Who Dat's origin is not football. Area letters to the editor, local news "sound offs," newspaper columnists, radio call in shows, and even Wikipedia have helped surface the origin of the phrase Who Dat. The phrase originated from vaudeville and minstrel shows in the late 1800s. It then became part of a several jazz songs. Eventually it was woven into "When the Saints Go Marching In (Who Dat Version)." I vaguely remember when the Who Dat chant became popular with Saints fans in the early 80s: Who Dat? Who Dat? Who Dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints? I can hear my grandpa yelling "Who Dat! Yeah, you right!"
It's a fan thing. My opinion is leave it alone and let the fans have their fun. Why hasn't the NFL been selling Who Dat merchandise all these years? The NFL didn't give a rat's butt about Who Dat before the Saints made it to the Super Bowl.
A viewer recently wrote in to a local news station: "The NFL never tried to trademark the Aints paper bags." Too bad. Having grown up in New Orleans at the peak of paper-bagged fans, I know they could have made some money on that one for sure.
And let's talk a second about the fleur de lis. The NFL has rights to this? Really? I think France might have a little somethin' to say about that.
I can't believe it's come to this! I mean, I can absolutely believe that the printing of Who Dat and fleur de lis t-shirts has come down to NFL money-grubbing and legalese. Yes, the cynic in me definitely is not surprised.
But I never thought it would come down to me--who plays along with watching games only for the food--getting wrapped up in football and football-related issues.
By the start of the new week, Jan 31, nola.com reported: "Who Dat Nation 1, NFL 0 in merchandise fight." The NFL caved a little and decided that there was only a problem if Who Dat and fleur de lis merchandise were being advertised as Saints and/or NFL items. Local vendors, sell away. Just don't advertise that you're selling "Saints" shirts.
Sigh. I say let's just all settle down and have a drink.
This is what we'll have on Super Bowl Sunday if all goes according to plan: Jambalaya, my mom's hot crab dip, & Voodoo Bourbon Slush (The Boy will get a nice frosty mug of Barq's root beer).
I found the slush recipe in Talk About Good II, published by the Junior League of Lafayette, LA. I added the Voodoo part to the name to entice people to come to the annual Mardi Gras party The Husband and I threw when we lived in the Midwest. In retrospect, I think I may have scared some people away with my witchy woman ways.
Tailgating Game Week #11 @ Drick's Rambling Cafe
Voodoo Bourbon Slush
Ms. enPlace, from Talk About Good II
1 cup sugar
1 cup double strength brewed tea, still hot
1 1/2 cups bourbon
6 1/2 cups water
6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate (do not dilute)
6 oz frozen lemonade concentrate (do not dilute)
In a large, freezable container mix together the sugar and hot tea until the sugar is dissolved. Pour in the remaining ingredients and stir. Freeze overnight. About 1-2 hours before needed, remove from the freezer to thaw. Before serving, stir to get a slushy consistency. Serve garnished with orange or lemon slices, maraschino cherries, or mint.