Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, August 25

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The Saints game is slated for an 8:00 EDT kickoff tonight, and the Open Thread will appear on your screens an hour before that, but for now, you may use this area for your pre-game chatter that matters!

Twitter

Held OverBased on his twitter history, I believe I could have Jim Irsay declared legally insane.

New Orleans SaintsGAMEDAY! Saints and Texans battle in the @MBSuperdome at 7 pm CT - nationally televised on CBS! http://bit.ly/Nm2wxC

Brian de la Puente#whodatnation It's Game Day!!

cameron jordanI'm up lets fast forward about 10 hrs so I can be gettin ready to get active in this game against Houston! #leggo #dale

cameron jordanPut in a great week of practices now it's time to do what I love and play in front of the best fans #whodatnation

Jonathan Vilmahad to put in work this morning since my saints r doin it tonight #toughastheycome

Jedidiah Collins"Obstacles are what U see when U take your eyes off your goal" Jim Lefebvre Today's focus #BeatTheTexans

Thomas Morstead"@who_dat_KT: #letsmesswithtexas #beatthetexans @thomasmorstead" #WHODAT

JUNIOR GALETTEWoke so I'm #Blessed only thing that can stop me is Me These #Texans Won't Hold Me Back! thanking God In Advance #WHODAT

JUNIOR GALETTE#Excellent RT @Whodat_chic: @JuniorG93 is #DoYourJob acceptable to tell you on game day????? 😁

New Orleans SaintsSquare opens at 4 pm & Dome opens at 5 RT @godwinajoshua12 @Saints Know what time @ChampionsSquare opens for tonight's game?

Lance MooreGame Day Swag!!! Can't wait to get back on the field tonight!

skooksCantore has been dispatched to Tampa

Chris Chamberlain Headed back to NOLA finally. Trying to survive this ride back with a loratab and pain pump on 10! No place like home!

Thomas Morstead "@jameschristoph3: Got the kicks cleaned and ready for the game @thomasmorstead http://pic.twitter.com/iqeaaoKx" Me too!!!

Lance MooreI wonder if my heim @brandwills found somebody here in Nola to go to the game w him tonight yet

WWL-TV SportsMaking game day plans? Saints-Texans at 7pm Ch. 4. Pregame at 6 with @DMoutonWWL @MHossWWL @juankinc4 @BSalmondWWL @sharper42 @wwltvsports

skooksUgh. Stomach is really feeling that Mu Shu pork order from last night. Tell Joe Vitt he has to keep looking for replacement linebackers

Jedidiah Collins"Originally, "The Lion King" was called "King of the Jungle" But Disney realized lions live in the savanna, not jungle." #GoodCall

Trey IlesLocal, state high school football jamboree scores - http://NOLA.com http://bit.ly/SAOQxR #nolaprep

JUNIOR GALETTE#WHODAT RT @JohnnySuave: Get on twitter and see this .... Get em @JuniorG93 !!! http://twitpic.com/ankn5r

cameron jordanAnother opportunity to get after another qb http://instagr.am/p/OwgTQjnzaB/

Jedidiah Collins "@ArlinB2: @JedCollins45 Lion King facts: that's how a BEAST gets ready on gameday" Haha #Truth #WHODAT

Johnny PatrickJust came from chapel, it was a good Message today... Ready for tonight

Thomas Morstead#BeatTheTexans #WHODAT

JUNIOR GALETTE😡👎RT @Beau_Raqual: College football is a lot more exciting to watch than the NFL

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Saints-Texans

Broadcast Information: Saints vs. Texans | neworleanssaints.com
Saturday's game will be nationally televised on CBS (WWL-4 in New Orleans).

Gameday Information: Saints vs. Texans | neworleanssaints.com
Saints fans should plan for enhanced security at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this season and arrive early.

What to watch for in the New Orleans Saints-Houston Texans game | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - Starters should see more playing time Saturday night.

New Orleans Saints game against Houston Texans will be Aaron Kromer's debut as interim coach | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - Players also will be in the spotlight as starters will see more playing time.

Trindon Holliday hopes to make case for Texans against Saints | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - While former LSU track star and football standout Trindon Holliday has come a long way in his bid to earn a spot on the Houston Texans’ roster since 2010, he still has his work cut out for him.

5 Things to Look for in Texans @ Saints Game | thesaintsnation.com
Andrew Juge

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Texans-Saints

Five things to watch: Texans at Saints | houstontexans.com
Nick Scurfield

Dress rehearsal for Texans’ starters comes against contending Saints | Houston Chronicle Blog
John McClain - Dress rehearsal for Texans’ starters comes against contending Saints.

Cushing doesn’t make trip to New Orleans | Houston Chronicle Blog
John McClain - Cushing doesn’t make trip to New Orleans.

After 2011 strafing, Texans seek way to cool Saints’ Brees | Hoston Chronicle Blog
Dale Robertson - Everybody says preseason games don’t matter. But they’re wrong about the Texans’ next one.

Saints have the reputation, but Texans actually top dubious list | Houston Chronicle Blog
Randy Harvey - Saints have the reputation, but Texans actually top dubious list.

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From the Saints Sideline

Aaron Kromer makes good first impression as the New Orleans Saints' 'fill-in for the fill-in' head coach | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan - He says he won't try to imitate Payton or Vitt.

Aaron Kromer excited to get chance to coach Saints | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - Aaron Kromer doesn’t want his six-game stint as the New Orleans Saints’ interim coach to be viewed as an audition for a head coaching job somewhere down the line.

Saints interim coach Aaron Kromer not looking at job as an audition | wwltv.com
Bradley Handwerger - Aaron Kromer tried to become a head coach this past offseason, agreeing to an interview in St. Louis and interviewing in Indianapolis.

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas climbing the all-time chart in production | NOLA.com
John DeShazier - Former undrafted free agent just as valuable off the field.

Who is the Saints placekicker: John Kasay or Garrett Hartley? | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - The New Orleans Saints’ kicking duel between Garrett Hartley and John Kasay is apparently going down to the final two exhibition games, starting with Saturday night’s matchup with the Houston Texans.

Saints' Martez Wilson is sticking at defensive end | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - An affirmation that he’s doing a decent job in his new role as a defensive end came for New Orleans Saints’ second-year pro Martez Wilson this weekend.

'Next Man Up' Challenges Abound for Suspension and Injury-Plagued Saints | sportsnola.com
Brian Allee-Walsh - Now that the New Orleans Saints have put a plan in motion to pass the baton from one interim coach (Joe Vitt) to another (Aaron Kromer) at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 31, we can get on with the business at hand.

New Orleans Saints 2012 Season Preview | sportsnola.com
Lyle Fitzsimmons - You've got to wonder just what Sean Payton is thinking. Deep in his Illinois-born and Bill Parcells-reared heart, does the New Orleans Saints head coach hope that his team will flourish -- or flounder -- in his absence during the 2012 NFL season?

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Lagniappe

Daily Special, August 24, 2012 | Who Dat Social Club
Himself

Bucs' Pro Bowler Davin Joseph carted off - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
HansDat note: Is it just me, or is this the first time I've seen "carted off" used in a headline for the NFL? Maybe I'm just post Bounty-farce sensitive and seeing it now for the first time, but it's been going on forever.

Around NFC South: Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan always had strong arm | ESPN.com
Pat Y - Time for a look at some Saturday morning headlines from around the division.

Saints Partner with TeamSmile, Bring Fun to Dentistry | neworleanssaints.com
Matt Mendelson - Children were able to have fun while receiving dental care at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (HansDat note: The Saintsations, sexing up dental hygiene/care for underage boys...guh.)

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