Who Dat? Football Fever In New Orleans

Like New Orleans needs an excuse to party.  Mardi Gras will be about two weeks early, starting this weekend right after the Pro Bowl.  The New Orleans Saints are in the Super Bowl for the first time, and although the Vegas money is on the Indianapolis Colts you gotta like the Saints.  By the time the big game rolls around (Feb. 7 in Miami), the entire country will have been sucked into the giants Saints party.

Expect to see a line of cars heading east along Interstate 10 out of New Orleans toward Miami, like that evacuation that probably should have happened in 2005.  Mayor Ray Nagin could get on the phone to FEMA and angrily demand an emergency federal airlift of beer and liquor … no, let’s not go there.

I guess the point of this is, you gotta love the Saints.  They’re underdogs, they’re scrappers, and they represent an American city that has taken its share of abuse the past few years.  Come Super Bowl Sunday, the only person in the world who may not love the Saints deep down will be Archie Manning.  But New Orleans will always love Archie.

What else?  Are they gonna sell the Who … Dat? t-shirts?  By the way, the Who at halftime – they’ll probably tee it up with “Baba O’ Riley,” segue into “Pinball Wizard,” then “See Me, Feel Me” then wrap it up with “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”  Or maybe “Who Are You” and “I’m Free” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”  They can string about 15 songs together, like they did at Woodstock.  Who knows?  Yeah you right.

So let’s get the party started, shall we?

YouTube: Original “Who Dat?” video from 1983

MP3: “Let’s Get Fired Up” by Zigaboo Modeliste

MP3: “When The Saints Go Marching In” by Louis Armstrong

MP3: “I Like This Kind of Party” by Sam Spence (NFL Films)

MP3: “Meet De Boys On De Battlefront” by the Wild Magnolias

MP3: “They All Ask’d For You” by Milton Batiste & the Mardi Gras Big Shots

A veritable buttload of Saints fight songs from the New Orleans Times Picayune


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