Drew Brees leading a howling, barking, shrieking call-and-response “breakdown” to get his Saints psyched up to rip an opponent to shreds. That frightful scene was one of the first images of my day as I woke up this morning and turned on Sports Center. It was scary and intimidating!
Drew would bark out some really loud and intimidating string of unintelligible sounds and then the other Saints would respond with another barrage of unintelligible sounds. I think there may have been numbers involved. It was impossible to make out what they were saying, but it all sounded so rough and intimidating. It was scary. Brees declined to say what it all meant, only telling ESPN he picked the chant up while working out with some Marines in Guantanamo Bay this offseason. How mysterious. And intimidating. I'm scared! I don't want the Giants to have to play these guys!
If you're detecting the slightest hint of sarcasm in my argument, it may just be because I know Sunday will actually be a home game for two key Giants.
Eli Manning has never played in the Superdome, but of course he was running around the place as a kid on gameday when his Pop was a fan favorite ex-QB and broadcaster. Eli would have played in his native Nawlins for the first time a couple of years back had not Katrina raised her ugly head. The Saints played a “home game” at the Meadowlands that day, and so Eli's Crescent City Karma game would have to wait. Until this Sunday. I believe Eli will be comfortable and that there may be some magic afoot when he has the ball in his hands.
Add to this Corey Webster's special Superdome connection. The Giants cornerback was a quarterback in his high school days and led Saint James High of Vacherie, LA to the state championship at the 'Dome. Then playing D for LSU he helped the Tigers earn an NCAA championship in 2004, also at the Superdome (in the Sugar Bowl). Look for Corey to go for the trifecta when the Superdome hosts the 2013 Super Bowl!
But first, on Sunday, look for Webster to change the game with a key interception of Brees in the second half. The team that talks unintelligible smack last will be the one who's defense makes a better second half adjustment in this potential slugfest. Webster could loom large.
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Written by Mark Reichman