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In Defense of My “New Orleans Saints’ Onside Kick Was Dirty Pool” Article

Published by on February 12, 2010
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts


Due to the overwhelming response that my original article "Saints Win Super Bowl But Onside Kick Was Dirty Pool" has received, I would like to try to correct what I see as a few mis-perceptions. 

First of all, the intent behind the original article is not in any way to take away from the Saints victory in the Super Bowl. I think this should be clear to readers where I wrote: 

"The Saints outplayed the Colts and deserved to win," the Saints "had the greater will to win," and "the play did not determine the ultimate outcome."

To put it in different words, I think the Saints still would have won even without attempting the onside kick. I am not blaming the Saints for winning on a dirty play. I am not blaming the Colts loss on Sean Payton's decision.

I cheered on the Saints very strongly in t...

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