Who Dat? and Tigers

I am a Who Dat.

My sister is a LSU Tigers fan.Who dat

We live in different cities. We have different allegiances. In New Orleans we live and breathe the Saints during football season. We bleed black and gold. We like our chant, Who Dat? when cheering for the team.

In Baton Rouge, my sister revels in Louisiana State University football. In Baton Rouge, the locals wear purple and gold on Saturday afternoons during pilgrimages to Death Valley, the locals’ name for the stadium. My sister has elaborate tail-gate parties featuring all manner of Southern food in the parking lot before the game. 

fleur de lisI usually watch the New Orleans Saints on television on Sunday afternoon.  My pre-game ritual is a Popeyes combo meal of fried chicken, fries and a biscuit. I wear my blackshirt with a gold fleur-de-lis. The fleur-de-lis is the symbol of New Orleans. 

The two cities, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, are only about an hour apart. Our games are only a day apart. But the cultural difference is huge. We speak differently.

In New Orleans, I chant, “Who dat say they gonna beat ‘dem Saints!

In Baton Rouge, my sister just says, “Go Tigers!”LSU

This year, both teams are winning. The Saints are 6-1. The Tigers are 7-0.

Long live the Who Dat Nation and the purple and gold Tigers. This is the South, and we sisters love our football.

 

Published by Laurie Matherne

Welcome to Gumbo YaYa. My writings are an eclectic blend. A Louisiana gumbo is a composite dish of roux, rice and whatever else the cook wants to add. Yaya is a Creole term for ladies all talking at the same time. The Gumbo Ya-Ya features my writing on spirituality, travel, culture, and humor. Grab a bowl of gumbo here and dig in!

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