The Louisiana Superdome is back in business, more than a year after Hurricane Katrina's devastation. On Monday night, the iconic symbol of New Orleans will put the newsreels of storm-inspired misery behind it and get back to what it was built for -- big-time events. Monday night's event is so big, it'll require two stadiums. Two NFL commissioners will be there. Two internationally renowned rock bands will play in the Superdome shortly before kickoff. And two teams will take the field to a sold out stadium for the matchup of unbeaten archrivals -- Saints vs. Falcons. Saints players and coaches are well aware of the frenzy, and they're trying not to think about it too much. "The evening's only special if you win it," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "We're seeing a good team come in here in Atlanta. ... We're going to have to have a good week of practice, and all the other stuff is stuff that we can't control and we just want to make sure it doesn't become a distraction." Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. (NFL)
I have mixed emotions about this. Yeah, I'm happy that a facet of New Orleans is up and running back like normal. I'm happy that New Orleans is beginning to have events that will bring some of the revenue back into the city. I'm happy that the NEW ORLEANS Saints are back in New Orleans. That's all good...BUT, this is a prime example of what takes priority these days. I could be totally wrong in my thinking but hey, these are my thoughts. They're people from N.O who don't givva damn about the Super Dome or the Saints. All they want is to return to their neighborhoods and homes. From my understanding, some places there still look like the day after Katrina (minus the water). From my understanding the homes in the 9th Ward are no where close to returnable and the neighborhoods are still demolished. The Super Dome had some issues before it could be a place to "play" again, and it's back already? It's back before many of the homes of the people who lived like animals there following the hurricane? I know it's been over a year and that's enough time to get the Super Dome "ready," but a year is also enough time for many of the displaced evacuees to be returning back to normalcy. NO, this is not a "Katrina" post, but what happened last year has me shook. AND it will probably for the rest of my life. But oh well. Who gives a damn? Just as long as the Saints can return, and the Super Dome is ok. Right?