WSJ has this amusing bit in a FAQ about the NFL playoffs:
Q: May I root against the New Orleans Saints?
A: No, you may not. Rooting against the Saints is like rooting against Elin Nordegren. They’re the Sentimental Team of the Century; if Dick Enberg were calling the NFC championship game, he’d need a trailer truck of Kleenex. Even if you forget everything that New Orleans endured during Hurricane Katrina—and how could you?—they’re the Saints, the former Aints, one of the most hard-luck franchises in the history of hard luck. Not long ago, newborns came into the world in New Orleans hospitals with tiny grocery bags on their heads.
If the Saints win this weekend, we expect the Louisiana Superdome to levitate off the ground, stop at Parkway Bakery & Tavern for a roast beef po’boy and fly straight to Miami for the Super Bowl.
Q: Is anyone really rooting for the Colts to win the Super Bowl, other than the city of Indianapolis and Peyton Manning’s dad, Archie?
Don’t be ridiculous. Archie Manning’s rooting for the Saints.