Sunday’s game against Washington (not too keen on their name) wasn’t pretty. Well, actually, yes it was. Both teams actually played pretty well, but we were the beneficiaries of some amazing and timely turns of events. I don’t know what their order of importance they have, but here’s what made it work for us:
- Robert Meachem (of Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School, home of the Hornets and my alma mater) steals a Drew Brees-thrown interception and returns it for a TD
- Morstead’s shanked punt bounces off the back of a ‘Skin, to be recovered by Usama Young
- Shaun Suisham misses a gimme figgie, leaving us less than 2 min, but only 1 TD down
- Jonathan Vilma intercepts, leaving Washington unable to score at the end of regulation
- Sweet forced fumble (and that ball was coming out, y’all) gets us the ball back, and you knew Brees would get it in there. Frankly, I would’ve run another safe play on 2nd down at the goal line, but all’s well that ends well
This was one that the “old” Saints would have lost and the “new” Saints probably should have. But I’m with Brees, who notes that we’ve had more than our share of Washington’s experiences in our history. This was our good fortune, but we’ve had the bad fortune many times.
One thing I hate is athletes claiming they won because, “We refused to lose,” or, “We just wanted it worse than they did.” I much prefer Jonathan Vilma’s reminder that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Amen, and there’s no shame in saying we caught some breaks. But if we weren’t a good team, we wouldn’t have been in position to get them or to capitalize on them. And that’s why this team is great. Not good, Great.