Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Saints can make Louisiana history
By Pat Yasinskas
My friends at ESPN Stats & Information sent along a great note about some history the Saints can make if they win Saturday night's game against Dallas.
With 13 consecutive wins, the Saints are currently tied for the longest single-season winning streak in the history of Louisiana professional sports.
Want to guess who the Saints are tied with? Well, we know the Saints have never done this before. Another clue: The Hornets haven’t done it since their arrival in New Orleans.
No, you’ve got to go way back into history -- and obscurity. The answer is the New Orleans Buccaneers.
Yes, for those not old enough to remember and those who simply have forgotten, New Orleans once had a professional basketball team called the Buccaneers. They played in the late, great American Basketball Association. Confession here, I was a fan of the ABA in the year or two right before it merged with the NBA (think Dr. J.), but I’m too young to remember the New Orleans Buccaneers.
They set the record in 1969. On March 6 of that year, they beat the Houston Mavericks. They went on to finish the season with 12 more wins in a row. They won in the first round of the playoffs, but lost four straight in the next round and were eliminated by the Oakland Oaks, who went on to win the ABA title that season.
The Buccaneers played three seasons in New Orleans before moving to Memphis where the franchise was known under three different names (Pros, Tams and Sounds) before folding after the 1974-75 season.