Fleur-de-Links: August 29, 2012

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TWEETS:

How is everyone holding up in this morning?

For everyone who stayed for .... How y'all holdin up in Louisiana?!? What part you live in and hows it lookin out there

be safe ": we're in Houma. Getting blasted by the eye wall. Just caught a break. Starting up right now."

It's hard to sleep when I know people back home are going through this hurricane. Thoughts and prayers for yalls safety

wow that's sad.. Pray for them": Levers overtopped in Plaquemines. 12 ft of water in some homes. Rescues underway

nice ": Metairie here no power no real damage that we can see. Am at my neighbors who have a generator & are nice :-)

be safe ": Kenner here and this storm is no joke! Lots of heavy rain and wind and flooding and no electricity!"

be careful ": I'm uptown. No flooding but tons of trees down and no power"

Wishes today would be that the levees hold, Isaac goes away and anyone in the storm's path is safe. Thoughts are with New Orleans.

Transformer just blew in the Riverbend. We finally join the tens of thousands of others in who are powerless.

": Good question.Don't seem like it.RT": Is it possible for a republican to come from poverty?" ridiculous statement

": when judge does judge have to make a decision by?"you can't rush a judge, we want her to get it right

Watching the outer bands of Isaac hit New Orleans is so very difficult. Already 230,000+ people w/out power. Stay safe. May god be with you.

Isaac wobbles west, farther from New Orleans and back over water |

Power outage update: 55,000 in New Orleans, almost 130,000 in Louisiana.

One more of these awful medical device commercials and I'm going to have a blood clot

This upcoming election is about far more than democrats and republicans

RT.": Thank you to EVERYONE who is working to keep people safe during Isaac. Cops, fire, emt, nat. Guard, docs, nurses.

": Power out here on historic St Charles Avenue due to Hurricane Isaac "

": ,Whats up with your case?!" ask the judge

Hope new Orleans is holding up!!!!!!!

Sending prayers of safety and a quick resolve to the people of New Orleans...

Big thank you to all the police force who have stayed in New Orleans on 24 hour shifts to help people and keep our city safe

Thoughts & prayers go out to my Nola family..

The city of New Orleans is resilient...no matter what happens tonight we will be stronger than before. I am proud to be a Saint!!

Thank y'all for the updates!! I know some places are worse than others!! Y'all stay safe

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ISAAC FORCES SAINTS TO CINCINNATI:

New Orleans Saints stay focused on task at hand even in Cincinnati - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Yhere was a lot on the minds of the players as they prepared for Tennesee

New Orleans Saints QB Chase Daniel calls team's evacuation for Hurricane Isaac 'very surreal' - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Preparedness of the Saints organization calms nerves of first-time evacuees

New Orleans Saints considered holding joint practice with Cincinnati Bengals - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Nick Toon worked out for the first time since being injured

Warm words from the Saints in Cincy | Black and Gold blog | The Sun Herald
The Saints, practicing in Cincinnati, were asked after Wednesday's practice if they had any words for folks back on the Coast... Here's what they had to say...

Zach Streif gets unexpected return home from Hurricane Isaac | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com
Hurricanes don’t affect Cincinnati much. They are a normal part of living in New Orleans. Seven years after Hurricane Katrina and the storm’s aftermath devastated the city and much of the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Isaac made its approach to the area Tuesday.

Practice concludes hectic 48 hours for Saints | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com
Adversity with weather is nothing new to the New Orleans Saints, which is why Tuesday’s practice on the fields adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium took on normalcy after a hectic 48 hours.

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SAINTS @ TITANS:

Joe Vitt Says Saints Players’ Focus This Week Has Been Outstanding
Saints Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Joe Vitt spoke with reporters after Tuesday’s practice

New Orleans Saints Face Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Preseason Finale
The Saints and Titans have played each other 28 times in the preseason, making them New Orleans’ most common opponent for exhibitions

Broadcast Information: Saints at Titans
Saints travel to Nashville on Thursday for their preseason finale against the Titans

Post-Practice Quotes from Tuesday
Offensive Line/Running Game Coach Aaron Kromer, QB Drew Brees, T Zach Strief and S Roman Harper spoke with reporters after practice on Tuesday

Saints ready for Tennessee far away from Isaac in the refuge of Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
The Saints practiced at Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium on Wednesday, about 800 miles from the team headquarters in Metairie and more importantly, out of the reach of Hurricane Isaac as it approached the region.

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De SMITH DOESN'T RULE OUT STRIKE OVER REPLACEMENT OFFICIALS:

De Smith calls officials lockout "absurd," doesn’t rule out a strike | ProFootballTalk
"In America it is the employer’s obligation to provide as safe a working environment as possible," Smith told Jim Trotter of SI.com. "We believe that if the National Football League fails in that obligation we reserve the right to seek any relief that we believe is appropriate. The NFL has chosen to prevent the very officials that they have trained, championed and cultivated for decades to be on the field to protect players and — by their own admission — further our goal of enhanced safety. That is absurd on its face."

DeMaurice Smith says NFL Players could strike due to safety concerns
During the interview Smith did not rule out the possibility that the players may strike over safety concerns stemming from the questionable management of the game by the"replacement" referees the NFL has installed during the NFLRA's current work stoppage.

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LAGNIAPPE:

From the Coach's Office: Saints-Texans Analysis
There is a basic axiom of football that it is a game of blocking and tackling. I beg to differ. Football is a game of blocking, tackling AND ball security.

Saints Nation Podcast: Saints 2012 Draft Looking Better Every Week Edition | August

moosedenied " Blog Archive " You can run on for a long time, but sooner or later…

NFL Rumors Saints' RB Travaris Cadet Not A Lock For The Final Roster : New Orleans Saints
NFL Rumors New Orleans Saints RB Travaris Cadet has played great during the preseason, but that does not mean he will make the final roster.

NFL Rumors: WR Adrian Arrington To Be Ready For Saints Season Opener? : New Orleans Saints
NFL Rumors: It looks like Saints' wide receiver Adrian Arrington might be ready for the start of the regular season.

Former New Orleans Saints LB Scott Fujita optimistic He'll start in week one
Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita optimistic he'll start in season opener; sends regards to former teammates regarding Hurricane Isaac

Despite suspension, Scott Fujita thinks he’ll play Week One | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has suspended Browns linebacker Scott Fujita for the first three games of the season for his involvement in the Saints' bounty program. But with less than two weeks to go before the start of the season, Fujita still thinks there's time for that suspension to be lifted.

Jabari Greer and several New Orleans Saints key players bring joy to youthful cancer sufferer
Jabari Greer and several New Orleans Saints key players bring joy to youthful cancer sufferer

Will New Orleans Saints RB Travaris Cadet take Chris Ivory's spot on the roster?
New Orleans Saints RB Cadet may win over Ivory's roster spot

New Orleans Saints cornerback Marquis Johnson speaks up about troubled past
New Orleans Saints cornerback Marquis Johnson speaks up about troubled past and uses his voice now that he is in the NFL

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VIDEO:

NFL Videos: Joe Vitt: 'This is a strong franchise'
While the New Orleans Saints left town to prepare for their preseason game, interim head coach Joe Vitt says the team's thoughts remain with those at home as Hurricane Isaac moves towards New Orleans.

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