From NBC News:
NEW ORLEANS (NBC NEWS) — Who Dat Nation has plans for Super Bowl Sunday, but they won’t have anything to do with the matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots.
Fresh off one of the most controversial plays in U.S. sports history — a non-call of a penalty that would have set up the New Orleans Saints to beat the Rams in the NFC championship game — the city of New Orleans is preparing a near-total boycott of the Super Bowl. Bars are refusing to show the game, parades are planned, and an outdoor party organized in less than two weeks has sold out.
“We throw a party for every event,” said Lauren Braden, 36, a lifelong Saints fan who has also been selling voodoo dolls of NFL referees and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We throw parties in the streets for funerals, so we have a different mentality than most people.”
The blown call has already become part of New Orleans lore, costing the Saints and its fans — known as Who Dat Nation for its “Who Dat?” rallying cry — a chance at winning the Super Bowl on the home field of their hated rival, the Atlanta Falcons.
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