A few years back I sat next to Deion Sanders on a flight from Dallas to New York. People were asking him to sign this and that so I did not speak to him until we were on final approach into LGA.
Payton had just been named the Saints coach so I asked him what he thought of Sean and the Saints while describing myself as a life long fan. His answer may surprise you, maybe it won't.
He said that Payton had the offense taken away from him in New York and he never did anything in Dallas worth mentioning. He said he did not see a future there for Sean.
He then said that he thought New Orleans should not have football team and the state should spend the money given to the Saints on helping the rebuilding effort.
Shocked, I really did not know how to respond, so I didn't. I didn't say anything, regretting having spoken to him.
It is a good example of how the sporting press just does not get it. They think they do, but they don't. I am equally tired of hearing how the Vikings"lost" the champoinship game instead of how the Saints won. It is frustrating. A physical team lost to a smarter and more nimble team with a solid game plan.
I think the wait for the sporting press to respect the Saints may be a long one. Me, I could not be more proud of Payton and the fact that New Orleans has a team that has unified the gulf south more than Deion or the sporting press will ever know.