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Written by Dean Flewwellin   
Sunday, 07 February 2010 09:56
"When The Saint's, Come Marching In,"   is their theme song, but this overwhelming  "March On Miami"  has energized the fans of the New Orleans Saint's.   "WHO DAT" has now become the rallying cry for New Orleans and southern Louisiana and Mississippi. Thus, the birth of the "Who Dat Nation" has permeated this area, and after forty-three years - the Saint's are going to the Super Bowl.
And I am right in the middle of it!   You can't help but to get caught up in all of the hoots, hollers, and hoopla.   It is a major phenomenon, which is now showing on the national stage - as happiness and horseplay.   You see it on their faces, and you hear it in their voices - which is a few decibels louder than their  "Mardi Gras Madness."   Everywhere you go, you see Saints' shirts, including little kids, babies, & even puppies.   Whatever they can find to adorn.   The French fleur-de-lis emblems are also everywhere. Businesses have been holding special "Saints' Days"  for a whole week.   Hospital happiness (where hospital employees in all sections from ER to even rooms) is proclaiming Saint's support.   You can even feel the overall happiness as you meet and greet these health-helpers.   Their joyful jubilations have got to be super beneficial to the health of the patients.   Many are wearing shirts bearing their favorite Saint's players.....#88 for Jeremy Shockey (the "Bad Boy" among Saint's)....and #9 Drew Brees (the NFL's best quarterback this year) - and even the Saint's linemen.   This is really unusual!
Saint's paraphernalia is selling at a record pace, and fans who already own a shirt are buying a few more.   These Saint's shirts are selling for $300 in the la-de-da stores, but my Honey has a son who paid only(?) $50 for a beautiful shiny black shirt with gold lettering.   Another buxom family member has a shiny shirt too, but with a tie around her waist, which pulls it tight around her breasts - thus showing off her monumental mammaries to all.   Honey's daughter, who also 'stands out', wisely chose a rare gold shirt with black emblems.   You can't even find an LSU Tiger shirt - for the first time since I've been in Louisiana.
Now, my Honey doesn't know much about football, but she joins many of her family on Sunday's to watch the Saint's games.   These former 'Pity Partners' usually feature cooked crawdad's piled high on a newspaper covered table.   Sometimes Jambalaya or Gumbo too, as seafood is me-food here.
One family member buys, and distributes, nineteen season tickets  among the family.   They couldn't have picked a better year!   At one point, the Saints' record was 13 wins and no losses.   And pandemonium reigned supreme, here in the land that the football gods had forgotten.   For forty-three years, Saint's fans have suffered losing or so-so seasons, and I've experienced their ongoing negative attitudes for the past eight years.   It was actually demoralizing, but now....all is well with the world - the Saint's are in the Super Bowl.
Two weeks before the game, the cheapest seats in the stadium were selling for $1,800 each, with the most expensive seats at $180,000 (correct numbers zeros).   A round-trip flight from New Orleans to Miami was $425, but has jumped to $475 and climbing. But my Honey' has a lucky grandson, who won a local lottery for the chance to buy two tickets for $800 each.   So now he and his dad are celebrating in Miami.
While on the Internet, I was surprised to find an interview of the normally quiet son of 'Honey,' who proclaimed that they played a special CD of Saints' fight songs during their 14 hour drive to Miami.   Also, my Honey and I were watching a local TV announcer, and his feature was a two-hour on-the-scene broadcast at a Louisiana/Saints' party in Miami.   You guessed it.....her three family members showed up on camera!   So this whole Super Bowl adventure has also involved my Honey in a very special way - and boy is she excited.   However, she did go to bed saying that she had heard enough of that loud "Who Dat" stuff - for one day.
Now, the whole world gets to see, and hopefully understands, the madness and magic of Mardi Gras as being played out in Miami this year.   These "Rowdy Revelers" will all miss about five Mardi Gras parades, but in 2010, they just don't care or worry about it. The Saints' are in the Super Bowl!   Hallelujah!
The daughter of 'Honey' previously worked for a local doctor who had moved to South Miami, so the three family members are sleeping there.   This is saving them at least $500 over a four-night stay.
So win or lose, just reaching the Super Bowl is a major win for Saints' fans.   If the Saints' win, it will take a year before the party people will quit celebrating.   But then, it will be a new season, and everybody fully expects that the Saint's will return to the Super Bowl.   Hell.....they already have the shirts and paraphernalia.  And yes, "Who Dat" will eventually make it into our dictionaries.
Well.....they scrubbed the Space Shuttle on this Super Bowl morning at 3:30 am, but the Saint's will blast off this evening.   The newspaper headlines today read - "A Date With Destiny!"   Even local school teachers are including this excitement as a teaching tool in their curriculum for the students.   They even have a "Super VooDoo Doll!"
So the New Orleans Saints have "arrived," and so have their fans.   The "Who Dat Nation" is here to stay!   Amen!
It almost makes up for my New York Giants losing out of the playoffs this year.   So sad - but so happy too!   C'est la vie!


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Mean Dean - 02-08-2010 10:27

Good grief....the doctor paid $1,300 each for those Super Bowl tickets. :X :X
Mean Dean - 02-08-2010 02:42

The doctor & daughter were partying in the stadium parking lot, when the doc decided to buy 2 tickets for the game, & they actually got to sit near her brother. After the Saint's won 31-17, we heard 2 shotgun blasts, firecrackers, & an awful lot of horn honking here in Houma. We called several people, & seems like everybody had run outside to make noise. My Honey hit QVC like a bullet, & sure enough, they were selling Saint's championship stuff on que. Granny was on the phone until midnight buying shirts, teddy bears, & who knows what for her family. Think she forgot to get me a VooDoo doll though. :(
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