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Sean Payton To Jerry Jones: ‘I Drink Your Milkshake! I Drink It Up!’

Okay, it was actually Jerry Jones’ wine that Saints head coach drank up, but there aren’t any good “I drink your wine” pop culture references, so there you go.

There’s likely to be trouble brewin’ down in Big D. According to a report from Peter King, Payton and some members of the Saints  moseyed on down to a St. Elmo Steakhouse in Indianapolis (Payton wanted to be a man in motion, I reckon) for dinner and drank a bottle of Caymus Special Selection cabernet sauvignon. The problem is that particular vintage happens to be a wine Cowboys owner Jerry Jones enjoys, but when he attempted to reserve a bottle for the Cowboys team banquet, which was to take place at the very same restaurant, St. Elmo Steakhouse was plum out!

Below is how King depicted of how things transpired. I chose to include the whole yarn because no one spins ’em like PK!

On Friday night, the Saints’ staff at the combine gathered in a private room at St. Elmo Steakhouse, an 108-year-old Indy landmark, for a final celebratory nod to the Super Bowl win over the Colts. This is a group that likes its wine, and likes to have fun.

At the restaurant, word passed that Dallas owner Jerry Jones would have his Dallas group in this exact room Saturday night for a team dinner. Jones had even phoned ahead, according to a waiter, to make sure a magnum of a wine he loved, Caymus Special Selection cabernet sauvignon, was ready to be served at dinner.

Sean Payton told the waiter he’d like to have that wine, too. The waiter told him: Sorry, sir. We have only one bottle left, and it’s reserved for Mr. Jones.

Payton said he’d like to have the bottle nonetheless. I assume there was much angst on the part of the wait staff at that point. My God! Who do we piss off? One of the most powerful owners in the NFL, or the coach who’s the toast of the NFL, the coach who just won the Super Bowl?

Here came the bottle of Caymus Special Selection, and the Saints’ party drained it.

But drinking Jones’ wine wasn’t enough. Payton gave the waiter some instructions, took out his pen … and, well, the Cowboys party found at the middle of their table the next evening an empty magnum of Caymus Special Selection cabernet sauvignon, with these words hand-written on the fancy label:

WHO DAT!
World Champions XLIV
Sean Payton

That’s the kind of thing Jones will get a big laugh out of. And remember.

Ha! Jerry Jones probably will remember it! And then he’ll remember that he is insanely rich and could buy the winery that produces that particular wine if he he cared to to and then he could keep all the wine for himself. Then Jones would have himself a maniacal laugh about it and continue to buy and sell people at his leisure.

Note: of course, be sure to read Drew’s entire critique of King’s column at KSK.

Sean Payton drinks Jerry Jones’ wine, leaves note [The Dallas Morning News]
Notes from combine: New rivalry, OT changes and how to help troops [Monday Morning QB]