Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Letters I Sent to the Editors in New Orleans and Dallas

1. To the Times-Picayune

To the Editor:

As a longtime Saints fan and season ticket holder, I was proud of my team's effort against the Cowboys Saturday night, but I was ashamed of some of my fellow Saints fans' treatment of Cowboys fans.

Ever since I was treated poorly as a Saints fan on a trip to a game at Indianapolis a few years ago, I have made it a point to welcome opposing teams' fans to the Superdome. They are always appreciative, and I've had some nice conversations with people from all over the country.

This past Saturday night, every Cowboys fan with whom I spoke told me that that he or she had been treated badly by some of my fellow Saints fans. In addition, a friend who was on the field at the end of the game witnessed a Saints fan verbally abusing (with profanity) the Sports Illustrated reporter Peter King, who is a Saints season ticket holder.

To my fellow fans: we can do better. That is not who we are. New Orleans is a city of hospitality, warmth, and acceptance of difference--even if that difference means that the other person is wearing another color jersey.

Our warmth comes from knowing that we live in a city like no other, a city that we love. We don't have time for abusing other cities. We're too busy loving our city and our team.

Sincerely,
Mr. Clio

2. To the Dallas Morning News:

To the Editor:

As a longtime Saints fan and season ticket holder, I was proud of my team's effort against the Cowboys Saturday night, and I was impressed with the Cowboys. However, I was ashamed of some of my fellow Saints fans' treatment of Cowboys fans, and I ask Dallas fans to forgive New Orleans if you were treated badly at the game.

Ever since I was treated poorly as a Saints fan on a trip to a game at Indianapolis a few years ago, I have made it a point to welcome opposing teams' fans to the Superdome. They are always appreciative, and I've had some nice conversations with people from all over the country.

This past Saturday night, every Cowboys fan with whom I spoke told me that that he or she had been treated badly by some of my fellow Saints fans. Dallas fans: please know that this is not who we are. New Orleans is a city of hospitality, warmth, and acceptance of difference--even if that difference means that the other person is wearing a jersey of another color.

New Orleanians' warmth comes from knowing that we live in a city like no other, a city that we love. We don't have time for abusing other cities. We're too busy loving our city and our team, and we love sharing that joy.

I have been to Dallas several times and have always enjoyed my trips there. Congratulations on a big win Saturday, and please come back. I and many other New Orleanians will do our best to welcome you with class.

Sincerely,
Mr. Clio

6 comments:

Editilla~New Orleans Ladder said...

Way to Geaux, Clio!

saintseester said...

Well done, ambassador.

Chef Who Dat said...

much appreciated, all the while admitting that on the inside I wasn't the ambassador you were. On the outside, I had at least two pleasant conversations with our guests and then, there was the small problem of my brother.

Leigh C. said...

Bless you, Mr. C. Just 'cause we are fans of a team that is now winning mightily doesn't mean we can be this kind of insane atop it all. Good-natured trash talk and a good helping of what makes New Orleanians great - yes. Abuse - HELL no.

judyb said...

Thank you!

Angels, Saints and Bears Oh My said...

Well said. Looks like the fans needed a dose of humility. I am sad to hear that, but glad you addressed the problem. A few friends of mine went to a Raider game two weekends ago and were actually injured...long story, the short version of which is they did not feel welcome, in fact they spent the afternoon afraid. I proudly proclaimed that Saints' games are never like that. I sincerely hope this was an anomaly and not part of a pattern.