"Beat Dat Nation!" Chant is NFL's Version of NBA's "Beat L.A."
The New Orleans Saints were the feel-good story of sports with their Super Bowl XLIV victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The City of New Orleans is still dealing with effects of the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Drew Brees was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. They were awarded an ESPN Espy as the "Team of the Year". With the win and the glory comes the envy of other teams. It also comes with a bulls-eye on your chest.
In 1982 the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Boston Celtics 4-3 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Philly won game 7 at the old Boston Garden and Celtic fans chanted "Beat L.A., Beat L.A., Beat L.A." towards the end of the game when it was evident that the Sixers would be playing the Lakers in the 1982 NBA Finals.
The Celtic fans were so hateful of the Lakers that they were sending the Sixers off with a blessing to beat the Lakers and win the NBA Championship. There was no love lost in 1982 and there still is no love lost in 2010 between the Celtics and Lakers.
The "Beat L.A." chant has become just as big as the Celtics/Lakers rivalry itself since 1982 to the present.
The Baltimore Ravens fans can now start something new that will for sure be followed by other NFL team cities when the "Saints Come Marching In."
The Who Dat! chant will now see "Beat Dat!" chant when they visit a teams stadium.
New Orleans has a big-game with the Atlanta Falcons the following week (December 27) on ESPN Monday Night Football. The Atlanta Falcon fans at the Georgia Dome might be chanting "Beat Dat Nation!, Beat Dat Nation!, Beat Dat Nation!"
If it works for the fans in Baltimore then the fans in Atlanta will continue the chant and things might turn out better for them than it did for the 1982 Philadelphia 76ers. They lost to the Lakers in 6-games.
The Beat L.A. chant is still being heard by Laker players of today. Some were infants, toddlers, and some were not even born in 1982. Kobe Bryant was 3 years old when the Beat L.A. chant started.
For more information on the "Beat Dat Nation!" chant please contact Derrick E. Vaughan of Dunkadelic Sports Marketing 443-851-5244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org