Fleur-de-Links: Sunday, January 27


Your daily collection of Saints/NFL-related news, analysis, commentary, opinion, and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Pro Bowl to be played tonight, New Orleans Super Bowl, you're on deck!


Good luck to , , & in the Pro Bowl tonight! (6 pm CT on NBC)

This is 7th Super Bowl at Superdome, the most for any stadium (3 stadiums have hosted 5). (HansDat note: this number seems high to me - are they mistakenly counting any of the Tulane Stadium SBs in this total?)

Beautiful Sunday

": Going bowling later 👽" no invite?

Who will b in New Orleans Superbowl Weekend?? Lets

As Super Bowl week arrives, Goodell playing both savior, villain to locals:

Good job, dude!

Thanks brah. I was hoping to make it as different from Jeff's as possible. Not sure if I accomplished it.

Oh it was definitely different from Jeff's. By a mile. As usual. That's a big part of the reason we like you.

Whoa! The readers like me? Thanks! I just try to be as fair as I possibly can.

You know we do. You and Larry are the bro-est of the Legits. This is common knowledge.

News to me, but appreciated.

the issue for me is Goodell's punishment he gave Saints didn't fit a crime he couldn't even prove.

I don't deny punishment didn't fit crime, but he also never had to prove it to the public. Should have? Yes.

Goodell dropped equivalent of a Nuclear bomb on the Saints, for that reason evidence needed to make it open & shut

I have a nomination for Saints defensive backs coach: Current USC graduate assistant Sammy Knight

": I have a nomination for Saints defensive backs coach: Current USC graduate assistant Sammy Knight" I second

I second Wang's sentiments

RT : Junior!! Can the Nation get a WHO DAT?! :)

Meet RB Mon. 1/28 from 6-7:30pm at Wal-Mart, 4810 Lapalco Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072 !


Pro Bowl Press

Pro Bowl trip a pleasure, honor for Saints punter Morstead | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - The 2012 season was rewarding for New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead — at least personally.

Pro Bowl Today | thesaintsnation.com
Andrew Juge - Today represents your last chance to watch a Saints player play football until next season as four Saints will compete in the Pro Bowl.

Video: Best of 2013 Pro Bowl sound | NFL.com
Take a listen inside the 2013 Pro Bowl practices in Hawaii where some of the NFL's finest were mic'd up, including Russell Wilson and Drew Brees.

Photo Slideshow - Pro Bowl cheerleaders | nfl.com
Hubba-Hubba...23 Skiddoo!!



Payton explains "ducks in a row" comment | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio - From the moment the NFL pulled the sheet off the Saints bounty case, the NFL accused Saints coach Sean Payton of telling his staff to lie when he instructed them to "get your ducks in a row" when the league first investigated the situation in early 2010.

Gregg Williams reportedly set to join staff of Tennessee Titans | NOLA.com


The Road to New Orleans - SB XLVII

'Saturday Night Live' sets its sights on Ray Lewis | NFL.com
'Saturday Night Live' sets its sights on Ray Lewis - story includes video.

A visitor's guide to the new, improved New Orleans for Super Bowl 2013 | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan - Some tips for Super Bowl visitors.

With Super Bowl 2013 approaching, Tom Benson remains in the spotlight | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - Gayle Benson's personality rubbing off on her husband.

Super Bowl 2013 calendar of NFL-related events | NOLA.com
Super Bowl XLVII brings much more than football to New Orleans.

Harbaugh brothers picked up lessons from their father, Jack | NOLA.com
Rachel Whittaker - Super Bowl XLVII brings them together in a big way.

CBS has turned Jackson Square into a giant broadcast center | NOLA.com
Dave Walker - It's CBS Super Bowl Park at Jackson Square for the next week.

The NFL Network plans more than 140 hours of coverage in New Orleans | NOLA.com
Dave Walker - It starts Monday (Jan. 28) at 5 a.m.

ESPN plans more than 120 hours of programming from New Orleans | NOLA.com
Dave Walker - The public is welcome to attend the Jax Brewery parking lot set.

Steve Gleason, other stars to stage flag football game at Newman | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - Just four days before Super Bowl XLVII, another important football game will happen in New Orleans.



Archie Manning: A Saint in his city | The Sun Herald
Sam Borden (NY Times) - In 1971, when Archie Manning arrived in New Orleans to quarterback the Saints, he quickly became a spokesman for a local Chevrolet dealer and was given a shiny red Corvette.

Quarterbacks underwhelm analysts at Senior Bowl - NFL.com
Since I did an Open Thread for this stupid game yesterday, I had to post at least one story on it!

Vote for the 2012 Play of the Year | nfl.com
Rank your Top 10 Plays of the Year - includes Tusk's Week 10 TD run against Atlanta.

Shaq highlights 2013 La. Sports Hall of Fame induction class | NOLA.com
Jim Kleinpeter - Former Tigers Tommy Hodson and Kevin Mawae join O'Neal, UNO hoop star Ervin (MAGIC?) Johnson among nine-member class.

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