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As New Orleans seemingly turns into more of a swamp by the day, it is beginning to occur to sports people that New Orleans has a football team, and that team is going to need somewhere to play. The Saints' home opener was scheduled for September 18, but not only won't be able to play in the Superdome, they probably won't even be able to get back in town. And they likely wouldn't want to.

Several alternatives are out there, like playing on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge or even at the Texans' Reliant Stadium, which doesn't seem to make sense but certainly made for some good PR for the Houston Texans. The last time a team played a whole season away from home was the 2002 Chicago Bears, who played at Illinois' Memorial Stadium in Champaign. That team had a terrible season, but at least they didn't need water wings.

Baton Rouge May Open Doors To The Saints [USA Today]
Reliant Makes Offer To Host Saints [Houston Chronicle]