Happy Saints fans celebrate at B.B.'s Po-Boys in Ocean Springs

By Steve Phillips – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS  (WLOX) - It's been a haven for Who Dats for some 20 years. So it's no surprise that plenty of Saints fans made lunch plans Monday at BB's Seafood and Po-Boys in Ocean Springs.

The restaurant is filled with dozens of autographed pictures of Saints players and coaches. Now, there's a Super Bowl Champions banner hanging there as well.

B.B. Minton, sums up the feeling with one word.

"Who-dat-titude," said the smiling restaurant owner. He spent Monday celebrating the success of his beloved Saints with a happy lunch crowd.

His restaurant has long been a shrine to the black-and-gold.  Now, it's a salute to world champions.

"In the beginning, we're down ten to nothing. And in years past, you'd have turned it off and walked away. But I tell you what, we knew this team could come back and they did. They put it on 'em," said Minton.

Robin Olmstead put on a championship hat. The visitor from Ft. Walton watched the big game at a casino in Biloxi.

"I got one of the six hats they had at the Grand Casino after the game. For fifty bucks apiece," he said, "and it was worth it. Yes, absolutely."

"Amazing. It was wonderful.  See, I've got earrings, everything," said Mary Beth Yancey. "Yes, a longtime fan. Sure am. It's wonderful, a great feeling. It's a holiday."

A Super Bowl championship towel hangs proudly over the window. And a strange picture of flying animals made customers smile.

"That's pigs flying over Lake Pontchartrain," said a customer, passing around the doctored photo.

"I'm very happy for everybody who's such a Saints fan," said Cindi Minton, the wife of the restaurant owner. "It makes me happy 'cause everybody else is happy. And it's like a little community just right here I think."

Carmen Mee had a champion's shirt already.

"I am wearing it proudly. I have been a Who Dat fan for many, many years. In fact, on my honeymoon, we went to our first Saints game. 35 years ago," said Mee.

Long suffering Saints fans will savor this Super Bowl win. They expected it all along; you just gotta believe.

"I have for years. I've believed. Sooner or later, it's going to happen. It couldn't have happened to a better bunch," said B.B. Minton.

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