Saintsmania has reached new heights now that the team formerly known as the Aints will be hosting the NFC Championship game against the Minnesota Vikings. The front page of the Monday Picayune even featured a picture of Brett Favre labeledPublic Enemy No. One. It’s getting heated, folks. I expect all the cheeseheads out there to root for the Saints against their former hero and currentbete noir. Besides, y’all “like” the Vikings as much as we “like” the Atlanta Falcons aka, the Dirty Birds.
It’s also getting mighty weird in NOLA. No, make that weirder. The late sportscaster and NOLA character, Buddy Dilliberto promised to “wear a dress and walk down Bourbon Street” if the Saints ever made the Super Bowl. Here’s a rendition of Buddy D in a frock byNOLA artist, Robert Guthrie:
Buddy D’s disciples, who are numerous in the parts, are planning to keep the late sportscaster’s promise should the Saints kick some serious Brett butt on Sunday. There is, inevitably a Facebook group, calledWearing a dress when the Saints make it to the Super Bowl. My Saintsmaniac friends have various plans. One is bringing a dress to the Superdome on Sunday and plans to leave the stadium wearing it. Another group plans to don frocks and ride bikes from Buddy D’s tomb to the Dome on the Sunday before the Super Bowl. I’m demanding pictures and will post them here.
Finally, a NOLA musician, Jep Epstein, wrote a tune in 2007 in anticipation of the Saints beating the Bears and making the Super Bowl that year. It didn’t happen but the tune is still relevant and it features-you guessed it-a reference to Buddy D and his dress:
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