You think Indianapolis has the advantage today because of experience? You think this is our first rodeo? Well, I'm here to remind you that New Orleans has been on the big stage before. While Super Bowl XLIV represents the first time the New Orleans Saints will play for the NFL Championship, the city's sports fans are in familiar territory... thanks to the 1968 New Orleans Bucs.
The New Orleans Bucs played in the American Basketball Association's first championship series in 1968. Led by stars Doug Moe, Red Robbins, Jimmy Jones, and a guy you may have heard of named Larry Brown, the Bucs finished first in the Western Division. They beat the Denver Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. If "Denver Rockets" doesn't sound funny enough to you, the other Western Division playoff match-up saw the Houston Mavericks lose to the Dallas Chaparrals, who New Orleans knocked off next.
While it was a hard-fought series lasting seven games, the Bucs were finally defeated by the Pitsburgh Pipers in the Championship Series.
It took 42 years, but now we're back to build upon that experience and finally bring a championship home to New Orleans. The Colts may have experience, but our city has been in this position before. Now it's time to win it all.
(For more info on the ABA, definitely check out this site.)