Last week, Peter King of SI.com shared a hilarious story regarding the efforts of Saints coach Sean Payton to finagle an expensive bottle of wine at an Indianapolis restaurant the night before the Cowboys could get their mitts on it.
Our pal Todd Wright of Sporting News Radio had one of the waitresses from St. Elmo’s on his show recently. She confirmed the incident, and she added some more details.
She said that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had not expressly reserved the last bottle of the wine in question, but the staff knew from past experience that it is one of the wines Jones likes.
When Payton ordered the wine, he wasn’t told that Jones and the Cowboys’ entourage was coming to the restaurant the next night, or that Jones may have wanted that wine. Payton later learned of Jones’ likely interest in the wine, and then Payton decided to autograph the label and leave the bottle for Jones.
The bottle won’t be headed to the Hall of Fame any time soon; after it was left for the Cowboys, someone knocked the bottle over and broke it.