New Orleans is a much smaller and much poorer city than it was before the storm, and it was a marginal market before the storm. The reality is that unless New Orleans pulls off an absolute miracle and comes back a richer, stronger city than before, the Saints and Hornets will eventually leave. I can't imagine the Hornets being here five years from now. The Saints could last a little longer because the economics of pro football give them more of a cushion, and this is football country.
I can't really argue with his clear-eyed perspective on our situation. It will take initiative, creativity, endurance, and tenacity to get us out of this hole. I believe we have what it takes, no thanks to Mayor Curly, President Emptysuit, and others.