OK, we’ve seen that the Saints couldn’t beat the Cardinals, Buccaneers, Panthers and Eagles.
But Beethoven, Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn?
They didn’t have a chance.
For the uncultured among you, the aforementioned quartet is not the front four of the Atlanta Falcons, but the featured composers in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s Viva Italia! concert, which was to have debuted Thursday night at the First Baptist Church of Kenner.
However, when the powers that be at the LPO got a gander at the Saints schedule and saw that the Black & Gold was facing their archrivals that night, they moved their shindig up to Wednesday. The Friday concert at the Columbia Theater in Hammond and Saturday’s at Slidell Municipal Auditorium were unchanged, although the LSU-Florida game might be a drain on the finale.
“We’re always holding our breath when it comes to going against the Saints,” said Sean Snyder, the LPO’s director of marketing. “Usually we don’t have conflicts, but this time we thought it was better to adjust our schedule.”
Obviously, the decision to switch was made long before anyone knew the Saints would be 1-4 and the Falcons 5-0.
But Snyder said it was still the right one.
“The people who come to our concerts are going to be loyal to the Saints no matter what,” he said. “I’m sure there are those who would have skipped the concert to watch the game.
“The only thing this cost us was the expense of mailing out new schedules to our patrons because we usually set it in January. So it was worth it.”
Others have decided discretion is the better part of valor as well.
Clark and De La Salle were to have kicked off their football game at Pan-American at 7 p.m.
But after thinking it over, they’ve moved it up to 4:30 p.m.
“I’m from Chicago, so personally it didn’t seem to mean much to me,” Clark Athletic Director Eric Milton said. “But I know our fans would be more likely to stay home and watch the Saints.”
De La Salle Athletic Director Tony Bonura agreed.
“We’re having a great year (the Cavaliers are 6-0 and ranked No. 2 in the LSWA’s Class 3A poll) and the Saints aren’t,” he said. “So it might not have hurt our crowd as much as it would have if things were different.
“But I’m still glad we worked it out.”
Changing the kickoff time for De La Salle-Clark leaves Chalmette-Bonnabel as the only high school game going head-to-head with the Saints.
But it’s not the only local event that isn’t afraid of the NFL.
In fact, the Jackson Browne concert at the Saenger is a near sellout.
And at Snug Harbor, the regular Thursday night appearance by the Ricky Sebastian Quintet will go on as usual.
“Most of our weeknight business is from tourists and those here for conventions,” club manager Jay Christmas said. “We usually see locals on the weekends.
“So I don’t think it’s going to affect us any, if at all.”
But others are making adjustments.
At Hurricane’s Sports Bar & Grill in Metairie, open-mic night won’t start until the game is over.
“I don’t think anybody would be listening before then,” bartender Rebecca Lee said. “But if the Saints win, everybody’s happy and drinking more, so the singers will get a better reception.”
Some have made even bigger changes.
Bullet’s Sports Bar in Treme was to have celebrated the return of Kermit Ruffin’s permanent Thursday gig with his Barbeque Swingers.
But that’s now been put off until Oct. 29.
“I don’t think we realized the Saints were playing Thursday until last week,” bar owner Rollin Bullet said.
“Kermit’s a pretty big Saints fan, so he’ll probably be at the game.”
But at the local theaters, the show must go on.
Le Petit will begin its final weekend of a New Orleans-themed production of “Our Town.”
However, when the stage manager answers Emily’s famous question about is there anyone who realizes life with “Only the Saints and poets,” he’ll still be referencing real-life saints, not Drew Brees.
And at the Old Marquer on St. Claude, the first of 10 performances of “Faustus” is still on.
“Our audiences are pretty diverse, so I’m sure there are some that will be coming to our other performances instead of opening night,” theater owner Richard Mayer said. “We’re expecting a pretty full house though.”
No word that instead of selling his soul for unlimited knowledge and powers the title character will take beating the Dirty Birds instead.
At this stage, though, it’s worth considering.