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Who dat dog, and is he now NFL property?

To understand this video clip you need the following background: New Orleans Saints fans are known to chant “Who Dat” in support of their football team.

Otherwise, the humans would just appear to be a bunch of fools, which of course they still kinda do even with that background knowledge.

Be that as it may, these particular fans have chosen to let a beagle lead them in the cheer — the ownership of which has become a matter of dispute.

The full chant is “Who Dat Say Dey Gonna Beat Dem Saints? Who Dat? Who Dat?”

The NFL is claiming it owns the phrase “Who Dat,” and has issued cease-and-desist orders against New Orleans vendors who sell Saints memorabilia with the wording.

New Orleans fans, the Wall Street Journal has reported, are outraged by the claim, contending the NFL never cared about the chant when the football team was losing, or after it was ousted from its home stadium in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, finishing the season 3-13.

“The Saints actually win something and go to the Super Bowl, and the NFL sees a way they can make a penny,” complained Dan Frazier, general manager of local sports-talk radio station 690 WIST.

“Who dat,” locals say, was part of the local lingo well before it became the rallying cry at Saints games.

The Journal article says St. Augustine High School, an all-boys Catholic school in the city, started the chant in 1972 at its own football games. “Who dat talking about beating them Knights? Nobody! Nobody!”

The saying went on to become the rallying cry for the Saints, and, in the 1980s, New Orleans singer Aaron Neville made a video, singing “who dat” alongside team members.

But now, according to the NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, “If ‘who dat’ is used in a manner to refer to Saints football, then the Saints own the rights.”

Under that reasoning, I guess the Philadelphia Eagles, and therefore the NFL, own the rights to, and any profits from, dogfighting, as well.

Either way, they’re still a bunch of bullies.

Comments

Comment from bullydogla
Time February 5, 2010 at 10:51 am

Although it does appear to be a beagle, the mascot for the New Orleans Saints is a Saint Bernard. His name is Gumbo. At one time it was an actual Saint Bernard that attended games then later we had a border collie type dog that would run on to the field and retrieve the tee after kick-offs. After the hurrican his contract wasn’t renewed.

Comment from kathryn
Time February 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I love the way you do the things you do. They are so much more effective than all that old school yesterdays news macho win-lose bullying. You go, Boy!

Comment from amadison
Time February 7, 2010 at 10:38 am

Spencer-the-Beagle doesn’t usually perk up when he hears dogs on the TV or computer, but this one caught his attention. Aroo!

Comment from Puffdoggy
Time February 9, 2010 at 5:27 am

The greed of the NFL is remarkable, though not surprising.

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