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Fleur-de-Links - Sept. 17th: Saints Not Taking the 49ers Lightly

With today's injury report staying the same as yesterday's, all is looking well for the Saints' trip to San Francisco tomorrow in preparation for Monday night. Coach Singletary is saying his team WILL stop Drew Brees. It'll be interesting to see if they're successful. That's a mighty big prognostication, but Singletary has proven before he's got the mighty big balls to back it up. This is the same man who once dropped his pants in front of his team in order to make a point and get their attention.

As for our side, all reports seem to indicate that Coach Payton isn't allowing his team to discount the 49ers' ability to pull the upset. I like our chances. More after the jump.

BTW, what caption would you give the above pic of Drew and the young ball player? Here's mine and the most obvious one - "Hey Drew, what's that on your face?"


Pierre_Thomas another productive day...lookin fwd to Monday Night Football! #saints

thomasmorstead Great day! Practice, weights, rockin sake, movie. Bout to hit the sack, can't wait for San Fran!!!

HeathEvans Tuff day @ work! "Pay now or pay later!" U can pay the price of hard work now & win on MonNight or slack & pay the price on MonNight! #fb

jgoody76 Am I the only only that likes listening to music in the morning instead of hearing people talk on these morning shows.

OGOchoCinco #fact I will smashed by Ray Lewis at some point in the game, i will jump as usual n continue to talk shh, why? I ain't got no sense #shrugs

LanceMoore16 Doing work lol

jeffduncantp Arrived in downtown San Francisco. Fog shrouding the city & bay. Sweatshirt weather is a refreshing change, though. Giants in 1st, too!

jeffduncantp Not @ prax today so will rely on the conscientous @wwltvsports for the #saints injury report: Strief (knee), Ivory (knee), Waters (hams) DNP

jeffduncantp RT @MaioccoCSN: 49ers DC Greg Manusky said both reserve OLBs Travis LaBoy and Ahmad Brooks will see action in rotation Monday vs. Saints.


SOMETHING HILARIOUS FROM THE ONION (first posted by DrewBreesManCrush):

Drew Brees Casually Wonders Aloud If He Really Could Get Away With Murder In This Town | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
This is hilarious stuff - "Drew can kill me if he wants," said Esme Carlinda, 72, who has followed the Saints since the founding of the franchise in 1967. "My family, too. With everything he has done for this town, he just has to tell us where and when and we'll be there."


SAINTS vs. 49ers:

Saints injury list stays pat at three | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold
The same three players who missed Thursday’s practice sat out against Friday as the Saints moved one day closer to their Monday game at San Francisco.

No change to New Orleans Saints injury report on Friday |
New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton said Friday there were no changes to the team's injury report, which, given its thin nature, was welcome news for Saints fans on the eve of the team traveling to the West Coast to face the 49ers next Monday night. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma is still on the list with a groin injury he...

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton says 49ers "body of work" demands respect |
The key to understanding the San Francisco 49ers won't be found in tape of the 31-6 beating they took in their season opener in Seattle, according to New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton. Rather, Payton said Wednesday, one needs to examine San Francisco's "body of work," and in particular the way the team played last year against some of...

Maiocco: Saints Provide 49ers with 'GPS Game'
The 49ers' struggling and thin defensive backfield will be given the ultimate test against New Orleans. But that's also good news.

Saints-49ers Preview - Sep. 15, 2010 - NFL - Game Preview
After a hard-fought victory in their opener, the New Orleans Saints have the chance to make franchise history. The San Francisco 49ers are just looking to avoid their worst start in six years following a deflating loss.

Which team did Mike Singletary motivate with his speech? Poll |
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New Orleans Saints have adjusted to abnormal scheduling |
It's indicative that team is in its prime

New Orleans Saints are expecting San Francisco to be a difficult team to beat |
Picked by many to win the NFC West, the San Francisco 49ers opened their season by laying a big, rotten egg in Seattle when they got whipped 31-6. So does that make the 49ers more dangerous than ever? New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton suggested Thursday it does. "Certainly when you're playing a team that's coming off a tough...

New Orleans Saints fans became spoiled in offensive outburst last season |
But team learned valuable lesson in 14-9 season-opening win

San Francisco 49ers Coach Mike Singletary: 'We will stop Drew Brees' |
Watch his interview with San Fransciso's KPIX

NFL Videos: Week 2: Saints vs. 49ers Preview
Mike Singletary looks to avenge a disappointing Week 1 loss as the 49ers take on the Saints in their home opener. | Sports | Saints Notebook for September 17, 2010 — Baton Rouge, LA
Saints quarterback Drew Brees moved up two spots on the NFL’s all-time list for passing yards when he threw for 237 yards in the season opener against Minnesota on Sept. 9. Brees, who started the season in 33rd place with 30,646 yards, moved up to 31st against the Vikings with 30,993 yards. He passed Norm Snead, who was 32nd with 30,797, and Tom Brady, who was 31st with 30,844. But Brady regained the 31st spot, however, when he threw for 258 yards in the season opener against Cincinnati yards — dropping Brees to 32nd.

49ers notes: Team won't communicate how they'll fix communication woes - Sacramento Sports - Kings, 49ers, Raiders, High School Sports | Sacramento Bee

Of mice and men: Singletary defends Raye
Mike Singletary got rid of the elephant in the room two weeks ago, only to find the 49ers have a rat problem, too. The former was in regard to Vernon Davis versus Michael Crabtree in an argument during practice. The...

Peterson: San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary needs bombastic effort on field - San Jose Mercury News
One day after a devastating Yahoo! Sports report that detailed dissension and dysfunction among 49ers players and coaches, head coach Mike Singletary did what he does best -- he opened a big ol can of bombast.

One Man's NFL Picks for Week 2
NEW ORLEANS (-6) AT SAN FRANCISCO- Alex Smith is still the same. Bad news. Frank Gore ran for only 38 yards. More bad news. The 49ers got humiliated against a division opponent. Even more bad news. Now the defending champions are coming to town? Blowout, right? Not so fast. Last week, Mike Singletary's crew got a taste of what being a favorite is like. They were the heavy favorites to win their division and got sent right back to earth. So why in the world can they hang with the Saints? They still have a talented defensive front. Gore will have much better days and the Saints did miss some tackles, which was lost in the shuffle of their win last week. Plus, Vernon Davis is much faster and more athletic than Visanthe Shiancoe who caused problems for New Orleans' defense. In the end, the Saints will take this one. Their offensive line is stout and they proved they can play ball control, which was good to see. Still, it was a long week for the 49ers too. Now they're at home in prime time and the motivation level is something that goes well beyond Xs and Os. NEW ORLEANS-27 SAN FRANCISCO-23



Right and wrong collide for New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush after relinquishing Heisman
Within 60 minutes Thursday at the training facility of the World Champion New Orleans Saints, we had an innocent collision between what is believed to be right and perceived to be wrong inside our sporting world.

Bush: Giving back trophy not an admission of guilt | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold
Two days after announcing he was forfeiting his 2005 Heisman Trophy, Saints running back Reggie Bush spoke of problems with the NCAA and how the system needs to change. But he wouldn’t admit any guilt or wrongdoing.



Superstar Brees stepping up in NFLPA's lockout threat battle - NFL - Football
It's not about an individual, but about the whole lot. Big name players like Drew Brees and Tom Brady are now leading not only on the field, but also in courts. Gwen Knapp says this involvement is a huge plus for the Players Association in fighting the threat of a lockout.

Saints-Vikings review: New Orleans showed mettle in win over Vikings | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold's video review of the New Orleans-Minnesota season opener.

Stores get more grief over "Who Dat" gear | | News
The controversy over who actually owns the phrase "Who Dat" is resurfacing.

Saints help start football program at local charter | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold
The Saints have helped the psyche of New Orleans time and again during the past five years. Thursday, 10 of the players were at it again, presenting a $100,000 check to the Sojourner Truth Academy to help start the charter school’s football program.

Saints Players Help Jumpstart Sojourner Truth Program

Quarterbacks make the NFL go round - Sports -
3. Drew Brees, Saints: A champ in his prime. And he could have been a Dolphin!



New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees on prime-time games

Saints defense isn't taking San Fran's performance as a sign

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