A potential good year is brewing and so too is the old talk about the Who Dey cheer. We're all of two games into the 2018 season, too.
'Who Dey' vs. 'Who Dat': Barstool, Bush suggest Bengals' chant rips off New Orleans Saints
Dave Clark, Cincinnati Enquirer Published 2:12 p.m. ET Sept. 14, 2018
Thursday Night Football gave the Cincinnati Bengals an opportunity to showcase their talent, establish themselves as a contender and hand their division rival a loss in front of a national audience.
Sadly, the spotlight also gave some a chance to insist that the New Orleans Saints' "Who Dat" came first, and that somehow the Bengals "Who Dey" cheer rips off the Saints or isn't as great or widely accepted. ...
https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports ... 304346002/
There's a game against New Orleans in November, so the topic might well get more attention then, assuming the Bungs are still in contention. The article links to the 2015 feature by Carol Motsinger
How many of my compatriots here went to Riverfront Stadium back in the 1970's? As discussed up-thread, there were those ubiquitous beer vendors. At multiple points during any game, you'd be startled by a sudden cry of "BEEEEEER HEEEEEERE" and, boy, was that ever annoying! So imagine you're up in the cheap seats during the '81 season, feeling good about things, and having a few too many. Out of nowhere, as was typical, a Hudepohl hawker starts to yell "Hudy h....." but before he can finish you shout "dey think gonna beat doze Bengals!" Or maybe you heard somebody else do it once and got a kick out of it, so you join in. Now every damn time an obnoxious hawker intrudes on the fans' blissful Bungles revere, somebody lets him have it. Laughter all around. Some folks enjoy it so much they go ahead and order another warm one.
That's the scenario that comes to mind. After all, who hasn't wanted to yell back at a hawker after being startled? "Will you shut up!" It's all about catharsis, man, and any acceptable way of getting it is golden. At some point it probably didn't matter what brand of beer was being hawked, or whether it was even beer.
Hawker: Hot Do...
Fans: Who dey think gonna beat dem Bengals!
But if the genesis was fun payback, how to explain the similarity with Who Dat? Maybe the first wag or two to come up with Who Dey were well-traveled or well-read. Or maybe they had a Louisiana connection. Who knows.
Or maybe dis was just one of doze coincidences. Dey do happen, ya know, but dis one would be a real doozy.