And, I expect professional football falls into that category by just about any definition.Still, the rallying focus provided by the New Orleans Superdome is an undeniable fact for a city still in crisis.
Monday night was an amazing time for a city badly in need of anything positive.
So, indulge me.
I need to celebrate this important milestone in the return and renewal of a city I love.
Football is really not all that important.
But people longing for a way to connect and identify with one another and with a new beginning discover hope, joy and fun in anything an entire community can rally around.
Last evening I spoke to a good friend who grew up in the New Orleans area. His family still lives in South Louisiana, though Katrina forced them to move to Baton Rouge during the past year. His assessment about the Saints game lined up with mine.
Cities, like people, require hope.
Today I am thankful for the New Orleans Saints.
Not because of football, but because of my own longing to see this great city restored and renewed.
I guess I just left too much love and appreciation there for the city and its people when we moved away almost 30 years ago.
Go, Saints, go!