In the 1940 Thomas Wolfe novel "You Can't Go Home Again", protagonist George Webber, himself an author in the book, pens a successful novel about his family and hometown. His return back home however, is greeted with outrage and fury. He quickly learned that people, even lifelong friends, can quickly turn on you when they feel slighted. The shamed Webber decides to leave and embark on a world wide lifetime journey..
The New Orleans Saints, however, are about to return where it all began for them in 1967, and have no reservations in doing so. If you are under 40 years old, you have absolutely no memory of the first 8 seasons the Saints played in Tulane Stadium, the home to 3 Super Bowls and countless years of the annual Sugar Bowl Classic.
The Saints left Uptown in 1975 for the Superdome and have never returned. That's all about to change Friday night. Head Coach Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis decided to play Santa Claus for a night and are delivering a huge present to Who Dats hearty and very faithful fans. Training camp was officially supposed to end after Friday's afternoon practice at the Saints facility in Metairie. Not so fast my friend. They may play football, but the Saints threw everyone in the Crescent City a very welcome curve ball.
On the eve of Hurricane Katrina's 10th Anniversary, the Saints moved their last open practice to Tulane's Yulman Stadium Friday Night at 7:00 PM. The 30,000 seat campus stadium is still brand new, having opened less than a year ago. This move is an absolute stroke of genius by the Saints brass. Payton and Loomis have a great relationship with Tulane University. After all, Green Wave Head Coach Curtis Johnson was the Saints wide receiver coach for 6 years under Payton....and has a beautiful Super Bowl ring to prove it.
This night time move gives Saints fans who work during the day, their best opportunity to view their beloved team up close and personal before the season starts in September. And maybe even more importantly, it gives the rest of us a huge break from the relentless heat and humidity during those brutal August dog days of summer. This move is a win-win for everyone involved. See you Friday night!