Saints fans excited, but cautious about team's start

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Posted on September 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 5:20 PM

Katie Moore / Eyewitness News
Email: kmoore@wwltv.com | Twitter: @katiecmoore

NEW ORLEANS -- Saints fans couldn't be more excited to see the team with three wins to start the season, especially since the last time they had a similar record they went to the Super Bowl.

Fans who can only be described as “ultimate” are overflowing with joy about the team’s performances in the first three regular season games.

Chris Sperling is one of them. He is so dedicated, he decorates his house with “Who Dat” in lights for Christmas ever year.

“[Sunday's] game against the Arizona Cardinals was so much easier on the heart than the normal games. But I loved yesterday's game. I love a dominant performance like that,” Sperling said Monday.

The Cardinals game even has Sperling saying the "s" word.

“Rob Ryan is definitely doing a great job with that new defense. I love the way they're flying after the ball. I love the way they're attacking. Reminds me of the Super Bowl year,” he said.

Fans couldn't wait to share their excitement with black and gold schwag. When the Saints have winning Sundays, what happens in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome doesn't stay in the ‘Dome.

“This time of the year, our Saints inventory really does drive our business,” said Monique Sobrino, owner of high-end boutique Little Miss Muffin.

From clear purses that fans can actually bring into the Superdome that comply with new NFL regulations, to gear that supports their favorite players, people flock to retailers in the days following winning games.

“When the Saints win, though, it actually doubles and triples our volume,” Sobrino said.

And with schools now allowing kids to wear black and gold on certain days, Sobrino said it adds another dimension to fans' dedication.

“All of our kiddos want to be representing our Saints team. And little girls want as much bling on their t-shirts as their moms have,” she said.

Even though fans are pumped, most say the tough fans are still with them and make years like this even sweeter.

“The harder years are the ones where you really find the true Who Dat fans when we have a bad record. But this year is remarkable,” Sperling said.

Dozens of viewers sent us pictures this weekend of some of the youngest and furriest fans. They were dressed in their Sunday best of black and gold. You can see a slideshow here.

 

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