Payton will handle virus challenge as we must all to emerge victorious

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Sean Payton
(Photo: Parker Waters)

If we all chose to be transparent, to be forthcoming and honest, to look at ourselves in the mirror, we would confess to having a level of egotistical thoughts which sometimes translate into actions.

We are not indestructible, invincible or impenetrable.

All of us are fallible, flawed and failed at some point in time.

The concept of “it will not affect me” is prevalent when it comes to matters of bad occurrences in the lives of mankind.

It is always someone else’s problem.

That is, until it becomes ours.

In some way, shape or form, the latest malaise to strike our cities, our parishes, our states, our countries and the world, has made its mark, had an impact.

In our family, there are two members who have been affected, to a degree, by the COVID-19 outbreak.

That is not to say that they have it but who really knows who has it without testing?

The dimensions and impacts are widespread, diverse, and dramatically different from one individual to another.

Many who read this may know someone who has been touched by the Coronavirus.

It is our fervent hope, and in my case, fervent prayer, that you will not be invaded by this malicious invader.

For those who have not seen a direct impact of the disease, the revelation that Sean Payton has tested positive was sobering.

It put a face to the latest SARS pandemic to rudely make its presence known on planet earth.

Payton revealed Thursday that he has the virus.

He also stated that he is fortunate, make that blessed not to have the most serious symptoms associated with the disease.

Payton is wisely remaining at home.

This, too, shall pass and it will pass from Sean and from the majority of all others who have been touched by the virus.

Coach Payton has handled many setbacks. He has dealt with the most extreme of adversity, including an unwarranted, overzealous year-long suspension which was based on matter that largely did not occur or was never proven.

He has dealt with many difficult player injuries and losing staff members to other entities.

He has dealt with brutal endings to seasons, including a virtual miracle in Minnesota when one of his players made an egregious error and handed an improbable victory to the Vikings.

He persevered through an egregious error by an entire officiating crew which clearly cost the Saints a spot in the Super Bowl in the 2018 season.

He agonized but emerged upright after an agonizing overtime loss at home to Minnesota to end the 2019 season, a game which ended on another questionable to very questionable call.

Elton John, with Bernie Taupin lyricizing, wrote the hit song, “I’m Still Standing.”

The chorus is applicable to Coach Payton and to all of us who are willing to fight through the most difficult times in our lives.

“Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
I’m still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind.
I’m still standing, yeah, yeah, yeah.”

Before the shutdown arrived, my wife and I were able to get to the Grand Theatre in Kenner to see the movie “I Still Believe,” based on the true story of the life and times of Christian recording artist Jeremy Camp.

The story was compelling, as was the book it was based on. As a fan of Camp and his music, I was very familiar with the story.

We entered the virtually empty theatre, knowing the virus was starting to emerge, knowing the story and eventual outcome.

The story is sobering.

Camp fell in love, saw the love of his life contract cancer and spent every minute trying to comfort, console and care for his wife.

Without divulging the rest of the story so you can hopefully see the movie, at some point, there was difficulty, darkness.

The faith, hope and love on display got Camp through a distressing time of bitter defeat and pain. Out of the darkness, there will eventually be light.

The faith, hope and love we all have as part of our lives must emerge now in these difficult times we find ourselves in.

This, too, shall pass.

Leave your ego at the door. Listen acutely to authorities and to the medical field. Observe intelligent behavior in a critical time. It is prudent to avoid direct contact with others, to wash hands thoroughly, to cleanse regularly, to sanitize, to sneeze into your own person in covered fashion, to cough into your own person. If you are not feeling well, stay quarantined.

Coach Payton is a winner and he will win this battle, as many others will. Mankind will recover from this repulsive wave of misery.

In the meantime, the face of the disease locally and the face of a successful franchise will handle this challenge as he has all others, working overtime to win.

Then, we will all move on, eventually, and look forward to more wins in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 2020 as we slowly, sacrificially, strategically, systematically, satisfactorily, sensibly, sensitively, spiritually, significantly, successfully but surely get past this challenge, soaring high above the fray, scoring a touchdown, proving that we are still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah!

Godspeed to Sean Payton and all others affected and prayer for a complete and total healing.

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Ken Trahan

Ken Trahan

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started NewOrleans.com/Sports with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became SportsNOLA.com. On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch CrescentCitySports.com. Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…

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