Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, March 24


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Lance MooreGood night everybody. Have fun n be safe. And to those in or going to bed soon, sleep tight! Until tomorrow. Zzzzzzz

Jeff DuncanTonight's @sonofasaintorg gala was inspring. Steve Gleason (@Team_Gleason) gave a moving speech. Read more: http://www.sonofasaint.org/

Courtney RobyHave a Blessed nite world, Lord will'n I'll holla in the A.M.

Lance MooreDidn't sleep well at all last night. Oh well, gonna get this morning hoop session in anyway. Have a great Saturday people

Jeff DuncanIn his speech at the @sonofasaintorg gala lst nt, Steve Gleason asked each person to spend 5 mins sharing w/family today. What a great idea.

Courtney RobyGood morning World!!! The sun shines bright, give praise where praise is due...Blessed to see another 24!!

Held Over I'm considering naming all future dogs after Chevy Chase's aliases in the 'Fletch' movies. "Claude Smoot" and "Peter Lemonjello" anyone?

Held OverPlease finish with a tie, please finish with a tie... #Newcastle

Lance MooreThat run this morning was exceptional lol. Nice little breakfast at moms crib w @NickMoore_1 n @cjh84_

Lance Moore My bro @NickMoore_1's breath smelled like plastic this morning while we were hoopin 😖😖😖 lol

Jeff DuncanOK. Sunday column is in the hands of editors. Now time to concentrate on preparing for the big game today: The Ville vs. Florida. Go Cards! (Hans, Jeff, and weregonnaneedabiggerboat...in the same 'hood today)

Jermon BushrodHi

Thomas Morstead It's a beautiful day in #NewOrleans Things are looking up... #whodat

cameron jordanExcuse me, I noticed u notice me and I'd like to put u on notice that I noticed u

Pierre ThomasAll my ppl in NOLA check out http://www.CollegeSLAM.com and http://www.HighSchoolSLAMtix.com ....I will be one of the judges at both events!!!

New Orleans SaintsThe Mercedes-Benz Superdome has a new look http://pic.twitter.com/El0hqcY1 via @SugarBowlNola

Thomas MorsteadI'll be at @Hogs4TheCause in 15min

Johnny PatrickWhat's up twitter.....

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Free Agency Frenzy

New Orleans Saints reach deal with free-agent linebacker Chris Chamberlain | nola.com
Mike Triplett - Chamberlain, 26, had the best season of his four-year career in 2011.

Saints Sign Free Agent LB Chris Chamberlain To Three-Year Contract | sportsnola.com
Justin Macione's official team release.

Q&A with LB Chris Chamberlain | neworleanssaints.com
Staff report.

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Bountygate

Saints Coach Sean Payton speaks out on bounty scandal for first time | NOLA.com
James Varney - 'I am sorry for what has happened and as head coach take full responsibility'

Payton apologizes for Saints bounty scandal | The Advocate
Brett Martel - Sean Payton apologized Friday for the bounty system under which Saints players were offered payouts for big hits on opponents.

Strief says Saints will dedicate 2012 season to Payton | nfl.com
(AP and nfl.com wire) - Sean Payton won't coach the New Orleans Saints next season, but offensive lineman Zach Strief wants to ensure the team's leader isn't forgotten.

Saints' Payton Is Sorry for 'What Has Happened' - NYTimes.com
Judy Battista - Two days after the N.F.L. suspended him for the 2012 season, New Orleans Coach Sean Payton apologized in a statement in which he never used the word "bounty."

Report: Suspension will set Saints coach Payton back $5.8M | nfl.com
Staff report - New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton's season-long suspension will cost him in excess of $5.8 million, sources told ESPN on Friday. (ESPN's sources told NFL.com's sources something about somebody's bank account taking a hit (perhaps a better word would be bounty?)...)

Forecast: Anger over Saints situation should be focused on Payton, Goodell | wwltv.com
Ralph Malbrough - I can sum up how I feel about bounty fest in one simple sentence; It’s made me so mad I want to rail at someone for ruining the best Sundays in the fall I’ve ever had but I’m not sure who deserves it more.

Benson in tricky spot after suspensions | The Advocate
On April 1, the New Orleans Saints will begin life without head coach Sean Payton as he begins an NFL-imposed one-year suspension for his role in the team's bounty program and cover-up.

NFL concerns affect decisions about bounty penalty | The Advocate
Howard Fendrich - When Hall of Fame tailback Tony Dorsett was getting slammed to the turf in the 1970s, or Super Bowl-winning QB Joe Theismann’s leg was being gruesomely broken by Lawrence Taylor in the 1980s, it was just football.

New Orleans Saints need Drew Brees more than ever | ESPN.com
Ashley Fox - This has to be Priority No. 1 for New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson: Give Drew Brees whatever he wants. Now. Not tomorrow. Today.

Sean Payton's Suspension Wasn't About Bounties - The Triangle Blog | Grantland
Bill Barnwell - Let's be very clear about this. The New Orleans Saints are not reeling today because the defense chose to implement a bounty system designed to injure other quarterbacks.

ESPN not interested in Shockey/Sapp polygraph contest | ProFootballTalk.com
Florio - Shockey has proposed that he and Sapp take a lie detector test on ESPN.

NFL Videos: Crime vs. cover-up | nfl.com
As highlighted by the Saints' bounty scandal, it's not always the crime that gets you. It's the cover-up.

Saints' Coaching Options - ESPN Video | ESPN.com
38 seconds of John Clayton discussing the likely candidates for the New Orleans Saints head coach position.

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Remember When We Thought This Was A Scandal?

Former New Orleans Saints punter's claims over film studio investment must be arbitrated, court rules | NOLA.com
(Associated Press) - Mitch Berger and other teammates sued Kevin Houser for allegedly advising them to invest roughly $1.9 million to buy nonexistent tax credits.

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Lagniappe

Who Dats find creative ways to protest Payton's punishment | wwltv.com
Monica Hernandez - Determined Saints fans continue to take a stand against Sean Payton's punishment. Some are getting creative in their quest to reach the NFL commissioner. (includes video) CSC Shoutout to Sarah T. for breaking this story first.

Film of the NFC South chat - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - Just like they've dominated the news all week, the New Orleans Saints (and their punishment for running a bounty program) were the main focus of Friday's NFC South chat.

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