Fleur-de-Links: Saints News 2/2/13

Drew Breeeeees!!! Got to knock over cardboard cutout figures of these ladies with his football laser passes (see video below). - Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

Your daily collection of Saints/NFL news, analysis, commentary, opinion, and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Super Bowl XLVII Weekend is Here!!!



Slim Saints Pickings

New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith says he sees himself in the team's 2013 mix | NOLA.com
James Varney - Saints defensive end Will Smith and actor Wendell Pierce held a joint fundraiser for their respective foundations Friday evening.

Brees: Time for Saints to move on | The Advocate
Scott Rabalais - It’s no surprise Drew Brees would rather be a competitor than an ambassador.

Drew Brees Transitions From New Orleans' Quarterback to Ambassador as Super Bowl Approaches | neworleanssaints.com
Alex Restrepo - Drew Brees says he wants to help Super Bowl visitors enjoy their time and want to come back to New Orleans

Pro Football Focus Scores For Saints Players in 2012 | thesaintsnation.com
Andrew Juge - In this first segment of two we'll look at how the offense did this year.

Tulane Coach Curtis Johnson reconnects with former players | NOLA.com
Rachel Whittaker - Sporting his New Orleans Saints Super Bowl ring from three years ago, Tulane football coach and former Saints wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson made the rounds Friday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Saints DT Akiem Hicks and S Isa Abdul-Quddus Participate in NFL’s PLAY 60-Scholastic Read & Rise Eve | neworleanssaints.com
Hicks and Abdul-Quddus were joined by Saints RB Travaris Cadet and former Saints WR Michael Lewis at the event.


Goodell's Presser

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talks about Super Bowl, player safety in press conference | NOLA.com
Commissioner's first media availability of the week. Includes photo slideshow.

Roger Goodell believes suspensions best way to curb repeat illegal hit offenders | NOLA.com
Terrance Harris - Goodell touched on number of subjects during annual Super Bowl press conference.


Super Bowl Spectacle

New Orleans City Council members pass on Super Bowl tickets | NOLA.com
Richard Rainey - Scoring tickets to any Super Bowl often takes a lot of luck and a big wallet, unless, of course, you've won a recent election in the host city.

Who Dats take in festivities downtown, even though their team isn't in Super Bowl 2013 | NOLA.com
John Pope - With the massively touted Super Bowl 2013 only two days away, one might have expected hordes of Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49er fans in Woldenberg Park on Friday afternoon. (HansDat note: stay tuned tomorrow for my words and pictures post on my parents' experience there when they cruised downtown on Friday.)

Super Bowl weekend is no party for Goodell | KansasCity.com
Sam Mellinger (HansDat note: Anyone feel sorry for Goodell? Good. Me either.)

Ravens fans search for stars, with one friend missing | NOLA.com
Danielle Drellinger - Gabrielle Descoteau and Lesley Smith were in the wrong hotel.

For a moment with Golden Joe, 49ers fans happily wait hours | NOLA.com
Juliet Linderman - What is it like to meet your hero?

Baltimore Ravens fans get married in New Orleans | NOLA.com
Danielle Drellinger - The bride wore purple. That's not the future Daisy Sudano imagined in 2001 on her first date with Jim Pellegrini.

Pro Football Hall of Fame unveils treasures in New Orleans exhibit at WWII Museum | NOLA.com
With thousands of Super Bowl 2013 fans in town, it’s a perfect time for such a collaboration, a chance for visitors and locals to see amazing NFL memorabilia and tour one of the most popular attractions in New Orleans.

More celebrity sightings | NOLA.com
Grace Wilson - The stars keep aligning for Super Bowl 2013 and Mardi Gras.

Photo gallery: ESPN the Magazine Next party | NOLA.com
Michael DeMocker - Athletes, celebrities and a spaceman stroll the red carpet during the ESPN the Magazine NEXT party at Tad Gormley Stadium in advance of the Super Bowl on Friday, February 1, 2013.


Wait, There's an Actual Game Going On, Too?

The Super Bowl XLVII injury report has plenty of probables | ProFootballTalk
Josh Alper - The final injury report of the season has been released and we aren’t going to be spending much time Sunday wondering if an injured player is able to make it onto the field.

Ray Lewis finishes his last full practice, and John Harbaugh says the Ravens are ready | NOLA.com
The future Hall of Famer and his teammates had an "A-plus-plus" practice, according to John Harbaugh.

Four matchups that could decide the game | NOLA.com
Jim Kleinpeter - Ravens linebackers will have to be wary of Colin Kaepernick's running.

Ravens vs 49ers matchup graphic | NOLA.com
Dan Swenson - Take a look at this Super Bowl XLVII matchup graphic from the Associated Press.

O.J. Brigance has become source of inspiration for Baltimore and the Ravens | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan - The Baltimore Ravens have extra motivation for Super Bowl 2013 but it's not the kind they wanted.

Harbaughs downplay family rivalry, stress teamwork | ESPN.com
AP - Working separately, John and Jim Harbaugh each guided their teams to the Super Bowl.



Steve Gleason makes plea for $5 million in donations to fight ALS before Super Bowl | sportsnola.com
Jude Young - Steve Gleason continues to take his fight against ALS to the masses.

Ten questions with sports broadcaster Dan Patrick | NOLA.com
Patrick started his own national radio show, hosts NBC's "Football Night in America," and helped anchor the 2012 Olympics.

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