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Claim: Photograph shows a Chicago Bears fan holding a crude sign at the
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2007]
Origins: Amidst the death and destruction Hurricane Katrina wrought on New Orleans in August 2005
In 2006, the Saints not only returned home to New Orleans and the Superdome (the stadium having under gone a
On 21 January 2007 the Saints squared off against the Bears at Chicago's Soldier Field, with a chance of winning a Super Bowl berth for the first time in the franchise's forty-year history. As expected, plenty of loyal Chicago Bears fans turned out for the game brandishing signs and banners proclaiming what they expected their favorites to do to the visiting team. Some
But no banner caused more consternation than the one pictured at the head of this page, proudly displayed by a Chicago fan who exhorted that the contest on the field would result in the "BEARS FINISHING WHAT KATRINA STARTED" and perceived by many as crossing the bounds of decency in deriding the city of
The sign was indeed real and not a product of digital trickey, though. Eric Zorn in his Tribune blog reproduced a comment from the (Saints) fan who snapped the photo, and it was captured by various telecasts:
Unfortunately for Saints fans, although New Orleans managed to keep the contest close through three quarters, they faded at the end and lost to Chicago,
Last updated: 28 January 2007
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