Fleur-De-Links: Saturday, July 23

Twitter

camjordan97 Time to put the cleats on... Time to get real... Begin the conditioning blegh #grindin

JeremyShockey  RIP Amy Winehouse.. so sad

moosedenied  Like w/ dead rasslers? RT @superdeformed RT @SteveCorino: Does this mean I have to hear ... & fake tributes about how "great" she was?

SteveCorino RT by moosedenied@moosedenied @superdeformed EXACTLY!!!! Where is Ian Rotten when you need a quick "Amy Winehouse Memorial" show?

moosedenied The most tragic thing about Amy Winehouse's death is that she was still waiting on a Google+ invite. It never came.

moosedenied The bright side is that, in other news, Grace Slick continues to breathe. Amy was doing it wrong.

HeathEvans Taking off now! See all my Who Dats tonight @sharper42 event at Zephyrs field! Come out & support a great teammate & a great cause!

HeathEvans  "@saintscenter@HeathEvans Is the owner's proposal online anywhere?" Ru kidding me? I wish it was! A lot of people would owe me an apology!

T_Porter22 SN: You can't straddle the fence n be cool w/ ppl who not really cool w/ each other anymore. Knowing u talking ab both of them to the other

Mark_Ingram22  Thank you Lord for blessing me to see another day!! Now it's time to train and get better!! #Focus #Determined #leggo

GregRomeus91 Dude lost it RT @JonVilma51: ...still mad at Dave chapelle smh....

dmcallister26 The lord knew I couldn't take much more so he brought on the rain

TylerLorenzen Heartbreaking RT @nicatch Praying for #Norway, unbelievably sad

j_bushrod7475  I need to make me some ceviché... I'm hooked and it's good for you

camjordan97  Up late into the night wake up early in the day get the grind and pass out haha

reggie_bush Thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Norway and the family and friends of Amy Winehouse...

 

Saints Stuff

Mark Ingram escapes injury in accident with 18-wheeler | NOLA.com
Triplett's round-up of Saints Friday news bits.

New Orleans Saints preparing to get back to work on short notice | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Teams were informed of likely rules for free agency and salary cap during Friday seminar.

Hitting the NFC South links - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - A look at the Saturday headlines from around the NFC South.

 

Labor Pains

NFL on hold; players study deal OK'd by owners | NOLA.com
Associated Press - Players' approval process more complicated.

NFLPA will work through weekend, sources say | ESPN.com
ESPN.com news services - NFL Players Association representatives told players in a letter Friday to stay put this weekend while it reviews the owners' proposed settlement and that the reps would meet Monday to discuss their options.

For Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, N.F.L. Labor Peace Within Reach | NYTimes.com
Judy Battista - For N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, the head of the players union, a possible labor agreement will probably define their legacies.

Neither side finds a clean exit from this mess | The Washington Post
Sally Jenkins - Ending the NFL lockout was never going to be as simple as starting it.

De Smith is caught between a rock and a hard place | ProFootballTalk
Florio - While continuing to try to figure out how the Executive Committee and board of player representatives of a supposedly toothless trade association has the power to keep the players from voting on the proposed labor deal that NFLPA* executive director DeMaurice Smith presumably has brought to the table, the light bulb has finally flickered.

Vote could come sooner than Monday | ProFootballTalk
Florio - Notwithstanding an e-mail from NFLPA* player representatives to the rank-and-file indicating that a meeting (and thus a vote) won't happen until Monday, there remains a chance that a vote will come sooner.

The open items before the league’s approval of the labor deal | ProFootballTalk
Florio - On Thursday, the NFL announced that it had approved a new labor deal, subject to acceptance of the deal by the players.  Some players complained that they hadn't seen the final version of the deal that was approved by the owners, other players complained that the NFL had slipped new terms into the final version of the deal that was approved by the owners.

Owners care more than players about preseason revenue | ProFootballTalk
Florio Speculation - In theory, the players should have no leverage at this point in the practice.  Each lost week of the preseason results in a shared forfeiture of roughly $200 million.  Under the proposed labor deal, that's roughly $96 million for the players, and roughly $104 million for the owners.

New offseason rules carry stiff fines for violations | ProFootballTalk
Florio - From time to time, teams have been punished for violating the terms of the offseason workout rules.  Typically, the offending team loses a week of workouts.

Concessions for Brady lawsuit plaintiffs no issue in CBA talks | nfl.com
Albert Breer - Issues still are standing in the way of NFL labor peace. Placating the named plaintiffs in the Brady antitrust lawsuit no longer is one, for now.

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