Baylor Bears turns to Saints' black bat for inspiration

The New Orleans Saints stepped up to the plate for the Baylor Bears on Saturday before their second round NCAA Tournament game.

The Bears advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history with a victory over Old Dominion, a win that was preceded by a pregame chat from Saints special teams coaches Joe Vitt and Dennis Allen. They brought with them the black bat the Saints used as inspiration before their victory in Super Bowl XLIV, the one with the inscription “Bring the Wood.”

"They came and gave a great speech," said Baylor guard LaceDarious Dunn. "They told us that as a team, we've got be in it together. We can't depend on the coaches because they're not playing, it's all on us. I really took it in."

Dunn hails from Monroe, La., and is a Saints fan. The players also took pictures with the bat. But the whole scene begs the question for us: What are they going to do for motivation before the next game? A second-round game surely could not have been their Super Bowl.

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