Fleur-de-Links: December 5, 2012

Ronald Martinez

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Charles Brown (knee), Martez Wilson (toe) & Johnny Patrick (Illness) were held out of practice today. Junior Galette listed as 'full.'

TWEETS:

Come join my teammates & I for a gala 2 benefit Dec 14

Vitt said Brown (knee), Wilson (toe) & Patrick (Illness) sat out practice today

Another option for our hoop team…the New Orleans Brass

Checking out vs at the Hive tonight! Excited about seeing them play!

Eli Manning talks about Sunday’s contest vs the Saints: Audio- Quotes-

Brees: "My decisions drive the offense in a lot of cases. I’ve got to be on point like I expect to be, like I prepare to be."

The character of our team was defined today. Great work, great focus! We are gonna fight!

Vitt: "We have our hands full this week. We are playing the defending world champions in their building"

Sources close to, w/ knowledge of situation says will wear white jerseys/black pants once again. ... APB posted for gold pants .

Thanks for the product. Love wearing them at practice!

Brees: "The last three don’t mean anything if we don’t win this one."

Brees: "They are a group that you absolutely want to be able to control the tempo of the game against. "

Brees says finishing strong is a big emphasis. Says team hasn't been doing that in fourth quarters this season.

Brees said he has to "stay aggressive, stay confidence and trust your confidence."

Brees sayd this isn't a good feeling because other teams control their destiny.

Brees: "Probably hung onto that Atlanta loss a little longer than normal because we had more time."

Brees: "If we want a shot at postseason play, we’ve probably got to win out. "

Vitt says N.O. success against NYG last few years is like Bears' success against N.O. at home. Says game in NY changes things.

Vitt says are "licking their chops. Can't wait for us to get off the plane."

Vitt says Eli Manning is impressive to watch considering how accurate he can be throwing off his back foot.

INJ: DNP -> C Brown (right knee), M Wilson (toe), J Patrick (ill)

Vitt says everyone else was full, including DE J Galette (left ankle)

Federal court denies NHL&MLB's motion to dismiss antitrust suit brought by fans challenging exclusive territory & blackout rules on tv & net

Drew Brees & Commissioner David Stern breakdown the team huddle after practice

Im so upset right now watching ESPN Chad Johnson interview.I would love to debate with S.A.Smith i hate his dogging athletes.Uncle T.

Jimmy Graham: "I think I’ve just scratched the surface on my potential"

Reports are that the New Orleans Hornets are changing their name to something much more ferocious:

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SAINTS @ GIANTS:

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees ready to move on past recent debacles | NOLA.com
Brees says recent spat of interceptions won't leave him cautious

Tom Coughlin, Eli Manning Discuss Sunday’s Game Against the New Orleans Saints
New York Giants Head Coach and Quarterback talk about Sunday's contest

Eli Manning still doesn't know if he is an elite quarterback | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- Eli Manning still doesn't know if he is an elite quarterback.

Saints DC Spagnuolo fondly recalls coaching in old Giants Stadium | wwltv.com New Orleans
It’s not that Steve Spagnuolo is unimpressed with MetLife Stadium. It’s just not Giants Stadium, that old, venerable, tough-looking venue of the past.

Saints list three as not practicing ahead of Giants game | wwltv.com New Orleans
Tackle Charles Brown and defensive end Martez Wilson were the only two Saints players to miss practice Wednesday with injuries as New Orleans prepares for its bout with reigning Super Bowl champion the New York Giants.

The First Look: Giants vs. Saints
Giants.com's Dan Salomone takes an early look at the Giants' Week 14 opponent

Eli Manning says topic of facing Peyton in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII has never been discussed within family | NOLA.com
Manning brothers have never come all that close to facing off in a Super Bowl

New Orleans Saints' Charles Brown, Martez Wilson, Johnny Patrick miss Wednesday's practice | NOLA.com
DE Junior Galette practices fully for the first time in nearly a month

New Orleans Saints-New York Giants scouting report | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
WHEN: 3:25 p.m. Sunday. WHERE: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. TV/RADIO: Fox/WTGE-FM, 100.7-FM; WWL-AM, 870, WWL-FM, 105.3. RECOR…

Saints need win to keep playoff hopes alive | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- The Saints (5-7) enter Sunday's game at the New York Giants (7-5) with little hope for the playoffs, but in need of a solid end to a disappointing season.

Saints Nation: Saints' Current Playoff Picture | December | 2012 Articles
Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?!?! You kidding me?!?!?! I just hope we can win a game!

Saints' Steve Spagnuolo says Eli Manning is one of the league's few elite quarterbacks | NJ.com
The Giants' former defensive coordinator returns to East Rutherford Sunday

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BOUNTYFARCE:

New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith mum on his feelings of how bounty appeals hearings fared | NOLA.com
Will Smith was pleased he could face his accusers in Saints bounty appeals hearings

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LAGNIAPPE:

New Orleans Saints players not too high on Hornets changing name to 'Pelicans' | NOLA.com
Some Saints players don't think renaming New Orleans Hornets as Pelicans is a good idea

Is New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees trying to do too much? | NOLA.com
Saints Question Of The Day

Saints defense shows improvement in last two games | Black and Gold

NFL Experience returns to New Orleans in January | NOLA.com
Opening night of the NFL Experience on Jan. 30 will be all about Saints fans. "Saints fan appreciation night" will feature appearances by Saints players and cheerleaders and offer ticket discounts.

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham Still Motivated By Doubters
Jimmy Graham Has Already Accomplished What Others Said He Couldn’t

Tickets On Sale for Fans to Attend Super Bowl XLVII Media Day Fueled by Gatorade
Tickets are available for purchase through Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to attend Super Bowl XLVII Media Day cost $25.00 each

Rodgers says Packers are still discussing loss to Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
When Week Three of the 2012 NFL season ended with a Monday night game between the Packers and Seahawks that ended with a horrible call on a play that has become known as the "Fail Mary," we all knew that the undeserved loss for Green Bay and the undeserved win for Seattle were destined to echo in et...

NFL wants letter with details of settlement offer removed from web | ProFootballTalk
The NFL's litigation portfolio currently includes a lawsuit filed by retired players regarding the ongoing presence of their names and likenesses in NFL Films productions. And the league isn't happy that a supposedly sizable settlement offer has been leaked by one of the plaintiff.

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