Fleur-de-Links: August 30, 2012

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TWEETS:

I know the flood water is high in a lot of areas right now on Gulf Coast. Hoping and praying for people in those areas.

Power outage grid. Prob 90% of New Orleans is in the red. I appreciate so much those who get that power back on for us!

That awkward moment when you realize you're not on Madden13 and have to create yourself...

Why preseason Week 4 is yuck: There were nine MLB games Wednesday with more combined runs than the combined point total in Giants-Pats game.

2am homemade ice baths... The stuff champs are made of! Haha

": No question the ! Can't beat the family! RT: What is your favorite sports franchise?"

It's not referee's fault for the embarrassing gaffe in Giants-Pats game. It's on the NFL. That was awkward to watch. Felt bad for the guy.

Prayers again to Louisiana and the whole gulf coast before bed. Night all.

": missing banner of Payton reading "DO YOUR JOB."" BOOM.

I hate to see these pics. Beautiful oak trees hundreds of years old going down

Excited for guys to get a chance to stake their claim tomorrow. 4th preseason game is last chance to make a statement!

Man I can't believe the season is right around the corner, I'm so excited about this year...

What the hell kinda joke is "like a ship trying to sail on yesterday's wind." Ryan needs to work on his delivery.

Update us please... How is everyone doing?

Came down to the wire on a game of Credit Card lotto just now.. 2 cards left in the hat for dinner..thanks Sed Ellis for bein the unlucky 1.

Jus had a nerve racking finale at Dinner with the guys... Alls well that ends well

": When you guys are done can you please add Goalpost dunk when he scores a TD?" AGREE

"RT : Chillin with the big homies in Nashville! " yessiirr

On a serious note, I've been see'n a lot of pics with the activity go'n on in Nola..please know that everyone is in my thoughts & prayers!!

"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." ~Francis Bacon.

So many crazy pictures, thank you all for sharing...stay positive, stay strong!!

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REMEMBER THE TITANS:

What to Watch for in Saints-Titans Preseason Finale
The New Orleans Saints enter their final preseason game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville Thursday night with heavy hearts and concerned minds.

Saints Visit Titans to Conclude Preseason
(Sports Network) - With the official christening of the Jake Locker era in Tennessee drawing closer, the promising young quarterback will get one final prep when the Titans conclude their 2012 preseason with a matchup against the New Orleans Saints at LP Field.

What to watch for in New Orleans Saints-Tennessee Titans game - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Backups should play a significant role

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THE HURRICANE:

Hurricane Isaac has only minimal impact on Mercedes-Benz Superdome - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome sustained no major interior or exterior damage from Hurricane Isaac and is expected to be ready for Tulane's season opening game Saturday, said Doug Thornton, senior vice president for SMG, the company that manages the stadium for the state of Louisiana.

New Orleans Saints practice facility seems to be holding up fine so far - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Metairie headquarters lost power around 3 a.m.

Hurricane Isaac or not, New Orleans Saints players understand importance of preseason finale vs. Titans - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Jobs are on the line for many Saints players whether there is a storm or not

Ex-Saint Deuce McAllister set to assist Gulf region in Hurricane Isaac's wake like he did after Katrina - Yahoo! Sports
"It's raining pretty hard, and it's blowing pretty fierce," Deuce McAllister said late Tuesday night as he hunkered down inside a Gulfport, Miss., hotel lobby. "It's a big storm. But believe me, I've seen worse."

Saints Nation: Saints Hiding Out in Cincinnati away from Isaac | August

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THE REPLACEMENTS:

Problems persist with replacement officials | ProFootballTalk
Plenty of the folks from NCAA Division II and lower apparently are being paralyzed by the reality that they will be subject to scrutiny for anything and pretty much everything they do.

NFL Will Start Season with Replacement Officials
Despite widespread criticism of their performance, the NFL says in its memo the replacement officials "have undergone extensive training and evaluation, and have shown steady improvement during the preseason."

No end in sight, NFL says replacement officials here to stay
Today the NFL communicated with all 32 teams that they should expect the replacment officials to be in place for the start of the regular season. Apparently no headway has been made between the two parties. Below is an excerpt from the leagues memo they sent out today

NFL to use replacement officials for start of regular season - ESPN
The NFL will open the regular season with 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."

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MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY:

Appeals board set to hear bounty scandal case of Jonathan Vilma and others on Thursday - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"I remain confident that justice and reason ultimately will prevail both in tomorrow's hearing and before the Court in New Orleans," Ginsberg said. "I suggest that we focus our attention on the difficulties facing the people of Louisiana and leave the media campaign for another day."

Scott Fujita is right about playing next week, and here’s why | ProFootballTalk
Browns linebacker Scott Fujita raised some eyebrows on Tuesday with a declaration of optimism about facing the Eagles in Week One, despite a three-game suspension for his role in the bounty scandal. After further consideration, Fujita is right.

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BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF SAINTS FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS STATE OF LOUISIANA:

Strief remains a stalwart for Saints | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
The Saints are expected to play reserves during tonight's preseason finale at Tennessee, hoping to discover the next Zach Strief on their roster.

New Orleans Saints 2012 Team Preview - NFL Spin Zone - A General NFL Blog providing you all the NFL News, Rumors, Updates, and National Football League News.
The 2011 campaign for the New Orleans Saints was fairly successful, the only think that could have made it better was a Superbowl win. They finished 13

Bold predictions for 2012 NFL season
No Sean Payton. No Jon Vilma. No Mickey Loomis. No Carl Nicks. No problem. As long as Drew Brees is under center, the Saints will be just fine.

Parcells says 'I just didn't think I was the guy' for Saints
"I've done this job for a long time. And it takes a tremendous amount of energy, particularly a person my age, to do these things," he said.

New Orleans Saints: Akiem Hicks beat out Remi Ayodele for roster spot
The New Orleans Saints staff must like what they have seen since drafting Aikem Hicks in the 3rd round out of Regina University in Canada. Fan favorite Remi Ayodele, added back to the New Orleans Saints roster after a season with the Minnesota Vikings, wasn't so fortunate. On Monday, he was among fifteen players cut in the first roster trim to the NFL's mandated 75 player maximum.

Two Roster Moves the New Orleans Saints Must Make
But there are two moves the Saints should make to clear roster spots for upcoming talent. New Orleans Saints currently list two full backs and two kickers on the roster. Not many teams have the luxury of keeping two of either of these specialty players heading into the regular season.

ESPN Radio's NFL Preview Center - ESPN
Saints' Two-A-Days on Mike and Mike

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BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID:


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