Fleur-de-Links: May 17, 2011

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SAINTS:

Both sides of labor dispute on Saints keep focus despite permanent stay on NFL lockout

Ring design pays homage to mom, Saints | DailyComet.com
HOUMA — Trevor Aucoin likes the New Orleans Saints so much he wanted to honor his favorite team — and his mother — in a ring.

Saints' Williams is ready to rock and roll when NFL lockout ends - National voices - MercedSun-Star.com
"Here's what I do. I try to be detached (from the impasse)," Williams said. "I don't want to ride the highs and the lows. We've got a veteran coaching staff, a veteran team. The coaching staff, right now, is putting in 65 to 70 hours a week.

New Orleans Saints Lance Moore still seeks big time payday - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
"As of now, I’m a Saint. I can’t look at it any other way," Moore said. "I love playing in New Orleans. Right now, I can’t picture myself playing anywhere else. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. I think we’ve got a great thing going down there."

Drew Brees' book River Reads pick | The News Star | thenewsstar.com
"We always try to choose a book somewhat related to Louisiana," Toms said. "Whether it is a Louisiana theme or by a Louisiana author. Considering the times we are living in, we thought people needed something inspiring and uplifting. And that is what this book is."

Saints GM Loomis Says Team Wants Bush Back in 2011 " NFL Gridiron Gab
Are you ready for some football?

Drew Brees feels helpless waiting for judges’ decisions | ProFootballTalk
"Treat it as much as we can like a normal offseason, even though it is far from that," Brees said of his guiding philosophy on workouts. "We’re prepared for when this lockout does end. Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later, but this might go the distance. It might be August or September."

Saints Nation: Softball Showdown Tonight and Raffle Opportunity! | May

Knight, Miller named to Saints Hall of Fame - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
Former New Orleans Saints strong safety Sammy Knight and longtime radio announcer Bruce Miller have been selected for the Saints Hall of Fame.

Which team would you like to see on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'? - The Huddle: Football News from the NFL - USATODAY.com
New Orleans Saints: Outside of QB Drew Brees, RB Reggie Bush (provided he hasn't tweeted his way out of town), LB Jonathan Vilma and coach Sean Payton, they may not have many compelling figures. Perhaps that could change if HBO trailed a group of Saints on Bourbon Street during an off night.

New Orleans Saints coaches staying prepared during NFL lockout, are ready to adjust | NOLA.com
Usually at this time, the Saints would have wrapped up rookie minicamp

New Orleans Saints Softball Showdown and Alvar Arts Series on Tuesday in New Orleans | NOLA.com
Your daily Editors' Pick of events in and around New Orleans for May 17, 2011

Raffle gives opportunity to have breakfast with Drew Brees and work out with the New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
Tickets cost $2

Sammy Knight is named to the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame | NOLA.com
He played with the Saints from 1997-2002

Video: Sammy Knight, Bruce Miller chosen for Saints Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Hitting the NFC South hot spots - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Mike Triplett has a good story on how the New Orleans coaches and front office have adjusted schedules in the offseason. The Saints are way ahead of schedule in scouting opponents for the upcoming season and have done an extra review of personnel from last season.

NFC South helmets get little respect - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Our latest Power Rankings are out and, yes, the ESPN.com blog network really did a list of the top 10 NFL helmets. Hey, in a lockout, you’ve got

Reggie Bush open to adjusting pay - NFC South Blog - ESPN
In this radio interview in which he spent a lot of time talking about Twitter and repeating his desire to remain with the New Orleans Saints, running

By the Numbers: Sammy Knight

NFL.com news: Bush might get pushed out of talented, crowded backfield

 

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Mediation breaks until June | ProFootballTalk
It was an interesting couple of days, but once again the mediation session between the NFL and the players is on hiatus. Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the talks have ended after two days.

Rookie Premiere to go on, despite lockout | ProFootballTalk
Every year, a group of the incoming draft picks heads to Los Angeles for what's known as the Rookie Premiere, an event at which players don their uniforms and pose for a variety of photos that will be used on trading cards. This year, despite the lockout, the event will nevertheless occur.

DeMaurice and the Commish do lunch | ProFootballTalk
If nothing else, at least NFLPA*chief DeMaurice Smith and Commissioner Roger Goodell are speaking again face to face.  They may even be splitting a pie. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Goodell, Smith and the Mediator (Arthur Boylan) in Minneapolis are all having lunch together Tuesday.

Raiders plan workouts in Atlanta | ProFootballTalk
Quarterback Jason Campbell and defensive tackle Richard Seymour are spearheading that the effort, which will start next Monday. Both players live in the South and they are organizing their respective sides of the ball.

Pash reiterates that the time is now to get a deal done | ProFootballTalk
"It’s really all about this appeal that is gonna be heard on June the third in the Eighth Circuit in front of the three-judge panel," Brees said. He then summarized the legal proceedings to date, but he said nothing about the import of Monday’s ruling, which drops very strong hints that, on appeal, the order lifting the lockout will be scrapped. At one point, Brees sounded confident that the players will win on appeal, explaining that a successful appeal means that the players would be "winning again, for the fifth time in a row."

NFL wins another round in court - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL has won another round in the court fight with its players.

Another round of NFL talks ends without agreement - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
NFL owners and players have wrapped up another round of court-ordered mediation without any sign of a new agreement.

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