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Saints Draw Raucous Crowd At Alamodome, But Shy Of Sellout
Published October 3, 2005
|Saints Fall Short Of Sellout
In San Antonio Opener
CROWD SUPPORT: CBS analyst Rich Gannon said of the crowd noise after a delay of game penalty on the Bills, “You talk about this home-field advantage. These fans are excited to have the Saints here. (The noise) obviously caused some confusion for (Bills QB J.P. Losman).” CBS’ Don Criqui said, “They really do have a home-field advantage. You can’t believe the decibel level in this building.” Gannon: “I’ve never heard a building louder.” But after Bills RB Willis McGahee ran for 25 yards on his first carry, Criqui said, “A lot of Bills fans are here” (CBS, 10/2). Saints DE Charles Grant said, “It made me feel like I was back in New Orleans again. I think that’s what we really needed” (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 10/3). Benson said of the crowd, “These fans were really into it. ... They were responding to what these guys have been through, a terrible tragedy” (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 10/3).
|Pregame Festivities At Alamodome
Include New Orleans Flavor
NOT AMERICA’S TEAM: The EXPRESS-NEWS’ Wangrin writes it “looked and sounded like a typical ... Saints game through the cameras and microphones of CBS. ... Those expecting a full-scale, advertisement for San Antonio as full-time host, though, would be disappointed.” A CBS spokesperson said that just 5% of the country saw the game locally, including “all of Louisiana, San Antonio, upstate and western New York, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and scattered stations throughout Texas” (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 10/3).