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"True" Who Dats vs. True Who Dats: The Neverending Battle

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Last week, as the Memphis Grizzlies inched closer and closer to preparing for the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery, I fired off a tweet regarding the Grizzlies and their fans.

"God, I hate Grizz fans," the tweet read.

While the tweet wasn't offensive to anyone, a fellow Saints fan that lived about a mile and a half from where I lived (I've met the guy in person), had this to say to me.

"I don't like people that became Saint fans after 2009," he said, referring to me.

"At least I'm knowledgable," I shot back.

"You're the type of person that would badmouth the Saints while wearing another team's gear. You would have never made it in New Orleans prior to 2009. Because all you do is ridicule the Memphis Grizzlies and troll the fans."

A couple of weeks prior to that, during the Bears-Cowboys Monday Night tilt, I came to the defense of a Saints fan that lived in Jackson, Tennessee (best known as the hometown of Wink Martindale and Carl Perkins) who had no clue that Mike Ditka once coached the Saints.

At the same time this was going on, I had to explain for the 2000th time to people on my journey to Saints fandom, coming after 18 years of membership in one of the most polite fanbases in the NFL, the Indianapolis Colts.

"I saw how the fans were," I said, referring to the Who Dat Nation, "When I saw how they were on the 2010 version of Real World New Orleans (the Saints' Super Bowl celebration was captured on an episode) and how they were on social media, I wanted to be a part of that."

That was my reason for being a Saints fan.

In the wake of the Saints' loss to the Carolina Panthers, numerous people that allegedly (and I use that word loosely) root for the team called other Saint fans' fandom into question via social media.

To them, being a fan of the boys from Poydras meant you can't say anything negative about the team or the coaches, even in defeat.

If you say something that goes against the sunshine and lollipop thinking of some Saint fans, then you're a bad fan or worse, a Jeff Duncan wannabe.

Look, I want the Saints to win every game just like any other member of the Who Dat Nation.

But let's all use our brains when we cheer on our boys in Black and Gold.

This FanPost was written by a reader and member of Canal Street Chronicles. It does not necessarily reflect the views of CSC and its staff or editors.

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