Screw Dat: New Orleans Owner Remains No Saint

The aftermath of the Super Bowl victory by the New Orleans Saints was a delightfully amusing experience for me. Not because of Saints improbable triumph on the field, but the stupefyingly revisionist reporting about team owner Tom Benson.

Despite his constant threats the past two decades to move the NFL team out of New Orleans, including less-than-subtle hints after Hurricane Katrina, Benson was largely lauded by team staffers, media and league officials for his staunch stewardship of the franchise and loyalty to Lousiana and Saints fans.Of course, nothing could be further from the truth, and I’m happy to report that Benson is back to his old ways, using the goodwill of the Super Bowl victory as cover to blow out 1,200 longtime Saints season seat holders in favor of luxury suites. Oh yeah, and he’s also raising ticket prices. Again.

WWL-TV reports today on the 1,200 (paper?) bag holders who are being robbed of their Superdome real estate:

Natahan Riemer has been a life long Saints fan and a season ticket holder for the last 10 years, but he just found out his coveted seat inside the Superdome won’t be there this season.

“It’s the Claiborne side last full row of the dome on the 50-yard line, Saints sideline, it’s right up there,” said Riemer.

“I wanted to cry,” he said after learning he was losing his tickets. “I was extremely upset.”

On Thursday, Saints Box Office employees began calling close to 1,200 season ticket holders to let them know their seats are disappearing in order to make room for a new press box.  The old press box is being replaced with 16 new suites.

It was one of the greatest feelings in my life,” said Riemer, “and then today I find out that I might not be able to see the banner drop that Thursday first game of the year.” 

Take heart Mr. Riemer, as the benevolent Benson will tell you, the season ticket waiting list is only 50,000 deep, meaning you’ll be back just in time to catch the Saints’ next Super Bowl victory.