Fleur-de-Links: July 3rd, 2012

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Pierre Thomas - Just spilt water on my white shorts #Classic

Drew Brees - Should we be alarmed that there were 3 baby great whites spotted 100 feet offshore in San Diego yesterday? I'm sure they were friendly..

Brian de la Puente - #defendyourdome tonight @Hapa_Js in SC, CA!! Some super cool silent auction items!! Come stop by and check it out! @brain_traumafundraiser

Jedidiah Collins- Just finished some work w/ past Mission Viejo Diablos: Konrad Reuland-49ers & @Mark_Sanchez -Jets Felt good to run around on the old field

Jimmy Graham - Check out my website tomorrow to track me flying to the Rockies, take off at 6am but you can track me anytime throughout the day

Justin Drescher - Driving to Colorado this evening! Gonna be a long one. Need some jokes to keep me entertained. Please haha

Scott Shanle - Hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July!!

Jonathan Vilma - spiderman was pretty good, wish they would've made the lizard look meaner...was there something after the credits i was supposed to

Zach Strief - No need to cook dinner tonight... Just come to Sam's Club...#samplemania

Joseph Morgan - Red velvet cheesecake #winning

Jermon Bushrod - Oprah makes about 12 dollars a SECOND... Every single day of the year Let that marinate

Zach Strief - Why is it so hard for people to push their carts to the cart return? It's 25 feet away. You're not that busy #ysolazy

JUNIOR GALETTE - Need A Pool In The Living Room Just So I Can Swim 2 Da Kitchen#15OB #NuLa

Johnny Patrick - Always appreciate what people do for u...

Pierre Thomas - Back in the Chi whats poppin on the 3rd of July

Nick Toon - Work. #GHGM @ja_walkr #TeamEazyhttp://instagr.am/p/MoOGPQhsFr/

JUNIOR GALETTE - Sauna & Steam Room Sweating It Out

Johnny Patrick- Going to see spider man...

Nick Toon - Beauty. http://instagr.am/p/Mn5JR1hsIV/

Nick Toon - Has anyone see #Prometheus? I was thinking about checkin it out today.

Courtney Roby - Me and @King_Willie_Lou jus finished a beastly workout 2:30hrs. later...now we have an argument poll set: who's worst 2 Stains or Waka?!

Joseph Morgan - Love waking up early then having the ability to go back to sleep until later on cuz I have nothing to do #winning

Joseph Morgan - Bout to go see my sister

Malcolm Jenkins - For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us(Romans 8:18 ESV)

Lance Moore - Good morning everyone. Today's another chance to get better. Let's do it!!!

Curtis Lofton - What's everyones plans for the 4th?

Andrew Tiller - Time too get dis workout in before I head out too ny for the next couple days

Johnny Patrick - Good morning..... Time to get a work out in, football season almost here...

Courtney Roby - Morning, Blessed to see another day..time 2 grind thru this speed workout, weight room after & some MMA work this evening.#CantStopWontStop

JUNIOR GALETTE - Im Up So I'm Blessed Time 2 Grind #FASTEST1STSTEP #NuLa

Jerico Nelson - Morning world...

Joseph Morgan - Good morning world and all who inhabit it #spongebob

Player Suspensions

Goodell upholds suspensions for Vilma, Hargrove, Smith, Fujita - ProFootballTalk - In news that should come as a surprise to no one, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided not to change the discipline of the four players he suspended in the league's investigation into the Saints' bounty program.

NFL announcement on Goodell upholding Saints’ suspensions - ProFootballTalk - [Editor's note: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on July 3 that he was upholding his suspension of four Saints players for the team's bounty program.

Goodell urges Saints to meet with him, could reduce suspensions - ProFootballTalk - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continues to maintain that he has the full authority to decide on the suspensions of four Saints players for their roles in the team's bounty program.

NFL Videos: Saints 'bounty' suspensions upheld - Steve Wyche has the latest on the NFL's ruling that the discipline imposed on players involved in the Saints' "bounty" scandal will be upheld, paving the way for a potential legal battle.

NFL, Commissioner issue statement on upholding suspensions - wwltv.com - The NFL issued a news release with some comments from the commissioner on the decision to uphold the bounty penalties.

NEW ORLEANS: NFL denies appeals of bounty suspensions - The Sun Herald - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has rejected the appeals of four players suspended in connection with the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.

Goodell upholds player discipline in bounty case - The Sun Herald - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the discipline that was imposed on four players for their role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program.

New Orleans Saints players' suspensions upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell - NOLA.com - Goodell tells players that he retains power to overturn their suspensions at any time

Commissioner upholds suspensions of players over bounty scandal - wwltv.com - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove for their roles in an alleged three-year bounty scheme.

NFLPA statement: We will continue to pursue all options - wwltv.com - The National Football League Players' Association released the following statement after Commissioner Goodell upheld the suspensions of the players.

Next phase of bounty case will focus on claim Goodell wasn’t impartial - ProFootballTalk - Now that Commissioner Roger Goodell has ruled on the bounty appeals, the ball is back in the players' court. And they plan to aim it directly at Commissioner Roger Goodell. To little surprise, the players whose suspensions became official on Tuesday will file a lawsuit challenging the ruling.

NFLPA disappointed with "lack of integrity of the investigation" - ProFootballTalk - The NFL Players' Association continues to state that the league's investigation into the Saints' bounty program was flawed, and that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made serious missteps in his suspensions of four players.

Opinion From Our Friends From Blogosphere

Arbitrator Rules in Favor of Drew Brees to Help his Asking Price - Saints Nation

Daily Special, July 3, 2012 - Who Dat Social Club

It’s Almost Over (the arbitrator rules) - The Angry Who Dat

Analysis & Opinion: An Offseason for the Ages (A Timeline) - SaintsWin

Brees Wins Franchise Tag Arbitration

Independent arbitrator rules in favor of Drew Brees - wwltv.com - Arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled Tuesday that Drew Brees’ current franchise tag will count as his second, a ruling that would have the possibility of affecting his 2013 salary as opposed to this year’s.

NEW ORLEANS: Arbitrator rules for Brees in franchise tag matter - The Sun Herald - Drew Brees gained additional leverage in his protracted contract talks with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday when an arbitrator in Philadelphia ruled in Brees' favor in a dispute over how much the Saints would have to pay the star quarterback if they applied the franchise tag to him again in 2013.

NFLPA releases statement in response to Drew Brees arbitration ruling - NOLA.com - NFLPA calls NFL's interpretation of CBA 'strained'

Arbitrator rules for Drew Brees - The Advocate - An arbitrator in Philadelphia has ruled with Drew Brees in a dispute over how much the Saints would have to pay him if …

Arbitrator rules in favor of Brees - The Sun Herald - An arbitrator ruled in favor of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in a franchise tag grievance.

Drew Brees receives favorable franchise tag ruling from arbitrator - NOLA.com - Brees would receive a 44 percent pay raise if franchised again in 2013

NFLPA declares victory, NFL declines comment on Brees ruling - ProFootballTalk - The $3.96 million pendulum has swung in the direction of quarterback Drew Brees, and the NFLPA justifiably is doing a victory lap.

Porpourri

Mayor Landrieu: New Orleans has 'an unconditional love for the Saints' - NOLA.com - New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu called the bounty scandal that's rocked the Saints this offseason "a really unfortunate set of circumstances for everybody" and maintained optimism the situation would eventually "blow over," while speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

New Orleans Saints top 25 countdown: Mark Ingram, No. 23 - NOLA.com - Running back was slowed by injuries in rookie season

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