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Sean Payton, Tony Romo play some lockout beach football

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The phrase “beach football” for many NFL fans conjures images of Robert Edwards blowing out his knee during Pro Bowl week after the 1998 season.  Notwithstanding the career-altering (it can’t be called career-ending because Edwards eventually made it back to the NFL, albeit briefly) injury, NFL players still play beach football from time to time.

Most recently, a game of beach football involving Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, and Lions linebacker Bobby Carpenter unfolded, along with Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman — and Saints coach Sean Payton.

Per Brian Allee-Walsh of sportsNOLA.com, the game was played in WaterColor, Florida, near Payton’s vacation home.

“I played a little safety, a little wide receiver and Romo was struggling at quarterback so I went in and threw him a touchdown pass,’’ Payton said.  “Aikman led his team on a 2-minute drive that ended up tying the game. After about a half an hour, the adults were ready to quit and the kids were screaming for more.  But it was fun.’’

The “fun” also may have been a violation of the league’s lockout rules.  When the lockout began, a strict no-contact policy supposedly was put in place.  After Commissioner Roger Goodell spent an hour on the phone with Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco, the league explained that “normal social interaction” is permissible.  But then the vibe re-emerged that no contact should be had, but for situations involving established team charitable activities, and where permission has been obtained (e.g., Cowboys owner Jerry Jones receiving “special permission” to attend Romo’s wedding).  Indeed, the Dolphins said after receiver Brandon Marshall caught something other than a football that the team couldn’t contact him in any way, because of the lockout rules.

Then there’s the reality that the league doesn’t seem to be inclined to do anything to police potential violations or enforce the rules in this regard.  So we’d be surprised if anything comes of it, especially as the lockout possibly (emphasis:  possibly) moves toward a conclusion.

Apart from the lockout, and as Allee-Walsh points out, Saints fans already leery of Payton’s recent move to the Dallas area won’t feel much better about Payton’s not-so-normal social interaction with Romo and Witten.

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46 Responses to “Sean Payton, Tony Romo play some lockout beach football”
  1. tbpdog says: Jul 4, 2011 10:07 AM

    I don’t see it as much of a violation considering Payton is not a member cowboy’s organization.

  2. abninf says: Jul 4, 2011 10:18 AM

    Of course he wants to be the HC of Dallas. It’s the ultimate head coaching gig. Anyone here would love to live in Westlake, TX. Especially considering the alternative of our neighbors across the eastern state line.

  3. melonnhead says: Jul 4, 2011 10:20 AM

    I kinda think of playing beach football with your friends is pretty normal social interaction.

  4. innerlign says: Jul 4, 2011 10:22 AM

    As a Saints fan, I hate the Cowboys! The immature Cowboy hater in me wants our coach to stay far away from their disfunctional franchise. But as a human being, I totally understand it. Happy 4th, Coach!

  5. innerlign says: Jul 4, 2011 10:27 AM

    abninf says:
    Jul 4, 2011 10:18 AM
    Of course he wants to be the HC of Dallas. It’s the ultimate head coaching gig. Anyone here would love to live in Westlake, TX. Especially considering the alternative of our neighbors across the eastern state line.

    He is hanging out with them because they are his friends. If he wanted the HC job, he would have taken it. He just won a Super Bowl. What have the Cowboys done in the last 15 or so years? Choke in the playoffs.

  6. realitypolice says: Jul 4, 2011 10:28 AM

    Wait a minute! Hold the phone! I am stunned to hear about this!

    There’s a place called WaterColor, FL?

    Is it a suburb of PaintByNumbers?

  7. boknowsvt says: Jul 4, 2011 10:31 AM

    Sounds like they’re trying to channel their inner “Top Gun”, but substituting football for volleyball.

  8. Mike Florio says: Jul 4, 2011 10:41 AM

    @realitypolice . . . .

    It’s actually just down the road from ShrinkyDinks, the preferred vacation destination for steroids users.

  9. dbellina says: Jul 4, 2011 10:54 AM

    How awesome would it be to be going to the beach and seeing that football game happening?

  10. saints25 says: Jul 4, 2011 11:13 AM

    Allee-Walsh points out, Saints fans already leery of Payton’s recent move to the Dallas area won’t feel much better about Payton’s not-so-normal social interaction with Romo and Witten…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    did Walsh tell you that Sean Payton hates his guts?Because as a Saints fan I really dont care what Sean Patyon does in his free time

  11. innerlign says: Jul 4, 2011 11:36 AM

    Yep, Saints25.
    Here is Walsh trying to stir up some more bs.

  12. patriotsdefense says: Jul 4, 2011 12:01 PM

    Robert Edwards would kindly remind everyone in the NFL to never play beach football.

    Just imagine how good the early 2000’s Pats could have been if he didn’t almost lose his leg.

  13. melonnhead says: Jul 4, 2011 12:28 PM

    If he wanted the HC job, he would have taken it. He just won a Super Bowl. What have the Cowboys done in the last 15 or so years? Choke in the playoffs.

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    The head coaching job of the Cowboys wasn’t offered to Payton.

    Some teams spend their entire existence choking in the playoffs. Others get lucky… ONCE… then resume their proper stations in life choking in the playoffs. Or not making the playoffs at all. The Cowboys have actually made the playoffs as many times in the past 16 years than the Saints have in their entire existence. And won as many Super Bowls. But yeah let’s just suspend reality for a second and pretend that the Saints are a quality franchise with a long and storied history of greatness and a destination hotspot for NFL players and coaches and the Cowboys aren’t.

  14. goawayeverybody says: Jul 4, 2011 12:32 PM

    abninf, elitist much?

  15. pftrumors says: Jul 4, 2011 12:51 PM

    Bobby Carpenter.

    Even to this day I don’t understand what the Tuna saw in that guy.

  16. hpeters77 says: Jul 4, 2011 2:15 PM

    The head coaching job of the Cowboys wasn’t offered to Payton.

    Some teams spend their entire existence choking in the playoffs. Others get lucky… ONCE… then resume their proper stations in life choking in the playoffs. Or not making the playoffs at all. The Cowboys have actually made the playoffs as many times in the past 16 years than the Saints have in their entire existence. And won as many Super Bowls. But yeah let’s just suspend reality for a second and pretend that the Saints are a quality franchise with a long and storied history of greatness and a destination hotspot for NFL players and coaches and the Cowboys aren’t.

    ___________________________________________________________

    hey melonhead,

    the cowboys havent done anything since salary cap. Cowboys used to buy their championship because they had more money. Since the start of Salary Cap they havent done squat. so yes cowgirls do suck and payton would be a great coach for the. He turned the Saints around in one year

  17. pmars64 says: Jul 4, 2011 2:57 PM

    @melonhead

    Living in the past much? Bitter that the woeful Saints have won more playoff games and championships in the past 15 years than the Cowboys? Most college kids today, when asked about the last Cowboys SB win would reply that they were playing with their tonka trucks. And, let’s be real, Pittsburgh really did outplay Dallas in their last SB win anyway. If O’Donnell didn’t play pitch and catch with that cornerback (even I can’t remember his name…), Pittsburgh wins. And beating Buffalo twice for their 3rd and 4th SB losses in the row isn’t exactly like beating the Steelers in the 70s. Oh, wait, Dallas lost both of those…

    If Payton does go to Dallas, and I think he might, he’s a fool. You’ve GOT to be an idiot to want to coach for Jones. Those two egos could never co-exist because Jones would never allow Payton to get the credit he would deserve if he, by some miracle, would lead the Cowboys to a SB win. The Cowboys recent success, if you can call playoff choking a success, was because of Parcells. But Jones, in his stupidity, ran him out of town and replaced him with — Wade Phillips!?!?!?! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!!! Then he hires the offensive coordinator (who sabotaged Phillips) who thinks that he has a better shot at winning by going for a 59 yr FG to tie last Thanksgiving than going for a first down???? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!! Good luck with that!!!

  18. robf2010 says: Jul 4, 2011 3:29 PM

    Are you really going to bring up Payton-to-the-Cowboys again? Leave a place where he has free reign and Drew Brees for a place where he’ll always be meddled with and Tony Romo? Maybe when Brees retires but not a moment before.

  19. marcinhouston says: Jul 4, 2011 4:11 PM

    Getting NFC rivals to play beach volleyball is pretty awesome. Hopefully Greg Williams can convince John Abraham, Michael Turner, and Matt Ryan to go ride dirtbikes with him. Crutches aren’t so bad for a coach if the other team has them for their players.

  20. marcinhouston says: Jul 4, 2011 4:12 PM

    Getting NFC rivals to play beach football is pretty awesome. Hopefully Greg Williams can convince John Abraham, Michael Turner, and Matt Ryan to go ride dirtbikes with him. Crutches aren’t so bad for a coach if the other team has them for their players.

  21. tbpdog says: Jul 4, 2011 4:47 PM

    @hpeters77
    prior to the salary cap there was no unrestricted FA, therefore no player movement….how could any team prior to FA and the Salary Cap (which were instituted the same year) “buy a title”?.

  22. melonnhead says: Jul 4, 2011 5:24 PM

    And, let’s be real, Pittsburgh really did outplay Dallas in their last SB win anyway.

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    I reckon we should give them the trophy! Then the Cowboys would only have three more than the Saints. Hey then maybe we can throw the ones they won against the Bills in the garbage. They’d still have more than the Saints hahahaha

  23. melonnhead says: Jul 4, 2011 5:25 PM

    hey melonhead,

    the cowboys havent done anything since salary cap.

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    Super Bowl 30, booby. Look it up.

  24. melonnhead says: Jul 4, 2011 5:26 PM

    Bobby Carpenter.

    Even to this day I don’t understand what the Tuna saw in that guy.

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    He’s Rob Carpenter’s son. That’s it.

  25. melonnhead says: Jul 4, 2011 5:37 PM

    prior to the salary cap there was no unrestricted FA, therefore no player movement….how could any team prior to FA and the Salary Cap (which were instituted the same year) “buy a title”?.

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    Never try to talk logic to a Saints fan. It wastes your time and annoys the Saints fan. This is a funny discussion, considering the number of Saints players that were not of the homegrown variety in 2009. Off the top of my head, Brees, Shockey, Vilma, Sharper, Fujita, Greer, Ayodele, Hargrove, I know there must be more.

  26. pmars64 says: Jul 4, 2011 6:54 PM

    What’s funny is how Cowboy fans continue to be under the delusion that their team is relevant anymore. I mean, the last time the Cowboys won the SB:

    -Cell phones were the size of phonebooks
    -It took 10 mins to connect to the internet
    -Frank Gifford was caught with a woman’s breasts in his hands
    -On a computer, if you had one, you were writing with Word Perfect
    -There was no iPod, Droid, Kindle,
    -There was no HD TV

    But if you want watch the Cowboys when they were relevant, just pop in that worn copy of your VHS tape that’s somewhere covered with dust in a box in your attic – if you can find it.

  27. innerlign says: Jul 4, 2011 7:02 PM

    history is just that. our team has OWNED the Cowboys in the modern era.
    yes, we used to SUCK. just makes our dominance that much sweeter.
    thanks for playing.

  28. spankymcwanky says: Jul 4, 2011 8:11 PM

    melonnhead says: Jul 4, 2011 5:37 PM

    prior to the salary cap there was no unrestricted FA, therefore no player movement….how could any team prior to FA and the Salary Cap (which were instituted the same year) “buy a title”?.

    ——————————————————

    Never try to talk logic to a Saints fan. It wastes your time and annoys the Saints fan. This is a funny discussion, considering the number of Saints players that were not of the homegrown variety in 2009. Off the top of my head, Brees, Shockey, Vilma, Sharper, Fujita, Greer, Ayodele, Hargrove, I know there must be more.
    ========================
    Given that your response is geared toward “buying a title,” who exactly did the Saints “buy” in the players you mentioned?

    Brees was a castoff that no one wanted because of a possibly bum shoulder.

    Shockey was traded for because his team didn’t want him anymore

    Vilma was traded for because his team didn’t want him anymore.

    Sharper was let go because his time in Minny was a bit of a disappointment and hardly anyone had interest in him. And from what I remember, the Saints’ first target at Safety that offseason was Sensabaugh, whom the Cowboys acquired (a little “buying” right there I think)

    Fujita was a castoff of the Cowboys — they didn’t want him.

    Greer might have been wanted by the Bills but they had recently drafted a CB so he was expendable. Greer “may” be someone the Saints “bought” but I don’t buy it. His contract barely puts him in the top 20 in salary and barely in the top 30 when you consider the cap hit and bonuses. His base salary in 2009 was 3 million. That doesn’t sound like buying a CB.

    Ayodele was a castoff.

    Hargrove was in rehab the year before.

    You said there is probably more and you could say Lance Moore, whom the BROWNS didn’t want. THE BROWNS!!!

    We could go on, but from what I can see, the Saints Championship team was a team built on unwanted players and castoffs. The only player that you could say the Saints even came close to buying is Drew Brees, but I disagree. No one really wanted him and based on his contract he was not paid like a franchise QB. His pay rose with bonuses and performance escalators.

  29. nawlinssaints1956 says: Jul 4, 2011 8:51 PM

    The ‘Boys are irrelevant as a team and organization.

    If Sean is setting up for a move to Dallas, good luck with that.

    As a Saints fan, I appreciate everything Payton has done for our team; if he chooses to move on, there will be a number of top shelf HC’s to take his place…

  30. 1bigtex says: Jul 4, 2011 9:02 PM

    @ pmars64

    Where to start, where to start? Okay, “let’s be real”? If you think Pittsburgh really did outplay Dallas in Super Bowl XXX, please explain how Dallas scored the first three times they had the ball? Or how Pittsburgh’s first score came on a desperation drive that included a fourth down conversion? Or how they had to resort to an on-side kick? Or how the Steelers still lost by 10? You think those are the signs of a team that really outplayed the opponent?

    Regarding Bill Parcells; the guy quit. The guy said he quit. He’d quit jobs before and he’s quit jobs since. What in the world makes you think a guy in his 60’s with several million in the bank wouldn’t want to quit?

  31. trollaikman8 says: Jul 4, 2011 9:49 PM

    Yep, the Cowboys “bought” their superbowl with those high priced FA’s: Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman, Larry Allen, Darren Woodson, Ken Norton Jr. & Kevin Smith. If ever a team was made up of mercenaries, it would have to be the Dallas Cowboys of the early, mid-90’s.

  32. gdonz14 says: Jul 4, 2011 10:21 PM

    Was this game before or after Romo and Witten were spotted rubbing suntan oil all over each other’s back????

  33. wood5050 says: Jul 4, 2011 10:49 PM

    this guy never going to win the superbly

  34. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 4, 2011 11:10 PM

    Anyone else picturing the beach volleyball scene from “Top Gun” with that “Playing With the Boys” song in the background…?

    No, no me… me neither… (looks suspiciously over each shoulder)

  35. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jul 5, 2011 1:39 AM

    Sean Payton, Tony Romo play some lockout beach football

    Then Sean says; ” See that ring, take a good hard long look at it.”

  36. whatagreatfootballmind says: Jul 5, 2011 1:43 AM

    I thought coaches and players weren’t allowed to talk/see each other?

  37. melonnhead says: Jul 5, 2011 7:44 AM

    Sean Payton, Tony Romo play some lockout beach football

    Then Sean says; ” See that ring, take a good hard long look at it.”

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    Then Aikman says “Sean, put that silly little Walmart ring away and look at some REAL hardware. And when you get done with those take a good look at what a Hall of Fame QB looks like since you’ve never been this close to one before”.

  38. melonnhead says: Jul 5, 2011 7:51 AM

    history is just that. our team has OWNED the Cowboys in the modern era.

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    The Cowboys are 15-9 against the Saints in the “modern era”, slappy.

  39. melonnhead says: Jul 5, 2011 8:20 AM

    Saints fans, you’re about 5 years removed from all of you guys wearing paper bags over your heads to every game so let’s not pretend that you have any real pride.

    Every day is a good day to be a Cowboys fan, win or lose. They’re the flagship franchise of the NFL whether they’re the champs or 5-11 and you can tell by consistent merchandise sales and nationally broadcast games. Saints? Not so much. Two years after lucking into their Super Bowl win, the Saints are scheduled for 4 prime time games and 1 late afternoon game, giving them a grand total of 5 possible nationally televised games in 2011. A year after going 6-10, the Cowboys are scheduled for 5 prime time games and 6 late afternoon games.

    Do you realize what that means? A year after going 6-10, the Cowboys will play in more nationally televised games in one season (11) than the Saints have in the two seasons since they lucked into their lone Super Bowl win (10, counting 2010 and 2011). It’s not luck, it’s not an accident of scheduling, they didn’t do it that way for the express purpose of pissing Saints fans off… it’s a true measure of relevance.

    On the bright side, you’re only 97 wins away from a .500 record, all-time. The team recently voted as the worst professional sports franchise in north America, the Cincinnati Bengals, are 86 wins away.

  40. tbpdog says: Jul 5, 2011 8:20 AM

    @melonhead

    by “modern era” saints fans mean the last 2-3 seasons, you know, when most of them actually became Saints fans. Saints fans remind me of Phillies fans in baseball, they pull one title out of their arse, the first in decades, and pretend like they are a dynasty, and they win one every year.

  41. 1bigtex says: Jul 5, 2011 8:29 AM

    @ spanky

    Uh, dude, where did melonhead say that the Saints bought the players listed? The quote said “not of the homegrown variety”. As to no one wanting Drew Brees, then why in the world did New Orleans have to give him a 6 year/ $60 million contract? Miami dropped out at that price over the shoulder concerns. The next time someone doesn’t want me, I hope they indicate that by guaranteeing $10 million the first year with a $12 million option for the second year.

    @ wood5050

    I’m guessing that “5050” is the odds of you writing a sentence that makes sense. Give me the under on that proposition.

  42. nolarules says: Jul 5, 2011 12:13 PM

    What a bunch of tools all of these commentors are. Such a sad bunch. Saints fans bashing on the Dallas organization that is one of the flagship orgnizations of the NFL (it is not THE FLAGSHIP organization as some of you homers like to suggest – amazingly to those elitists in Dallas, there are some pretty big organizations in Pittsburg, New York, New England that are just as big of draws). Dallas fans bashing on the Saints for no other reason that wishing they were as relevant as the Saints these past 5 years or so (the only 5 years of the Saints entire history that they were even close to relevant). Sad little fight going on here. Saints fans fawning over a history that is quite pathetic apart from these past five years. Dallas fans wishing their organization was still relevant other than to sell merchandise and tickets to their owners new gaudy stadium, which does perfectly fit Dallas and the legion of “50k-a-year” millionaires)

    -a saints fan

  43. innerlign says: Jul 5, 2011 12:20 PM

    tbpdog says:
    Jul 5, 2011 8:20 AM
    @melonhead

    by “modern era” saints fans mean the last 2-3 seasons, you know, when most of them actually became Saints fans. Saints fans remind me of Phillies fans in baseball, they pull one title out of their arse, the first in decades, and pretend like they are a dynasty, and they win one every year.

    No, I’ve been a Saints fan since 1987, my first Saints game in the dome.
    I’ve been through ups and downs, which make kicking all of your asses these days great. Keep bringing up old stuff, just makes you look bitter and jealous. Nobody said we were a dynasty, but we are kicking ass right now, and it feels great.

  44. innerlign says: Jul 5, 2011 12:24 PM

    @melonhead
    last time you beat us was 1994. maybe i was off a bit in my semantics, but 17 years is a long time to be the loser, especially to a franchise everyone continues to disrespect, even after having their ass handed to them repeatedly. have a nice day!

  45. tbpdog says: Jul 5, 2011 1:40 PM

    @ innerlign says: Jul 5, 2011 12:20 PM

    No, I’ve been a Saints fan since 1987, my first Saints game in the dome.
    I’ve been through ups and downs, which make kicking all of your asses these days great. Keep bringing up old stuff, just makes you look bitter and jealous. Nobody said we were a dynasty, but we are kicking ass right now, and it feels great.

    I never mentioned any “old stuff” did I? I said saints fans act like they are a dynasty, when they have won 1 title. We beat you in 2009 and played you even last year, you have hardly “beat our asses”. You beat us bad in 2006, so yeah, one time in 4 or 5 season. I have no hate for the Saints. I wish JJ had the testicular fortitude to dump Parcells and hire Payton, but then again, everyone would have killed JJ for that. I like Payton, and most of the Saint’s players, just quit pretending you guys invented football. I hate JJ myself, but for those acting like coaching in Dallas is so beneath Payton, he evidently liked JJ enough to check with him about the Dallas job before leaving to take the Saints job.

  46. pmars64 says: Jul 5, 2011 1:41 PM

    Sorry, but I don’t think there’s anything sad in some nasty back-in-forth exchanges. It’s all a soap opera so why not have some fun with it. Cowboy fans are always the most fun to poke at because they’re always so quick to jump to the distant past to make themselves feel good. “Well, 18 years ago when we beat…” and so on. Great stuff.

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