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Brees ribs Buckeye teammates over Boilermaker upset

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It’s been well documented how often the Saints have looked to The Ohio State University in recent years for draft picks (Marshon Lattimore, Vonn Bell, Michael Thomas) and free agent pickups (Kurt Coleman, Ted Ginn Jr.) and even the team’s recent trade acquisition Eli Apple. So when #2 Ohio State found themselves on the wrong side of a shocking upset at the hands of unranked Purdue this past weekend, there were a lot of long faces on the Saints’ roster… and one big smile.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees will go down as Purdue’s greatest football export, and after his Boilermakers unexpectedly blasted the Buckeyes Saturday night, Saints coach Sean Payton helped him concoct a plan for some good-natured gloating.

Brees related the story Wednesday night during his weekly “QB To QB” segment on WWL Radio.

“So I called one of my buddies up there and said, ‘Hey, let’s get Purdue Pete down here,’” Brees said. “He’s the big Boilermaker, got the hard hat on, got the big hammer. So they sent the full mascot uniform down here, and we had one of the equipment guys put it on and wear it into the team meeting today with the Purdue fight song blaring. And we found these nuts that were supposed to be like buckeyes, right? So we took the hammer and smashed these ‘buckeyes’ on the front of the stage. Then we gave all the Ohio State guys a little choo-choo train. Like a little kid’s choo-choo train as a memento from the game. Here we are four days later from that game but we’re still gonna remind them what happened on Saturday.”

Of course, talk then turned to this week’s Saints opponent, the very same opponent who ended the Saints' season a year ago: the Minnesota Vikings.

“Listen, they’re really good,” Brees said. “It’s the same scheme, lots of the same personnel. It’s Mike Zimmer and that system he’s been doing for a long time. You’ve got, like, eight Pro Bowlers on that defense. They’re all really, really talented. They play the scheme well. Just good matchups all over the field for them and very consistent in everything they do. Situational football, third down, red zone, all the key stats, they’re very, very good.”

Brees and the Saints square off with the Vikings Sunday night in Minneapolis on WWL. Our coverage starts that afternoon at 3pm. You can hear the full audio of “QB To QB” by clicking the podcast link.

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