There is no excuse for the Saints to go anywhere,” [Roemer] said. “I love the Saints, but I love the Saints’ fans even more. They have stood by the Saints’ side for 30-something years…The Saints are our team. They’re not Tom Benson’s team.
Now, normally, I’m as laissez faire as anybody. But Buddy Roemer is right. The Saints are our team. The last contract the state of Louisiana signed with the Saints should have included a clause that gave the state the right of first refusal in the event of a sale or attempt to move the team. If the Saints are so important to the city and state that we’re willing to allow ourselves to be extorted by a self-centered used car salesman, then they’re important enough to fight over.
It seems to me that we have nothing to lose by writing Tom Benson a fat check for the market value of the team and telling him that we now own the Saints. Even if we lost the ensuing legal battle, it would be more entertaining anything the Saints have fielded in years.