Fleur-de-Links: August 3, 2012

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TWEETS:

Payton is set to sit at Roaf's table tonight at HOF ceremony. Saints officials & players can have social interaction w suspended coach.

Yes, Sean Payton was granted permission by NFL to attend Willie Roaf's HOF induction, ceremony & reception. No Saints game, team hotel, etc

Willie Roaf answering questions from the media during our press conference.

": what are the possibilities of a drop kick in the HOF game :)" Haha doubtful

Please watch this video of a truly important project.

Great shirt at camp today from signed it for her!

Sean Payton on the Benson plane AND at the Roaf table? That first article alleging improper contact is going to come sooner than I thought.

First week of padded practices finished!

I hate the show "Boy Meets Grill", never actually watched it but everytime I think its gonna be "Boy Meets World" & am disappointed

Body maintenance this time of year is seriously a full time job! Take care of it so it takes care of you

. signing autographs after practice

. "it's exciting To finally get back to football on Sunday"

NFL replacement officials will work Sunday night's Hall of Fame game. Per normal policy, names of officials will be available at game.

When I was dreaming this life it looked like I was enjoying it, now that I am living it why would that change?

Vitt said Toon, Greer and P. Robinson will not play Sunday

Brees at practice

DB drills

The New Orleans Saints are proud of Will Roaf - in the Hall of Fame forever- congrats to Big Will!!

For the Hall of Fame game, Saints will be in white jerseys/gold pants. Cardinals will be in red jerseys/white pants

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SAINTS CAMP:

Coordinators Recap First Week of Padded Practices

Post-Practice Player Quotes

New Orleans Saints admit they miss Sean Payton, but team hasn't seemed to miss a beat in training camp - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"Through all of this, we all just wanted to get back together, with doors closed, nobody criticizing us, nobody telling us we're bad people. That's been a great comfort for us," Strief said. "I just wish Sean could be here, too, for his sake."

New Orleans Saints Steve Spagnuolo Is Slightly Off...In A Good Way
New Orleans Saints Steve Spagnuolo Is Slightly Off...In A Good Way.

New Orleans Saints will have a final practice on Friday before Hall of Fame game
New Orleans Saints will have a final practice on Friday before Hall of Fame game.

Graham flying high entering third season | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- Jimmy Graham flies airplanes upside down.

New Orleans Saints CB Jabari Greer To Undergo A Sports Hernia Surgery : New Orleans Saints
Jabari Greer will undergo a sports hernia surgery in Philadelphia. Greer's injury could cause some shakeups in the Saints' secondary.

New Orleans Saints training camp updates, 08.03.12 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
From the team's facility on Airline Drive in Metairie

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HALL OF FAME GAME & CEREMONY:

Suspended New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton will attend this weekend's Hall of Fame ceremony, league source says - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Sean Payton will not be attending Sunday's game

Saints, Cards to kick off NFL preseason with Hall of Fame Game | Fox News
The 2012 NFL preseason gets underway when the annual Hall of Fame Game returns to the schedule this weekend following a one-year hiatus.The New Orleans Saints probably can't wait to officially turn the page

New Orleans Saints downplaying effects of replacement officials - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
DE Will Smith says he hopes the replacement officials are more lenient

Joe Vitt Previews Hall of Fame Game

Coach Vitt not revealing QB rotation; New Referees for HOF Game - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
New Orleans Saints Interim Coach Joe Vitt will not be revealing what order the quarterbacks will be playing in this Sunday's Hall of Fame game

Three New Orleans Saints players ruled out for Sunday's Hall of Fame Game vs. Cardinals - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
CBs Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson, along with WR Nick Toon won't play

moosedenied " Blog Archive " Big Willie Style
In what's clearly become a full-blown biannual tradition at this point, another Saint is joining the pantheon of all-time NFL greats. Next up in 2014, Morten Andersen. Then in 2016, Aaron Brooks. But there will be plenty of time to bask in their greatness later. This weekend, it's all about Big Willie.

Willie Roaf living big and easy after Hall-of-Fame career - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
He now lives in California

The game that put Willie Roaf on the map - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Nearly 10 years before the NFC South even came into existence, there was a pivotal college game that helped shape the history of two of the division’s franchises.

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BOUNTYFARCE:

Beason unsure 'what side to take' in Saints' bounty scandal
"Because it's an issue, it has to be addressed. But then you want to see the cold, hard facts about why this guy got 16 games, this guy got eight, this one got three, the coach got suspended, and so on. You can't form an opinion."

SATCH NOTE: I have a new respect for Jon Beason. Thank you, Jon, for not believing Goodell's hype!

Goodell on Brees comments: My responsibility is the game of football | ProFootballTalk
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is going to be in Canton for the Hall of Fame ceremonies and Hall of Fame Game this weekend, which means he'll be in the same city as Saints quarterback Drew Brees. In an interview with Peter King of SI.

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LAGNIAPPE:

New Orleans Saints learning to forget playoff loss to 49ers | wwltv.com New Orleans
New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Shanle said defeat by San Francisco is tough to forget because they let something special "get away."

Morten Andersen, Drew Brees should be next New Orleans Saints inducted into Hall of Fame - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Brees is on a collision course with Canton

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VIDEO:

Sean Payton arrives in Canton

Lance Moore's Interview 8/3/12

Brian de la Puente's Interview 8/3/12

Steve Spagnuolo's Interview 8/3/12

Joe Vitt's Interview 8/3/12

LB Martez Wilson's Interview 8/2/12

Sean Canfield's Interview 8/2/12


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