Congratulations, you won a football game -- bravo, enjoy the NFC South lead and all that jazz. It's time to pay a little recognition to the New Orleans Saints' attempt to set a Guinness World Record for loudest indoor sporting crowd roar.
The crowd was primed and pumped. Thrift shops had been rifled through to find vague costumes to wear to the game. Drinks were served, the crowd was ready and 72,000 screaming Saints fans were ready to shatter a world record.
Then they didn't... and it was never spoke of again.
We heard from beat writers they couldn't hear themselves think, the noise was deafening -- except that it didn't achieve anything. The Sacramento Kings still hold the record with their small-by-comparison 17,317 fans at Sleep Train Arena.
The Times Picayune ran a story outlining the attempt, and it felt like the team was pretty confident.
"This is a unique opportunity to enter the Guinness Book of Records and we're confident that our fans will help us achieve the goal. It's a testament to their passion that we're hosting a representative from Guinness Book of Records and it speaks to the anticipation that they have for how loud our crowd will be. We were part of history last week in Seattle and we are confident that our fans can make history, too."
You're missing the point here. "It's a testament to their passion," that they hosted a representative. I mean, it's not like setting a Guinness world record requires an online application and six-week waiting period. You have to testify your passion first.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I'm glad you guys gave it the old college try. I'm glad it was a nice clean attempt without any shenanigans.
Saints had extra speakers behind the benches for added noise in their attempt to break a noise record. pic.twitter.com/FpxOMd9lC1— Jeremy Igo (@CarolinaHuddle) December 9, 2013
I'm trying to find a silver lining here. Okay, I've got it. At least no painkillers went missing this time, or nobody was suspended for a season for targeting players!
See, I can still be optimistic.