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Fleur-de-Links - Sept. 14th: John Carney Says Don't Worry About Hartley and Reggie Forfeits his Heisman Trophy

Just when I was about to proclaim this to be a slow Saints news day, Reggie Bush announces that he is forfeiting his 2005 Heisman Trophy. Jeff Duncan says he did this because he was most likely about to have it taken away from him by the Heisman Trophy Trust. This news saddens me.

In other less saddening news, Brian Alee-Walsh takes his (and many Saints fans') concerns over Garrett Hartley's two missed field goal attempts in the Vikings game to veteran John Carney and is essentially told to calm the f*** down. Plus, former Saint Derland Moore gets a high school football field named after him. More after the jump.


jeffduncantp Reggie Bush just issued a statement through the #Saints that he plans to forfeit the 2005 Heisman Trophy

jeffduncantp Bush: "I will forever appreciate the honor bestowed upon me as a winner of the Heisman. While this decision is heart-breaking, ... (contd.)

jeffduncantp .Bush (cntd) ... I find solace in knowing that the award was made possible by the support & love of so many. ..."

jeffduncantp Bush (contd.): "...Those are gifts that can never be taken away."

Adam_Schefter New England traded running back Laurence Maroney to Denver. Compensation not know yet. More details at

bobbymccray Thanks boss man...RT @MrParonomasiac: @bobbymccray Good luck with the Texans! You're too good to be out-of-work 4 long...

jeffduncantp The #Saints rank No. 8 in total defense after one week, 14th in rushing and 10th in passing.

jeffduncantp Here's something I'm certain will change after Week 1: #Saints are ranked No. 16 in NFL in total offense, 25th in rushing, 14th in passing.

jeffduncantp RT @SI_PeterKing: If I had an on-field-maturity pill here in my desk drawer, I'd mail it to Philip Rivers this morning. Sheesh.

LanceMoore16 Good morning everyone. Hope u all have a great and productive day. #dowork

JonVilma51 It's back to work! You know how we do...100mph!!



Statement from Reggie Bush Regarding Heisman Trophy
It is for these reasons that I have made the difficult decision to forfeit my title as Heisman winner of 2005. The persistent media speculation regarding allegations dating back to my years at USC has been both painful and distracting. In no way should the storm around these allegations reflect in any way on the dignity of this award, nor on any other institutions or individuals. Nor should it distract from outstanding performances and hard-earned achievements either in the past, present or future.

Bush says some gifts last forever - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Yep, give the Heisman Trust folks their trophy back and try to move forward. That’s the best thing Bush can do right now. I’m not condoning his actions that got the University of Southern California in trouble and led to this latest move. But they were ancient history.

Reggie Bush decides to forfeit 2005 Heisman Trophy - ESPN Los Angeles
Reggie Bush has decided to forfeit his 2005 Heisman.



Former New Orleans Saints kicker John Carney calls Garrett Hartley's misses "blip on the radar"
"This is just a blip in the radar and it’ll pass by quickly I believe,’’ Carney said when reached Tuesday at his home in San Diego. "He’s very solid in his approach to kicking. He’s very solid in his mechanics. He’s an aggressive kicker. I have extreme confidence that he’ll have a great season in 2010 for the New Orleans Saints.’’

Struggles For Kicker Garret Hartley A Concern For The New Orleans Saints? | Who Dat Dish | A New Orleans Saints Blog
For young kicker Garret Hartley his NFL career has not come easy. Undrafted out of the University of Oklahoma in 2008 Hartley was picked up by the Denver


NEXT GAME vs. THE 49ers:

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The New Orleans Saints are back where they belong. They’re No. 1 in the latest Power Rankings.

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Poplar Bluff High names field after former Saints defensive lineman Derland Moore
From 1963 through 1968, Derland Moore was a football player who eventually became a star for the Poplar Bluff Mules in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. 42 years later, the school has not forgotten. The former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman will have the football field at Poplar Bluff named after him at a ceremony on October 8.



Sean Payton on the play of the defense last week