Sports always seems to draw a form of religious devotion, and it seems to be even more magnified when your team is the Saints.
The coverage of yesterday's NFC championship game, included plenty of references to faith and destiny. In one of The Times forums, a poster asked if it was OK to pray for a football team? Commentators talked about how this team united a city. I was particularly fascinated by the subtle idea in many discussions that the cosmos owed New Orleans some bit of happiness after Hurricane Katrina.
By now, we know how those prayers were answered, and Saints fans get to employ another spiritual virtues for next year: hope.
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