Over the Super Bowl weekend, the sentimental story was how the Saints had finally fulfilled their romantic return to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The ignored story was that Paul Tagliabue’s name was not even in the discussion when the Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors met.
Reading between the lines, those two stories are connected.
Tom Benson, the Saints’ owner, has insisted that “at no time did we look” to move to another city permanently after Katrina battered the Superdome and chased the team to San Antonio before the 2005 season. History suggests otherwise.