The (first) game last night was a joke. The New Orleans Saints played their home opener against the New York Giants, except that they played in New York. So even though the Giants had away jerseys, and the Saints had home jerseys, and still had to deal with the visitors locker room, and still had to travel, and still had to listen to New York fans, it was a Saints home game.

“That’s one of the loudest I’ve heard the stadium in a long time, and it wasn’t even full,” Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey said. “As players, we hear that and it really helps us out.”

The Saints looked sloppy. They started the game off with a reverse on the kickoff return, but dropped the ball. The Giants took advantage and got off to an early 7-0 lead. Aaron Brooks looked like he might make things happen in the second quarter, and the Saints got a break when a punt was recovered by the Saints and led to another 3 points. They had nothing in the second half though.

I can not imagine what it must be like to be uprooted, not given the tools to do your job, and then to have the cards all stacked against you while the higher ups tell you, “You have the advantage; it is a home game for you.”

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