Fleur-de-Links: November 29, 2012

Chris Graythen

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Gregg Williams to appear tomorrow for Bounyfarce testimonial and cross examination by player attorneys.

TWEETS:

NFL and Sean Payton’s agent Don Yee are finalizing conditions under which suspended Saints HC can negotiate a contract extension with NO.

Once NFL and Don Yee agree to conditions, Saints and Payton are expected to commence discussions about contract extension, per NFL source.

: Airport to investigate New Orleans Saints eggers

Appreciate all the love from our always loyal

Game Day!! Let's get it!!

When life gives you eggs..."beat 'em!"

Rolando McClain still is on the Raiders roster, but he is not at practice today.

Since Drew Brees joined the Saints in 2006, New Orleans is 11-2 against Atlanta. The Saints have won the last 4 meetings.

Another great opportunity tonight! Let's get this thing started...

Short turnaround but ready for our game! Don’t miss it. Watch it LIVE on from

Mike Cerullo testifying now in bounty appeals hearing

BREAKING - Source: Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu expected to announce today that he is entering 2013 NFL draft (via )

Dear Falcon fans who say you and your team never get national attention. We promise to let everyone know you egged a bus. Happy?

Ok I can deal with the "classy" thing if it involves a national writer jabbing Falcons about not getting national attention

Security company of the building of bounty hearings called the police saying I was suspicious. Bike cop rolls up and laughs.

Great shirt on the fan in front of me boarding plane for trip: "There is no rivalry between a hammer and a nail."

Suspended coach Gregg Williams spotted boarding plane in St. Louis headed to Washington DC for bounty hearings. Scheduled to appear Fri...

Williams had rebuffed requests to participate but ultimately NFL has power to dictate conditions of his reinstatement. More ahead

I wonder how long it took those Falcons fans to concieve and orchestrate that hilarious egg prank. Did Samuel L Jackson give them the idea?

The hotel has the audacity to serve us EGGs for breakfast!!

Once the NFL tried to tell us Mary Jo White was offering an "independent review" of the BountyGate evidence, you know, for fairness and all

Except that today, she and Jeff Pash are leading the NFL's legal team at the BountyGate hearings. It was obviously all on the up-and-up.

Falcons vs. Saints tonight: Since Week 6 of last season, the Falcons are 0-3 against the Saints and 18-1 against the rest of the NFL.

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SAINTS @ FALCONS TONIGHT!:

Saints’ Strief likely to play against Falcons on Thursday night | Black and Gold

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons: Inside the game | NOLA.com
Be on the lookout for running backs Chris Ivory, Jacquizz Rodgers

Plucking the Dirty Birds and the measure of fandom: Terri Troncale | NOLA.com

New Orleans Saints Face NFC South Rival Atlanta Falcons in Primetime Road Contest
After a 31-21 loss last week vs. San Francisco, the New Orleans Saints embark on the first of a two-game road trip against a pair of teams in first place in their respective divisions.

Broadcast Information: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
New Orleans and Atlanta battle at 7:20 pm CT on NFL Network/FOX-8

Saints, Falcons ready for NFC South clash | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
After playing 18 days ago in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons won’t have to introduce themselves whe…

Damage Control Week 13: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons | NOLA.com
Both teams will need to deal with pain, discomfort

Saints Nation: 5 things to Look For in Saints @ Falcons

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FALCONS S*** EGGS AT TERRIFYING SIGHT OF MIGHTY SAINTS TEAM:

Falcons fans bad eggs when it comes to Saints | Black and Gold blog | The Sun Herald
If you can't beat 'em, egg 'em. That appears to be the mindset several Atlanta Falcons fans took Wednesday night as the Saints arrived to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for tonight's NFC South game at the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta airport officials confirm Saints team bus egged | wwltv.com New Orleans
"It has been confirmed that eggs were thrown at the New Orleans Saints’ charter bus as they departed the ramp at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last night. Airline workers were in the ramp area. Airport and airline officials are investigating the incident and further information will be forthcoming. Meanwhile, Atlanta Police will augment the airline security presence during the team’s departure.

Atlanta airport probing egg throwing incident with New Orleans Saints bus | NOLA.com
Players reported egg throwing Wednesday night

Atlanta Airport Employees Egged the New Orleans Saints as They Boarded Their Charter Bus | The Big Lead
They threw eggs! At work!

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BOUNTYFARCE:

Drew Brees: Everyone knows the bounty investigation was a sham | ProFootballTalk
"If anything it’s just brought us together because I think we’re at a stage now where the public, the fan base, everyone, I think, sees the truth in this," Brees said. "This process was kind of a sham from the start. We’re being accused of things based on rhetoric, and based on the testimony of some very unreliable people, as opposed to real evidence and real facts."

Gregg Williams finally says "uncle," will testify in bounty appeal hearing | ProFootballTalk
It was known that, on Thursday, former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo will testify in the bounty appeal hearing conducted by former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

Forecast: Thursday football proves safety not No. 1 issue for NFL | wwltv.com New Orleans
The NFL doesn’t really care about player safety. There, I said it.

Tagliabue holds hearing in Saints bounty case | wwltv.com New Orleans
Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and lawyers for the league and the players' union have arrived for a hearing in the Saints bounties case.

Mike Cerullo not spotted as New Orleans Saints bounty hearing begins in Washington | NOLA.com

Former Saints defensive aide may testify via videoconferencing

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AARON KROMER TO INTERVIEW FOR BOSTON COLLEGE HEAD COACH:

Aaron Kromer is expected to interview with Boston College, source confirms | NOLA.com
Kromer has connections to Bost College AD

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GARRETT HARTLEY LOVES HIM SOME BOW-HUNTING:

New Orleans Saints Kicker Garrett Hartley Shoots it Straight About Bow Hunting Company - Forbes
Hartley has joined Byron Champagne, the founder of Xtreme Tactical Archery Gear, (also known as XTAG) and Louisiana-based pro bow fisherman and guide Josh Galt to expand XTAG into a premier outdoor gear company.

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LAGNIAPPE:

Stafford sticks up for Suh, calls kick "one in a million shot" | ProFootballTalk
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford does not believe teammate Ndamukong Suh intended to kick Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin on Thanksgiving. And Stafford says Suh is getting a raw deal because a stray foot happened to connect to just the wrong place.

Alex Smith says demotion "sucks" | ProFootballTalk
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's first two seasons with the team have provided a twist on the time-honored formula for a big-screen love story. Instead of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl again, it's been boy meets girl, boy publicly professes love for girl, boy evaluates second girl, boy p...

From The Coach’s Office: Saints-49ers Review
Coaches in any sport continually emphasize and try to develop two skills in players: give your best at all times and play every play to the best of your ability. These skills are more difficult to accomplish than they appear, but this is what separates successful teams from unsuccessful ones.

FB Jed Collins knows his role with the Saints, relishes it | wwltv.com New Orleans
Jed Collins was torn Sunday. He wanted to dance but knew he couldn’t, not with the Saints still trailing San Francisco in a critical NFC game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

New Orleans Saints are playoff caliber but probably not playoff bound, says Darren Sharper: First-and-10 | NOLA.com
Weekly observations from Saints columnist Mike Triplett

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