Fleur-de-Links: August 7, 2012

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TWEETS:

Brees has only himself to blame for lack of beefy mac in Canton:

Just spoke w Saints Owner Tom Benson. He gave his jet to Belichick & Spagnolo so they could go to Reid funeral... Benson...

RT Saints players line up to sign autographs for military personnel

Saints News: Nicks says Bucs ready to shock some teams -

RT Tom and Gayle Benson sit with Bon Jovi during practice

Hey Drew

The boys from New Orleans set for an afternoon practice with the Pats before 5,000+Pats fans

On the field

On the field for the Saints-Patriots joint practice!

Sedrick Ellis heads out to the practice field

Big crowd for Saints-Patriots practice RT 20 mins til practice & already a packed house:

I am a huge fan. She said she could dance, and we all know I got moves like jagger.

We're out here gettin better every day

My Aim Is To Blow...I Can't B Contained Or Controlled..Bout to Smash Sum

About time to get this work in. Holla at u all later

Feels like paradise in Boston compared to the heat in New Orleans

I can say this though, the weather in New England has nothing on New Orleans...

I am a student today I am always trying to learn but at the same time being great..

No matter what goes down, life goes on.. Time to grind today..

On a good note, I got to see the statue of liberty yesterday. :) never thought I would get to see it.

sometimes in practice things get heated, just as the jets practice did. i think the kickers would do this..

Today's Patriots-Saints joint practice scheduled to be in full pads. Wednesday's joint practice scheduled to be in shells.

Referee just needed a BIG HUG on Sunday night... HAHA

Question: Why is training camp so hard? Answer: "If winning was easy losers would do it"

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SAINTS @ PATRIOTS PRACTICE:

Notes from Patriots-Saints scrimmage - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
It was a disappointing scrimmage for the Patriots' offense. Quarterback Tom Brady and Co. did not look sharp in team drills. Brady was off and missed at least four throws he usually makes. He was picked off twice by Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton and safety Malcolm Jenkins, respectively. Brady also overthrew receiver Brandon Lloyd on a pair of deep bombs that could have been big plays. Brady also missed Patriots Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski over the middle. You could tell in Brady’s body language that he wasn’t happy with Tuesday’s practice.

New Orleans Saints quote of the day for Tuesday - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"It's funny. I'm going on my 12th year and he's going on his third. I'm nine years older than him. I'm not sure what he was doing when I played in my first NFL game. It was '01. He might have had a lemonade stand selling lemonade or something as a kid."

New Orleans Saints/New England Patriots joint practice recap - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Defensively the Saints mixed things up a bit, perhaps most noticeably by moving second year man Martez Wilson, whom had been playing as a defensive end during training camp, back to linebacker in some early drills. Once the teams began going against each other, however, Wilson, who was credited with 1.5 sacks in the Saints 17-10 preseason victory over Arizona, lined up again at end.

New Orleans Saints have several players miss joint practice with Patriots - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Several Saints players missed the team's Tuesday joint practice with the Patriots, some due to injury and others due to the league's collective bargaining agreements.

Areas of intrigue at joint practice - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd has never practiced against another team during training camp throughout the first nine ye

New Orleans Saints practice with New England, updates - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com

Saints Bring Back WR Hardy, LB Humber
New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced on Monday the team has re-signed wide receiver Kevin Hardy and linebacker Ramon Humber. The club has also waived cornerback Laron Scott and waived/injured G Scott Winnewisser.

New Orleans Saints arrive for days of practices, preseason game with Patriots - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"When you take a look at the body of work of this organization, they're like the Microsoft of our industry," Vitt said of the three-time Super Bowl and five-time AFC champions.

New Orleans Saints Coach Joe Vitt, Pats Coach Belichick to attend funeral of Eagles coach's son - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Vitt said Belichick was invited to join the contingent, "and jumped at the opportunity." Also traveling to Philadelphia will be Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo - a former member of Reid's Eagles staff - and Saints secondary coach Ken Flajole.

Vitt Previews Joint Practices With The Patriots

Saints and Patriots to Hold Joint Practices in Foxborough on Tuesday and Wednesday

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W.W.M.D. (WHAT WOULD MATLOCK DO?):

Any Roger Goodell deal for Jonathan Vilma, Saints raises questions - ESPN
If Goodell backs down on his punishment for questionable reasons -- be it to preserve his personal power as commissioner, or to keep the preponderance of the NFL's evidence against the Saints hidden rather than let it come out in a court case -- it will look like principle didn't drive his punishment decisions. Just PR.

NFL, other sports leagues sue New Jersey over gambling | ProFootballTalk
Governor Chris Christie can now accuse the other 30 NFL teams of hating New Jersey. Along with every other pro sports league. And Rutgers. The NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and NCAA have filed suit against New Jersey in response to a plan to launch betting on pro and college games.

Court papers seem to indicate Vilma in settlement talks with league | wwltv.com New Orleans
Court papers filed by an attorney for suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma would seem to indicate that the linebacker is indeed in settlement talks with the NFL over his season-long suspension.

Daily Special, August 7, 2012 - Who Dat Social Club
What’s more difficult to figure out is why the NFL would leak the news. Were they negotiating in good faith, or trying to set Vilma up? Was this all a ploy to make is seem that Vilma were tacitly admitting guilt? And if so: why did Vilma and his legal team fall for it?

Hargrove's fate uncertain, could get reduced suspension - JSOnline
Green Bay - Anthony Hargrove has experienced football's version of heaven and football's version of hell.

Jonathan Vilma's lawyer fires another salvo in ongoing dispute with NFL - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Ginsberg argued that when Goodell said the NFL "has more evidence than it (has) revealed publicly so far," the commissioner demonstrated that he relied on evidence beyond what he presented to Vilma.

Both Jonathan Vilma and NFL would be wise to cut a deal and close bountygate - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Word is Vilma, though, is taking no prisoners. He wants no part of a settlement. I hear he wants the entire case vacated by the federal court and won't stop until his record and name are completely cleared.

New Orleans Saints Coach Joe Vitt, safety Malcolm Jenkins on possible return of LB Vilma - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"It would be huge," Jenkins said of the possibility Vilma would return in 2012. "It's sort of early news and nobody really knows the validity of it, but the thought of having him back would be huge for us. He's such a huge part of what we do and what we've built. He's one of the guys who's established what we've done here. Even the thought of getting him back is exciting for us and I really hope that this thing works out in his favor, because we all have his back 100 percent. We support (him)."

Werder defends report of NFL offer to Vilma | ProFootballTalk
The battle lines were drawn early Monday. ESPN's Ed Werder, Adam Schefter, and Chris Mortenson jointly reported that the NFL has offered to slice Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's suspension from 16 games to eight. The NFL denied the report, adamantly.

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MORE ON THE HALL OF FAME GAME:

moosedenied " Blog Archive " I feel like a Kolb salad!
I'm sure Jeff Duncan is writing the column right this minute… "Brees has only himself to blame for lack of beefy mac in Canton"

Saints Nation: Photos From Hall of Fame Weekend | August

Travaris Cadet - A Diamond In The Rough? - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Travaris Cadet was all over the place on Sunday, making an impact in the passing game, and with his kick and put returns. He may only have an outside chanc

" Overanalyzing the Preseason: Episode I The Angry Who Dat
Willie Roaf entered the Hall of Fame, Jeff Duncan took a dump on those idiot Saints fans, football players played actual football, a non-legendary Cardinals quarterback got smushed, the League flinched while Vilma LMAO’d, and holy crap, did I mention there was an actual football game?

Seven Saints who raised eyebrows Sunday | wwltv.com New Orleans
Drew Brees played well -- but we all expected that. We picked out seven Saints who raised eyebrows Sunday night, in a good way.

Player Quotes Following The Hall Of Fame Game

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LAGNIAPPE:

Passing Fancy: Saints Offense Follows Long Line of Prolific Attacks

Fox Adds Ex-Saints FB Heath Evans as Game Analyst

Distractions will be constant part of New Orleans Saints' 2012 season | wwltv.com New Orleans
Distractions. hat’s what the Saints will face all season and late Sunday night and all day Monday, they crept up again with all the Jonathan Vilma – NFL settlement talks leaks.

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