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The Who Dat nation is composed of long-suffering, widespread, well-dressed, ballsy, divinely inspired (?), stubborn, parading, boundary-crossing, musical, and - as of tonight - very happy citizens. What's the deal with "Who Dat," anyway?
posted by honeydew (87 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Aww! The Who Dat nation includes beagles.
posted by maudlin at 10:48 PM on February 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Metafilter Bylaw 133.10 (f):
One-letter-per-link-to-form-a-word attempts shall be avoided when each letter is a YouTube post, as it makes the word unreadable and the Play Video icons ambiguous as to which link they correspond to, making everybody unhappy.

posted by floam at 10:55 PM on February 7, 2010 [3 favorites]


Who dat!
posted by J-Train at 10:58 PM on February 7, 2010


Metafilter Commandment 1:

Thou Shalt Complain.
posted by stavrogin at 11:08 PM on February 7, 2010 [8 favorites]


Metafilter Commandment 2:
Thou Shalt Complain about Complaints.
posted by crapmatic at 11:11 PM on February 7, 2010 [5 favorites]


Enough celebrating. Start uploading torrents for us pitiable expats.
posted by planetkyoto at 11:11 PM on February 7, 2010


who dat say dey gonna beat dem saints!
posted by nola at 11:14 PM on February 7, 2010 [4 favorites]


Do we really need this?
posted by dead cousin ted at 11:15 PM on February 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Move on over Superbowl shuffle. There's a new football anthem in town.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 11:19 PM on February 7, 2010


Metafilter Commandment 2:
GOTO 1
posted by stavrogin at 11:19 PM on February 7, 2010


Sorry, I'm just still pissed about the saints winning, and frankly the whole "who dat?" thing is even more retarded than "how bout them cowboys?". I'm probably just still bitter about the whole thing.
posted by dead cousin ted at 11:22 PM on February 7, 2010


is even more retarded

Oh, dead cousin ted. You're just digging yourself in deeper.
posted by Justinian at 11:31 PM on February 7, 2010


Oh, for pete's sake, sore losers. Thumbs up on the post, honeydew.
posted by queensissy at 11:31 PM on February 7, 2010 [3 favorites]


Does this have something to do with the big armegg contest at the weekend?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:35 PM on February 7, 2010


/gives wedgies to all football hating nerds
posted by bardic at 11:36 PM on February 7, 2010 [4 favorites]


Ah, so dat who did dat ding dat dey do dere. Danks!
posted by twoleftfeet at 11:36 PM on February 7, 2010


Yeah, I should probably either stop commenting or start digging up. I'll choose the former.
posted by dead cousin ted at 11:37 PM on February 7, 2010


What's the deal with "Who Dat," anyway?

Hmmmm. They fail to mention the actual origins, which is in late 19th century minstrel shows. Which makes watching a bunch of white people using it (as in the beagle video) kind of awkward.
posted by Justinian at 11:46 PM on February 7, 2010 [4 favorites]


Which makes watching a bunch of white people using it (as in the beagle video) kind of awkward.

No more awkward than white guys rapping. It's a bit of African-American vernacular that crossed into general use in New Orleans, which is one of the few American cities that's majority black. This isn't the Tomahawk Chop we're talking about here.
posted by dw at 11:56 PM on February 7, 2010


Bitter? Try losing four Super Bowls with increasingly humiliating scores* before finally winning one. Denver fans can tell you about bitter.

*"fun" fact: the Broncos' combined points scored in all of their first four Super Bowls would still not have been enough to beat the 49ers in 1990.
posted by scody at 12:01 AM on February 8, 2010


Is this a good place to mention that I don't even know what the Superbowl is because I live in Europe and spend my time enjoying socialised medicine instead of watching television?
posted by planet at 12:02 AM on February 8, 2010 [14 favorites]


Bitter? Try losing four Super Bowls with increasingly humiliating scores* before finally winning one.

The fans of the Buffalo Bills would like a word with you.
posted by dw at 12:07 AM on February 8, 2010 [9 favorites]


Ah yes. Sorry. Forgot about the Bills. (If it's any consolation, I still feel a twinge of fellow-AFC heartbreak whenever I think of the missed field goal in XXV.)
posted by scody at 12:35 AM on February 8, 2010


As a foreigner confused by the whodatting all over the intertubes today, I am somewhat (but only somewhat) relieved to now know what whodat means. Thank you.
posted by b33j at 12:42 AM on February 8, 2010


I'm pretty sure that, right at the moment Tracy Porter cut in front of Reggie Wayne for the game-sealing interception, I actually saw Peyton Manning mouth, "Who dat--?"
posted by escabeche at 12:50 AM on February 8, 2010 [8 favorites]


You put up with a link to frickin' Super Bowl commercials, for cryin' out loud. Deal. Whooo Daaaat!!!!
posted by raysmj at 1:13 AM on February 8, 2010


As someone who lived there for three years and has a lot of happy friends back in the NO:

                                          EAUX FUCK YES!

tee hee
posted by vapidave at 2:39 AM on February 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Who dey?
posted by NoMich at 3:13 AM on February 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Fuck dat.
posted by fourcheesemac at 4:00 AM on February 8, 2010


I have not been to bed. I am now at work. Will I get much work done today? No but I don't care. I don't freaking care because the SAINTS WON THE FREAKING SUPER BOWL and I can sleep later.
posted by govtdrone at 4:24 AM on February 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


From last link: "These five Saints players and singer Aaron Neville got together one night recently at the First Take Recording Studio ... "

The video shown as the narrator is saying this, however, has a consistent seven people in it. So, who's the mysterious seventh person?
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 4:45 AM on February 8, 2010


Good on you Saints. Nice!
posted by biddeford at 4:47 AM on February 8, 2010


> Bitter? Try losing four Super Bowls with increasingly humiliating scores* before finally winning one.

The fans of the Buffalo Bills would like a word with you.


And fans of the Boston Red Sox are just rolling their eyes at BOTH of you.

Yes, I know they have since won, and it's also BASEBALL, but dammit, that was EIGHTY YEARS of smack-talk we've all put up with and argg.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:06 AM on February 8, 2010


Is this a good place to mention that I don't even know what the Superbowl is because I live in Europe and spend my time enjoying socialised medicine instead of watching television?</em.

Whatever, we saved your ass twice after ya'll started World Wars. You run along and play now, just as long as it's not weapon.

posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:13 AM on February 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Bill Simmons did a recent piece on the top 15 most tortured franchises and the Sox don't even get a look in (& he should know). The Bills make #3 (pipped as NFL most-tortured by the Vikes) with the run away winner being the Cubs.
posted by i_cola at 5:16 AM on February 8, 2010


As a New Orleans born, Baltimore raised guy who remembers the Baltimore Colts and the Mayflower vans, this was a particularly bittersweet and delicious victory.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:23 AM on February 8, 2010 [5 favorites]


> The fans of the Buffalo Bills would like a word with you.

The fans of the Detroit Lions would insist you have no idea what you're talking about, except we couldn't find any Detroit Lions fans.
posted by ardgedee at 5:42 AM on February 8, 2010


Actually, ardgedee, I am a Lions fan. Or, should I say, *the* Lions fan.




It's lonely here.
posted by grubi at 5:53 AM on February 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


Saints win! (Some language NSFW)
posted by ColdChef at 5:53 AM on February 8, 2010 [3 favorites]


They really love the Tom Tom Club in New Orleans
posted by unsupervised at 6:03 AM on February 8, 2010


The joy of the Saints' win was only lessened by the pathetic half-time performance of The Who....

Ohmigod, I am a child of the 60's but, please, Sarah Palin, when elected, you must legislate an end to this sort of spectacle of long-past-their-prime rockers at sporting events.

And, no, I don't welcome the idea of Sarah Palin as commandant in chief but am preparing myself for the possibility........and don't for a minute think it's impossible....
posted by lometogo at 6:26 AM on February 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


> Bitter? Try losing four Super Bowls with increasingly humiliating scores* before finally winning one.

The fans of the Buffalo Bills would like a word with you.

And fans of the Boston Red Sox are just rolling their eyes at BOTH of you.


Chicago Cubs fans are muttering to themselves and flipping both of you off.
posted by jquinby at 6:28 AM on February 8, 2010 [6 favorites]


would I have to give a shit about football to be interested in this? I watched the Puppy Bowl.
posted by HuronBob at 6:33 AM on February 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


God, I'm glad I decided not to check Metafilter today. As one of the long suffering expats (the torrents were too slow, planetkyoto, but they showed it at 6:30 on BS1), I do a hardcore media blackout until I can watch the Bears game each week (you who have not known Lovie/Colangelo do not know bitter. Also, the list of Bears QBs during Favre's reign of terror in GB, thrown up every. single. game?!).

My friend, a diehard, jersey wearing (from well before I met him nigh on ten years ago) Saints fan came over tonight. I made fried chicken and potato skins, and we got drunk and watched the biggest show on earth about ten hours after the fact, blissfully unaware of the outcome.

It was refreshing, being the optimist in the room (again, see fan, Bears) telling him that it wasn't over in the first quarter, that there was a chance. And just to be exposed to the pure joy and wonder he felt, as the team he's followed his whole life finally won the championship, it was amazing to behold. That they beat the Colts makes me feel even better, at least in regards to that abomination three years ago.

And beer. Lots of beer. The chicken was pretty damn good too.
posted by Ghidorah at 6:38 AM on February 8, 2010


Did anyone else watch the Google Super Bowl ad and hope that an AskMe question would show up in the results? Two different Yahoo Answers ones came up.
posted by burnmp3s at 6:46 AM on February 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is this a good place to mention that I don't even know what the Superbowl is because I live in Europe and spend my time enjoying socialised medicine instead of watching television?

Heh, you chaps still play that game where you can't use your hands! And people go crazy over that! (Aherm, I didn't mean to go there, but ... I did. And I didn't really watch the Super Bowl, I'm just being feisty on Monday morning, sorry).
posted by filthy light thief at 7:01 AM on February 8, 2010


I had to drive from Traverse City to Kzoo exactly when the Superbowl was happening so I listened to the whole thing on AM radio. It's the first time I've ever listened to an entire sporting event on the radio and it was surprisingly exciting. I was repeatedly freaking out in my car and I didn't really regret not having the instant replay. Kind of made things feel more live and organic. What an awesome game that was - I'm so psyched that the Saints won.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:11 AM on February 8, 2010


Also, people who are coming into this thread to talk about how awesome they are for not liking football or the superbowl or whatever can take a long walk off a short pier. You look like a pretentious ass.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:14 AM on February 8, 2010 [10 favorites]


Who would Google "how to setup a crib," anyway? They come with instructions!
posted by adamdschneider at 7:17 AM on February 8, 2010


Baby_Balrog, radio commentary is frequently better than tv. They actually have to tell the story. Sometime, when you find yourself watching a game with a really, really awful commenting team, see if you can find the game on local AM radio. We used to do that in Chicago everytime Madden did a Bears game. Much, much more enjoyable.
posted by Ghidorah at 7:22 AM on February 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Mardi Gras started early because Jesus died on the cross for the Saints Super Dome post-Katrina rebuild.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:37 AM on February 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


My only comment:
http://i.imgur.com/PfVPA.jpg
posted by localhuman at 7:46 AM on February 8, 2010


HTML anyone? Sorry about that. Here's the image
posted by localhuman at 7:46 AM on February 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter: [about any random line from the first couple dozen comments]
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:07 AM on February 8, 2010


Broncos? Pfft. Bills? Ha! Try being a Browns fan if you want bitter.

(Ok, Lions, you may have me on this one...)

Also, dear Europeans and other football haters: please go piss in another thread. Thank you.
posted by slogger at 8:07 AM on February 8, 2010


Also, people who are coming into this thread to talk about how awesome they are for not liking football or the superbowl or whatever can take a long walk off a short pier. You look like a pretentious ass.

Indeed. These are of course the same people who will fight to the death over iPad, Android OS, Apple, Linux blah blah...
posted by i_cola at 8:09 AM on February 8, 2010


My only comment:
http://i.imgur.com/PfVPA.jpg


You want to shit on American sport? Fine. But this is New Orleans we're talking about, four years removed from a tragedy that shouldn't happen in a First World country, so throwing out "handegg" jokes right now makes you look like a huge dick.
posted by dw at 8:10 AM on February 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Broncos? Pfft. Bills? Ha! Try being a Browns fan if you want bitter.

Houston Oilers fans are too hurt to even lift their heads in response.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:12 AM on February 8, 2010


And fans of the Boston Red Sox are just rolling their eyes at BOTH of you.

Shut up. You've been to the ALCS more times in the last ten years than the Mariners have ever been there, and you have two World Series wins.

The M's won 116 games in 2001 and couldn't even make the World Series. You'd think during a period when they had three HoFers in their primes (Junior, Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez) and a young Alex Rodriguez they'd at least win one AL pennant, but no. Biggest waste of HoF talent ever.
posted by dw at 8:18 AM on February 8, 2010


Who would Google "how to setup a crib," anyway? They come with instructions!

The kind of person who posts questions to Yahoo! Answers.
posted by Thoughtcrime at 8:40 AM on February 8, 2010


All I have to say is GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!

Best game I have seen in years.
posted by LooseFilter at 8:51 AM on February 8, 2010


600mg of Ibuprofen and a popeyes biscuit, stat.
posted by gordie at 8:57 AM on February 8, 2010


As a former 7 year resident of NOLA the victory last night brought tears to my eyes. The Saints in post Katrina NOLA have had a huge impact on the city in both giving folks something to cheer for and the players actual charitable endeavors. I so wish I was there last night! GEAUX SAINTS!
posted by white_devil at 9:03 AM on February 8, 2010


My only comment:
http://i.imgur.com/PfVPA.jpg


It's called football because it evolved from medieval games called football, referred to as such because the participants played it on foot, as opposed to on horseback.

But, yeah, keep going with your ridiculosity.
posted by grubi at 9:04 AM on February 8, 2010


HuronBob, was Chamomile robbed of that MVP trophy or what?
posted by queensissy at 9:22 AM on February 8, 2010


grubi: Is there any proof for that etymology? It seems completely implausible; not playing on horseback would have been the default way of playing games, as most people didn't have horses, so "horseball" would be more likely to be marked than "football".

This was the first time I'd ever seen the Superbowl, and while I still think football is a ridiculous game that mixes the best elements of trench warfare and litigious rules-quibbling, nevertheless the Saints did a terrific job and I was happy to see them win. (My housemate, who is from New Orleans and actually cares about sports, was even happier, of course...)
posted by Casuistry at 9:24 AM on February 8, 2010


It's old internet news to anyone paying attention to the Saints this last week but for the ball haters in the thread who may not have heard it, James Carville said something funny about the big game:

If you're not from Indianapolis and you're rooting against the Saints, there's something wrong with you. You're a flawed human being. I'm serious. There's only one reason to be against the Saints, and that's because everyone is for them and you want to be different. This country loves two things above everything else, and that's underdogs and comebacks.

I know he's abnoxious sometimes but that is funny.

sorry for not source-quoting it - I could only find it on tweets and angry Colt's boards. And apologies to any Colt fans.
posted by dog food sugar at 9:28 AM on February 8, 2010 [5 favorites]


Actually, its probably worth looking back at some of the non-US sports threads (cricket, 'soccer') to see how much thread shitting goes on compared to the relatively light mist here.
posted by i_cola at 9:32 AM on February 8, 2010


heh
posted by Burhanistan at 9:34 AM on February 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


*ducks out* embarrassed over poor spelling
posted by dog food sugar at 9:36 AM on February 8, 2010


I cried like a baby last night, and I wish I could have been home for this. WHO DAT?!
posted by brundlefly at 9:37 AM on February 8, 2010


You want to shit on American sport? Fine. But this is New Orleans we're talking about, four years removed from a tragedy that shouldn't happen in a First World country, so throwing out "handegg" jokes right now makes you look like a huge dick.

Yeah, sorry the government bungled one of the largest tragedies to ever hit an American city, but here's a trophy.

I guess it paints a wonderful story (at least three years too late) but pardon me for not thinking this does much for the city. Wasn't the Saints owner actively considering/threatening to move the team after Katrina?
posted by graventy at 9:43 AM on February 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Seafood gumbo and chicken jambalaya for EVERYONE! (And a hunk of pound cake and a Ramos Gin Fizz for dessert.)
posted by Mental Wimp at 10:31 AM on February 8, 2010


I did a google image search for 'superb owl' and all I got was these guys throwing a ball.

:(
posted by litleozy at 10:55 AM on February 8, 2010 [3 favorites]


There's a pretty decent chance that the Saints coach had sex with the Lombardi trophy.
posted by ColdChef at 11:00 AM on February 8, 2010


I still refer to them as "Baltimore" by accident and then have to correct myself.
posted by Danf at 11:41 AM on February 8, 2010



Bitter? Try losing four Super Bowls with increasingly humiliating scores* before finally winning one.

The fans of the Buffalo Bills would like a word with you.


At least you eventually won a couple. The LA Rams lost one Super Bowl and then went out of existence.
posted by Danf at 12:08 PM on February 8, 2010


WHOOOOOOOOO DAAAAAAAAATTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by goneill at 12:08 PM on February 8, 2010


localhuman: "My only comment:
http://i.imgur.com/PfVPA.jpg
"

http://i.imgur.com/hPaqT.png
posted by brundlefly at 12:12 PM on February 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yeah, sorry the government bungled one of the largest tragedies to ever hit an American city, but here's a trophy.

Well, we're not talking about building projects and policy; we're talking about sports and celebration. These two things mean more than they should in a logical universe. I mean, think about people saving money for the Holidays or going to a little league game. Rationally, they shouldn't mean that much. Oh, Tommy has Leukemia? Why the hell is he happy about winning in that basketball game against the other kids in the hospital. Doesn't he know that he still could die?

I understand that there are valid issues in New Orleans, but this isn't the time to talk about them. Sports and celebrations make people happy, and even if it doesn't make sense, it's still to be appreciated (remember the Mardi Gras after Katrina?). People down in New Orleans were rocking out as hard as they could last night and probably will be for some time. You can either try to say it's silly, or rock out with them.
posted by Lord Chancellor at 12:56 PM on February 8, 2010 [6 favorites]


Mardi Gras after Katrina
posted by ColdChef at 1:05 PM on February 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Who dat? Oui dat!

Who Dat spelled another way...What Da?

The schools and most of the business are closed today in the Greater New Orleans area in celebration of the Saints just going to the Superbowl; note that this decision was made last week.

A three day weekend and winning the Super Bowl, doesn't get much better that that.
posted by JujuB at 1:10 PM on February 8, 2010


Thank you for those pictures, ColdChef. Nice "Who Dat" costumes there.
posted by irisclara at 1:21 PM on February 8, 2010


Thanks for the great pictures ColdChef. I miss NOLA so much this time of year.
posted by white_devil at 2:45 PM on February 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Who Dat" is just "Who is that" in Yat. Here's an obligatory link to Wiki to briefly explain it. Check out the Yat couple from the comics; Vic and Nat'ly
posted by whatever at 7:37 PM on February 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


Magazine Street in New Orleans. February 7th, 2010, moments after the Saints won the Superbowl.
posted by ColdChef at 6:33 PM on February 9, 2010 [4 favorites]


am i too late to ask a question?





who dat

posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:45 PM on February 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


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