Fleur-de-Links: December 3, 2012

Ronald Martinez

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Brad Childress travels to New Orleans to testify in Saints Bountyfarce case before Paul Tagliabue.

TWEETS:

Judge Berrigan dismissed Vilma's motion for a TRO and preliminary injunction, and NFL's motion to dismiss in Louisiana district court.

It means Vilma won't get an injunction to lift Goodell's suspension, but he can still file for an injunction to lift Tagliabue's suspension.

And, of course, the NFL and NFLPA bounty case briefs filed in the court today are very strongly worded.

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In addition to Brad Childress being cross examined in bounty case, which we reported on THE NFL TODAY, Joe Vitt also there today...

the hearings have shifted to New Orleans and more players could be called in to be questioned this week.

Join me and my saints on dec 10th at mortons for a night of fun and all for a good cause!!

Holy s*** this is horrifying RT Nfl attorneys arrive for Tagliabue bounty hearings.

"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it." Buddha What are u working at today?

Brad Childress walking into bounty hearing location: "I'm here for some business and then I'm headed back to Cleveland."

"People often say motivation does not last. Neither does bathing, that's why we recommend it daily" Zig Ziglar

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MORE ON THE DEBACLE IN ATLANTA:

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons play-by-play observations: Film Study Part 2 | NOLA.com
A detailed look at the Saints' 23-13 loss to the Falcons in Week 13

Atlanta Falcons clinch NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Falcons also caught one other break elsewhere. The San Francisco 49ers, who entered the day with only two losses, lost to the St. Louis Rams. That puts the 49ers at 8-3-1 and gives the Falcons a little more cushion in their attempt to secure the NFC’s No. 1 seed for the postseason.

Where they rank on offense, defense - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints continue to have the league’s worst defense. They’re No. 32 overall (No. 32 against the run and No. 30 against the pass). The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t far behind. They’re No. 30 overall (No. 1 against the run, but No. 32 against the pass).

NFL playoff picture: Four teams clinch in Week 13 - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: The first four playoff berths were clinched in Week 13, but a pair of division races, the AFC North and NFC West, tightened.

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BOUNTYFARCE:

Tagliabue, Saints continue bounty hearings | wwltv.com New Orleans
Hearings in the NFL bounty probe of the Saints have resumed with witness appearances by former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

Jimmy Kennedy won’t be testifying in bounty appeal | ProFootballTalk
Basically, then, the only value Childress could have brought to the table was that Kennedy told him that someone told him the Saints had a bounty system. And Kennedy won’t be testifying.

Childress shows up to testify in bounty appeal | ProFootballTalk
The appeal hearing in the bounty case continues on Monday, and an unlikely witness is testifying. Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress has made the flight from California to Louisiana to testify before former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, according to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-P...

Joe Vitt finishes testifying at the Saints bounty hearings | NOLA.com
New Orleans players and coaches testify in the hearings.

New Orleans Saints: Update from Monday's bounty appeals hearing | NOLA.com
Joe Vitt expected to testify Monday

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LAGNIAPPE:

Airport worker suspected of egging Saints team bus quits | wwltv.com New Orleans
Department of Aviation officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport confirmed that after being questioned by police, the worker quit. The employee's security badge has been deactivated, revoking all access to the Airport, and the company will be fined. The Department of Aviation has now closed its investigation."

Bucs tried to blow up Peyton’s victory formation | ProFootballTalk
Forgotten in the Buccaneers' four-game winning streak followed by a one-point loss that happened with Tampa in possession of the ball is the fact that the Bucs have a habit under coach Greg Schiano of contesting victory formation late in one-score games.

Compelling stories in Saints history
At first glance, 310-401 speaks only to the cumulative wins and losses recorded by the New Orleans Saints in 46 colorful, bittersweet seasons.

Browns employee who died at facility was member of groundskeeping crew | ProFootballTalk
The news quickly came and went in the minutes preceding Sunday’s games. A Browns employee had been found dead at the team’s facility on Saturday, after the team had left for its game in Oakland. The employee had hanged himself in an equipment shed.

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VIDEO:

Steve Spagnuolo Interview 12/3/12
Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo speaks with reporters after practice on Monday, December 3, 2012.

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