Fan who created viral 'Saints Got Robbed' video thinks Brady will get his 6th Super Bowl ring
So close and yet so painstakingly far. The New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl LIII quest ended with a pass interference/helmet-to-helmet no-call in the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams on Jan. 21. After that, Saints fans watched the Rams push the game into overtime and their Super Bowl dreams faded away with a 26-23 overtime loss.
Saints fan Melissa Munds and her husband, Josh, gathered their Louisiana-based crew in hopes of lifting the spirits of Who Dat Nation. The result was the viral video "Saints Got Robbed," which has amassed more than 92,000 views on their Digital Munchies YouTube channel and became the talk of Twitter. (Another fan bought a "Saints Got Robbed" billboard in Atlanta, where the Rams and the New England Patriots will play in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday.)
Melissa, 30, a former high school cheerleader who resides in Shreveport with Josh and cat Lillie, shares her advice on game rulings for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and why she hopes Tom Brady takes home his sixth ring.
espnW: Was the video intended to be a burn for Rams fans?
Melissa Munds: We weren't expecting the video to get this big. It's funny because we were telling our local friends about it and expected it to get a bit of local attention. It was especially funny because Ram fans got ahold of it and they wanted to make a big joke about it and blow it up. I think that's what skyrocketed the video, honestly.
I challenge the Rams fans to create a response video to our video.
espnW: Who are the cast and crew in the video?
My husband, Josh Munds, and I created the video. We also teamed up with our friends and [colleagues]. We all make videos together a lot. Many of us are involved with the Louisiana Film Prize [an annual film contest and festival started and held in Shreveport].
We got that core group of people together and had a little think tank session. We bounced ideas off of each other to write this thing in just one day. Then we recorded the song in our tiny home closet studio.
We're used to making videos and quick content and stuff like that under pressure with a deadline. The video was just a fun, tongue-in-cheek thing to do.
espnW: You also captured the mood of Louisiana in the video in the aftermath of the Saints' NFC title loss. How'd you catch the commiseration in real time?
MM: The Krewe of Harambee Mardi Gras/Martin Luther King parade took place in downtown Shreveport the day after the NFC loss. We were out there working anyway, and we found some Saints fans. We were like, "Hey, you want to be in a video?" And many of them were in Saints gear.
espnW: What about this Sunday, will you be watching the Patriots-Rams Super Bowl?
MM: Yes. I'm not going to be one of those Saints fans that boycott. But, it's gotten so personal with the Rams going after us that I've got to root for the Patriots now. They put me in that horrible, horrible position to have to root for the Patriots.
espnW: You'll be suiting up in your blue and white jersey while having some chowda?
MM: Oh no, I'm still going to wear my Saints shirt. It's going to be an interesting game.
espnW: The much-debated missed pass interference that ended the Saints' season is the impetus for discussion of possible rule changes in the NFL. Any advice for the league's commish, Roger Goodell?
MM: I think it would be amazing if there were a backup plan in place for when these kinds of calls are missed because this was just so obvious. There's got to be a better method.
It's been 10 years for the Saints -- they got robbed, let's be real.