Lately the phrase “Who Dat Nation” has become a widespread term for the population of Saints fans. According to Bobby Hebert, formerly a Saints quarterback and presently a sports commentator in New Orleans, the term “Who Dat Nation” started after a highly anticipated 2006 game between the Saints and the prefered Dallas Cowboys, which the Saints won. After the game,listeners from a wide area called in to Hebert’s radio show on WWL (AM), and Hebert commented, “Man, there’s a whole Who Dat Nation out there”. Since the Saint’s remarkable win over Minnesota on Sunday the Who Dat Nation is the world over.
On January 26 Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an official proclamation making it “Who Dat Nation Week” in Louisiana. The announcement singled out the team’s fans, who “won the championship last night for the most loyal, compassionate, dedicated, passionate, outrageous and downright loud-as-heck fanbase in the league..”. According to the declaration, “whether you attended every home game this year, some of the games or simply rooted for the Saints in your living room, the fans of the Saints deserve praise at the conclusion of their ‘Superdome Season.'”
Even President Obama is cheering for the Saints in the Super Bowl. Last year President Obama was a Steelers fan during the Super Bowl and that worked out pretty well for the city of Pittsburgh. But this time around, Obama, a Chicago native and full-time Bears supporter, is rooting for the Saints. He said in an interview with Diane Sawyer, “I think both teams are terrific. I guess I’m rooting a little bit for the Saints as the underdog. Partly just because, you know, when I think what’s happened in New Orleans over the last several years and how much that team means to them, I’m pretty sympathetic.”
The Who Dat Nation Saints Who Dat Nation – NFC Champions!
The New Orleans Saints took down the Vikings and never has it been so apparent a team was destined for greatness after the Saints gave up 475 total yards to the Vikings but still won the game by pushing six turnovers and two interceptions including the pick in their own red zone late in the fourth quarter as the Vikings were threatening to score which forced overtime. The Saints won the coin toss and selected to receive, a sequence of plays later, accompanied by booth challenges and penalty flags, the Saints faced a fourth and three at the Minnesota twenty-two yard line. That is when Saints kicker, the young Garrett Hartley, lined up for the forty yard field goal which he nailed, and just like that the Saints are headed to Miami as the NFC representative at Super Bowl XLIV.
Now, after the trials, tribulations, the ups, the downs, the winning seasons, the losing seasons, the bags on our heads, the good times, the bad times we have at last been validated because we are the Aint’s no more. Yes, it has finally happened, after 43 years as an NFL franchise the Saints are the new NFC Champions and are now marching to Super Bowl XLIV to face the Indianapolis Colts.
Next Week Who Dat Nation viewersof Super Bowl XLIV might need an IV to handle the projected excitement of the matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts. The numbers say it all. For the first time since 1993, when the Buffalo Bills faced the Dallas Cowboys, the No. 1 seeds in each conference will meet in the Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLIV features the best of the best. Peyton Manning of the Colts is going against a Saints team he grew up following since his father, Archie, was one of the Saints’ supreme quarterbacks. Drew Brees along with the league’s No. 1 offense is going against Peyton Manning and one of the league’s most perilous possession offenses. It’s offense going against offense.
It’s also about so much more than that. Yes, New Orleans is in its first Super Bowl, ending its 43-year-old famine by beating Minnesota 31-28 in overtime. But it’s also about the city of New Orleans and all the life-long Saints fans in the surrounding Mississippi and Louisiana areas that were shattered by Hurricane Katrina. The road to recovery has been hard and there is still a long way to go. But now, its residents get to watch their team as a Super Bowl participant in Miami. That is why it means so much to the Who Dat Nation. It’s the reality that if you keep fighting the good fight that you CAN win, you can come back, you can be stronger than ever. That is what the Who Dat Nation is all about.
So take this time and enjoy it Saints fans, “Who Datters” all, delight in the moment so you can take this feeling with you wherever you go. and for all the doubters who mocked you for being a Saints fan, “Who’s going to the Super Bowl?”, you can finally answer, the Saints.
WHO DAT SAY THEY GONNA BEAT THEM SAINTS, WHO DAT, WHO DAT, WHO DAT SAY THEY GONNA BEAT THEM SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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