Fleur-de-Links: March 16th, 2011

TWEETS:

deuce mcallister
Welcome new followers and hello to my old bunch

I love the ppl in my life
Tracy Porter
Man I'm hungry...

Adam Schefter
A touching and sobering story about former Patriots/Eagles FB Kevin Turner, who provides some proper perspective.

AYUP!!!RT @ RT @: Spinach with red bell pep, carrots, chipotle marinated (cont)

Alex James Brown
It's 55 degrees and people can't wait to pick up the golf clubs...

Adam Schefter
A glimpse at what's ahead with the key April 6 hearing in Minneapolis, along with the NLRB claim.

Please say a prayer for the families of japan who hav lost loved ones...r.i.p to nate dogg,, man,, I grew up to his music

Adam Schefter
Somebody's found something to do during lockout. RT @: Chad @ follows his 'dream', to get MLS tryout -

Alex James Brown
Just finished a brutal workout and rehab session at Poliquin... WOW!! So tired but I have to ear something now...

Chase Daniel
Amazing what an early morning workout can do for your body and soul!

"Adonis Blood"

Well when i do my camp here in NO, ill keep u in mind, thank you.. Ill keep everyone posted with dates RT (cont)

Jeremy Shockey
Nothing like working hard in the offseason!!

Jermon Bushrod
My golf tournament will be June 17th Kids youth visualize and rize football camp June 18th In king George, va... If interested, let me know!

Jeff Duncan
Headed home to the Ville to enjoy some vacation & NCAA hoops with my father. Two of the best days in sports coming up. Can't wait.

The 2010 Saints Media Guide is now available for $20!

Adam Schefter
It's only March 16, and the winds will change again, but my pick to be next month's No. 1 pick is...Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert.

West Coast is hurting today! We lost a true Pioneer! The true Nate Dogg fans miss you not the ones who just tweet about you to look good!



THE CBA CLUSTERF***:

Forecast: No one cares about college players at the Draft | wwltv.com | WWL Sports
The NFL Players Association idea to have college players not attend the NFL Draft is a bad idea.

Brees signals that union will approve organized player workouts | ProFootballTalk
Saints quarterback Drew Brees has given the clearest signal yet that the NFLPA* will be fine with organized player workouts this offseason if the lockout lasts a while. Jim Corbett of USA Today reports Brees and Heath Evans are planning organized group workouts in May.

DirecTV would lose more than $600 million in lost season, but could save $420 million | ProFootballTalk
Fans upset with the lockout have been making it known to us that they're voicing their displeasure by canceling their NFL Sunday Ticket subscriptions on DirecTV.  If there's no football season in 2011, a lot more will be following suit. Alex Sherman of Bloomberg.

Jason Babin’s lockout plans: MMA training, bear hunting, and possibly joining the UFL | ProFootballTalk
Coming off a 12.5 sack season, Titans defensive end Jason Babin is likely to get a generous contract when free agency opens up in the NFL once again. Well, that's as long as he's not playing in another football league at the time.

Drew Brees Backs Lawsuit as Players Go to Federal Court Against NFL Owners - Bloomberg
"The reason I’m one of the lead plaintiffs for our case is because it’s important to me," Brees told reporters on a conference call organized by the NFL Players Association, which abandoned its role in labor negotiations to facilitate the lawsuit. "I feel strongly about our case. I feel strongly about the facts and the law."

Roger Goodell: Get us back to mediation | NOLA.com
NFL commissioner urges owners, players to talk

Top NFL draft prospects asked to skip NFL draft | NOLA.com
Poll: Which ceremony would you attend?

Incoming rookie Von Miller proud to take lead role in lockout fight - USATODAY.com
The agent for star Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, the lone incoming rookie among 10 players who have filed suit against the NFL, said Sunday that Miller welcomed the invitation to join plaintiffs who include Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom...

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Lockout loot: Players capitalizing during downtime "
NFL Blogs on NFL.com is the only official NFL blog destination for the latest NFL news, NFL fantasy football news, NFL player news, NFL team news, and NFL breaking news.

Colts' Clark goes Hollywood during lockout - NFL - Sporting News

N.F.L. Talks Will Be Dormant Until Court Date - NYTimes.com
The N.F.L. labor fight won’t move to a courtroom until April 6, which means negotiations will most likely remain at a standstill.

NFL housing plan: Owners get the keys, fans get the bills - The Washington Post
Municipalities help fund stadiums for NFL teams, only to see owners threaten to cancel the seasons that would be played there.

New Orleans Saints reader comment: Potential draft picks latest pawns | NOLA.com
"Shame on both of them trying to use these top college players as pawns in their chess game like a vindictive divorced couple use their kids as a weapon against their former spouse. This is getting uglier by the day."

NFL owners and players let fans down: An editorial | NOLA.com
Saints fans across metro New Orleans are as disappointed with NFL owners and players as followers of other teams across the country

 

SAINTS:

Saints Looking For A Few New Saintsations - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

Will Smith, O-D to honor area football all-stars March 26 - Utica, NY - The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, New York
UTICA — New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith’s "Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way" Foundation is hosting the 3rd Annual "Evening of All-Stars" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Daniele’s Banquet facility in New Hartford.

 

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

NFL will consider changes to kickoffs, instant replay at next week's league meetings in New Orleans | NOLA.com
Under new rule proposal, kickoffs would start at 35-yard line and touchbacks would be taken out to 25-yard line

NFL considers kickoffs at 35-yard line, touchbacks to 25-yard line | ProFootballTalk
Significant changes on kickoffs are coming to the NFL in 2011 if the NFL's Competition Committee gets its way. Falcons President and Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay revealed on a conference call with the media today that the Competition Committee is proposing a major modification of kic...

Scoring plays may be reviewed by replay assistant, not coaches’ challenge | ProFootballTalk
Coaches may no longer have the option to throw a red challenge flag after the other team scores a touchdown, as the NFL is considering a proposal to take instant replay on scoring plays out of the hands of the coaches, and have the replay assistant review all scoring plays.

Some clarity on NFL meeting plans - NFC South Blog - ESPN
New Orleans fans won’t be happy to hear there is no plan to propose a new seeding process for the playoffs. That comes after the Saints went 11-5, but drew the No. 6 seed and a trip to No. 4 Seattle, which went 7-9 and won the NFC West. McKay said the competition committee discussed a look at changing the seeding, but there didn’t appear to be enough momentum from teams to even make a proposal.

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