The Times-Picayune has an article “Jimmy Buffett bleeds black and gold for the Super Bowl-bound New Orleans Saints”
Among celebrity New Orleans Saints fans, perhaps none bleeds black and gold as profusely, and for as long, as Jimmy Buffett.
In 1967, the then-unknown, 20-year-old singer-songwriter took a break from Bourbon Street to attend the Saints franchise’s first regular season game in Tulane Stadium.
Nearly 43 years later, Buffett, now a multifaceted, multi-millionaire entertainer/ entrepreneur, piloted his own Falcon 900 jet from an island in the South Pacific to New Orleans for the NFC Championship Game.
In between was “43 years of Lent,” Buffett said this week. “But once I went to that first game, they were my team for life.”
His celebrity – and the fact that Saints coach Sean Payton is a fan — affords Buffett opportunities not available to the average Who Dat. He celebrated the Saints’ Jan. 24 victory over the Vikings in the locker room.
Buffett followed the Saints’ Jan. 16 divisional playoff against the Arizona Cardinals via a “funky” internet connection on the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora, where he was shooting a DVD.
To beat the Colts, Buffett believes the Saints must “have one of those games that they’re capable of having. You saw it against New England and the Giants. Those aren’t flukes.
Months later, the Saints are in the Super Bowl. But thanks to a new sponsorship deal with a financial services company, the host stadium is now known as Sun Life Stadium.
“The only thing that would have been better is if we could have kept it as Land Shark Stadium,” Buffett said. “That would have been wonderful. But I’m happy enough.”