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Monday, January 25, 2010
Are Saints copying the Bengals?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Although it hasn't been discussed much recently, Cincinnati Bengals fans know there's a longstanding debate on who originated the "Who Dey" chant and the "Who Dat?" chant of the New Orleans Saints.

The disagreement will be jumpstarted once again over the next two weeks as the nation will hear plenty of "Who Dat?" chants from the Saints leading up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.

Football fans in Cincinnati believe their slogan came first, while fans in New Orleans disagree.

In a way, they're both right.

Let's examine the histories.

During the 1980 season, Bengals fans were the first group in the NFL to chant "Who dey! Who dey! Who dey think gonna beat dem Bengals?" Three years later in 1983, the Saints chanted "Who Dat? Who dat say they gonna beat dem Saints?" It was originally based on entertainment skits that were later picked up in the 1960s by schools in New Orleans and, eventually, the Saints.

So did the Saints copy Cincinnati or simply continued a tradition from their own city? Those who follow the Bengals say it’s the former, while Saints fans believe it's the latter.

Who's correct?