"The NFL is, far and away, the most egregious, self-absorbed and greedheaded entity when it comes to displaying any logo, player, uniform, jersey, game film, highlight. If money isn't shoved into their pocket at every single opportunity and if the script itself doesn't extol the NFL and American football as the saving grace of our civilization, then they reserve all rights to the depiction of football as it exists in the lives of regular folk. ... [We] reference the return of the Saints and their march to the playoffs that year whenever possible. We just can't show much of it onscreen." — Treme creator David Simon, writing on the Back of Town blog (backoftown.wordpress.com) about Season 2 of the show, set in 2006, the year the Saints first made it to the NFC championship game.