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Chris Rose: Saints fans

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On the eve of the 2011 football season, let us pay homage to one of the city's true and sturdy fashion icons, among the most endearing – and enduring – of “local characters,” the female Saints fan.

New Orleans is well represented by her distaff gridiron fans, those braided, spangled, booted, rhinestone cowboy-hat wearing women who fill the Dome on autumn Sundays - in numbers too great to ignore.

I have been to many NFL stadiums around the country and my unwavering belief is that we have a higher percentage of women at games than other teams.

And I contend they are better-informed on matters of strategy, personnel, fantasy leagues, equipment and rules of engagement.

That's what makes this phenomenon so rich and worthy of discourse, that it runs much deeper than a matter of X's and O's.

I fear no contradiction when I suggest our women are also better pool players, drink more beer, play more darts and yell louder than their NFL counterparts.

They play cornhole in crowded downtown parking lots wearing stilettos and mesh - and they look dang fine doing it.

Historically speaking, we've always been ahead of the curve - fashion forward in the NFL. It was only in the past decade that everyone else caught up – after Madison Avenue execs handed down a memo to the hopelessly stodgy NFL and its merchandisers to tap into the potentially lucrative demographic of fabulous babes.

The order to “shrink it and pink it” forever changed the landscape of NFL stadiums.

For the better, I'm sure we can all agree.

That said, I also acknowledge that women in New Orleans may have a few style advantages over their counterparts; certainly it's easier to accessorize with fleur de lis than, say, embroidered images of oil derricks in Pittsburgh.

Or, better still: Tri-corner hats, felt boots and a bandoleer. Arrgh!

Go Buccaneers!

Not feelin' it?

Me neither; there is no fashion sensation like the Women of the Who Dat Nation.

As the players on the team try to become the league's best this season, let us salute those in the stands who already are.

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