Whistle Monsta: "I Had To Embrace This Talent"

The Saints super fan has almost single-handedly provided a home-field advantage for almost a quarter of a century

Taz and the Moose
January 22, 2019 - 11:06 am

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If you kept hearing a whistling sound during the NFC Championship on Sunday, well, it wasn’t in your head. It was Leroy “Whistle Monsta” Mitchell, who has almost single-handedly given the Saints a home-field advantage for almost a quarter of a century.

“My grandma told me when I was a kid, ‘God gives everybody a talent. You just have to find it, and if you have a talent and don’t use it, then it’s a problem. It’s like people are starving and you’re throwing away food,’” Mitchell said on Taz & The Moose. “So I had to embrace this talent.”

At first, he didn’t want to.

“I’m like, ‘Come on, man. Seriously? Whistling? That’s got to be one of the lamest talents,'" said Mitchell, who discovered his ability at 15. “But I thought about the team and I had an epiphany one day. I make sure that Dome gets jacked up when we need noise.”

That’s exactly what Mitchell, 51, has been doing at Saints games since 1995.

“We weren’t that great. We kind of sucked,” Mitchell said of the mid-90s Saints. “I thought, why don’t I take the hot air from 76,000 people and make this whistle? They never knew when to get up on 3rd-and-2. They would pout with the team because the team stunk, so they felt that instead of cheering for the guys, why don’t we just pout and do nothing?”

Mitchell didn’t agree with that mindset.

“So I would be the conductor of the orchestra,” he said. “I would run around the Dome and on third down I’d yell at people and whistle and get them going and move to the next section. We got it pumped up a little bit now, and I don’t have to run around. I just stay right behind the opponent’s bench and I just let them have it all game on defense.”

Mitchell’s love affair with the Saints began long ago but has remained strong through the years – in both good times and bad. 

“I look at New Orleans like my mom and the Saints like my dad,” he said. “I’m stuck with them. You’re not always happy with them, but you’re stuck with them. I love this team so much. I know there’s a lot of teams that have cities that they love, but there’s nothing like it in the NFL, I guarantee you. After Katrina, everybody lost all kind of stuff. But when those Saints came on, wherever you were, that whole city was together. And we learned something from that.”