and their spirits, but allow me to add that from where I sit, high atop a mountain in the long-time depressed state of West Virginia, I'm damn hopeful this means we can finally stop worrying about them and start paying attention to the rest of America, some of which suffers as much for much longer than four years. Geaux Saints!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  92. Cari

    The Super Bowl victory is monumental for the city, state and region. It feels great to have something positive that New Orleans can be recognized for!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  93. James

    It will make a big difference in the spirit of the common person, but as far as the longterm economy of the area goes, it will make no difference.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  94. Shane

    As for Mark's comment, well I hope his life gets better to be so Negative. I personally dont live in New Orleans. I am from Lafayette. But New Orleans has always been a great place to visit as a kid or party as an adult. As for corruption, that is everywhere and will ALWAYS be everywhere. It has nothing to do with corruption, it is what you do with it that counts. As for the saints winning, It is a great feeling but not suprising. Louisiana has been getting a hella lot attention lately and my area is growing extremely fast.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  95. Tony in New Orleans

    We lost a lot, we cried a lot and continue to mourn the financial and infrastruture losses that we encountered as a result of Katrina. If the Saints was any indication, I'd say we're turly the city to not count out.

    I am here on the parade route texting this WHODAT MESSAGE FOR MY CITY. HAPPY MARDI GRAS AMERICA!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  96. Ron

    It is important because it helps change the thinking of the people of New Orleans- for decades, the city had its hand out. With the Saints, it shows that with hard work and a team approach great things happen to those that work for it.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  97. angel from Greenlawn NY

    Jack it's like when you were a kid the day before Christmas, you just couldn't wait till that day came and when it did there was nothing better on earth.. New Orleans deserve there own private Christmas after what they have been through..

    February 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  98. John Ortega

    Thank you CNN for showing America the great city of New Orleans! There are still people out there that think it is still flooded!!! I travel every year from Hawaii to support this great city! Your coverage is going to help bring back tourism to a city that very much needs it all year!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  99. Tony in New Orleans

    We lost a lot, we cried a lot and continue to mourn the financial and infrastructure losses that we encountered as a result of Katrina. If the Saints WIN was any indication, I'd say we're truly the city to not count out.

    I am here on the parade route texting this WHODAT MESSAGE FOR MY CITY. HAPPY MARDI GRAS AMERICA!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  100. Lisa Alexis

    This victory is very importent for the city. I'm a New Orleans native born and lived there for 19 years till Katrina came and moved me and my family to the Superdome, then to Dallas Texas. I miss home very much. The winning of the Saints was amazing. This will give the city the attention it deserves.

    Lisa Alexis
    Dallas, TX

    February 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  101. Scott Tilton

    The Saints are very symbolic for this city. New Orleans has come a long way since hurricane katrina. The metro area has rebounded very well, and the city has made strides since the great deluge. The Saints are a positive influence on the city, and all New Orleanians are extremely grateful. The Saints have given us international exposure and have shown the world the renaissance of the city. Merci beaucoup tout le monde and as always WHO DAT?!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  102. John V

    To Mark in OK, go take a nap and wake up in another world please. I live very close to New Orleans and this win is huge to the city and our state. We just elected a new great Mayor and now won the Super Bowl. It is fantastic to live in the State of Louisiana near New Orleans. Geaux Saints!!!!!!!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  103. Serena Jenkins

    Thank you CNN for airing this parade for all of us who were chased away from our homes in all of South Louisiana! Since Sunday night, we have all been walking on air! Just a magical moment for us as the New Orleans Saints bring this trophy home and we celebrate all that is great about this wonderful, wonderful city!!

    Thank you!'

    February 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  104. Fred harris

    unless all this revenue goes to the right place (9th ward) and building the infrastructure u can win all the super bowls in the world, it wont aount to a hill of beans

    February 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  105. Tina Raleigh, NC

    Jack,
    I'm not a football fan and until a few days before Sunday, I didn't know what teams were playing nor the city where the SB would take place. But once I heard, I was pulling for the Saints because I knew in my heart that a victory would elevate the spirits of the New Orleans citizens. I couldn't be happier for them if I lived there myself. Well done, Saints!

    Tina

    February 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  106. Bev, Arlington, VA

    I think this is the shot in the arm that NO needed. It shows how leadership and optimism can change anyone's fate. Drew Brees went to my alma mater, Purdue, where he was a leader and scholar then. He, Sean Payton and the rest of the Saints truly are saints! They took a once losing team from a downtrodden and devastated city to national winners-an achievement that should be honored, celebrated and one we should all model our behavior after!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  107. Ray, Louisiana

    The New Orleans Saints are a part of every New Orleanian's family in heart and in spirit. Through the bad and the good the fans stand behind their team with hope and vigor. In the same fashion, that is how the citizens of New Orleans and the surrounding stand behind the city, good or bad, in sickness and in health, til death do us part. The citizens, the Saints and the city are a marriage that survives through it all.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  108. Delvin

    Hey Jack, Im from Louisiana I stay maybe one hour and half. This win means so much to us. To the "Who Dat Nation" this is a form of healing for us. To have this pride overshadows what we have goin through since 2005. But it was destined for us to win and couldnt have gone any other way. Go SAINTS

    February 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  109. Justin

    I've never lived in NOLA so I know I'm on the outside looking in, but the way I see it, The Saints are a football team. Hello! What is a football championship supposed to do to enhance the reality of life once the parade is over...nothing. The Saints players don't have to worry about paying their bills but the people of New Orleans still do. What do they expect to change just because they won a football game??

    February 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  110. Joy

    Very important.The Saints Team represents all the citizens of NOLA as well as the rest of the state in terms of being resilient,persevering and goodnatured in both good and bad times.It's a feel -good story and I hope to see it in the silver screen one day like Sandra Bullock's movie"The Blind Side".The fact that it topped the MASH final TV episode is proof.It shows the true American Spirit.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  111. Charlesetta Nganga

    I was born in New Orleans, and grew up in Baton Rouge. I currently reside in Central Georgia. Words can hardly describe the feeling of intense pride that I, along with the people of New Orleans, are feeling at this very moment. This Saints Superbowl victory can be compared to the anticipation of fireworks, which are set off at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve night. Just like the fireworks, this Saints Superbowl Victory is signaling to the entire world that New Orleans has finally "arrived". It is our way of serving notice that we are back in full swing again! The Who Dat Nation has definitely arrived! Who Dat!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  112. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bragging rights does a lot for the ego when there has been so much negativity surrounding New Orleans.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  113. Gary

    The Saints victory has breathed hope and happiness into an economically and spiritually devastated environment. Like the cycle of the mythological phoenix, a newer and better city will rise from what was left behind by Katrina.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  114. Jim Z..Ft. Worth...Texas

    Many times before the advent of Hurricane Katrina were the people of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana made martyrs as victim's of tragedies. Sunday however, they were all Saints. 'Les Bon Temps Roulle'

    February 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  115. stephenia (maryland)

    I think it will make the city to be lively again.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  116. Victor Mauro

    During an overwhelming 4 years of tragedy and a horrible economy to insure that devastation was a day to day realization. The Saints have created a way for people to let out the screams of happiness for a positive outlook on the future. The Saints have achieved this for a city that so needed to be happy again. So when the saints went marching in they came back out on top the way it needed to be

    February 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  117. Brad

    Jack-
    As someone who has volunteered in the rebuilding effort and experienced first hand the resolve of the people of New Orleans, I can't stress enough how important this win is. After all the city has been though, this victory provides a sense of accomplishment, improves the local psyche and most of all, demonstrates that New Orleans is not gone, but more vibrant than ever.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  118. Jordan in South Dakota

    This is a beautiful victory for New Orleans & renewal of their spirit! I went to help with the recovery efforts in 2005 and was touched by the undying spirit of the people. The resiliency in the Gulf Coast is truly an inspiration and touched me greatly. The Saints played for their city and deserved this win!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  119. Matt in Virginia Beach

    The superbowl win is helping to bring back some glory and more importantly, attention to what was and still is one of the best cultural meccas of our country. Let's hope the rest of the nation realizes this as they see New Orleans in its well deserved spotlight.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  120. Israel in Orlando, FL

    It's very important. It's going to help boost and increase New Orleans population 9 to 10 months from now. A lot of people are very happy and definitely in the baby-making mode right now. I would advice labor rooms to brace for impact approximately 9 months from now.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  121. Kenneth Plunkett

    I think it is absolutely "WONDERFUL" for the people of New Orleans. As a Bus Diver, you remember the debacle under the "So Called Government" from the top to the bottom when they wouldn't let us driver in to get the people (Many of us volunteered) myself included. This is a proud moment for all of us Not just for New Orleans. This is a great day

    February 9, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  122. Marie C. Zephyrhills FL

    I lived in New Orleans only one year, but I can tell you the people are great! Nothing keeps them down. I feel the Saints Super Bowl win does give the people of New Orleans even more hope. In other cities the people would not have stuck it out after Katrina. God Bless New Orleans
    Marie C., Zephyrhills, FL

    February 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  123. burt

    The beginning of any meaningful conversation starts with something in common between the communicator and the receiver. The Superbowl win for New Orleans is much bigger than a sports event. It is the beginning of the healing a sore wound compounded by a racial divide. Congratulations New Orleans.... The world stands with you!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  124. Roland Ocampo

    The New Orleans Saints win is as important for the city and state as the 1980 Olympic hockey team win versus the Soviet Union and the winning of the gold medal later, let Americans belive we can beat the Soviets and helped Pres. Reagan push his Ideas and agenda to winning by a show of force, in a nuclear race that really meant nobody would become a winner. The city of New Orleans and the state of Louisianna now have the confidence to move ahead and win.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  125. davvid

    it will do more for the city than Bush and homeland securety did

    February 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  126. Lou Alice Mahaney

    I am loving the parade. Wish my daughter, Janice could be enjoying it. She came to us in OK after the flood. She had been in the water for 14 hrs. She never did recover. She died in Nov. of 06. She loved NO and loved parades.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  127. luva pendarvis

    Jack , this is huge for New Orleans but also for the entire state. I live in north louisiana, Shreveport/Bossier City and this place has gone crazy for the Saints, It really is a feel good story with all the bad stuff in the news. We all need this spirit lifting event. The American Dream is still alive and well.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  128. John DeMartini

    It only matters because the media kept it before the people constantly.
    It directs peoples attention to the irrelevant rather than allow them to focus on the dire circumstances our nation is in.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  129. Jason Scott

    I am in awe at how impactful this Superbowl win for the Saints has been. After it's all said and done, everyone across the country was left with a smile on Sunday after the championship securing interception. If you saw the movie 'Invictus', you can see how a victory in sports can truly bring people together and shape a city, state, and nation...UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  130. Carole, Ventura Co., CA

    Jack, I am so thrilled for the city of New Orleans! I was there just a few months prior to Katrina. The city and its people had such a profound effect on my husband, me, and the friends we were with and as I watched CNN coverage for the days before, during, and after the disaster, I cried my eyes out for what was lost. This is a HUGE boost for the city and I can't wait to go back and help support their rebirth!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  131. Raine Naugler

    This Super Bowl victory is extremely important not just to New Orleans but for the entire state of Louisiana. The Saints win has helped narrow the rift between North & South Louisiana. Shreveport held a well attended Saints rally last Friday and has asked for a Saints victory parade in Shreveport. Today in Louisiana, we are all one celebrating the #1 team...The New Orleans Saints!!!!

    Raine Naugler
    Shreveport, LA.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  132. Ray, Louisiana

    I don't expect people who are not from New Orleans to understand. Every day the people of New Orleans live with hope in spite of governmental incompetence and poverty. Most of the rebuilding here was not driven with unwavering government support, but by the blood and sweat of the people. The soul of this particular Saints team embodies the spirit and aspiration of rebuilding stronger and better for the future.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  133. jeromy fontenieux

    Jack,

    I rate it right up there with The Second Coming!!!

    Jeromy Fontenieux

    February 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  134. Dennis Allar

    Super bowl win has given New Orleans a psychological shot in the arm, but will not rebuild the city. That is going to take a lot of money in a country that is grossly over spent it's resources. If the funds were not available before 2008 they definitely are not now.
    I wish the best to the citizens of New Orleans, but realistically it is going to take a lot more then a Super bowl win to rebuild a city build where a city should not be at all.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  135. Mr/Mrs David N. Sibley of Boynton Brach, Fl.

    We are so thrilled with the Saints Victory. New Orleans has a very special place in our hearts. Our son Larry graduated from Tulane and we spent many wonderful times dining, visiting cultural institutions and naturally, many fun- times in the French Quarter.. Hopefully the focus on this wonderful city will result in renewed efforts to restotre areas still in a state of neglect and enable those you left New Orleans NOT out of choice to return to their beloved home state!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  136. Abdi hirsi

    the city will be fully recover no matter how the situation is, but this means alot to them. emotionally america was with the saints, no question about that, four years after here they are celebrating.....fantastic

    Abdi hirsi
    Lasvegas NV

    February 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  137. Dana

    Jack,

    It's history....It's Hope and without it, we are nothing! It's not meaningless, it's not just a game, it's not just a city of crime....it's a real chance. Way to go Saints, Way to go New Orleans. THis is one of the few cities left in this country that protects historical buildings, the arts, music, etc. Shame on those who turn their backs on opportunity.

    Dana
    Texas

    February 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  138. Abby Ginnetti

    I am a native New Orleanian and am now living in North
    Carolina. It is very interesting that this parade is not being routed through St. Bernard Parish or any other of the parishes that are still reeling from Katrina. My sister lost everything and has moved to the Baton Rouge area. I know live in North Carolina and this Saints win is the impetus to continue the healing. There is still the montra of please do not forget. There is still so much left to do.

    Abby

    February 9, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  139. Harry

    I'ts great, I noticed they came back and got into their fancy cars, now will these overpaid athletes help the city financially?

    February 9, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  140. Bernardo Gui

    The"bloated" federal government....
    The disaterious Bush Administration...
    The red tape, the political postering.....
    The "finger pointing".....

    THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS FOOTBALL TEAM HAS DONE MORE FOR THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS....THAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND THE "POWERS THAT BE".

    Who knew...

    February 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  141. John R Gorby

    A wonderful moment in time for the City of New Orleans, from the rebuilding of the city after the horrible hurricane that destroyed the city, yet the faith and hope of millions of people that help start the rebuilding of a beautiful city and now the people of Louisianna stand proud and tall as their Saints finally bring joy and happiness to such a wonderful city and the people across the nation are very happy to see the smiles on the faces of the people from the big easy.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  142. Rev. Dr. Lee E. Fields, Jr

    This time for my home town is awesome. I mean awesome. The Saints have united folk through out the entire booth State. I'm blessed to call New Orleans my home. My mother just moved back into her home in the 2500 block of HollyGrove after 4years and 4 months. I'm here in Springfield, Illinois, watching the news, with tears in my eyes. We know how to celebrate, and I'm glad that my daughters have had a chance to witness such a rich culture. Hello Donna Brazile, my family out of Gert Town knows your family. I'm happy, happy, happy, Bless you.
    The route of the parade shown by you CNN made me cry again, its as if you're erasing the damage of the past. Man, what a day, what a day.
    Thank you.
    We use to sneak in Tulane stadium to watch them, and at the last home game, the players would give wrist bands, the tape off their arms, slap your hands, and much more. WOW> I'm sorry, talking too long.
    Bless you NEW ORLEANS

    February 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  143. Judie Wm's El Lago

    Many of us living along the Gulf Coast celebrate with New Orleans, and the state of Louisiana........the Saints win only enhances the spirit one feels when visiting this great, rich city.

    Yes, problems exist as they do in every large city, however this spirit lifting event can only bring positive results in the continuing rebuilding, and New Orleans will become strongly united.

    One must visit this state and city to truly experience the richness. Breathe in the food, the music, the garden district, the culture, and much much more.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  144. Jeff-Detroit

    Its important to the people but only as a motivational tool. Does a game represent a way on life? I think not. and once this passes then what? What about Detroit? Its a thrid world country within the United States and taboo in most circles. Granted we did not survive a hurricane but our dispare is on going and long term. If the Lions won the Superbowl would that instill hope? Sure but would not net results. The problems here seems to be unsolvable. Corupt politicians, bankrupt auto makers and an economy and umemplotment rate thats been on the down for decacades. In comparison grats to the Saints but you cant use a band aid when a tourniquet is needed!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  145. Beth

    This is a game changer for our region. It is so much more than football. Katrina may have knocked us down, but we are definitely on our way back up.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  146. Karl from SF, CA

    It may not mean much to the rest of us, but to the people of New Orleans, football fans and non-fans alike, it was the first positive major event in the resurrection of The Crescent City. They needed it.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  147. Luis Lazaro Tijerina

    The significane of the Saint's Super Bowl victory is of historic culture importance, because a sport's victory such as this one mirrors the strength, vitality, and reslience of the New Orleans's people to survive the tragedy that befell them with hurrican Katrina. The Saint's victory is as imortant for the city of New Orleans as it is for the country, and only a World Cup victory in football (soccer) would be of even more profound importance in the history of this country.

    Luis Lazaro Tijerina
    Burlington, Vermont

    February 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  148. Ed from California

    It shows that New Orleans is open and ready for business. And is waiting for tourists and their money. I'm happy they won, their coach is brilliant and made some great moves, before and during the game. (I only wish the Fourty-Niners had him)

    February 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  149. Gigeo Pirus

    Watching the parade. It's great to see that a Breeze is able to make you forget a hurricane.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  150. Bernardo Gui

    The failed Bush administration.....
    The bloated federal goverment....
    The finger pointing....
    The political postering......
    FEMA ????

    The New Orleans Saints have done more for the city of New Orleans than the federal government and the "powers tha be".

    Who knew

    February 9, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  151. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The south has rose again.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  152. Marvin

    Does anybody really care? To watch CNN right now, you would think that there has only been one hurricane throughout history and that the Second Coming has begun in N.O.

    This is like your snow coverage... There is life between the coasts!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  153. steve- virginia beach

    The Super Bowl win is big news but I suspect that booting Mayor Nagin to the curb will prove to be a bigger win for New Orleans.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  154. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    It's the beginning of the reforms in New Orleans!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  155. Crown Jewel

    Of Course, this is important, simply because its symbolic for what's to be expected in the future from the city, it's citizens and it's new mayor. I know many of you don't understand the traditions of New Orleans, but this one little second in time means so much. What if your family member was sick from a illness which cause them to be paralized and a miracle became available to give you just a little hope. How would you feel? Just allow us to enjoy our small yet large break through of what to come in our city.

    Thanks,
    Who Dat Nation

    February 9, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  156. Marcelo Sepulveda

    Extremely important for New Orleans and our Country. It shows that the american dream is still alive for anyone who wants to work hard and is not willing to give up even when you are losing. I live in Los Angeles and I don't normally watch football but that was a great game and a great story after Katrina. You gotta love it.

    Marcelo Sepulveda.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  157. Ephram

    The words to adequately answer that question... have yet to be invented.

    Born and Raised in LA!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  158. Dean Tesar

    It's a huge deal for the people and the city ... sidebar: more snow for DC? good! keep it closed down ... we save money by keeping Congress NOT in session!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  159. Michael Conte

    I lived in New Orleans from 1985 – 1989 and fell in love with the city during that time. My job was to analyze and forecast the local area economy, so I became very familiar with local issues. When I left it was with a heavy heart – but also with a great weight lifted from my soul because it was obvious that the city was woefully unprepared for the inevitable 100-year storm. It remains woefully unprepared even today, almost 5 years later. I know how much the Saint's win means to the locals - and to me! - but unfortunately I believe it is yet another distraction from the real work that has to be done... another excuse to let the good times roll while the wetlands roll out to sea. Much more important, at least in my opinion, is the election of Mitch Landrieu, who might conceivably be able to start the ball moving toward the resolution of the city's geographic vulnerabilities (and numerous other vulnerabilities as well). Geaux Landrieu!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  160. Sue from Redwood City

    Oh give me a break! It's only a way overated football game!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  161. Lisa Rahon

    The Saints victory will of course help the city as long as people like you Jack stop dwelling on the disaster when we should be focusing on the positive. For heavens sakes, we've been back in business here since 2005!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  162. Tamra (Alexandria, LA)

    Jack, You bet this is very important for the people of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. After the HUGE failure during Katrina, these people FOUGHT back with everything in them with very very little help. New Orleans DESERVES this and so do all Louisianians. New Orleans is truly known for being an underdog in many ways but they have FIGHT and SPIRIT like no other people. WAY TO GEAUX SAINTS AND NEW ORLEANS!! The world cheers for you and your victory. Love dem Saints. WHO DAT!! DEM SAINTS DATS WHO!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  163. Larry Seeley

    Not nearly as important as re-engineered and rebuilt levees would be. Drew Brees' thumb isn't big enough to stop those leaks.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  164. ken Thibodaux La

    We have all dreamed of the day when the Saints would win the Super Bowl.I believe the players wanted it for the city and the team more than they wanted it for themselves. I have never whitnessed a team so entrenched with and attached to the community as this group of guys. As far as it feels to the WHO-DAT NATION: total satisfaction. A feeling that will stay around the area for a long time.the feeling of accompishment! The wind under your wings that makes you feel proud. Proud of where you come from,proud of the Saints, but I think most of all winning makes you deal with lifes problems in a whole new light, because you feel so good! A smile that will not go away! PEACE! BLESS YOU BOYS!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  165. John Banks, Baltimore

    I was raised in Detroit, where we suffered 2 consecutive "Long, Hot Summers" of violent, horrible race riots in 1967 and 1968. The Tigers' win of the World Series in '68 brought the community together, quenching differences and celebrating what we had in common. I beleive the Saints victory is doing the same for the Big Easy, and I think it's wonderful. All I can say is, "Who Dat?"

    February 9, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  166. Cyril Nair, Ottawa, Canada

    Jack,

    The Saints victory is not only important to New Orleans but to the entire United States & in many respects to the world. You recovered from 911, then Katrina and now Super Bowl Champions. With this spirit of tenacity & ingenuity you will soon overcome the financial and economic set backs and be No. 1 again. .

    We're cheering you on WHO DAT, WHO DAT, NOLA !

    Cyril

    February 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  167. Terry Turcotte

    Being from Mississippi, I am very excited for New Orleans, After years of cheering for the Saints and Archie Manning, how ironic that they win by beating Peyton Manning's team. My Saints' flag may have to stay up all year. The Lord works in mysterious ways!.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  168. Mac

    Let's get on with it. Great for them. I wonder if this time around, they'll really spend the Federal money on the Dikes?

    February 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  169. richard a. winkler

    It is totally unimportant.

    Our country is obssessed with sports and entertainment, while it should be concentrating on what is important to bring us out of the tailspin we are in.

    If we put as much effort into solving the problems of the country as we do to sports and entertainment, we wouldn't have any problems.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
  170. Sue

    The Super Bowl win is absolutely the best thing that has happened in N'Awlins in a mighty long time. We left the City following Katrina and we know how important this win is to the people of the entire Gulf Coast Region. We are watching on CNN and the crowds look bigger than some Mardi Gras parades. Terrific!!!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:04 pm |
  171. Bill

    I am so excited for the folks in New Orleans but It hits home to think that a good friend who was there in the gulf coast on body recovery after the hurricane is now in Haiti. He would love to be in New Orleans celebrating their win but instead is with the folks in Haiti helping them deal with their sorrow and pain. Full circle. Life is indeed a full circle.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:05 pm |
  172. rob

    The Saints winning reminds me of how Ali overcame the odds and beat Foreman in Africa.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm |
  173. Mary Evelyn

    The impact of our team's victory reaches far beyond the city of New Orleans. It serves as a reminder of hope for all of us who were impacted by Hurricane Katrina. We on the Gulf Coast are resilient people. Many of us lost family members, friends, homes, jobs, and landmarks in 2005. We did not lose our memories, hope, nor faith in our team: the New Orleans Saints. For the boys to "bring it home" is the greatest gift! Indeed, this represents a Renaissance for NOLA and the Gulf Coast. Thank you Jack, and many thanks to CNN for covering our parade. Today we truly are a WHO DAT NATION!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:12 pm |
  174. Cheryl

    I'm a NOLA native living in San Antonio who has been a Saints fan since Day One. I was a kid, but I was emotionally attached to the team, and still am. We travelled back home to NO to be there for the game and for the highly moving and exciting celebration that erupted in the Quarter and Canal Street. Now, I'm watching the victory parade with tears streaming my face, proud to be a Who Dat and happy beyond words that this beloved city has this incredible opportunity to bare their hearts and celebrate together in such a grand fashion.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
  175. Boomer From Michigan

    It matters little, Jack. New Orleans is where they play, not where most players are from or even live. It's not High School.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
  176. Shannon

    Living on the MS Gulf Coast, I grew up going to NO multiple times per year and it was my favorite city. It was beautiful and timeless. You could be yourself there and not be judged, which is not true of where I am living now.

    The aftermath of Katrina broke my heart on so many levels. I'm not a huge football fan, but I've grown up with the Saints and this season was so exciting and so much fun. I cried for the first time ever at any sports event. This win has healed some of the pain left by Katrina and I finally feel like I can go back to NO. It seems like the town I grew up with may finally be back. This is good for spirits in NO and they've needed it!

    Change the world? No. Build homes? No. But if it makes people happy, what's wrong with that?

    February 9, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  177. Houston

    Jack
    This truly is a very special moment to myself and everyone from New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. While I am sitting here writing this I am thinking of all the people who are no longer with us and know they are watching from heaven. Just thinking of them brings tears to my eyes! We never thought we would live long enough to see this dream come true and it finally has and I am very proud to be a New Orleanean and love our team. This team has made us all very proud and gives us that swagger! Who Dat in Orlando.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
  178. scott

    Its very important to them Jack,its a shot in the arm to for the moral of the citizens of New Orelans

    Scott
    Daytona bch ,Fla.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
  179. Don, Las Vegas NV

    The game used to be fun 15 years ago, when winning really meant something. Now, just making it on the team is practically 'winning' since you are an automatic millionaire when you sign the contract. This goes for nearly all of the major sports: MLB, NFL, NBA etc. People who don't even like the game watch it these days. Just like people who are not religious celebrate Christmas.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
  180. Lisa Rahon

    This event could single-handedly bring back the city. With all of your terrific coverage, people will choose New Orleans for their vacation destination. Tourism creates jobs. Jobs fill homes. Thanks Saints!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:19 pm |
  181. Betty Schaub

    NO Saints is also the team of the MS coast. We too are celebrating.
    We spent many Sundays in NO watching the games. We too were destroyed. It;s awesome.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
  182. DUTCH777

    Congratulations to New Orleans and the Saints.. The feeling you are feeling right now reminds me of the time the Detroit Tigers won the championship back in 68.. when our city went thru some turmoil back then... You have and will survive.. and your Spirits will unite as one ...and your recovery will be that much stonger... I salute you..

    February 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
  183. Tina & Erick

    We visited New Orleans in December of 09 and we had such an amazing time. We had the pleasure of walking in the French Quarter on a Sunday afternoon, and heard the fans cheering for the Saints during a football game. We wanted to show our children what nature can do to a city, and show them an important part of history. We join with tthe city of New Orleans today to celebrate this very special victory. We are glued to the T.V., with tears in our eyes. Congratulations and from Canada we say – wish we were there!!
    Sincerely,
    Erick, Tina, Ericka and Alessio
    Toronto, Canada

    February 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
  184. Maize K.

    This moment is amazing! I want to sincerely thank everyone at CNN for broadcasting footage of "Lombardi Gras" (aka "Dat Tuesday"). Even though it's being shown on 5 local channels, I'm so glad that Saints fans who no longer live in this area will have a chance to enjoy the parade. My best friend who now lives in D.C. is just thrilled!!! Thank you so much.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  185. JT

    I guess its fun and good for the City of New Orleans and its image and the fact that it has come back but would it be nice to see this same energy and CNN full coverage spent on our troops that come home after monthe of being deployed in conditions only rivaled by hell.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  186. jimmy

    I am a Haitian Citizen living in Manchester, NH and I am very happy to see the coverege that CNN is providing of the earth quake in Haiti. Haiti is in need of as much support and assistance as possible. Haiti is a beautiful country with the right leadership and strucutre could thrive and be an amazing country and wonderful tourist attraction. Please do not stop coverege and please continue to support the people of Haiti. The Haitian Government needds to be monitored and the funds need to be used for the people of Haiti and to rebuild the country. There is so much corruption in the government in Haiti and without oversight and some sort of focus on the country it will not ever get better. The people of Haiti deserve a chance!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
  187. Gary

    Here's a team whose owner wanted to move them to San Antonio in 2006, based in a city built below sea level, that we wasted billions to rebuild, that will more than likely wash away again the next time a hurricane hits....what are we celebrating again????

    February 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  188. John Pereira

    The N.O. Saints winning this this year are very important to us here in the Big Easy, we've been through some rough times in the last five years, winning this year brings us closer together, they've given us hope, yes hope that we can continue to rebuild our magnificent City,
    New Orleans. And of course last but not least, all of you that stood by our side during our time of need, we say thanks to all of you.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
  189. Londi Palmisano

    I was born and grew up in New Orleans and left when I was 21, many years ago. I watched the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl from Bend, Oregon, and when the Saints won, I wept with pride. Now watching CNN's coverage, the pride and tears well up in me all over again and makes me wonder what it would be like to live in my hometown again. It's truly a unique city. What spirit!!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
  190. Lisa of Bossier City, La.

    This team has sewn up the divide between North and South Louisiana. This win has been the salve for so many, many problems that have plagued the state from the racism of those horrible days of segregation to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
    All Hail the Saints!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  191. Krista Jordan

    Four Years Post Katrina
    And the Ninth ward and New Orleans East would still be ghost towns but for this-
    The souls of their strong people will not die.
    Though men who do not know her worth, would let her drown.
    First from a flood through flimsy levees then from a flood of rank indifference, New Orleans will rise again and thrive.
    The Cajun Queen, the Paris of America, the gumbo of humanity, who gave us Jazz and soul and Creole-
    Proud black and white and Cajun, side by side and hand in hand-
    WE WILL NOT LET HER DIE.
    She is the heart of this place called America,
    And neither dirty water nor the dirty hands of greedy men who claim to care will keep her down.
    Remember in New Orleans we sing and dance at funerals, because in this great city no one dies- We all just go to carnival with the crawfish boils forever and the music never dies.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  192. Donna

    The meaning of the Saints' victory you ask. Well, how about a shot in the arm to the collective pride of the city, a feeling of hope that the future will be better than the past, a serious economic lift to businesses big and small, and, best of all, a general feeling that if we all work together, great things can happen. The win is shared by the city of New Orleans, the entire state of Louisiana, and much of the Gulf Coast Region.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:39 pm |
  193. Catherine

    Not only is it important to New Orleans, It's important to the US. It's the biggest win since the Miracle on ice when the US beat the Solviets. It truely is what the US needed

    February 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm |
  194. Fred Mehrtens

    as I watch you show I am proud of my home town I grew up in New Orleans and miss it very much.I Left New Orleans in 1962 to servew in the military. live in Kansas now and miss the true meaning of the saying "I know what it means to miss New Orleans

    February 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm |
  195. Kellie

    I think this is great for the city and the NFL. I from Indiana and people didn't understand why I wasn't cheering for the colts but this team really had something special and being a Purdue grad I couldn't help but support Drew Brees now maybe he will get the credit he deserves. I also hope this will bring the focus back to New Orleans because as a country we have let them down.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm |
  196. Tom Leavitt

    Seeing much of New Orleans a year after Katrina, and seeing it tonight...complete transformation of spirit. All Americans should respond to this story. This great city should never be allowed to perish. May all who have a rightful place in its history be given a piece of its future. Let the rebuilding continue. Will be back next month to support the effort.

    Tom Leavitt
    Burlington, VT

    February 9, 2010 at 8:42 pm |
  197. Tracy from Florida

    Wishing I was there RIGHT NOW watching the parade. Thanks to CNN I'm able to atleast enjoy it from my living room. FOX news really dropped the ball not covering it, everyone I know is watching. Thanks CNN. Most importantly thanks to the New Orleans Saints. God Bless the city of New Orleans. They so deserve it, everything that they went through, words cannot express how happy I am for them.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:42 pm |
  198. Mark Goodwin

    Sitting here in Dallas watching my home go nuts over the Saints really makes you feel great. Watching our coach hold up that trophy, knowing the City is back in play and that the people of the Region are still the strongest community in the world. Thank you God for giving them the joy of the Saints for 43 years to for the many years to come.

    Bless You Boys!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  199. Robert

    The Super Bowl is as big an event, in a positive way, as Katrina was in a negative way.
    Will the win rebuild a house, a business, or a life? No, of course not. What the win WILL rebuild, as silly as it sounds, is hope. The win will be a positive event in the lives of all the good folks in New Orleans, and it may be the one thing that, in any given life there in New Orleans, will replace despair with HOPE. That, too, may sound silly, but who is anyone to judge what factor will be the one that motivates a person? Perhaps we will see the fruits of that motivation far down the road; perhaps a young man or woman will see what can be done if you work hard and believe in the GOOD things in life.
    That is why the win is a big thing; maybe in another city it would just be an excuse to play hooky from work or school...but New Orleans is not just any other city.
    ENJOY, NEW ORLEANS!! You deserve this moment in the sun.

    Robert, Ft. Worth

    February 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  200. Millie

    I'd like to thank CNN for their coverage of this celebration. I'm a native of New Orleans, and live in Texas. My ancestor was the chief architect of the city and our roots go deep. My parents lost everything in Katrina and all of our family was impacted in some way. The Saints journey – and ultimate victory – has such a healing force – it symbolizes resilience, dedication and optimism. My tears continue to flow as I watch the coverage – It has the effect of uniting all of us impacted by that tragic event. Geaux Saints.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
  201. Diana

    Anyone who does not understand what a city of love New Orleans is probably does not realize that this is the only southern city that did not have a race riot in the '60's. As I sat and watched the news as a young person,I could not imagine how any city could let that happen. I felt safe in New Orleans.We are woven into a culture other cities can never understand. That's why they don't comprehend the enormity of this win for us.....they are not a people unified in the ways we are.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
  202. Suzanne

    I grew up in New Orleans and live in Maryland. My dad took us to every Saints game, starting with the first season. Following the Star Spangled Banner he always shouted, "Eat 'em up Saints!!!" We never left a game until the scoreboard read 00:00. That's because Dad always taught us to never give up. And he always believed in the Saints. Dad's not with us now. I think he is joining a second line in Saints Heaven. What an incredible time for the people of New Orleans and all of us who hold her in our heart.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
  203. Codio

    This is a sign that HOPE is Alive. Congrat to The Saints well deserved. Who Dat? Just like Haiti you can't keep strong will people down....

    February 9, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  204. Wardell

    Whil;e watching cnn, I sitting at home in New Orleans, and this is great, in this city, the Spirits had spoken, Black and Gold, won the Super Bowl, the people here really Believe, and after ALL the hurricanes, when people stayed, rather than leave, We believed that GOD would protects us, and it made you think of the words,"FATHER FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO ", Katrina was worsed than Betsy, but still we come back, the SAINTS were a part of the glue, that keeps us together, BELIEVING we can come back, WHO DAT, WHO DI WHOOOOO!!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  205. Native Who Dat

    We know this win will not rebuild houses, bring fortune 500 companies to New Orleans...but what is has done is made us happy and this was has been a boost to the local economy. It has shone a great light on our beloved city. I now live in NYC and I went home this past weekend to watch the game with my family and when they won...I went out on the streets and danced with complete strangers...you cannot put a price tag on that. Thank you to the entire New Orleans Saints Organization....we appreciate your hard work and so happy it paid off with a Super Bowl 44 Win! Whod DAT?

    February 9, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  206. Lee

    I've been away from my New Orleans home since Katrina washed away my house and my job. I miss my friends, family, and traditions of NOLA. I continue to think of the ones who suffered and lost so much more.
    For me, the outpouring of support from fans from all over the world has meant so much in these past few days. Watching the parade on tv right now makes me feel reconnected to home. I can't wait to get back home for a visit so that I may soak up they joy.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  207. Ryan El Paso, Texas

    I have family that live in Mandeville LA and some one in Hammond. For 43 yrs saw the Saints raise and brake a bar and Sunday night, the Saints will not have to struggle anymore because that was a miracle from up above. New Orleans is like my second home and a Super Bowl win was something that brought a tear to everyone's eye. I am so happy to see this city win a Lombardi trophy and strongly rebuild itself together.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  208. Taylor(ex new orleans res.)

    Being an evacuee from New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina, even though I now live in Texas, this win is VERY important to the citizens of New Orleans, and even the people from the Big Easy who are longer there. It gives us all a vision of hope, of joy, and of possibilities again.. We went 1-15 the year of Katrina, and here we stand. With our Boys being not only our champs, but Superbowl 44 Champs now, it means so much to those of us who are TRUE fans. Fans who have been there since we can remember.. It sends me into tears at moments to just know that they finally did it for us.! They are amazing! And we will NEVER forget the names of the members and the COACH that brought us here. And that gave us hope. Even after TOM BENSON tried to take them away from us after Hurricane Katrina. Even though it didnt go through, thank goodness, I still truly dislike him for that. WHO DAT SAY DEY GONNA BEAT MY SAINTS??! Cuz it SURE AINT DEM COLTS!!!😛

    February 9, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  209. Sharon

    I am from New England and I had tears in my eyes when the Saints won. They are a special team and deserved this honor. I am so happy for New Orleans.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
  210. Linda

    Hi Jack, I just want to commend CNN for showing us the celebrations going on in New Orleans.Only CNN would do this ,you are the best and in my book you are #1.
    Thank you CNN.
    Linda from SC.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
  211. Adrienne

    We believed in our team, we believed that God had not forsaken Louisiana. We understood that with hard work and faith all things are possible. WHO DAT
    From New Roads LA
    Living in Washington DC
    Adrienne Saizon-Cowley

    February 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
  212. gloria crabtree DPH

    This is one of the best things to happen in the USA since Who Knows? Now it 's Who Dat. Thank God for the silver lining. May we build and grow all over the Nation and come together as one. Read my friend's new Book What's on my mind and in my heart. By Donna R. Bannister. It tells about the Katrina people and the wonderful State of La. Thank You Glo

    February 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
  213. Dee Carstens

    Thank you so much for televising the Saints parade! I am a native of Louisiana, currently residingin VA Beach,

    We just returned from NOLA today after being there for the Super Bowl weekend. We had the option to go to Miami or New Orleans,-it was a no brainer. The party was going to be in NOLA whether they win or loose.

    After the win, words can not describe the unity of celebration. High-fives, hugs and smiles from people of all ages, all races! I have never felt so safe in all my life– It was incredible!

    Thank you again for the nationwide coverage, we truly appreciate it!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:49 pm |
  214. John

    I think the New Orleans area has long awaited some relief of any kind...thier recent noteriety will do well to help the city to draw revenue that was owed to them by Fema anyway....if Bush had still been president,Haiti would be suffering the same fate as the Katrina victims

    February 9, 2010 at 8:49 pm |
  215. Timothy Ford

    My last trip to Nawlins ended with the cops putting me on a bus and telling me, "Don't come back!" I can go back now that they are distracted. "Who Dat comin' back! Who Dat!"

    February 9, 2010 at 8:49 pm |
  216. Anniepanda51

    Dear Jack, New Orleans is now America's "Sweetheart-of-a-City"
    and will, I think, remain so! Its revival gives us all hope, and thanks
    go to all who have been helping them rebuild, and to "Saints Spirit".
    Have fun, NOLA, but don't get too crazy; we all love ya! God Bless!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm |
  217. Nate

    I resided in New Orleans between ’84 and ’94. I watched my friends haul themselves to the Superdome year after year; often hiding their faces in a brown Schwegman’s grocery bags, ashamed of the Saints performance. No matter how bad their record was, they’d march to the dome year after year in hope of a promising season.

    A departed friend, Charlie Cunningham, also an ex- Nebraska football player lived for the Saints. He would have been the happiest man on Earth today to witness this victory. Here’s to the Saints and to you Charlie; your beloved Saints finally did it!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm |
  218. Brian

    I spend my college years at Tulane. New Orleans left an indelible impression on me that still lives in my soul today. The city owns many of my best memories (those I can talk about and those I cannot). I consider New Orleans to be one of my best college friends. Anybody who has been touched by the Big Easy knows what the Saints mean to its people. The Saint's Super Bowl victory has given the city more than just an emotional lift, it has given New Orleans a national platform and a pedestal to highlight what this great American city can be and will be. I believe a new national focus and increased investments and business will come as a result of this national celebration. What day. What a team. What a city. What a future.
    Brian
    Washington, DC

    February 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm |
  219. Rev. Donald J.Davis Jr.

    This is a great day for the people of New Orleans La. my family lives there i now live in Seattle Wa. I love The Saints and The city of New Orleans. we can now show the World how to over come By faith in God. This is The Great ReBirth and Restoration of the city and people. God Bless you Mitch Thank you Ray St. Peter Claver St. Aug Who Dat going To Beat God Saints

    February 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm |
  220. Daphne VanDorn

    I have lived in New York for over 25 years. However, I was born and raised in New Orleans (Upper 9th ward). I still call New Orleans my "hometown". The Saints Superbowl victory has and will help the city emotionally, and monetarily. No one could understand how "we" felt seeing the devastation of Katrina. My mother, father, sister and brothers are still residents and even though they are physically back in their homes – financially they are still struggling. Why?? My parents' home NEVER flooded!! So, they didn't have flood insurance! Our city was left stranded in every way you can imagine. The Saints victory has made such an emotional impact – words can't express. It will lead to future financial benefits – events, jobs, and continued rebuilding of our infrastructure.
    WHO DAT!!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
  221. Patricia Facquet

    Hello Donna & Tom – Where you at?? Also Hello to Wolf & Jack –

    As a displace New Orleanian, now living in New York...
    I would like to thank CNN for covering this Superbowl championship parade. It means a lot but also to have Donna & Tom as well as James & Mary providing the coverage all who know what it means to be from New Orleans.

    As mentioned by a previous writer this goes beyond 4 1/2 years post Katrina... it goes to a sense of pride and endurance of a huge fan base since 1967 with Billy Kilmer, Archie Manning, & Tom Dempsey. Generations of Saints fan who Believed, might have worn our bags over our heads but still had sell out crowds and the loudest fans in NFL history. But it goes deeper than a single game it is a tribute to the citizens of Southeast Louisiana and Saints fans all over the world.
    It has legitimized the Saints as a true football team not the automatic win for the opposing team.

    When the Saints took the field on Sunday evening I began to cry because 43 years of patiently waiting for that day but also remembering all of the Saint Fans of 2 generations who have gone on to their great reward and were watching from above.

    I think that the main office of the NFL received a rude awakening when they tried to stop the use of the Fleur-De-Lis and Who Dat last week. The City and the Who Dat Nation united all over the globe to put a stop to it.

    Thank you for giving me an opportunity to voice my opinion.

    Who Dat Ya'll; Who Dat!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
  222. Tracy from Panama City Beach FL

    Wishing I was there RIGHT NOW at the parade, getting to experience something truly incredible. Thanks to CNN, I'm atleast able to view live from home. Fox News & everyone else really dropped the ball by by NOT covering this event. Everyone I know is watching it. God Bless the city of new orleans & the team. They so deserve it, everything that they went through, words can hardly express how happy I am for them.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
  223. James

    My son went to New Orleans (still lives there) after Katrina to help rebuild and after being down there many times right after the storm, I was impressed by all the Saints fans. They were everywhere and I asked if the team was really good or something and at that time, they said "no", yet they were so hopeful and supportive of that team, it was incredible! It was the bright spot for them in their lives, even if the team at that time was not that good. But that teams flaws paled in comparison to the destruction all around them. New Orleaneans are a resilient people and it is a culmination of hopes and dreams for so many of them to see their team, that is great now, overcome the odds and make dreams come true. It has been an exciting ride!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
  224. Terry Stingley

    We got whipped by a hurricane, but a Brees made us champions. This really is destiny and, despite all the cynics (especially from the jaded areas of New York and New Jersey) a miracle has occurred. Even the jaded media senses that something special has happened. The media may not "get it" entirely (and have they ever?), but even they know a great "story" when they see one. Those of us who were born or raised in New Orleans understand that this simple sports Championship means even more than the missing Federal dollars that we are still desperately in need of. The Saints and the saints of New Orleans will continue to go it alone if we must...but now with even more enthusiasm and passion than ever before. Amen New Orleans....Amen!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:54 pm |
  225. marie

    The Saints winning the Superbowl means redemption for many people.
    After Katrina many people were cruel in their words to those who had to
    flee their home because of this disaster. We were called names and told to
    go back where we came from. Our kids in school were picked on and
    made to feel not wanted. Don't get me wrong, many folks were kind beyond
    words. But, they were some who seem to take pleasure in our pain. Those of
    us who have been displaced and saw every thing they worked their lives
    for under water feel great joy beyond words in the success of our home town
    Saints. like a famous Poet once said " and still I rise ' Maya Angelo
    Yes Who Dat in deed.

    Marie

    February 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm |
  226. Maria

    Thank you, Thank you, my beautiful SAINTS!
    I grew up in New orleans and moved away a long time ago.
    In 2005, I was living and working on a beautiful island in the caribbean.
    I woke up one morning, to the images of Katrina on CNN.
    Two months before Katrina, my stepfather died of cancer.
    My mother lost her house in the hurricane, along with her will to live. She died in 2008.
    My parents were Saints fans. I remembered them bringing me to the Superdome with a bag over their heads, when we were the aint's.
    I have decided to move back to help the charming city by the MIssissippi.
    I lost my job, but I know I will find one, in the city I love so very much.
    "Mom and Dad they did it and I am going home"!
    Thank you, my beautiful SAINTS!.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm |
  227. Damon

    Jack,

    My family is from Southern Louisiana and I graduated college and went straight into the Hospitality Industry in NOLA. I was a Guest Services Manager at a Hotel in the French Quarter before, during and after Katrina. I remember how hard it was to see the Saints go 3-13 that year and to listen to the whisperings of the sporst media about a possible move of the Saints.

    I returned to New Orleans to help get our Hotel up and running as quickly as possible. We barely had enough staff in the first year to provide the 4 diamond service that people had come to expect of us. I can tell you it was a hard time and I saw a lot of people work hard in the service industry.
    The first season Brees and Sean payton came was absolutely magical. They kept a lot of people moving forward and let them escape on Sundays. I was one of those people and it really helped me take a break form constant work.
    This Superbowl win is the perfect way to let people know that New Orleans is STRONG!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm |
  228. Debra (Charlotte, NC)

    I was reading some of the comments and I'm surprised by the negativity display by some people. This win was important for the moral of a people who have been put down for years. Anyone from New Orleans or the state of Louisiana should be proud of the Saints and how they have united the people. I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, just an hour away from New Orleans, and I have never been so proud to be from Louisiana. During the game, I was screaming just as loud as the fans in Miami. This win means so much for the city of New Orleans and the state as a whole. GEAUX SAINTS!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm |
  229. peggy johannsen

    New Orleans has become my beloved and adopted city. Our church group has come down for five years to clean debris and help rebuild, one home at a time. I am thrilled at this victory and hope that a large portion of resources coming from this large event goes to the rebuilding process. There are still empty shells that were homes and communities torn asunder. Go Saints and Go forward New Orleans. We will keep coming.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:56 pm |
  230. Christina

    As I sit here looking at the parade tears just flow and flow...Tears of hopefullness. I've been gone from home since Katrina and my heart yearns everyday to go home but I can't financially I can't go home with nothing. Me and my four grandchildren just exist here in South Carolina. This win means so much to me it gives me hope that one day soon I'll be able to return home again..Thank you SAINTS thank you soooooooooo much......

    February 9, 2010 at 8:57 pm |
  231. Amy

    Thank you for airing this special on the Saints parade. I am from New York, my husband from Canada and one of our daughters is a freshman at Tulane. We are so happy for New Orleans. We are loving every minute of your broadcast. Some of the emails are so moving.Thank you again for broadcasting this. My daughter is there and has been texting us about how wonderful everything is.
    This really is an event worth covering!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:57 pm |
  232. Gloria

    I am from New Orleans and have lived in Beaumont,Tx;since 1968. My family & I were looking at the flooding & could not believe what we were seeing .My family members , who lived there made it to safety here in Beaumont & San Antonio ,Tx. They have now return there. Our Blessings & Prayers are with you all. Congradulations to you all & the Saints.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  233. Codio

    Jimmy I Agree with you on Haiti. Keep the coverage alive for Haiti.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  234. LaKenya

    The Saints winning the Super Bowl has been very overwhelming. I am a New Orleans native living in Houston, TX and just being here after Hurrican Katrina and not having Houstonians accknowledge me and now being recognized is just a surreal feeling. New Orleanians are very resilience and have the fight and drive to prosper. The Saints are the true embodiment of the New Orleans people. I love my city and its people. I will forever be a "WHO DAT".

    February 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm |
  235. Lynne

    Thank you for letting us be a part of this awesome celebration!! I was in New Orleans for 1 week during a teachers convention pre-Katrina. I have never been in a city that made me feel at home from the first moment to my last. The people, the food, the music, the culture got to the marrow of my bones. It is wonderful to see the joy flowing and the spirit running! Donna Brazil you ROCK!!! Seeing you dancing with your umbrella finally got the tears going.....

    February 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm |
  236. Judith A. Reed

    After Katrina having lost everything,my husband and I moved to Georgia. A safe haven for our children to come to in the event another hurricane would hit our home town. It happened w/ Gusteuv. My husband and our sons stood fast in the belief of our sSaints, we all did. My son-in-law passed away Dec. 2008,my husband passed away, Nov.2009. They never got to see the pride in all of Louisianna, "They passed away feeling it""" The Saints along w/ Our New Mayor will help to encourage more people displaced to come back home. I will stay here in Georgia,only because my husband is buried at Fort Benning Post. My pride will always remain inLouisianna along w/ our children and grandchildren. Thank You ""SAINTS""

    February 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm |