New Orleans is a town where faith, food and football freely mix. Nowhere is that combination more pronounced than on the gridiron. For two decades following their inception into the NFL, the New Orleans Saints struggled to field a winning team, but the fans’ faith rarely wavered.
In 2009, the long journey to a championship was finally completed when the Saints won their first Super Bowl - a much-needed victory for a region that coped with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina only a few years before.
While we await the next Super Bowl run, here are five items perfect for New Orleans Saints fans.
Who Dat Cooler
This “Who Dat” cooler - as in “Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?” - will hold a weekend’s worth of Abita beers (or the region’s beloved Big Shot sodas if you’re so inclined).
Saints Folding Chair
It’s hot down Louisiana way - best to save your strength while tailgating by planting yourself in this Saints tailgating chair. Let someone bring the red beans and rice to you!
New Orleans Throw Blanket
With the Mercedes-Benz Superdome providing year-round comfort, this throw blanket is best saved for road games or the couch back home. By the way, did you know that even though the Saints began play in the NFL in 1967, they didn’t have a winning record for a season until 1987? That’s probably a trivia fact that doesn’t get bantered around a lot in the French Quarter.
Saints Adjustable Hat
It looks like this hat is old enough to have seen Archie Manning scrambling for his life - pretty impressive considering the QB left the Saints back in ‘82. Relax, Saints fans - that soft look with the curved visor is just what the manufacturer intended. Wear it to the playoffs this year with confidence.
Saints Apron and Chef’s Hat
There isn’t a food city we enjoy more than New Orleans. The oysters, crawfish, po’ boys, Muffaletta sandwiches and even those Lucky Dogs they serve from carts along the French Quarter. Tailgating meals in this town are a feast so keep yourself clean and the hot sauce far from your skin with this apron and chef’s hat.