Fleur-de-Links: August 27, 2012

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TWEETS:

Hope everyone in Nola and Gulf Coast gets to safety & hunkers down for Isaac. Prepare as best you can. May God’s protective hand be upon us

Louisiana Mississippi Gulfcoast Region i watched the last hurricane and couldnt help from California Mom trying to talk me outta coming home

Crazy see'n all the cars in gas stations loading up for evacuation..this being my 1st experience, it's kinda a scary feeling of uncertainty.

": I ate at Brother Jimmy's. It's by far the best BBQ I've ever eaten in Miami Smart investment. "

": where is this place at? I want to eat some good BBQ...." Miami. Marybrickell village

": Had a blast at and charity softball game... S/o to always a blast" <| thanks!

Thanks to all the support for my 2nd annual homeruns for kids charity softball game,We had a great time and helped out alot of people.

Thanks to all my friends that played in game and to for cohosting.Also I told y'all team Sharper would win win win...

Now it's time to do it new Orleans style with the after party at masquerade. Get there early!!

Had a great time tonight at the 2nd annual Darren Sharper Home Runs for Kids Charity Softball game. Thanks to everybody who showed up

Been tryin to tell y'all! My man is the REAL DEAL! Congratz!!!!

This hurricane is just like any other normal day in Miami I don't really see what the big deal is! Lol! It rains like this all the time

": Just drafted my homie in my fantasy football draft!! 🏈👍" yezzziirrrrr!

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PREPARING FOR THE STORM:

Joe Vitt Discusses Saints’ Preparations for Tropical Storm Isaac, Titans Game
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt met with the media on Sunday to recap Saturday's win against the Houston Texans and discuss the team's plan for preparing for Tropical Storm Isaac

New Orleans Saints have plans in place to leave early for Tropical Storm Isaac | wwltv.com New Orleans
New Orleans Saints organizational leaders have given staff and players off Sunday and Monday to prepare their homes and family for Tropical Storm Isaac before the team heads to Tennessee for Thursday night’s final exhibition game.

New Orleans Saints players amazed at Isaac's impact already | wwltv.com New Orleans
The New Orleans Saints have contingency plans in place for the arrival of Isaac, which is expected to be a hurricane when it makes landfall on the north-central Gulf Coast.

Saints adjust schedule because of storm - NFL- NBC Sports
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - With Tropical Storm Isaac forecast to hit the Gulf Coast as a hurricane this week, New Orleans interim coach Joe Vitt said Sunday the Saints had canceled practice and meetings Monday to allow players to evacuate their families.

New Orleans Saints set to leave Tuesday morning for Tennessee in anticipation of Isaac - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
With the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac becoming a hurricane and making land fall somewhere along the Gulf Coast, the New Orleans Saints have begun making contingency plans for their upcoming travel to Nashville for Thursday's game against the Tennessee Titans.

Saints Making Preparations for Tropical Storm Issac
New Orleans Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt is cancelling practice and meetings to allow players to evacuate their families.

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MORE ON THE TEXANS GAME:

Finding Barrett Ruud | HoumaToday.com
Give the New Orleans Saints scouting department major props for landing former Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Barrett Ruud last week.

Texans play Saints’ starters to first-half draw in New Orleans

5 Things Rewind: Texans at Saints

Casillas, Saints defense shows improvement | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
NEW ORLEANS -- Jonathan Casillas forgot to carry out one task during Saturday night's 34-27 preseason win against Houston, his first-ever game at Mike linebacker. Take out your mouthpiece before lining up the defense.

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BOUNTYFARCE:

Bounty Gate: Just One Writer’s Opinion " Saints Gab
I don’t want anyone to get me wrong. I am absolutely in favor of player safety first. But I question the validity of a system that can pass down such harsh judgements such as yearlong and multiple game suspensions without having to produce much more than a shred of evidence to bolster their claims.

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LAGNIAPPE:

Major roster moves happen in the NFL on Sunday
Major roster moves happen in the NFL on Sunday.

Toon to return to Saints practice | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Nick Toon, a fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft, is expected to return to practice this week after recovering from his foot injury, interim coach Joe Vitt said Sunday.

Nick Toon is expected to make preseason debut this week | ProFootballTalk
One of the rare new faces for the Saints offense is the son of former NFL receiver Al Toon. Drafted in round four in April, Nick Toon ostensibly replaces Robert Meachem on the depth chart. But Toon has yet to play in the preseason.

Pats part ways with Donte’ Stallworth | ProFootballTalk
The logjam at wideout has gotten a little thinner in New England. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, receiver Donte' Stallworth has been released. Stallworth returned to New England earlier this year, after appearing in every game of a 16-0 perfect season in 2007, starting nine.

Charles Woodson sees "a lot of bad officiating" | ProFootballTalk
"There will be some things you normally wouldn’t get away with," Woodson said. "It’s not that you’d be trying to get away with them, but you will because the official didn’t see it or he didn’t know to make the call. We need the [regular officials] back."

Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Nate Bussey looking for a third team
Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Nate Bussey looking for a third team.

The New Orleans Saints have lifted up the city: Letter | NOLA.com
As the first home game for the New Orleans Saints approached -- even though it was only preseason -- I was reminded of an old news story that poked fun at New Orleans. It basically said that "we don't get it down here."

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VIDEO:

Joe Vitt's Interview 8/26/12

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