As Dennis Miller said "there were still refrigerators in the trees" (it's true, we actually saw them) and boats in mall parking lot (and the mall was nowhere near the gulf). New Orleans had lost almost 40% of its entire population... a staggering figure… and despite it all, the Zephyrs attendance had amazingly increased by 40,000 from the season before. It was one of the first signs to show that the residents were not willing to call their city a lost cause… something that should probably just be abandoned. They were determined and resilient and the Zephyrs would help provide a safe outlet while they struggled to rebuild.