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SmashMouth 09-02-2010 05:44 AM

New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton believer in juju of Juicy Fruit
 
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NASHVILLE, TENN. - When New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton arrives at LP Field for Thursday night's exhibition game against the Tennessee Titans, three things will be laid out neatly on the desk in his office:

The red flag he'll use to challenge officials' calls.
Two neat stacks of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum.
Each stack will contain five sticks, one for each drive of each half. Payton will not take the field until he has stashed the sticks into his pocket. He breaks out a new stick to start each offensive series. If the Saints enjoy more than five drives in a half or the game goes into overtime, the equipment staff keeps a reserve supply in a tray behind the bench.
The Juicy Fruit is Payton's lone game-day superstition, and for him, it's every bit as important as the play sheet.
Although he scoffed at the notion that the Saints might have been a team of destiny last season, he's a devout believer in the juju of the Juicy Fruit.
And every Saints coach, player and staffer can attest, hell hath no fury like 'Fruit'-less Payton on the sideline.
"It's become a part of my game-day routine going back to Dallas, " Payton said.
Head equipment manager Dan "Chief" Simmons is responsible for setting up the pregame ration.
The in-game duty has fallen on the shoulders of assistant equipment manager John Baumgartner since he joined the club in 2007. "Bum" learned the hard way about Payton's obsession in the NFC championship game last season.

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Saint_LB 09-02-2010 05:52 AM

What if he got confused and threw the gum on the field and stuck the red flag in his mouth?

SmashMouth 09-02-2010 06:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Saint_LB (Post 241104)
What if he got confused and threw the gum on the field and stuck the red flag in his mouth?

:bugeyes:

SapperSaint 09-02-2010 08:19 AM

Great read. My daughter is a High School fast pitch softball player. I know all too well about game day superstitions.

And yes, there is a "Right" and "Left" sock.

Saint_LB 09-02-2010 08:25 AM

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Originally Posted by SapperSaint (Post 241120)
Great read. My daughter is a High School fast pitch softball player. I know all too well about game day superstitions.

And yes, there is a "Right" and "Left" sock.

You reminded me of one superstitious basketball player...LSU's legendary "Pistol" Pete Maravich. Anyone remember those socks he use to wear that dated back to...I'm not sure...maybe high school or before?

I also thought about Eli Manning's comment regarding superstition. He said he was not superstitious...but maybe a little "stitious". :) I saw Michael from "The Office" make that same comment, so I don't know whether he got it from Eli or visa versa.

pumpkindriver 09-02-2010 09:12 AM

I'd hate to be the guy that had to tell him, we're out!

homerj07 09-02-2010 10:28 AM

I bet we all have those "little" things we do on game day!!

QBREES9 09-02-2010 10:30 AM

I've been chewing the ever since.

SapperSaint 09-02-2010 04:29 PM

I haven't shaved my..... pits since we won.

Saintswrath 09-02-2010 06:01 PM

I've started loading up on Juicy fruit, people will not understand why im chewing so much gum on gameday out here in Tampa lol.


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