Fleur-de-Links: December 28, 2012

Tom Pennington

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: The season is already over for Pierre Thomas, Jabari Greer, and Akiem Hicks. All are ruled out for Panthers game.

Tweets:

"A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them."

Last tweet was in response to question posed by

Cam Newton was fined $10K this week -- on top of his $21K fine for contacting an official -- for kicking an opponent after a play.

Beautiful story about Scott Fujita & Steve Gleason & a fight for survival. Get your tissues out.

Jimmy Graham: "No matter what happens, we are going to play hard for each other" (VIDEO)

Strong response from NFLPA's on slow progress of HGH test in NFL.

Wish the bank would send me my bank card so I can have money

Cleveland Browns: Scott Fujita's Cleveland connection provides a lift to Steve Gleason as he bravely takes on ALS |

Jabari Greer, Pierre Thomas, Akiem Hicks will sit out season finale |

Pierre Thomas, Jabari Greer & Akiem Hicks are OUT for Sunday. Full Saints-Panthers Friday Injury Report:

Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks restructurings were less about helping the Bucs and more about scamming Uncle Sam, legally

You make the call. You're Roger Goodell, NFL commish. What is your New Year's resolution? Look for your responses in Monday's Judgements.

Pete Carmichael says he sees Joe Morgan having a bigger role next season.

Pete Carmichael on potential HC opps: This is the place I want to be. I love it here. My family loves it here. My family considers it home.

When asked where/how he learned to deliver his message, Vitt responded, "I learned that when I was at Oxford."

I can promise you this: Vitt did not go to Oxford.

Finally, the column Duncan has been waiting his whole life to write. RT : From

Vitt says team will discuss tonight whether Elbert Mack is the next guy up for Jabari Greer. Says Mack's growth has been good;

Vitt said Pierre Thomas (Knee), Jabari Greer (Concussion) & Akiem Hicks (Knee) are OUT for Sunday

Marques Colston is 5 receptions away from tying Eric Martin for the Saints franchise record (532)

The Golden Dildo RT : There's also a special 2012 award out there for Sean Pamphilon, but I'm not sure what it is.

Prisco snubbed! RT : Top 5 worst legit media performances 2012: Jeff Duncan; Peter "credible evidence" King; Chadiha; Freeman; Cole.

Don't know what I enjoyed more: 's article, or all the intelligent commentary that followed his "artical"

The Saints will wear black jerseys and black pants on Sunday

"We want a clean game" explains in USA Today:

Duncan's Weekly Reader is the worst thing in sportswriting since Gregg Easterbrook. It's like reading a bunch of 5th grade book reports

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Panthers @ Saints:

Saints RB Thomas, DT Hicks, CB Greer all out for Panthers game | wwltv.com New Orleans
METAIRIE, La. — Running back Pierre Thomas, defensive tackle Akiem Hicks and cornerback Jabari Greer have been declared out for New Orleans’ Sunday finale against Carolina.

Pete Carmichael: "The Hardest Thing is That Our Season is Over on Sunday"
Pete Carmichael discusses the offense's 2012 performance, WR Joe Morgan, LT Jermon Bushrod and QB Chase Daniel

New Orleans Saints seeking to end their season at .500, avoid losing record | NOLA.com
Saints (7-8) host the Panthers (6-9) on Sunday

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers: Inside the game | NOLA.com
All the details about Sunday's game

Saints defense nearing mark last set in 1981 | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — It is a team record that has stood for 30 NFL seasons, since the old Baltimore Colts finished 2-14 under Mike McCormack in 1981.…

Marques Colston continues to rewrite New Orleans Saints record book: First-and-10 | NOLA.com
Ten more observations heading into Sunday's finale against the Carolina Panthers

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Good riddance to 2012; What's next in 2013?:

Sunday could mark the final game for a number of Saints player | wwltv.com New Orleans
Scott Shanle hasn’t played in seven consecutive games for the Saints. Sunday likely will make it eight straight and, with that, Shanle’s career with the Saints will quietly come to a close.

New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael not focusing on other jobs right now | NOLA.com
Saints offensive coordinator also anticipates WR Joe Morgan to see a bigger role in 2013

Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints contract standoff will become a bigger deal next week | NOLA.com
Payton likely won't be free to talk to other teams without permission from Saints and NFL

Saints agree: In spite of record, 2012 team a favorite of players, coaches | wwltv.com New Orleans
Joe Vitt and Drew Brees may not agree on what the superior side of the ball is in football. They do, however, agree on this – the 2012 Saints might be the most enjoyable group they’ve been around since coming to New Orleans in seven seasons ago.

0-4 start spelled doom for Saints | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Resolve is a word the New Orleans Saints have used a lot, an awful lot actually, since their horrific 0-4 start back in September. That fou…

If you could only keep five New Orleans Saints players, who would they be? | NOLA.com
Today's Question of the Day: Who is most essential to the Saints' future?

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Lagniappe:

NFL Players Association: We want a clean game
On HGH testing, we are not the obstructionists.

Cleveland Browns: Scott Fujita's Cleveland connection provides a lift to Steve Gleason as he bravely takes on ALS | cleveland.com
Browns linebacker Scott Fujita teams up with University Hospitals staff members Mary Jo Elmo and Dr. Raymond Onders up to aid ALS-stricken football player Steve Gleason, who was a teammate of Fujita on the New Orleans Saints.

Greg McMahon "We Are Very Happy For Thomas Morstead"
McMahon talks about Punter Thomas Morstead earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl

Saints’ Thomas Morstead looks to make his mark | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Over the past seven seasons, the New Orleans Saints have set numerous NFL records with most of them being produced by prolific offense led …

Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson to Appear at Saints Hall of Fame on Sunday
Jackson will be at the Hall of Fame from 10 am -11:45 am on Sunday

Bucs restructure Jackson, Nicks contracts - NFC South Blog - ESPN

Very quietly, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have started getting their salary-cap situation in order for 2013. The team restructured the contracts of wide

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Video:

Jimmy Graham Interview 12/28/12
TE Jimmy Graham speaks with reporters after practice on Friday, December 28, 2012.

Joe Vitt Interview 12/28/12
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Joe Vitt speaks with reporters after practice on Friday, December 28, 2012.

Pete Carmichael Interview 12/28/12

Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael speaks with reporters after practice on Friday, December 28, 2012.

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