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  1. 55 points
    IF YOU'RE PROUD TO BE A SAINTEE, PROUD TO BE A SAINTEE....click the like! saintX, MySpazz, The Real Saints, scotty gordon, Andy, andrew, Emma, Barty1884, saintee in exile, Cis streaker, Shibbydoo, Phil, nickyg, Coltrane, Moray Blue, Rosenborg Trondheim, Jad, Kjello, tony_polster, Texas-Saint, Saintdunc, Kevin James Is On Stilts, mike_gain, Bruno Strasser, TheYellowBox, rammsteinally, chips, candalan, ejksjfc, california_saintee, SammyJ, jhq, SheerLambRule, slambrother, postiepat, andy rhodes fancy watch, Nizlopi, BrechinSaintee, sideline, sleepless, uphallsaint, Markinch Saint, cristo, mainstand, The Mystery Man, duncan08
  2. 39 points

    So Proud

    So the boy has gone from Saints fan to Saints 'daft' this season. He is 12, and just started at the Academy. As some of you know, he doesn't get the easiest time, being autistic. He came home from school today, and announced that he had been asked to go on a school trip in October, to Sunderland. They would be given a guided tour of the Stadium of Light, and then watch the Man Utd v Sunderland game. I said 'wow, brilliant, you'll LOVE that!!' Genuinely excited for him. He said 'don't be silly dad, I told them I couldn't go because Saints were playing Inverness Caley Thistle at home' Beaming with pride
  3. 34 points
    R.B.B:- Adz

    Unite Behind Saints!

    I think all Saints fans should take a bit of time out just to reflect how fantastic and positive it is to be affiliated with the club at this time. In the past couple of months we have managed to achieve things that some of us could only dream of, so on Thursday night as the stadium fills up and the tension starts to build it would be nice just to take it all in and puff your chest out with pride. We have not only become recognised world wide for being one of the best run clubs in the UK but have proved how valuable that is this season and established ourselves as the 3rd best team in the whole of Scottish football and achieved back to back European qualifications. We have employed by far the most popular management duo for a great number of years and the unity and enthusiasm shown towards Tommy and Callum has been astonishing. I have never seen such a satisfied consensus among our support. That was quickly followed by possibly the most popular signing for many years in David Wotherspoon. Again I have never seen so many people agree and unite behind a signing. And to top it all off, we will have one of our highest home attendances with (Saints fans in the majority) for many years against one of Europe's most experienced teams, who we hold a 1-0 lead over. Sometimes you just have to stand back and think how great it is to be a Saintee.
  4. 32 points
    A season of fitba deams. St.Johnstone football club have been around for a long time, a very long time. 130 years to be exact. They hail from Scotlands newest city, Perth. The clubs name comes from the old name for Perth; Saint Johns Toun, which I believe was named after St. John The Baptist They are my team, but not just MY team. They are also the team of many of my friends and of quite a few people I don't know by name, but who I know to speak to, to exchange a courteous nod, the occasional joyous hug and on a more regular basis commiserations. Over my years supporting " The Saints" there have been many many days where disappointment was the main feeling, where I left games feeling depressed, angry, let down and a whole myriad of other negative emotions. There was also Hamilton. It wasn't always bad of course, there were days when I felt elated, triumphant and so very proud. Proud of my wee team, proud that on a shoestring budget, we could beat Celtic, Rangers et al. Proud that we could progress to the later stages of national cup competitions, proud of winning a "diddy cup", of winning promotions and leagues, of qualifying for European adventures with wonderful days spent with my fellow Saintees in Eskisehir, Turkey, and twice, even reaching the final of the Scottish League Cup.Sadly we lost both, one of which was a bit before my time. We have had some great seasons and some great teams. Not least the team of Willie Ormond in the late 60's ( before my time), the team of Paul Sturrock in the 90's and my favoutite team of the early 1980's. I even took my internet handle, The Ghost of Jim Morton, as a homage to my favourite player from that team. And then season 2013-14 happened. It started early, on Wednesday 10th July, with a trip to Cowdenbeath where we won 1-0, Sadly I missed David Wotherspoons fine free kick as we were late arriving . It would not be my last miss of what would become the most memorable of seasons. We then had a trip to Morton which I passed on and which we also won 1-0. Next up was the mighty Rosenborg of Norway, in Trondheim. They were a team with a fine Europen record, a team who had recently participated in the Champions League group stages. This was where the dream really started ( no disrespect intended to Cowden or Morton) We went there and, well, we beat them 1-0. They couldn't believe it and frankly I, and I suspect most of my fellow Saintees couldn't believe it. A fine contingent of Saints fans made the trip to Trondheim and in wallet emptying, eye watering conditions, they enjoyed a good drink before and after the game. Sadly I was not one of them for reasons as simple as I was going on holiday the day after the game. The fact that that holiday was a Norwegian cruise only made me feel worse. All was not lost though as I at least managed to watch the game on a dodgy internet stream before departing for Southampton. The return leg in Perth, which the Norwegians were convinced they would win easily, was a rip roaring affair with Saints going a goal behind early on before fighting back and equalizing through Stevie May. In front of a crowd of nearly 8000 they held out for the draw and amazingly, St.Johnstone were in the next round and the less than gratious Norwegians we OUT. Sadly I was still not there. I was in the middle of the North Sea, on route to Southampton and even worse, I had to follow the game on Sky Sports News which was torturous. Eventually they announced that St.Johnstone had drawn and gone through. I then proceeded to wander around our cruise ship and tell everyone and anyone that MY wee team had beaten Rosenbourg. In the next round we were drawn against FC Minsk. I could have gone out there but didn't, well none of us did, due to ridiculous visa problems. Instead, I went away and walked the West Highland Way in 4 days. The day we played Minsk I was walking 28 miles between Rowardennan and Tyndrum. In hounour of my team I did that leg of the Way in a Saints top and wore my Saints scarf. The game was watched on Ceefax or whatever it's modern version is now called. I sat in a hotel room looking at an unmoving screen. Then it suddenly moved. It said FC Minsk 0-1 St.Johnstone. Steven Mclean. I also moved and proceeded to go utterly mental. Then for the last 20 minutes I stared at the screen and begged for the letters FT to appear. They dually did and I went down to the bar tell everyone and anyone that MY wee team had beaten FC Minsk. Was I dreaming? On the following Sunday we opened our League account a home win against a Hearts side crippled by debt and administration. 3 points on the board. Oh and I was at last there. Then FC Minsk came to Perth. McDiarmid park was rocking with over 8500 punters. We all believed they were beatable, they were, but we did not, and after a tense niggly match our Euro dream died in a penalty shoot out. My first Euro game and our first loss. ( we also lost our unbeaten European home record). My dream seemed to have turned to a nightmare. The season then proceeded with some great wins and some horrible losses, 4-0 was a recurring scoreline for or against. In October we beat Morton with a last minute disputed goal to reach the semi final of the League Cup and we again began to dream. A fine 3-0 home win against Dundee Utd on Boxing Day was followed by a roasting at Fir Park on New Years day where Motherwell destroyed us 4-0. We started the year in 6th place in the league and remained there pretty much all the way to the split. The Scottish cup campaign had begun in late November with a straight forward win over Livingstone. It was not without surprise though. I met my parents outside the stadium. Apparently they were attending the game and were heading to the Boardroom as guests of our opposition. My mother was warned that if Livi scored and she celebrated, there would be repercussions. As it transpired when Saints opened the scoring, the old dear let out a quality cheer much to the chargrin of her Livi buddies. I knew she wouldn't let the side down. On Feb 1st we headed to Edinburgh to face a high flying Aberdeen side who we , I was shocked to discover, had never beaten in a cup tie. This was the League Cup semi-final. As was the norm with cup semi-finals we lost. That score 4-0 came up again. Emotionally I was wrecked. Would we ever win another semi? Progress in the Scottish Cup continued with convincing wins over Forfar and then Raith Rovers and before we knew it we were in another semi-final. The bad news was that we had never won a Scottish cup semi EVER. Even worse, we were draw against Aberdeen again, a team we had NEVER beaten in any cup tie. Ah well, we had done well to get there. Expectation was certainly low for me and when we went a goal down early in the game I was convinced it was yet again over. Half time came and as I walked the concourse under the stand at Ibrox, I spoke with a couple of hard core, longterm Saintees, and we all agreed that this was it, that if we lost this game, which we all though was the only likely outcome, that we would not attend another semi due to being unable to shoulder the heartache of being nearly men any more Then the second half began and something magic happened, we started playing much better, we were in their faces, we were on top. All it needed was someone to put the round thing between the wooden structures that Jamie " Clangers " Langfield was hanging about in. He was right in front of us. We baited him, we told him the goal was coming, we could feel it... Jamieeeeeeeeeeeee can you feel it.. And then BOOM. All hell broke loose. Stevie May took a pass and three touches later the ball rippled the back of the net. The dream was on but it needed a second goal and importantly we need not to concede anything. Then Aberdeen had a great chance but some how the ball went past the post. Was this to finally be OUR year? We started on Langfield again... Jamieeeeeeeeee can you feel it, can you smell it...Jamieeeeeeeeeee it's coming.... the game entered the last few minutes, extra time looking very likely. Then suddenly , like a bolt of lightening, the ball was on the edge of the Dons box. May headers to McLean, McLean lays off to May, May toe pokes the ball and OH MY GOD.... GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!! The Saints support went balistic. A riot of colour, a wall of sound and a belief. We must be dreaming.. The last six minutes passed slowly but Saints played it out beautifully. They kept the ball. Aberdeen were beaten. The hoodoo was over. Grown men and women were in tears. 130 years of if buts and regrets were suddenly gone. And so here we are. We have finally reached the Scottish Cup Final. The oldest cup competition in the world. Four weeks from now we will face our local neighbours Dundee United in our final game of the season, a season which will have seen us play 50 competitive matches. That surely must be a record. It's been brilliant, it's been amazing and it has been wonderful. It's been the best season I can ever remember in my 37 years of being a Saintee. Come what may on the 17th day of the month of May 2014, regardless of the result, we will have had a most fantastic season. Will we win the cup and thus end the often used internet forum jibe of "Never won a major trophy"?? I don't know. I do hope so. I know we can. Saints supporters will now head to Parkhead from every corner of the world. We will sing our hearts out, we will do what we do best. We will support our well run wee team... Even if we don't win though, this has indeed been the season of my fitba dreams. Come on you Saints. Ghostie.
  5. 31 points
    After the League cup semi-final, this was my desk at work on Monday morning: - A little revenge this morning for the culprit: -
  6. 31 points

    Saints V Killie. 9/11/13. Ko 1500

    Really enjoyed yesterday had a braw day. The staff at Mcdiarmid stepped up a notch in my eyes ( again ) yesterday. The wee lad has been an emotional wee soul over the past week due to the loss of his grandad. Crying almost anywhere which is understandable as hes only 7. One of the directors noticed he was upset and sent to of the players into the muirton suite to get him. Robbo and Ando took the wee fella ontp the pitch for a kick about and it son wiped the tears away. It was braw to see. A wee letter to the club i think.
  7. 30 points
    el grew

    Congratulations To You Saints

    Hi to all Saints fans from a Motherwell fan. I wanted to offer my heart-felt and sincere congratulations to St Johnstone FC and all the fans on winning the Scottish Cup today. I was rooting for you and I was really chuffed that you won. Like most of you I have supported my club for a long time and when we managed to win the Cup in 1991 (strangely enough against Dundee Utd too) it was a sweet, sweet moment so I know exactly how you are feeling now. Many, many congratulations. It's great to see the so-called provincial clubs winning a major competition. Hope you have a great time celebrating. Hope you do well in Europe and have a great season next year. From a fellow football supporter.
  8. 25 points
    hi everybody This is Firat from Turkey... first of all i'd like to thank all you guys because of your hospitality and warm attitude in Norway... I have gone through what has written here about me also and it made me really smile... I should re-state that it was my pleasure to support Saints with you guys in Norway and witness that historical win!!! Unfortunately I could not make the home leg but my heart will be there for sure... I'm pretty confident that we are going through the next round... Also I'm going to spend my holiday in Scotland this year and going to support Saints with you guys against Ross County and Dundee Utd. Lastly my special thanks are going to my beloved friends ODSOT members Steven Watt at the top and Tommy Watt, Adam Taylor, Craig, Liam Dorris and Greg Stirton... If those guys were not be there I could not make that fantastic journey... hope to see u guys in August can I ask every single person that reads this to cheer also for me on Thursday┬┐
  9. 24 points
    The call to arms was so very strong, Some journeys short and others long Plans were hatched and tickets bought Trains were booked and flights were caught. Joyous feelings, smiling faces Saintees fans from far flung places China , Canada, Australia, Rome Everyones thoughts now turned to home Meeting friends not seen for years With happiness expressed in tears. Hugs and drinks and reminiscing And memories of those now missing So come on you Saints the shout went up Lets have a ball, lets win the cup. Whatever happens though, lets enjoy the day. And forever celebrate the seventeenth of May.
  10. 22 points
    Envious Fulham Fan

    Well Done Saints!

    Hi Lads and Lassie's Just to say well done for getting through, as a Fulham fan who went to every game during the campaign back in 2010 through to the final in Hamburg, it is a hell of a journey! Some people say the Europa League is nothing, and second rate, but that may be for the top 8 glory hunters in the Premier league and the top 1 in the SPL with all the dosh, but to the rest it is a tournament that gives the real fans a shot at the big time. Best wishes to you all on this journey, if you are true Saints fan then borrow, and spend the money going overseas, promise me, you will not forget it, you only live the once. Best wishes Envious Fulham Fan!
  11. 21 points
    Far too much booing at the game last night from some so-called Saints fans, and not just at half time whistle. It was pretty constant in the second half at every misplaced pass, certain substitutions etc. I have no problem with throwing hands up in the air, and bawling "for ****'s sake Maclean" but booing your own team? Never understood it and never will. No doubt someone will get upset in this thread and feel they have a right to express their opinion in this way, but I ****ing hate booing, unless directed at the referee or opposition!
  12. 20 points

    Saints Vs Aberdeen Scsf 12/13 April

    Have to admit that when that final whistle went I was rather emotional. Delighted for everyone connected with the CLub and Geoff for everything he has put in. But personally I am delighted for folk like my dad who has followed Saints man and boy and is now 79 year old, the fact that he can now go to a Scottish Cup Final and see his beloved Saints is a dream come true and after the year that he has had in losing my mum he deserves it. COME ON SAINTS LETS DO IT FOR HIM AND ALL the OTHER SAINTS FANS OF HIS GENERATION BOTH HERE AND LOOKING DOWN ON US FROM ABOVE!!! 90 MINUTES TO BECOME HEROES!
  13. 20 points
    As a neutral let me first say it was an absolute privilege to be there tonight to experience that with you all. I could tell just from the sizable crowd how much it really meant to them all. Drove a 190 mile round trip on a spur of the moment urge to watch history in the making tonight and it was worth every effeing penny. 25 quid at the turnstile with the missus and I don't grudge it one bit, absolute value for money . Hopefully this gives the Saints a little financial boost and you guys can go on and upwards. Met some tremendous fans tonight and thought the Rosenberg fans were great aswell, the atmosphere was superb and I just hope that the FC Minsk is just as thrilling. All the best, I will certainly be trying to make a few more Saints games this year.
  14. 19 points
    First post in a while, but been reading forum for years. This is honestly one of the most depressing discussions I've seen, possibly ever, on this forum. So our budgets have been cut..... We are a relatively poor club with a low turnover and have been running a loss for a while, which has eaten into our cash reserves. These cash reserves only exist cause of the sensible(and arguably fantastic) way that our club has been run over the years by our board, especially the Browns. For a few years not that long ago we posted profits based on property deals and the non footballing income of the club has long been a vital part of the clubs turnover. Our gates are low and with arguably three of the biggest four clubs in the country not even in our league this season the turnover is set to drop again. As has been said in various places we've been renting training facilities down in Stirling for the last few years, the club are now sensibly, with the long term survival of the club in mind, investing in our own facilities. The benefits to this are impossible to argue against. Saints players will now be in Perth, making them a visible and arguably more approachable part of the community; the cost of maintaining our facilities will be much cheaper than the rent at SU; the land was already owned by the club and they've been able to adapt existing facilities within the stadium so although the outlay is high it's not that high. There's also the chance for us to increase our income by renting out the facilities to some of the further north part time league clubs and any number of other teams. Which is a fantastic use of a cash injection that we've been lucky to get. The club were stung a bit by the cost of travel to the Belarus game last season and maybe that's why the budgets haven't been finalised. They won't want to be taking out a loan or an overdraft to pay for a 5-6 figure travel bill. Now we know we're going to the relatively cheap(to get to) Switzerland, we might find that there is some activity on the manager or May's contracts. Youth players getting a chance is great to see and there's so much enthusiasm around Brown and Kane in particular, as others have said a hungry eager Kane is a much better option that Iwelumo(sp?) or Fallon. It would have been nice to keep a flair player like Hasslebank but he was on a high wage and the club cannot afford to pay one of it's highest wages to a player that inconsistent, as great as he was when he was on it. Youth recruitment(and player recruitment generally) must be a difficult aspect of running a club and if young guys see they'll get a chance to play for saints we become a much more attractive club to sign for. Which is fantastic for the long term growth and development of the club. It is frustrating that we possibly won't be seeing any new signings this summer, but we have a strong squad and the league is arguably weaker than last year, we'll still finish 6-8th which is pretty good going for the size of squad we have, money we make/spend and relative size of the club. The PR could be improved, in terms of keeping fans in the loop but then the level of detail that a fan of a football club wants probably doesn't match up all that well with good business practice. The Brown's may come across as dour and not very excitable but then I think that may be a Carse thing. My partners from the Carse and we live out here and I swear everyone just sort of gets on with everything without much fuss, hardly the worst characteristics to have, it is possibly this level headiness that kept the club being run on an even keel when other clubs were jizzing money up the wall. The board has shown throughout the time the Browns have been involved have consistently shown that they they have the clubs best interests at heart and plan our spending as part of the long term with the bigger picture in mind. That is what this feels like again, the pieces are being put in place to ensure that this great club continues to be abel to run and over achieve in the best ways that it can. I for one believe that everything that is being done in the interest of the club.
  15. 19 points
    Smarmy Arab

    Saints Vs Aberdeen Scsf 12/13 April

    Magnificent! Many many congratulations. If there is one club in Scottish football who have earned the chance to grace the final of oldest challenge cup in the world....the show piece of the season........ it is the Perth Saints. Robbed by Livy, Dundee, Gretna, Dunfermline, and Rangers, they stood on principle and refused to add to the wage inflation. They have refused to pick the tried and tested old guard of journeyman managers, instead picking from left field much to the benefit of Scottish football, and now an established power in the Scottish system you can reap the benefits. I hope the good people of Perth get behind you like never before. Raise a glass to your team, your club and yourselves!
  16. 19 points
    Tranmere Saintee

    The Rangers News

    Sorry, but this is a Saints forum and not the place any longer for you and your trolling
  17. 19 points

    New Away Strip

    What an excellent idea! Our away shirts range from yellow, to white to sky-blue to tartan to maroon for the 125 year season and even that purple and green/grey one, so why not try something different for a season? It's a great tribute to the Es-Es fans and a lovely reminder of a wonderful European trip. I doubt that away shirts usually sell very much so this has the potential to be a good money maker for the club. I cannot see why it is not a good thing that St.Johnstone fans went to the other side of Europe and had such a great time and formed friendships with the Es-Es fans that they want to recognise this bond? With headlines usually dedicated to Rangers fans smashing up Manchester, Dynamo Moscow and Dundee United fans brawling or Spurs fans being attacked abroad, I for one am glad that our club is doing something that shows how great football can be at bringing people together to have a fantastic time. The doom and gloom merchants on here might not like it but I will be buying one, something I very rarely do for an away shirt so I am sure the sales figures will mean this shirt will be a success.
  18. 18 points

    Eses Cup Semi-Final

    Tickets now got flights and hotels booked BazM 55saint and Imsaintee on our travels Monday Just to let you know all of the tickets were sold out 55saint got a personal message from Eses Director and we are getting complimentaries as their guests for the game What a brilliant team and brilliant people. R
  19. 18 points
    The behaviour of the Dons fans has nothing to do with St.Johnstone. Please don't try to justify appaling behaviour by so called Saints fans just because the other teams fans were shitebags. That is utter whataboutery. The facts are very clear.. Someone thought it was hard/ clever/ cool to chuck a fecking seat into the goalmouth occupied by OUR keeper. It would have been bad enough if Langfield had been at that end at the time but the fact that it was Banks beggars belief.. There is and can, be NO JUSTIFICATION for shite like this. Then we have the two fuds who run onto the pitch. Now I have been reliably informed that niether are die hard Saints fans but someone has gotta stop these morons before they cost Saints monay in fines. Hopefully the courts will deal with them swiftly on Monday morning (and hopefully they get to spend all weekend in the police cells) and as well as fining them, they recieve long football banning orders. And if you think I am "turning on Saints fans" you are wrong because if they really cared about Saints they would not behave like this at matches. There comes a time when this idiot shite has to stop and that time is NOW!!!!!
  20. 17 points
    The trek to history has started, 30 minutes on a DeHavilland Twin Otter Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik,sitting in hotel catch southbound jet tomorrow
  21. 17 points
    You guys deserve big kudos for making this journey mate.!but what you said in your post rang hame the other day.! I was visiting an elderly relative at a care home in Scone last sunday afternoon.about two minutes after I sat down to chat ,I heard one of the care assistants reading the report of the united game to an old chap who kept saying to her as she read" this is Saints year for the cup hen " aye its Stevie May and his number is seventeen.! he then said to her my dad started taking me to see Saints when I was ten years old,and now Im 93 and canny go as im no fit tae go oot the front door.! she said dinnae worry,we will all watch it on the tele.!and we will get ye a Saints Flag.!nearly brought a tear tae a glass eye.! this game means so much to so many.! Near and Far...
  22. 17 points
    It's too late to start worrying or bothering about numbers now. The sales are disappointing but the focus shouldn't be on those that aren't supporting their team on Sunday, instead those that are. I'm sure if Saints give us reason to cheer, it won't matter if there are 3,000 or 30,000 there, as we saw in the 2008 semi-final against Rangers. Whilst the underdog talk is understandable enough, we shouldn't be going into this with a sense of inferiority. In some past semi-finals, it hasn't mattered how well Saints play as we knew we needed the opposition to be off their game. That isn't the case on Sunday. If Saints reach the standard we've produced in numerous matches this season then Aberdeen will need to play very well to beat us. The previous match needs to be seen for what it was and shouldn't be allowed to drain confidence. United and Motherwell have also beaten us 4-0 this season but we've come back to beat them both on the other two occasions. If we make silly mistakes or throw in one of our poor performances we will lose but as painful as some of those defeats are, they are in the minority. It maybe feels like they happen more often than they do because they can be hard to get over but this season they've been very rare. There has been the three 4-0 defeats and the 4-3 at St Mirren but that's four out of 43 matches. Take out the 3-0 at Celtic (and they are a team that if we were facing them we'd need them to have a bad day) and the farcical 3-3 draw with Hearts when we threw it away with nine men and in our 37 matches we've lost just 19 goals and kept 21 clean sheets. That's the real Saints, not the team that has had three or four heavy defeats. We've scored more goals than Aberdeen since Christmas as well and taking out the head-to-head up there in the league have both won eight Premiership matches in that time. They are a good side with good players but Saints shouldn't feel inferior to a side that hasn't managed to beat Hearts in three attempts this season, were the first team to lose to Partick Thistle at Firhill and needed penalties to beat Alloa at Pittodrie in the League Cup. We just need to play as we can on Sunday and the rest will take care of itself.
  23. 17 points
    Radford 72

    Ibrox Semi-Finals

    If we're going to get into all this nonsense, we may as well not turn up on the day. Of course Ibrox may turn out not to be ideal but would love to see everyone, both club and fans, just focus on the positives and put all energies into supporting and backing the team on the day. I think back to the Rosenborg away game and there was never the slightest negative from the manager, so the seed was never allowed to plant in the mind of players, fans etc... There were plenty of excuses available (their budget, their season well underway etc...) but Tommy Wright didn't bring it up once, in contrast to Pat Fenlon and Hibs. If we were to draw Rangers tomorrow and folk spend the next four weeks moaning about how unfair it is, how does that help anyone. I don't like the fact they've already decided on Ibrox as a venue but it's done so surely the best chance of Saints progressing is for everyone to take a really positive outlook, whether it's Rangers or someone else that we draw.
  24. 17 points
    Great work, Ross. The service you've provided for Saints fans this season has been absolutely first class and hopefully you realise how appreciated it is. Cheers for all the hours and effort you've put into things.
  25. 17 points
    Well done mates! We are very happy to see you win and hope this will be the beginning of a great season. Go Saints!