Everyone can agree that, at least on paper, the Saints are a good team despite the suspensions, yet somehow they have wound up 0-4.
It's weird and crazy, but it's easily explained - they are cursed.
For most of its history, the Super Bowl has been hosted at a neutral site, or at the home stadium of one of its weaker teams.
So long as things stayed that way, the curse that kept hosting teams bad would go unnoticed.
In fact, the last team that had a true partisan crowd was the 1984 San Fransisco 49ers, who played in a Super Bowl hosted by Stanford.
In recent years, the NFL has begun giving better teams a shot at hosting the Super Bowl.
However, to this date no team has successfully won the Super Bowl at home. Recent attempts include the 2011 Indianapolis Colts (we all remember how bad that went) and the 2010 Dallas Cowboys (who slumped to 1-5 and then lost THEIR quarterback for the season).
Don't believe? Just look at what has happened to the Saints this year:
1) The league got mysterious "new evidence" (which still has not been seen by the public) which confirmed the Saints used a bounty system when they won the Super Bowl.
The NFL had tried and failed to prove this for years, and has since made the suspended players eligible to play again. However, this did lead to their head coach getting suspended for the year, and their GM and interim coach were suspended for half the season.
2) Drew Brees, a long-time leader for the Saints and a team-first player, refused a lucrative offer in the preseason, forcing the Saints to use their franchise tag on him and causing them to lose their All-Pro guard, Carl Nicks.
It turns out that Brees was being a good union man and trying to set precedent for a few contract issues under the new CBA, and Mickey Loomis managed to acquire the next best free agent guard (Ben Grubbs), but the lost practice time may have hurt the offense.
3) Hurricane Isaac made landfall the day before the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which left the Saints homeless for the entire 2005 season. Isaac landed a little over a month after Brees returned to practice, and less than a week after the Saints named Aaron Kromer their interim interim head coach.
4) The Saints opened against the Redskins and rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Their offense struggled to put together drives, and turned the ball over three times - once on a fumble after a long drive, and twice on interceptions late in the game. RG3 put up 320 yards and two TDs, and has failed to do both in the same game since.
5) The Saints fell behind early against the Panthers, and had to scramble to catch up. They had the ball with a little over 30 seconds left, but Brees threw another interception to seal the game for the Panthers.
The next week, the Saints had the roles reversed when they led Kansas City 24-6 in the third quarter, but the now 1-3 Chiefs came back to win the game in overtime, while the Saints failed to build a drive of more than five plays for the rest of the game.
6) The craziest moment of them all - the Saints went into Lambeau Field and fought back from a 21-7 deficit, and nailed a 43-yard field goal to take the lead with about three minutes left in the game. However, that play officially never happened because of a holding call on the backup tight end, and Garrett Hartley missed the re-kick. The Packers would hold on to the ball and win the game.
After all of this, you'd think the season couldn't egt any worse, but the Super Bowl Host Curse knows no boundaries. So what else does this season have in store for the Saints? There's no telling, but whatever else happens, we all know why... #SBHostCurse (it's a thing!).
The author would like to congratulate Brees for tying one of the most unassailable records in all of sports. Hopefully Brees stays healthy long enough to break it (Tony Romo and Peyton Manning got hurt by the curse).
He also swears he remembers the Saints being hyped as a possible "first team to win the Super Bowl at home" back in 2006, but either mixed up the only two pre-Super Bowl years that the Saints were hyped (2001 and 2006) or fell into an alternate universe one night while he slept.
Hence, his last article on the #SBHostCurse is located here.
The author also writes most of his tweets (@RGDSports) on Facebook (RGDSports@yahoo.com), and lets the magic of interconnected social media do the rest. You can also find his Twitter quite easily by searching out the hashtag he invented (#SBHostCurse).