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Old 06-29-2010, 12:56 PM   #1
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10 memorable quotes from Sean Payton's Super Bowl memoir 'Home Team'

1. "I was seven Bud Lights in." Sean Payton's celebratory drinking is a recurring theme and perhaps the most surprising aspect of the book. The Bud Lights line is part of his description of the Super Bowl victory parade. While preparing to toast Mayor Ray Nagin, Payton writes, "My wife squeezed my wrist and said, 'Control yourself, honey.' " After the Super Bowl, he writes, he tried to bail on the traditional morning-after press conference because, "I'd had a couple of cocktails and some Amstel Light. OK, more than a couple. ... Have you ever seen the movie 'The Hangover,' where the guy is asking, 'How did this lion get here? Where did my tooth go? Isn't that Mike Tyson?' That was Monday for me." In the image-conscious NFL, this is a downright brazen level of honesty.

2. "She was beautiful." That's Payton describing his wife, the former Beth Shuey, a Morocco, Ind., native with a marketing degree who has been part of Payton's coaching journey almost from the beginning. There's no way to read this book and not conclude that the real saints are the coaches' wives.

3. "We might not win three games this year." That's what Payton recalls telling general manager Mickey Loomis in the locker room after the Saints first preseason game -- Payton's first as Saints head coach -- in 2006. They wound up 10-6 and reached the NFC Championship Game.
4. "Without a doubt, Green Bay is where I wanted to go." Payton writes openly about the job he coveted -- head coach of the Packers -- and how hard it was to convince himself, and then his wife and children, to move to New Orleans.

5. "You like cheeseburgers?" This was Raiders owner Al Davis' dinner invitation to Payton during a hilarious, days-long interview process in Oakland for the Raiders head job. The two men dined on McDonald's burgers and KFC cole slaw in the owner's office. Payton turned down the job. Priceless.

6. "Bleep you." That was Payton's two-word response (fill in the bleep) when Reggie Bush's marketing agent, Mike Ornstein, told him not to draft Bush in 2006 because, "This kid doesn't want to come there." The Saints drafted him anyway; Payton and Ornstein became best friends.

7. "We lost 39-14, to the environment as much as to the Bears." Coaches never blame losses on the weather. But Payton's description of the Saints' defeat in Chicago in the 2006 NFC Championship pins most of the blame on the snowy, miserably cold conditions. Surprising.

8. "Let me tell you, I do a great Belichick." Payton's description of his videotaped impersonation of New England coach Bill Belichick -- a tape he played for the team the week before their Monday night game in November -- is by far the coolest behind-the-scenes passage in the book. It's also a vivid example of just how much happens in an NFL season that fans never know about.

9. "What if we get our ass beat?" This is one of those brutally honest quotes that you wish, just once, a coach would say publicly the week before a game. Payton relates it here in explaining why, among other reasons, he chose to rest his starters for the last game of the 2009 regular season at a time when many pundits were arguing that the slumping Saints should play to win.

10. "This is our reward. This bleeping ride." Payton recounts this line, uttered by assistant head coach Joe Vitt, while describing the bus ride back to the team hotel after the Super Bowl. Of all the scenes in the book, this is perhaps the most poignant: After the confetti shower and the Lombardi Trophy hoist and the post-game interviews, two coaches sit in an "almost silent" bus and savor the relief of leaving the stadium after winning the last game played. "We had been lifted by our city, and we had lifted it too," Payton writes. "What else could anybody want?"
Read our review of "Home Team," and share your own below.2. "She was beautiful." That's Payton describing his wife, the former Beth Shuey, a Morocco, Ind., native with a marketing degree who has been part of Payton's coaching journey almost from the beginning. There's no way to read this book and not conclude that the real saints are the coaches' wives.



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Re: 10 memorable quotes from Sean Payton's Super Bowl memoir 'Home Team'

I just read the entire book on my iPhone today and I loved it. Quote number 6 was absolutely my favorite!
It's crazy that the same guy Payton said this to turned out to be our Superbowl "fixer" 4 years later.
I can't wait for Drews book to come out. I'm going to get him to sign it in San Diego when he does his book signing July 12th!

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6. "Bleep you." That was Payton's two-word response (fill in the bleep) when Reggie Bush's marketing agent, Mike Ornstein, told him not to draft Bush in 2006 because, "This kid doesn't want to come there." The Saints drafted him anyway; Payton and Ornstein became best friends.

I think I would have the Same thing. Too Bad . Hey Mike how Ya think Reggie feels now.
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I just read the entire book on my iPhone today and I loved it. Quote number 6 was absolutely my favorite!
It's crazy that the same guy Payton said this to turned out to be our Superbowl "fixer" 4 years later.
I can't wait for Drews book to come out. I'm going to get him to sign it in San Diego when he does his book signing July 12th!

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Dang ... the print must be like this reading a book on the IPhone ....

I wonder if there is an audio book?

I think I am going to have to get this for my nightstand. Priceless quotes, for sure.
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Most excellent.
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6. Hey Mike how Ya think Reggie feels now.
My son is reading the book right now so I will only paraphrase... When SP and Reggie meet on the field after the SB win he (Reggie) says "God had a plan for me to be here.. I see that now"

I think Reggie feels very good about things now.....
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does any one know where reggie actually wanted to go?
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Anything that comes out of Sean Paytons mouth is most likely worth repeating.(even if it's "hey Joe throw me another vicodin")
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#8... so let me get this right... just for fun, and probably a nice way to loosen up before facing the ballyhoo'ed Patriots, Payton shows them a tape of himself impersonating Bellichick. I can picture that. love to see it.

I wonder if it was something he already had laying around, or if he specially made that taping before the Patriots game as a "visualize this"
motivator. you know, "ok guys, after be beat their azzes, this is what belichick is gonna be like." either way its hilarious.
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