Saints Season 2013 at Copeland’s Atlanta: A Season of RedemSEAN

 

Calling all Saints fans! We will be watching EVERY Saints game here at Copeland’s (yes, including the untelevised games!) and we really hope you can join us!

Try to contain your excitement for the 2013 season. As many of you already know, this year marks the return of Coach Sean Payton. After being suspended for “Bounty Gate,” Coach Payton is sure to return in style and take the Saints all the way to another shot at the Super Bowl in February 2014 in New York City.

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Bill Goudey, CEO of Copeland’s of New Orleans in Atlanta, said “We love bringing New Orleans to Atlanta; we do it with food and ambiance throughout the year. To be able to bring Saints football to Copeland’s is very special.”

Make us your home away from home with the Saints 2013 season! Our Cumberland location (Saints Headquarters in Atlanta) is proud to be hosting our 7th season of New Orleans Saints football. Thank you to all of you who kicked off the season with us for our rival the Atlanta Falcons, on Sunday, September 8 (which I am pleased to say was a satisfying victory!). Come out and be a part of the action with great food and drink specials, our New Orleans Live Jazz Sunday Brunch Buffet and our 100-inch HD Projection Screen TV!

Mark your calendars for our next match up on Sunday, September 15 at 4 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers! Never forget a game by downloading the Saints 2013-2014 season calendar!

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New Orleans Saints Super Bowl Celebration at Copeland’s Atlanta

Living in New Orleans, The Saints have permeated every aspect of life from the time I can remember. In 1980, as a sophomore in High School, I watched every game that was on TV and listened to the others on radio, even as the Saints plunged to 0-14.  It is amazing the detail that I can remember.

Saints vs. Jets, the only national TV game the Saints would play that year. As I watched the snow falling on the TV my father just shook his head that I was living and dying with every play of an 0-14 team. Truth be told, he was watching and pulling as hard as I was for the Saints to win at least one game in the horrible season, he just wouldn’t admit it.

I didn’t understand at the time how being responsible for a family, having a job (he was on the New Orleans Police Department) tempers the degree that you can feel hurt or feel joy with your sports team, but my Father was as happy as I was after that game. We loved to watch the games together. The first and only argument I can remember my parents having in front of me was about me staying up late to watch Monday Night Football. My Mom wanted me in bed for 9:00pm, My Father wanted me to stay up and watch whatever game was on that week.

The highlight of the game was the halftime show, where week after week we were vindicated in our hate of Howard Cosell as he would either not show the Saints highlights or show them with slanted commentary against the Saints. If you have no idea what I am talking about you are under 40!! (This was before ESPN, NFL Network and Direct TV NFL Package)

The argument that my Mom and Dad had over my bedtime led to the first Man to Man talk with my Father. He told me that I could stay up as late as I wanted but I had to be ready for school and couldn’t miss even if I had a 110F fever. I thought it was a fair deal, and usually went to bed after my Father and I yelled at Howard Cossell during halftime anyway!!

My Father died in 1986 and he never got to see the Saints in a playoff game much less a Super Bowl. I don’t know how he would have reacted to last season outwardly, but what I do know is that he would have enjoyed it and I would have enjoyed sharing it with him.

We went to a ton of games together, he was in charge of the Traffic Division of the NOPD and he had access to tickets on a pretty regular basis. Going to the games was magical for me, it still is to this day.

As I entered college, and my brother became family men, it was harder for the entire family to spend time together. Watching the Saints play was the one thing that we all did together, My Mom, Dad, 2 Brothers and 2 Sisters. The Saints still bond us together

My wife and kids got sucked up into the season last year due in large part to Copeland’s in Cumberland showing the games in the 120” big screen TV and several hundred other Who Dat’s going crazy. My 7 year old Daughter Grace wrote in her journal after one of the first games about the Who Dat chant, she didn’t understand it but she understood that it was done out of pure exuberance and joy!!

As the final seconds of the clock ticked off during the last Superbowl at least half of the Saints fans at Copeland’s were in tears. Its hard to control 40+ years of pent up frustration, disappointment, and at times bafflement. The Saints didn’t just lose a lot of games during those 40 years, but they found numerous ways to snatch defeat out of Victories jaws.

On that wonderful Super Bowl night it all changed as the Saints snatched victory this time. One of the biggest plays was the call to start the second half off with an onside kick. A move that was more likely to turn sour instead came up sweet thanks to the tenacious efforts of Chris Reiss, an Atlanta native. The rest is history that Saints fans will relish. Say what you want about the Saint’s first 40 years, but the second 40 will include the words Super Bowl Champions.

We are going to relive The 2009 New Orleans Saints Championship Season on Saturday June 26th at 1:00pm. We will be joined by Chris Reis from the Saints, whose parents were regulars at our Cumberland location every Sunday last year. I can’t wait to see everyone who shared last year with us, to relive the highlights and look forward to the 2010 Saints.

I wish My Dad was still alive to see us replaying Saints games, because I bet the gruff old Policeman, who was very jaded, would still have a tear in his eye every time he saw Tracy Porter get to the end zone pointing to the Who Dats loosing their minds in the stands!!

What is your favorite Saints Moment? …Who Dat!

Glen Helmstetter is a partner in Copeland’s Atlanta and a native of New Orleans where he was raised on shrimp, crawfish, and the New Orleans Saints.