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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; I reallize that I live on the west coast, and that the saints are about 3000 miles away from me every sunday, but I have to say, that last night I received what I will refer to as the ultimate ...

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Old 11-25-2009, 04:46 PM   #1
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The ULTIMATE disrespect!!!

I reallize that I live on the west coast, and that the saints are about 3000 miles away from me every sunday, but I have to say, that last night I received what I will refer to as the ultimate snub.

I live in Santa Rosa CA, and I went to the downtown mall last night, looking for Saints gear. Trust me, where I live, it's like searching for the holy grail! (before anyone says anything, I do order stuff online, but I like to see if the sports stores have it as well) Anyway, I walked into the store, and the only saints stuff I found, was two sideline hats, and the sideline beanie. I asked the store owner if he had anything else, and he responded, "The Saints?" "No I'm sorry, we don't get much request for the Saints."


THEY HAD DETROIT, CLEVELAND, AND TAMPA BAY STUFF, BUT NOT EVEN A SAINTS KEY CHAIN!!! It was very upsetting, as you can see. I asked him, will you guys be getting any stuff before Christmas? "No." "Sorry."

I even told him that he was insulting me, by having Detroit Lions blankets, but not even a Saints bottle opener. Has anyone else ran into this???

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Old 11-25-2009, 04:51 PM   #2
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You can always move.

I am in Los Angeles and I can find a good bit of Saints stuff on store shelves. When I lived in VA thought it was scarce but I told they guy who owned the store I won't buy anything in here until he has Saints merchandise. Finally one day he had some stuff and I started shopping there.
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:02 PM   #3
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With the economy, or the lack of one, moving money isn't exactly falling into my lap. I want one of those fireman's helmets, saints of course, but I can't find one of those anywhere! I looked online, on every site possible, and still no dice.
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Yeah, same thing here in Miami and when I lived in Philly. I'm afraid we're just not a "national" team. But it's still surprising because our bandwagon is pretty big. I'm met tons of people that count the Saints not as their favorite team, but a team they "can root for." Probably because of the miracle Post-Katrina year and the fantasy points Drew Brees puts up.
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I know exactly how you feel, SaintPaul. A few thoughts.

-- Dont get mad at the clerk. He just works there, and doesnt have any reason to live. I usually say "this is not your fault, you just work here, but..." & throw in something like, "I'll bet if you were the boss, ... and you'd make a million $$," which makes them smile. I enjoy getting smiles from people who are sick of people.

-- Houston: a mere 6 hour drive from N.O... the oil biz, The Storm, and 3 centuries of Acadian migration mean there are more Saints Fans here than Texans fans. But store mgrs. here are from somewhere else, and are oblivious. So Academy, replete with UT bandwagoner gear, tons of unsold Texans gear, and Dallas Cowboy merchandise--- has zero Saints gear. Some clueless Suit in Peoria probably draws up the map, just as some people dont know how many Steelers fans there are in Eastern Ohio.

I just used Academy as an example. Even Walmart here, I noticed is oblivious to the Louisiana flavor of the local population. You can find Patriots stuff here, along with all the unsold Texans stuff.

Local tv has figured it out, but I think that simply has to do more with success, and besides, that is also pretty much a corporate call.

--I predict Next Season, every sports outlet in every city in the U.S. will have Saints stuff, just as you can find Steelers stuff anywhere now.

I actually found Saints nerf footballs in Ottawa, Ill last summer.

So, fret not, my friend. We will get respect soon.
(btw, I rode a rollercoaster in San Antonio sunday, your ears would not have liked... that joker was so high, you could see the skyline 15 miles away, but was actually pretty smooth)

GEAUX.

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I want one of those fireman's helmets, saints of course, but I can't find one of those anywhere! I looked online, on every site possible, and still no dice.
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I live in Alabama and can only find college gear.. almost no Saints gear at all.
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The weird thing Mike, was the two guys behind the counter WERE the owners. Two indian guys. They are nice, but when I started talking football with them, they didn't seem to have a clue as to what I was talking about. I think they bought the store from someone else. I think it sucks when people, who don't know their own product, owns a specialty store. Oh well, capitalism, what can you say?

I appreciate the effort JColl, but that's the hard hat. I'm looking for one of the old school, fire chief helmets. I saw a Texan fan with one on, and it looked awesome. Had the emblem on the front, and the brim was pretty thick.

Roller coasters!!! Whew. That sounds like a killer Mike. Hope you didn't spew!

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The weird thing Mike, was the two guys behind the counter WERE the owners. Two indian guys. They are nice, but when I started talking football with them, they didn't seem to have a clue as to what I was talking about. I think they bought the store from someone else. I think it sucks when people, who don't know their own product, owns a specialty store. Oh well, capitalism, what can you say?

I appreciate the effort JColl, but that's the hard hat. I'm looking for one of the old school, fire chief helmets. I saw a Texan fan with one on, and it looked awesome. Had the emblem on the front, and the brim was pretty thick.

Roller coasters!!! Whew. That sounds like a killer Mike. Hope you didn't spew!
Which kind of Indians?
kidding. So, yeah, I have the same thing here in Houston. Everyone here
just got here from Mexico, so if its not soccer, they have no clue. They have Cowboys stuff everywhere, and unsold Texans gear. If it werent for UT bandwagoners, they'd all go broke.

But Capitalism is a good thing my brother. It is exactly the reason you will find Saints stuff more and more by the end of the season. And smart
shop owners get rewarded with dollars, dumb ones wonder why they're going under.

I've never seen the firehat you're looking for, but I'll bet you find it online.

rollercoasters dont make me spew, I love speed, and wish I could go that fast
on the freeway w/o getting a ticket. I'll even ride those "tower-drop" rides. But round-and-round stuff--- KILLS my stomach. I cant even ride merry-go-rounds in the playground.

But I like you because you're mad that you cant get Saints stuff. You automatically go up 4 notches in my book for that. coolness.
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Old 11-25-2009, 07:30 PM   #10
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I just moved from Dallas (where believe it or not Saints gear is available) to Vallejo, California, so SaintPaul I feel your pain. You're lucky you found anything. All I see is Raiders, 49ers and USC. I work downtown though, and I wear my Saints stuff enough to piss off my co-worker Raider fans.

Thank God for Direct TV and DVRs!
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