I never wear clothing with sports logos. Ever. Well, until this week, in New Orleans, I wore a "Geaux Saints" T-shirt, and you know what? It was so fun to wear.
I love gabbing briefly with strangers, making connections with passersby, having a shared moment with a new smiling face – and there were so many of those moments – just because of the silly shirt.
Some of these high points included a huge grin and an "a'right?!" from an elderly gentleman in a Santa hat, a high-five from a server at a Royal Street cafe and a "dem Saints!" from my hotel's bellman.
On a side note, New Orleans has a unique source for their team pride. The Saints' 2009 Superbowl win gave residents a distraction from the lingering aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the chance to rally together in "Who Dat" glory. The city needed that win.
And this week, while I had the pleasure of celebrating Christmas in the French Quarter, it was just so interesting for me to get a taste of the deep-rooted NOLA unity among residents as well as the camaraderie that goes along with supporting a sports team in general.
Don't get me wrong: I am always pulling for Milwaukee teams in a somewhat deeper way. I always want them to fare well because it makes people around me so dang happy and because it's good for the city. Plus, my father was a huge Brewers fan and I have many, many fond memories of County Stadium and Miller Park.
I've just never been a diehard or enough of a diehard to adorn my body with a sports logo.
And despite my positive Saints-related interactions this week, I don't plan to run out and buy Packers or Brewers garb. I was, however, genuinely happy to experience a sliver of fandom that y'all have told me about for decades.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Molly Snyder
Published Oct. 24, 2014
In May, Omar Amin - along with cousin and business partner Alaa Musa - opened BB's, 633 W. Wisconsin Ave. "BB's" stands for "build a breakfast" and "build a burger." Build-your-own smoothies and milkshakes are also available.
Published Oct. 22, 2014
Many Milwaukeeans who grew up in the `60s, `70s and `80s remember the Kooky Cooky House - an electronic gingerbread cookie factory that featured dozens of moving parts - that was located in the now defunct Capitol Court Mall. This year, an updated Kooky Cooky House returns to Discovery World.
Published Oct. 21, 2014
Milwaukee music venue Shank Hall will celebrate 25 years in business in November. For this latest segment of Milwaukee Talks, OnMilwaukee.com sits down with owner Peter Jest to hear about the best shows of the past 2 1/2 decades, the fire that almost destroyed the music room, the role Spinal Tap played in it all and much more.
Published Oct. 19, 2014
Kevin Spencer is well aware of the backlash that can happen from calling oneself a magician or an illusionist. Spencer - along with his wife, Linda - brings "Spencers: Theatre of Illusion" to the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. The show is a mix of theater, rock concert and magic.
Published Oct. 19, 2014
What started out as a hobby for Laron Taylor is now a demanding full time job. His small business, Lai Lida Cookies, is doing better than ever and Taylor says he will soon offer bake-at-home cookie dough, too.
Published Oct. 18, 2014
This year marks the fifth anniversary of Milwaukee's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade and celebration, which takes place Saturday, Nov. 1 from noon to 5 p.m. in Walker Square Park. Milwaukee's Celeste Contreras has organized the parade since its inception in 2010 and OnMilwaukee.com recently checked in with Contreras to find out more.
Published Oct. 17, 2014
Tonight, Edwin Ordonez - along with his two business partners - will open Mango's Tropical Bar & Grill, 721 S. Cesar Chavez Dr. "This will be the most unique sports club and night club in the city," says Ordonez. "We want to bring something new to Milwaukee."
Published Oct. 16, 2014
Shawn Hutchens, owner of Green Fields and Greenfields on Brady, purchased the old Cafe Vocar building a couple of weeks ago and plan to open Riverwest Pizza.
Published Oct. 15, 2014
It's been three months since Dino's reopened in Riverwest. Brothers Anthony and Lawrence LoCoco - the grandsons of the original owner, Leo "Dino" Dinon - have worked tirelessly to fine tune the menu and create an inviting space that's appealing to the Riverwest neighborhood and beyond.
Published Oct. 15, 2014
Ryan Adams performed an extraordinarily solid and heartfelt show tonight. Known as eccentric and erratic - in both good and not so good ways - the prolific North Carolinian continues to serve up a hearty slice of the very best in roots, folk, rock and Americana. But the beauty and the curse of Adams is you never know what you're going to get.