“I’m sorry, what were you saying?”
“What is that supposed to mean?”
“Who dat! Who dat! Donchoo know nuttin’?!”
“I know that speaking the nonsense that you seem proud of makes you look ignorant.”
If you were to do a Google search on the incorrect and idiotic phrase “who dat” you would get lots of results about the New Orleans Saints. For those who are blissfully unaware of the Saints are, you are the lucky ones … the Saints are a professional football team, and anyone who knows me already knows how I feel about professional sports. For those who don’t, here’s a brief introduction to my feelings on the subject:
Professional sports are a waste of time, money, and energy. The only people who benefit are the players and the team owners. For everyone else, professional sports are just a money vacuum.
You pay for overpriced tickets to sit in an overcrowded stadium on uncomfortable seats.
The Saints (shockingly, to me) won the Superbowl. Their catch phrase or motto or whatever they want to call it is “who dat?”
So, my question is, why would a sports team (or any organization, really) want to tie themselves to such illiterate nonsense? Speaking specifically about the Saints and New Orleans, why would you want to go out of your way to prove your ignorance.
The rest of the country thinks – I’m sorry, knows – that New Orleans is filled with illiterate morons who don’t have the sense to evacuate during a major hurricane. Why bring attention to that?
If I was so illiterate I could barely speak English, I wouldn’t be proud of it. I would be so ashamed I would probably never show my face in public! And I certainly wouldn’t buy a shirt that proclaims my illiteracy to anyone who sees it!
For that matter, spending any amount of money on a shirt (or hat, ice chest, hoochie shorts, etc…) with any obviously illiterate phrase is simply more proof of stupidity. It’s saying to the world, “Hey, I’m dumb enough to think this phrase makes me cool and I’m stupid enough to think that paying for it is a good thing.”
When I first started this post (back in December of 2009) I had a good rant going. I’m sure I could do a much better, longer, angrier rant once the 2010 football season starts and people start wearing those absurd shirts every day, but for now I’m going on old annoyances.
I’ve had several posts saved in the drafts that I’ve been trying to finish and I’m finally getting them done. So, yay, this one is done! :-D