Biggs: As frenzy mounts, Saints try to keep fans grounded
The fever among fans in New Orleans with the Saints’ 9-0 start is such that the team is now asking them to behave ... at the airport.
Yes, that’s right. It’s a tradition for the New Orleans faithful to greet the team when it returns home from road trips and it’s become such an event that there are now crowd control issues, according to the New Orleans Times Picayune.
Drew Brees, owner Tom Benson, coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Looms signed the following message that was released by the club:
“One of the highlights of returning home after a road game is seeing our fans at the airport. It has become a great Saints tradition, unique among NFL teams.
“In recent weeks, the number of people lining the streets at the airport has grown to the point where it is now a safety issue. With that said, we need to recognize the potential dangers of having small children on very crowded streets with moving vehicles.
“We are asking that all of our great fans refrain from approaching the cars of Saints players and officials as they depart the airport. And we please ask that you also refrain from seeking autographs as the players depart.
“We salute your passion for our team and thank you for your understanding and continued support!”
We can’t think of one good reason to leave certain establishments in New Orleans after a football game, but if you’re going to go to the airport, please keep safety in mind.
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