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by Erin Z. Bass With all of the hubbub over who owns the phrase, "Who Dat," Deep South decided to do some research. I'd actually seen the Wikipedia entry for the phrase a couple of weeks ago after a friend questioned the saying, so I knew it had been around for a while, but I wasn't sure when or how Saints fans started using it. I certainly had no idea that the NFL had, or thought they had, any rights to it, and assumed "Who Dat" was just one of those charming things New Orleanians like to say. The big question in the media and on Twitter this week is can "Who Dat" be owned, or is "Who Dat" for Saints fans, created by Saints fans. According to its Wikipedia entry, the chant "Who Dat" originated in minstrel shows and vaudeville acts in the late 1800s. The first reference is believed to be in the song, "Who Dat Say Chicken in This Crowd," written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, a native of Ohio whose parents had escaped from slavery. The New Orleans connection to Dunbar seems to be that his wife graduated from what is now Dillard University. "Who Dat?" was a common tag
by Erin Z. Bass I became a Saints fan the year after Hurricane Katrina. My husband is an avid fan, and I realized that the Saints were just what a grieving city needed to give them hope. At the time, cheering for the Saints on Sunday was something that took people's minds off of the hurricane and gave them something to look forward to. They came together and cheered for a team that represented the future of their city and also kept New Orleans in the media spotlight around the world. The Saints seemed to be playing on a magical mission, one that's led them to this monumental moment. It's been heartwarming to see all of the Saints love pouring out all over the country this week. The Saints, and New Orleans, are back, and I'm glad everybody knows it. Here are just some of the examples of recent Saints love from near and far: The Wall Street Journal called the Saints the "Sentimental Team of the Century" on Jan. 19. USA Today followed suit Jan. 22 with an extensive article titled "A City's Patron Saints." (A Google news search today pulled up over 2,000 articles about the Saints.) NBC's 30 Rock Jan. 21 referenced