Who Dat or Roll Wave?

"Stand up and Get Crunk" in the Dome, or "A one, a two, a helluva hullaboo ..." at Yulman Stadium?

If you're a die-hard football fan of both the Saints and Tulane, that's the dilemma you'll face for the first time in your however-old-you-are life Thursday night.

Tulane kicks off its 125th season at Yulman Stadium against Wake Forest.

Less than three miles away, the Saints play their final preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

It's the first time the Saints and the Green Wave have both played home games on the same day.

Obviously, it would have been a logistical nightmare most years when the two teams played in the same place.

But not now, as two teams that for so long shared a stadium (Tulane Stadium from 1967-74 and the Dome from 1975-2013) will now share a night in NOLA.

In addition to the two football games, high school football starts in Louisiana on Thursday night. And for those not yet in football mode, the BabyCakes are in town, too. It's Thirsty Thursday Night there.

But on this night, it's Thirsty Thursday Night all over town.

"It should be a great night for a great sports city," Tulane coach Willie Fritz said. " I knew a little bit about the city before I came here a few years ago, and it has proven to be true — that this is a sports city. Obviously you hope it doesn't hurt the crowd."

Fritz can count on Stephanie Kleehammer and her husband Mark to be in their normal seats at Yulman Stadium.

They've been Tulane season ticket holders since 2014.

"But I've been a Saints fan since I was tiny," Kleehammer said. "So we'll be checking our phones to see what the Saints are doing, too. I'm a fan of both. It's kind of a busy night, but Tulane has my allegiance."

(And that's not all for the Kleehammer family. Their daughter, Jordan, is on the Jayettes dance team, which will perform at Jesuit's season opener against Warren Easton on  Thursday at Tad Gormley Stadium.)

But for Saints and Wave fans — whether you decide to make your way Uptown or to Poydras Street — there should be plenty to see.

For Tulane, desperately wanting to start this season on the right foot, it's a winnable game against a school from a Power 5 conference. The last win against a Power 5 school came in 2010 when the Wave beat Rutgers. They've lost 12 straight games against Power 5 teams since then.

The Saints, meanwhile, will be playing their final tuneup before a season filled with lofty expectations.

Expect stars like Drew Brees and Cam Jordan and Rams running back Todd Gurley to sit this one out.

But some intrigue was added to this one Wednesday afternoon when the Saints traded for New Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Here's guessing he won't play. Oh, and Mannie Fresh is performing at halftime. 

The final score in the Dome won't be as important as the result at Yulman.

If history is any indication, the chances for a Green Wave and Saints victory on the same day isn't likely.

Although it's the first time both teams have played at home on the same day, they have shared eight game days on which one team was on the road. (All common dates were preseason games for the Saints and the season opener for the Wave). 

Never have both teams won on the same day.

In fact, the Saints and Wave were swept the last three times they played on the same day.

Does that trend end now that they're both playing at home?

We'll see.

But if not, don't worry.

Just drink up.

After all, it's Thirsty Thursday all over town.


Sept. 12, 1970

Tulane at Texas Tech  L 21-14

Saints vs. Chargers won W 20-14

Sept. 13, 1975

Tulane at Clemson W 17-13

Saints at Bengals  L 20--0

Sept. 10, 1977

Tulane at Memphis L 27-9

Saints vs. Oiler W 20-16

Sept. 1, 2001

Tulane at LSU   L  48-17

Saints at Seahawks L 28-14

Sept. 2, 2010

Tulane vs. SE Louisiana W 27-21

Saints at Titans L 27-24

Aug. 28, 2014

Tulane at Tulsa L 38-31

Saints vs. Ravens L 22-13

Sept. 3, 2015

Tulane vs. Duke L 37-7

Saints at Packers L 38-10

Sept. 1, 2016

Tulane at Wake Forest L 7-3

Saints L 23-14

*all pre-season games for Saints

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