02.09.10 9 years ago 5 Comments

Here are two fun tidbits about the Saints big win from Sunday, starting with the two big stars that had shone brightest on football’s biggest stage. Specifically, quarterback Drew Brees and cornerback Tracy Porter.

Purdue alum Drew Brees was the MVP of the game, and Indiana alum Tracy Porter provided the straw that broke the camel’s back with his 70-yard interception return in the fourth quarter — courtesy of New Orleans native and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, of course.

The symmetry and serendipity of it all is quite glorious. Especially when you consider the key play of the game when the Colts beat the Bears in Super Bowl XLI: an interception return for a touchdown by Chicago native and Illinois alum Kelvin Hayden. –Rumors & Rants.

And then there was this note about the Saints Super Bowl championship merchandise. So where are they manufacturing those shirts? Yep, in Indianapolis.

They will ship out 130,000 shirts a day, compared with a typical 65,000 to 70,000.

That means overtime for Deobalek Thomas, who was forlornly pulling long-sleeved gray Saints T-shirts off the screen printing press Monday, while wearing his 2007 Colts Super Bowl champions shirt.

“I would have rather worked three days and had the Colts win,” he said. “These aren’t the shirts I wanted to do.” — Indy Star, via Second-String Fullback.

And one could argue that those pale in comparison to the greatest irony of all, that Peyton Manning lost a Super Bowl to the team on which his father played and cemented his legacy, the same New Orleans Saints that Peyton watched and cheered on during his formative days in Louisiana. Who would have thought…it figures.

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