Fleur-de-Links: February 3, 2011

FORT WORTH TX - FEBRUARY 03: New Orleans Saints fans celebrate during a tailgating competition in Sundance Square February 3 2011 in Fort Worth Texas. Super Bowl XLV will be played February 6 2011 at Cowboys stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

TWEETS:

jonathan goodwin
Wwf anyone?

Doing interviews on ESPN for Disney outside in Dallas. WOW it is cold. Tons of fans out. Troopers! Love ya

He will be on within the hour - staye tuned! RT @: @ Wheres my man Reggie on ESPN?

New Orleans Saints
RT @: Who Dat! Saints @ and sean payton on 's sportscenter special right now w/ Mike Tirico.
New Orleans Saints
RT @: Saints QB @ and his coach Sean Payton on the NFL Live set with Mike Tirico.

New Orleans Saints
Check out Coach Payton on @!

Drew Brees
Just finished doing radio row at SB in Big D. Better to be inside than outside in this weather. Madden Bowl tonight. Getting geared up!

deuce mcallister
"@: Are any of my friends ticket brokers?! I have some SuperBowl Luxury Suite tickets for sale!"Good luck with that

Will Smith @ Stay outta this little guy.. I mean you out of position anyway. If you 240 and under You a linebacker..

New Orleans Saints
Hey Archie RT @ Commissioner Goodell preparing to present $1 million check from NFL Charities to N. TX YET

Alex James Brown
Spending time with the kids... Getting our feet done and lil girl nails done

Just pulled up to the @ National Tailgating Championship! Looking to find out who the ultimate tailgaters are!

Reggie Bush
Winner gets $15K and the Golden Grill Trophy

Reggie Bush
Just got to Dallas! Man it's freezing here! Temperature says 19 degrees!

Alex James Brown
Got in the car and this is what was waiting on me...



SAINTS:

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees will make ESPN appearances today | NOLA.com
Payton is serving as guest Super Bowl analyst this week in Dallas

Saints: Who will stay and who will go - Offensive Line | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
With the Super Bowl set for Sunday, we thought it’d be a good time to look at the roster the Saints ended the season with and give our two cents into what players should stick around and which players should go.

New Orleans Saints reader comment: Times sure have changed for team's assistants | NOLA.com
Highlighting comments from our readers

Mississippi lawmakers give final OK to Saints car tag | NOLA.com
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi lawmakers have agreed to create a state license plate to commemorate the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl championship season. A bill authorizing the car tag passed the House last month, then passed the Senate on Thursday. Now, it's headed to Gov. Haley Barbour. People would pay an additional $50 for the Saints tag in Mississippi....

 

GREGG WILLIAMS:

For Williams, it's forget the Titans - NOLA.com
ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reported that Williams would interview for the job today, added that Williams withdrew himself from consideration based on loyalty to the Saints and to former Titans Coach Jeff Fisher, whom he considers his closest friend in the business.

 

SUPERDOME RENOVATIONS:

Reconfiguration of East, West Side Plaza seating
A digital projection of what Superdome seating will look like.

 

SUPER BOWL XLV:

Draft day was well worth wait for Rodgers, Packers - NFL - CBSSports.com Football
Hard to believe that in the 2005 draft, there were 23 picks before Aaron Rodgers was relieved from the Green Room when he was selected by Green Bay. Mike Freeman recounts the day and laughs a little at the now-dismissed concerns.

Sliders for Super Bowl Sunday are fun to make and eat | NOLA.com
Super (Bowl) sliders are cute, comforting party fare.

Zone blitzes expected to be a key in Super Bowl chess match | NOLA.com
Dom Capers looks to show mastery of scheme

Super Bowl 2011 participants are shaking off the cold | NOLA.com
The weather shouldn't affect Dallas in a future Super Bowl effort

 

NFC SOUTH:

NFC South made road history in 2010 - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints each finished with a 6-2 road record. No division ever had three teams with a road record better than 6-2 in the same season since realignment in 2002.

Morris finishes second in Coach of Year vote - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris finished second in The Associated Press’ Coach of the Year voting. New England’s Bill Belichick won by a large margin, collecting 38 votes. Morris had 11.5 in a year in which he took the Bucs from 3-13 to 10-6.

Grading 2009 NFC South draft classes - NFC South Blog - ESPN
New Orleans. The Saints only had four picks in this draft and two of them, linebacker Stanley Arnoux (fourth round) and safety Chip Vaughn (fourth round) haven’t been factors due to injuries. But the Saints got it right on their other top picks. First-rounder Malcolm Jenkins showed big-time skills in his first season as a starting safety. Thomas Morstead (fifth round) quickly has become one of the league’s best punters. Grade: B+

Arthur Blank looks beyond labor situation - NFC South Blog - ESPN
What’s impressive about this move is that it came now. At a time when other owners are hesitant to do much of anything, Blank is being progressive and thinking ahead. That’s smart because the labor uncertainty that’s making everyone else tentative could grow into full chaos if there’s a lockout in March.

Bucs, Panthers have top playing fields - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The NFL Players Association released its 2010 survey of playing fields Thursday and the NFC South, as usual, fared very well.

Falcons sign coach Smith to 3-year extension
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2011 DRAFT:

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Who Goes Where And Why " Who Dat Dish | A New Orleans Saints Blog

2011 NFL Combine Invite List

 

LAGNIAPPE:

Feds seize 10 sites for sports streaming - Feb. 2, 2011
Ten websites that were allegedly engaged in the live streaming of major sports events have been seized and shut down by authorities, the government said Wednesday.

Super Bowl XLV: Gene Wojciechowski made 45 predictions about the NFL season leading up to Super Bowl XLV -- here's how accurate he was(n't) - ESPN
Back in September, our crack prognosticator was all over the way the NFL season was going to unfold. Here's what became of his predictions.

 

VIDEO:

NFL Videos: Radio Row: Drew Brees
Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees looks back at the 2010 Saints and gives his Super Bowl XLV prediction.

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