With the NFC Championship kicking off later today, the pain and agony from the Saints soul-crushing loss to the 49ers last week will be staring us all in the face again, still leading us to wonder what could have been; what should have been.
I even received a couple of questions in our 'What Up with Dat?' series asking me if and when this aching would go away. Despite well-meaning efforts to comfort us, like this one from Mark Lorando, the short answer is never. Ever. Not for me anyway.
Because as long as all of the Saints' record-breaking accomplishments this season continue to get flushed down the toilet by everyone outside of Who Dat Nation, I will forever be painfully pissed off.
Think about it. The Saints put together the single greatest offensive performance by a team in the history of the NFL, yet nobody seems to be talking about it. Everyone and their mother still remembers the St. Louis Rams and 'The Greatest Show on Turf' but do you think they'll remember this Saints team years from now? Not bloody likely.
And where the hell's our nickname? I'm looking at you, media!
The sad truth of the matter is that the Saints needed to win the Super Bowl this year for all of their impressive record-breaking accomplishments to be remembered forever and to stay in the forefront of America's mind. They failed to do that and, in essence, failed to solidify their legacy; failed to show the entire country what we here in New Orleans already know. That's what hurts the most.
That's why this years playoff loss was so absolutely devastating and will remain that way for the foreseeable future. The Saints accomplished so much in 2011 and created so many memories, only for it all to be forgotten and ignored. Not by Saints fans, of course, but by everyone else.