Apparently, the Saints were in the market for 40-year-old, 5-foot, 7-inch wide receivers. I'm not going to get into the press conference or Chesney's performance. No, I'm much more interested Sean Payton's anecdote about the time Chesney and cornerback Mike McKenzie spent together in the off-season:
Both the singer and football player had been operated on by Dr. James Andrews and were in Andrews' rehabilitation program -- McKenzie for his knee and Chesney for his shoulder.
"You know, Mike McKenzie and Kenny Chesney are from the opposite ends of the earth, and yet here they are that one afternoon and Kenny notices Mike's wearing the same clothes he's been in all day from his rehab ... and I'd love to see this -- but Chesney's undressing McKenzie," Payton said.
Just when I thought the season couldn't get more interesting, I get images of a country music singer awkwardly trying to dress the Saints starting cornerback. What, pray tell, inspired the deed? Well, they were late for watching the the BCS Championship, of course.
"I felt sorry for him because he'd been up there laid up ... all day with his knee like that and I was all fresh, saying, 'Let's go, let's go, let's go,"' Chesney said.
What a great idea for a cable sitcom.
All joking aside, some people here at Gambit have implied that Kim Kardashian may sink the Saints a la Jessica Simpson. I say to keep your eye on Chesney, he's the real menace:
Payton plans to attend Chesney's concert Thursday, but Chesney said he wasn't sure if he would invite the coach on stage, jokingly saying he was afraid he'd take the blame if the Saints subsequently lost a few games.
He did note, however, and Payton confirmed, that there will be no curfew for Saints players that night.
"We're all going to have a big time," Chesney said.