Patron Saints: How the Saints Gave New Orleans a Reason to Believe

Patron Saints: How the Saints Gave New Orleans a Reason to Believe


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Patron Saints: How the Saints Gave New Orleans a Reason to Believe by Alan Donnes

The inspirational story of the 2006-2007 New Orleans Saints' spectacular run to the NFC Championship, in the words of the people who made it happen.

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, devastating not only buildings and homes, but the hope, spirit, and faith of its people. The Saints were cast out on the road, not knowing when they would return home, and faltered to a losing 3-13 season amidst the chaos. People wondered whether the city could even sustain an NFL team anymore.

Then, a funny thing happened on the way to economic devastation. The city of New Orleans, its population cut in half and its local industry in tatters, rallied to buy up the first season-ticket sellout in franchise history. Led by coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees, coming off a near-career-ending shoulder injury, the Saints engineered a worst-to-first season that gave their fans a reason to believe, both in the team and in themselves. Together they inspired each other to do the impossible: put the Saints in the NFC Championship game, and put New Orleans on the road to recovery.

Though the Saints emerged from the NFC Championship with a stinging loss to Chicago, they returned home as true champions. In PATRON SAINTS, former Saints reporter Alan Donnes has compiled over one hundred interviews with the players, coaches, politicians, and colorful locals who made it happen. Together, these powerful voices recount the fractious history of the team and the city, how the horror of Katrina brought them together, and how one winning season has brought hope to a place that hope forgot.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599950174
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 09/04/2007
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alan Donnes covered the Saints as a sports reporter from 1986-94, establishing the largest independent radio network in the NFL. He has managed former Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes, produced the nationally syndicated National Lampoon Radio Hour, and is currently filming a National Lampoon movie.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Like so many Americans, I am torn between wanting to help the people of New Orleans and wanting to move on from the horrors of Hurricane Katrina. PATRON SAINTS gives an intimate portrait of the humanity of people tossed into chaos by a natural disaster. You don't have to be from New Orleans to be moved by the 'indominability of the human spirit', as USFL founder and 'father of the Superdome', Dave Dixon is quoted as saying. Alan Donnes uses dozens of interviews with everyone from both President Bushes to a 12 year old fan to take you inside the struglle of human beings to find something normal, familiar and fun after the devastation. The triumphant return of the people and the team to the Superdome and the building's transformation from sad shelter to place of incredible joy will have you crying..YES, crying. If you think this is a sports book, you're wrong. This is a book about inspiration and leaves the reader feling that New Orleans and its people will return. They need some help, but they will be back. BUY PATRON SAINTS. The author is even donating much of his royalties to local charities!! I am giving this gift to friends because at some point in our lives, we all need some inspiration and PATRON SAINTS does inspire!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This amazing book tells the story of a team and a city and how they helped each other in the most difficult of times. I had thought it would just be another sports book...I actually like sports books, but from the introduction on, I knew this was so much more. I have NEVER cried while reading a sports book, but I wept and, yes, I laughed while reading PATRON SAINTS. With all the sorrow coming from down there since Katrina, it's nice to know these people have hearts and souls. I can't recall a book ever making me feel like I knew the characters as well as I felt I did after reading this book. Written in the actual words of these people and these players, you feel what the agony and the joy of the 2006 season in New Orleans and the hope that the team brought to New Orleans. Great story told perfectly by Alan Donnes!