Had the pleasure of watching the ESPY's last night. Never paid attention to it before this year, when I actually had a horse in the race. A couple of the races actually. The Saints as a team were nominated for two awards, 'Best Moment' - for their Super Bowl XLIV performance - and 'Best Team,' which they took home with them at the end of the night. Drew Brees was the star of the show, earning the award for 'Best Male Athlete' as well as three others.
Sure, winning an ESPY is meaningless. It's a pat on the back, a thumbs up and a Good job! A trophy for having already won a trophy, and a better one at that. One that you've dedicated your entire life to earning. But as a Saints fan, there's something nice about seeing the team get a little more respect on a national stage one last time. With their votes, fans all over the country said We see you. Plus, beating the Yankees at anything is always icing on the cake. I don't know about you but I'm beginning to get used to this winning thing. Not much more and I'm going to start expecting it.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the fun is over. Last night's award ceremony was the going away party for the Saints 2009 championship season. The final celebration. We see you. Now let's see what you've really got. I think the entire organization did a great job of getting the most out of winning but it's time to move on. The record books have been written. Training camp is now just around the corner and with it brings a brand new season. A season that has no memory of the one that came before it.
So I offer my sincere thanks to the Saints for everything they've given us, the fans, this past year. It truly was magical. But it's time for the team to get back to business because the work is not over. Part of winning a championship is how you follow up that championship the ensuing year. The encore performance. Come out flat, and the accomplishments from the year prior are tainted. Come out strong, and they're amplified. The Saints now sit at a fork in the road. Which path will they choose?