Saints fans snatching up "NFC Champions" merchandise

By Steve Phillips – bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS  (WLOX) - Thousands of Saints fans visited area sporting goods and department stores on Monday.

Members of the "Who Dat" nation are spending lots of money on NFC Champion shirts, hats and banners.

Dick's Sporting Goods in D'Iberville hosted a large crowd of Saints faithful throughout the day.

They swarmed the Saints merchandise table like a Greg Williams-designed blitz. Fans will wear their NFC championship hats and shirts with plenty of Who-Dat pride.

"It's been awesome. It's been a ride. I'm a transplanted Chicagoan, so I went through this a couple times. And I'm just happy to see Saints fans getting the chance to go through the same thing I felt," said Keith Ambrose.

"I got my wife a champion shirt right here," said a smiling Mike Amacker, "Who Dat baby, Who Dat!"

Even the youngest of Saints fans are caught up in the post-season excitement. Two-year-old Nicholas Kirby wore his black and gold while mom bought new hats and shirts.

Replays on the in-store TV's let fans re-live the anxious moments from Sunday's big game.

"I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I was actually working, but it was very exciting. And I'm so happy for the city, so happy," said Shannon Kirby.

"I like Drew Brees, and how they just turned around the city after Hurricane Katrina," said Cameron Ambrose, clutching a new Saints pennant.

Saints fans are proud to proclaim their unwavering allegiance. Those paper bags from years ago have been replaced by plastic bags filled with championship gear.

Fans were still trying to accept the reality of Sunday night's victory in that overtime game.

"I'm still a little struck. I don't know what to think, it's awesome. It was about time is all I can say. A lot of heartache and a lot of tears went into this win. It's just great," said Shannon Owen.

They'll savor the win, while counting down the days to the Super Bowl.

Saints fans buying the NFC championship merchandise say they'll be back two weeks from now, to buy "Super Bowl Champions" jerseys and hats.

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