Buccaneers fans try, fail to troll Saints with New Orleans billboard

John Sigler
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Well, they can’t say they weren’t warned this would happen. Tampa Bay Buccaneers rallied on social media to raise funds for a billboard in New Orleans proclaiming “We Dat” after their team won Super Bowl LV, but their bid was ultimately unsuccessful. Organizers shared an update on Twitter that the billboard company they initially reached a deal with back out of the agreement and refunding their money.

That decision probably followed serious consideration as to whether Saints fans would stand for this kind of taunting. It’s a lesson Atlanta Falcons fans learned back in 2019 when New Orleans businesses wouldn’t accept their money. This was all prompted by one Saints diehard purchasing billboards in Atlanta after the “NFC no-call,” though Louisiana sports fans have an even deeper history of buying out billboards to send a message (remember the “Free Devin White” signs before 2018’s LSU-Alabama matchup?). Better luck next time to these NFC South rivals.

To the organizers’ credit, they’re taking this loss as well as they can, putting the next step in their supporters’ hands. A poll is running now to decide whether they should seek out a billboard in Tampa or, better yet, to donate the funds to Bruce Arians’ foundation, which supports Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), “in making sure that children who are involved in the court system, as a result of abuse or neglect by their families, receive the love and help they need.” More than 70% of the 1,200 votes cast at time of posting are coming in to support the Arians Family Foundation, so here’s hoping the money ends up helping a good cause.

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