Fleur-de-Links: September 21, 2012

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TWEETS:

Times-Picayune: New Orleans Saints injury report: WR Marques Colston, LB Jonathan Casillas are questionable

"The way I see it, if U want the rainbow, U gotta put up with the rain" Dolly Parton It's pouring but see a break in clouds

": u shouldn't really put up with these haters Jon.." I don't mind them. Makes me appreciate my fans more

": can I get a RT for this monster game of madden I just played? ""What cheat code are u using"

I'm told no decision coming on the suspensions for Vilma, Smith, Hargrove today. Means Smith will almost certainly be eligible Sunday.

Off to NOLA ... Prob good that , , , , aren't there to help me stir it up.

I'll cancel my early Sunday liveshots now ... RT : I get into NOLA tomorrow night.

Still got 3 tickets to They're yours if you want 'em, til around noon or so, then I give up.

Good morning it's fine to grind!!!! One day closer to Sunday.....

TGIF but I can't wait till Sunday in the dome!!

TGIF everybody. Have an awesome day

Morning rise and Grind 1St they love u then they Hate U then they Love U Then They Hate u AGAIN

I remember when I was a kid and couldn't do much for myself... Glad I'm grown

": thats to bad " thanks! Its good to hear from you, big game sun ill c u in the dome!

": " family guy is on!

People do the little things for people they care about....

Want to win 2 FREE tickets to the game this Sunday? Check out the flyer for details!! We have received some great...

If the Panthers whipped the Saints and the Giants are whipping the Panthers...what the hell are the Giants going to do to the Saints?

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WEEK 3: CHIEFS @ SAINTS:

Aaron Kromer Provides Injury Update
Offensive Line/Running Game Coach Aaron Kromer met with the media following practice on Friday to give an injury update

Pete Carmichael: "Everybody Took A Hard Look At Themselves"
Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael met with the media after practice on Friday

New Orleans Saints rookie Travaris Cadet getting worked at receiver - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Coach says Cadet has handle switch well

New Orleans Saints ‘D’ looking to apply pressure | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
After failing to get enough pressure on the quarterback in their first two games, the New Orleans Saints are hoping to fare a little better…

New Orleans Saints looking to generate more pass rush vs. the Chiefs - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Chiefs have allowed eight sacks this season

New Orleans Saints RB Travaris Cadet tasting a different role
New Orleans Saints RB Travaris Cadet tasting a different role

Has interim head coach Aaron Kromer given teams the secret to beating the Saints?
Has interim head coach Aaron Kromer given teams the secret to beating the Saints?

Pierre Thomas: "That's Our Whole Focus, To Win The Game"
Running back Pierre Thomas spoke with the media in the locker room following practice on Thursday

Pierre Thomas is bright spot for Saints | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- Pierre Thomas caught a short pass near the home team's sideline last Sunday at Carolina and quickly drew a crowd of defenders. From the point of impact, Thomas gained another two yards as they piled on top of him, unable to stop his legs from moving forward.

Daily Special, September 21, 2012 - Who Dat Social Club

New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas is taking advantage of opportunity - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Thomas coming off a 110-yard rushing performance

Mickles: Saints players asking, ‘What can they do?’ | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
While Sean Payton isn’t around because of his season-long suspension, he apparently left his bag of motivational tricks to his coaching sta…

0-2 Chiefs and Saints learn one man off field can make difference - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
On Sunday, in a matchup between two winless teams, the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints will showcase one of the NFL’s elusive truths: That one man — one man who does not compete on the field — can shape the destiny of an entire organization.

NFL Capsule: Chiefs at Saints - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: KANSAS CITY (0-2) At NEW ORLEANS (0-2)

Chiefs, Saints piling up big yards in defeats - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Numbers aren't supposed to lie.

Injuries: Colston still limited for Saints Thursday ahead of Chiefs visit
Wide receiver Marques Colston (left foot) was joined by linebacker Jonathan Casillas (knee) as players limited in practice Thursday for the New Orleans Saints.

New Orleans Saints badly need to get that 'first win' out of the way: First-and-10 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Saints columnist Mike Triplett shares his weekly thoughts on all things Saints -- including his take on the latest bounty development.

Video: Chiefs-Saints preview - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Cary Chow goes inside the numbers for the Chiefs-Saints.

New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley off to a good start - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Hartley made a career-long 53-yard FG vs. Panthers

Chiefs notebook: Emmitt Thomas familiar with Saints offense - KansasCity.com
Chiefs secondary coach Emmitt Thomas has seen first-hand how effective New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints offense can be.

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BOUNTYFARCE:

Joe Vitt to visit wounded soliders during suspension | ProFootballTalk
“If I can’t be around my players, maybe I can be around these ‘wounded warriors,’ and help them with their rehab,” Vitt said, via Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I’m extremely fired up about this. I’m going to leave my cell phone at home, I’m going to check into Walter Reed Hospital, and I’m going to stay as long as they want me.

Will Smith: My meeting with Roger Goodell went well | ProFootballTalk
“The meeting overall went well,” Smith told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I got a chance to go in there and tell him what happened in the meeting room. And we have to see what happens.”

Rams brush off RG3’s ‘dirty’ play comment | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams aren’t losing sleep over comments questioning their style of play from Washington quarterback Robert Griffin

RGIII Makes Reference To Bounties After Washington Redskins Play The Rams - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Sep 19, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) falls into the end zone for a touchdown against the St. Louis Ra

Halftime Voodoo " ‘Love, Gregg Williams’ And NFL Outs Bountygate Whistleblower

Carriker agrees with RG3 on Rams | ProFootballTalk
Moreover, someone who is very familiar with the Saints defense under coordinator Gregg Williams recently remarked that the Rams defense has Gregg Williams’ fingerprints all over it, presumably via his son, Blake. So even though there’s surely no bounty or pay-for-performance program in St. Louis, the comments from Carriker should make folks wonder whether there’s an institutional approach to getting under the skin of opposing players by going after them, after the whistle.

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THE REPLACEMENTS:

NFL replacement officials affecting Vegas bets - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Las Vegas casinos think this weekends NFL games will be the highest-scoring ever thanks to the leagues replacement officials. NFL replacement officials affecting Vegas bets

NFL, NFLRA have substantial talks; no new agreement - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
NFL, NFLRA have substantial talks; no new agreement

NFL issues on-field conduct warning regarding replacement officials to all 32 teams | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Shutdown Corner: After the debacle that was Week 2 of the 2012 NFL season, the league office has taken swift and proactive action to remedy the problems between coaches and replacement officials. Unfortunately, that action has nothing to do with training or … Continue reading →

Replacement ref “audit” misses the point | ProFootballTalk
The Wall Street Journal recently rattled off a variety of statistics regarding the performance of the replacement officials. The metrics chosen, however, are grossly superficial, inherently misleading, and in one instance factually incorrect.

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LAGNIAPPE:

Deuce McAllister inducted into Saints Hall of Fame | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
Deuce McAllister was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame at a luncheon Friday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, along with owner Tom Benson. Here are some photos from McAllister's career with the Saints.

NFL Gossip- Vince Young's Broke, Chad Johnson's Sorry

PFT Live: Pierre Thomas talks keeping faith in Saints | ProFootballTalk
PFT Live: Mike Florio talks with Saints running back Pierre Thomas about his strong beginning to the 2012 season despite the team's overall struggles in the midst of an 0-2 start.

Hall Call: Drew Brees - Yahoo! Sports
Drew Brees was too short to play in the NFL. His arm strength was questioned by more than a few. Some wondered if the Purdue standout would ever be a ‘franchise quarterback.’ Starting in San Diego, Brees became determined to prove doubters wrong. And when the Chargers let Brees walk so that they could develop Philip Rivers, he became determined to prove them wrong.

Brown, Barden help Giants pound Panthers
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - In a year of replacement officials, it was a pair of New York Giants substitutes who shined on Thursday.

Touchdown Club of New Orleans Hosts Collins, de la Puente
The club continued their tradition of hosting Saints players for dinner

Chargers had 9,200 unsold tickets at blackout deadline | ProFootballTalk
The good news is that, even if the 2-0 Chargers had taken rule advantage of the new 85-percent rule, their home game against the 2-0 Falcons still would have been blacked out locally.

Defeat of Carolina Panthers by New York Giants Thursday night is bitter sweet for Saints fans
Defeat of Carolina Panthers by New York Giants Thursday night is bitter sweet for Saints fans.

Redskins dismayed at being most penalized team in NFL | ProFootballTalk
The Redskins go into Week 3 leading the league in penalties by a significant margin, and Morgan’s brain-lock personal foul at the end of the loss at St. Louis last week is just one of them.

Cam Newton pulls the “they didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves” card | ProFootballTalk
There's something about losing to the Giants that makes opposing teams think that the Giants didn't actually have anything to do with their loss. Echoing Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, who said of Green Bay's playoff loss that the Giants "didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves," Panthers quarterb...

Chad Johnson pleads no contest, avoid jail time at ex-wife’s request | ProFootballTalk
Chad Johnson appeared in a Miami courtroom this morning and entered a plea of no contest to misdemeanor domestic battery, avoiding jail time in an agreement with prosecutors and his ex-wife.

Report: NFL finally reaches deal with Time Warner Cable | ProFootballTalk
According to Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg, the league has reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable to carry the NFL Network and Red Zone Channel.

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