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Saints or Songs: A Thursday Night Dilemma

I find myself faced with a serious scheduling conflict this October and I'm looking for a little guidance from my Saints fan brothers and sisters.

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I f***ed up. I f***ed up big time and I need your help.

About three weeks ago, tickets for a Jackson Browne concert at the Saenger Theatre in October went on sale. I have grown into a pretty big Jackson Browne fan in my later years. He's a gifted song writer. And though I've seen a lot of great musical performers in my life, I've never had the chance to see him. The Stones, The Who, Elton, Bruce, Clapton, Dylan, Van; most of the greats I've seen. Fortunately, living in New Orleans affords me that opportunity. But Jackson Browne has always eluded me.

So I was super excited and on the Ticketmaster website exactly at 9:59am the morning tickets went on sale to the public, ready to fight the masses for the best available seating at 10am.  I did my due diligence as husband and father and checked with the wife for any schedule conflicts. I noted that the concert is in the middle of the week on a Thursday so there should be no conflict with the Saints, my major obligation in the fall. A few minutes later, I was the proud owner of two tickets.

But that's where I was wrong. The concert is Thursday, October 15th so you can imagine my rage and disappointment when I discovered that happens to be the same damn night as the Saints' Thursday Night Football game against the Falcons. Of all the Thursdays! What are the chances? Argh!

So now I have a choice to make. Do I continue to let Jackson Browne elude me, or do I miss my first Saints home game in 10 years?

Keep in mind, I haven't missed a Saints home game, with the exception of the post-Katrina games in San Antonio, since 2005. The "home" game in Giants stadium, I was there. The "home" games in Baton Rouge, I was there. The International Series game in London, I was there. So in addition to not even being able to watch the game live, I'd be destroying a pretty impressive streak I've got going.

My wife, however, keeps telling me the streak has to come to an end at some point. "This is just getting ridiculous," she says. "You're a grown man," she says. I  always thought the streak would end because of some major life event like a birth or death in the family. But maybe it should be under my control and to see one of my new favorite aging rockstars.

What should I do?