Thursday, February 4, 2010

I will be MIA...

 

Yes. That's right. I will be missing in action until further notice...starting today.

Well aren't you going to ask me WHY?

Okay, now since you asked...

I'm gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday.

I know, I know. Most of you "girls" are not interested in football, much less the Saints nor the Colts...BUT I AM.

It is possible (and legal) for a girl to love art, jewelry, lace, velvet and football. Yes ma'am, it is so just please bear with me until Monday and I promise we'll get back to "pretty" things again, okay?

Just to let you know in case you think I fell off the face of the earth, I will not be blog hopping, answering the phone, checking emails, and I won't be texting on Sunday.

I will be focused on THE game.

Focused on my team...we can talk and celebrate afterwards ;)

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I will not be greedy for a win as I am so happy that the Saints made it to the Super Bowl. This is grand in itself.

However a win would be the icing on the cake, the cherry on top, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...well, you get the idea, right?

There have been so many fun jokes, photos, stories, etc. making their way through blog land, emails, you tube and such.

I thought I would share this one with you before I disappear into black and gold oblivion. It was sent to me from my hometown friend Mona, who never fails to keep me on top and  "in the know" of all things going on.

It's a little long, but very funny and even more so, very TRUE. If you have some time on your hands, I suggest you read it. You may just feel a little of the heart and soul that we share here in the Bayou State...

*****

Dear Miami,

The Saints are coming. And so are we...their loyal, long-suffering and slightly discombobulated Super Bowl-bound fans.

While there's still time to prepare -- although a few hard-core Who Dats will begin trickling in Monday, most of us won't arrive until Thursday or Friday -- we thought we'd give you a heads-up about what you should expect.

First things first: You need more beer.
Yeah, we know. You ordered extra.. You think you have more than any group of humans could possibly consume in one week. Trust us. You don't.
New Orleans was a drinking town long before the Saints drove us to drink. But it turns out beer tastes better when you're winning. (Who knew?) So let's just say we're thirsty for more than a championship; adjust your stockpiles accordingly.
And look. When we ask you for a go-cup, be nice to us. We don't even know what "open container law" means. Is that anything like "last call"?

It's Carnival season in New Orleans (that's Mardi Gras to you), and we'll be taking the celebration on the road. So don't be startled if you walk past us and we throw stuff at you; that's just our way of saying hello.
Oh, and sorry in advance about those beads we leave dangling from your palm trees. We just can't help ourselves.

February is also crawfish season, and you can be sure that more than one enterprising tailgater will figure out a way to transport a couple sacks of live mud bugs and a boiling pot to Miami.
When the dude in the 'Who Dat' t-shirt asks if you want to "suck da head and pinch da tail", resist the urge to punch him. He's not propositioning you. He's inviting you to dinner.
And if you see a big Cajun guy who looks exactly like an old Saints quarterback walking around town in a dress ... don't ask. It's a long story.

We know that crowd control is a major concern for any Super Bowl host city. Our advice? Put away the riot gear.
Reason No. 1: Indianapolis is going to lose, and their fans are way too dull to start a riot.
Reason No. 2: New Orleans showed the world on Sunday that we know how to throw a victory party. We don't burn cars. We dance on them.
Reason No. 3: Even if we did lose, which we won't, leaving the stadium would be like leaving a funeral, and our typical response to that is to have a parade.
Speaking of which: If you happen to see a brass band roll by, followed by a line of folks waving their handkerchiefs, you're not supposed to just stand there and watch. As our own Irma Thomas would say, get your backfield in motion.

And hey, Mister DJ! Yes, we know you've already played that stupid Ying Yang Twins song 10 times tonight, but indulge us just one more time
To us, "This is the way we live"
isn't just a song; it's 576 points of good memories. It's the sound of a Drew Brees touchdown pass to Devery Henderson, a Pierre Thomas dive for first down on 4th-and-1, a Garrett Hartley field goal sailing through the uprights in overtime.
It's what a championship sounds like. You may get sick of hearing it. We won't. Encore, dammit.

Inside Sun Life Stadium, you may find your ears ringing more than usual. We're louder than other fans.. Seven thousand of ours sound like 70,000 of theirs.
Don't believe us? Ask the 12th man in the Vikings huddle.
Some people think it's just the Dome that heightens our volume. But you're about to discover a little secret: We can scream loud enough to make your head explode, indoors or out.
It's not the roof. It's the heart.
Well, OK, and the beer.

Don't be surprised if there are more Saints fans outside the stadium than inside. A lot of us are coming just to say we were part of history, even if we can't witness it up close. The Saints are family to us, and you know how it is with family: We want to be there for them, whether they really need us or not. Because we know our presence will mean something to them, whether they can see us or not.
Come to think of it, seeing as how you're taking us in for the week, we pretty much regard you as family, too. So we're warning you now: If you're within hugging distance, you're fair game.
Hugging strangers is a proud Who Dat tradition, right up there with crying when we win.
Most sports fans cry when their teams lose. Not us. We've been losing gracefully and with good humor for 43 years. Tragedy and disappointment don't faze us. It's success that makes us go to pieces.

Hurricane Katrina? We got that under control.. The Saints in the Super Bowl? SOMEBODY CALL A PARAMEDIC!!!
So anyway, don't let the tears of joy freak you out. We're just ... disoriented.

OK. Let's review:
Order more beer. Throw me something, mister. Suck da heads. Wear da dress. Stand up. Hug it out. Protect your eardrums. Pass the Kleenex. Hoist the trophy.
See you at the victory party.
Faithfully yours,
The Who Dat Nation

~printed in the Times-Picayune~

*****

This is how we are here in Louisiana.

We are...The Who Dat Nation and even the NFL can't take it out of our soul!!!

~It's so much more than just football...win or loose~

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 GEAUX SAINTS!!!

35 comments:

trash talk said...

So what are you saying?
I'm pulling for y'all. Really and truly...I just love how excited everyone is about this game. It's a biggie all the way around and just what a Super Bowl should be...Superstendous!
Debbie
P.S. Girl...you have more than just a little naughty in you...you're totally wicked!

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hey Jodi.

Best of luck to the Saints. Have fun and celebrate.

Hugs...Tracy

Diana Meade said...

Goooooooooooo Saints! We are ready to celebrate! I love a woman of her convictions! You go girl! See you at the victory party.

A Fanciful Life said...

Darn you are so funny, girl!!! Okay, so we won't see you in the blogosphere. You'll be whooping it up, hooping and hollering for your beloved Saints. Well, you go girl! I"m right behind you, hoping that your Saints are the victors because if they are not, well, I don't want to see you crying next week! Looking forward to hearing from happy Jodie on Monday!
Sharon :-)

Linda said...

Gooooooo SAINTS!!! I live here on the Alabama coast and I luv the saints...they are my NFL team!

Blessings,
Linda

Natasha Burns said...

Oh Jodie, I soooooo get you. Even though I don't understand the rules of gridiron, I completely get you! It's totally normal and natural to love beautiful things, and to be a football nut. You and I are peas in a pod my dear. Our games are very different, but I understand why you need to be away, and focused on the game. I hope the Saints win, I really really really do! Cheering from Australia, where we'll get it live on TV and I'll watch it thinking of you xoox

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Jodie, I'm totally with you! I love a lot of girlie things but I also love watching Formula 1 car races and I like playing billard. Football is still not so popular in Germany like soccer is. Even though I do not watch the weekly league games, I'm glued to the TV and all excited when the soccer World Cup takes place.
I wish a fantastic and exciting weekend and I will keep my fingers crossed for the SAINTS!
Have fun, girl!!!
xoxo,
Julia

Theresa said...

How entertaining! I love football too! Enjoy your weekend! May the best team win and please let it be a good game:) Hugs!

Debby said...

Have a great weekend Jodie. I will be thinking of you and cheering your team on. I LOVE FOOTBALL! Can hardly wait to hear from you on Monday! GO SAINTS!!!!!
debby

vintage girl at heart said...

I know it will be fun 'round La this weekend!! Y'all have fun celebrating...I am even gonna watch this game!!!
See ya next week!

Becca said...

WOOOHOOO!!! I'll be routing for them :)

T's Daily Treasures said...

Girl you are crazy! It'll be 2 am here when the game starts -- we'll have to hear the results on the news that morning when we are up getting ready for school. Geaux Saints! I have a friend here whose whole family takes Monday off work and school because they get up to watch the game and then sleep the day away. :) My kids keep hoping I will let them do that. Enjoy your planning, watching and celebrating! Cheers! Tammy

KeKe said...

I like Football too...noat as much as you, I don't think, but when my team is playing, I watch it! And since my team didn't make it to the SuperBowl this year, I guess I'll root for yours!

Sandi said...

Go Saints!!! Being from South Louisiana, I totally understand everything you said. This state has totally lost their minds and it's so much fun.

We will be in Houston for the game, but will be watching with a bunch of transplanted Cajuns.

Go Saints!!!

Sandi

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Jodie! I am not a football fan, but now I have a team to root for! Thanks for coming over for a visit. While you are watching the game I will be painting my little heart out. But I'll be sure to teak a break every now and then to watch the Saints kick some butt!!!


Karen
My Desert Cottage
GO SAINTS!!!!

Julie Ann said...

Jodie! You have a wonderful celebratory weekend, sweetie!!!! I'll be thinkin' about ya- hopefully enjoying one two or more beers lol! :)

zandra said...

Can't wait for the game! But, you know in this household we love our man "Manning" ;O)
Good Luck to both teams!
Hugz, z

Geralyn Gray said...

Giants......Who dat??????? You know I am thinking about you and rooting for you.....I loved the New Orleans tid bits on the news....this morning watching abc i learned you all make groceries.....you don't shop for them......so you all down there show the world you are all that and everyone else is who dat?????????

The Victorian Parlor said...

That is hilarious! I'm gonna share this with my Saints friends here at work (they had to explain the 'King cake' thing to me:). One thing is for sure-you guys definately know how to live life down there!!!

GO SAINTS!!!

Blessings,

Kim

Lisa said...

That is too funny!!! Enjoy the game, Jodie and Geaux Saints!!!

Karen said...

OMG. I f you weren't a Saints fan before reading that post - you are now! :)
But . . . one problem . . . I just can't handle the beer (Sorry) Only if it is hot outside. Gotta have a glass of wine Girlfriend . . . or a nice spicey Bloody Mary loaded with garlic stuffed olives.
I will soooooooo be thinking of you and Thad on Sunday. And I will be so sad for the Manning family when Peyton loses!!!!! TO THE SAINTS! :)
Talk to you soon! HUGZ!

Brett said...

I have no idea how you find all these Saints articles.

BTW +1 for Vintage and Laces from Germany. She's an F1 fan.

See ya t/m,
Brett

LiLi M. said...

I'm cheering for the Saints and in the mean time keeping an eye on great swaps okay, someone has to do that, and I'll tell you when Heather has another fun one! Have fun!

kana said...

Go Saints Go! I hope your team wins!!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Loved that letter! And girlfriend you are so funny. Eat, DRINK and no sleep for the Saints fans! Have a wonderful, wonderful victorious weekend, dear Jodie, I'm sending you an email to THANK YOU!!!
love you!
Debra

The French Bear said...

Have a wonderful weekend, GO Saints, I think I am watching hockey, but I will pop over and check out the game just to show you my support!!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Annesphamily said...

My son Nick is a Colts fan but I liked the Saints when Archie Manning was the qb so now that I have told my age LOL I am happy to see the Saints where they are and I pray for an exciting game .

This was very cool to read, thank you for sharing.

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hey Jodi! Boy was I surprised to hear from you. Thank you for sharing your love with me. You are always the most thoughtful, caring person!

I know you must be having a fabulous weekend. ARe you going to the game or celebrating where you are.

Good Luck to The Who Dat Nation and Saints fans everywhere!!!!

Hugs...Tracy :)

Cozy Little House said...

Well, we are multi-faceted women. We can enjoy a lot of things, and they don't have to relate to one another. Enjoy that game like you have nothing else pressing you for attention!
Brenda

Sandy said...

Since your Saints beat my Cardinals I have to root for your Saints! I hope this is their first Superbowl win!!!!!!!!!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jodie,

Sounds like you are going to have some busy days ahead, dear friend.
Have fun and... go the Saints and enjoy the game and I will keep my fingers crossed.
We look forward to when you come back.

Hugs
Carolyn

Lou Cinda said...

Girl I cheered my butt off for those SAINTS tonight!! I am so happy for you that they won!!!

No, not just won....beat their a**!!

So take that Payton Manning!!!

Congrats to you and Louisiana!!

Lou Cinda :) :) :)

Sandy said...

WHEWWHO!!!! They WON!!!!!!!

the gyspy chick said...

Wow Jodie, I wanted to pop over and tell you congratulations on the Super Bowl! You gotta love those Saints!!!

Obee Designs said...

Hi Jodie,
I just finished watching your Saints win the super bowl and the first thing I thought of was"I have to go visit Jodie and tell her congrats and a well deserved win!" You've gotta be thrilled!
Who Dat that just won the Super Bowl??? WOO WHO!!
Hope you're enjoying your Saints right now!!
Have a wonderful evening basking in the glow of your win!!
XoXo
Gail