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Fleur-de-Links Sunday, January 30 - Pro Bowl Sunday Is Finally Here!


Wait no longer, football fans.  Your day of days is here.  

Tonight, at 7:00 pm EST, the AFC all-stars square off against the NFC studs in the premiere "game of the week" (in the week that comes between the conference championships and Super Bowl).  Be sure to come back to CSC tonight to join in on the always lively open game thread.  It'll be must-see CSC.

In addition to the latest from the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, this edition of your Fleur-de-Links brings you a Jeff Duncan column on NFL medical report shenanigans, a Saints honor from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, Senior Bowl results and recaps, inane and somewhat entertaining player tweets, and a slew of Super Bowl news.



ChaseDaniel Good luck to Mizzou tonight vs Texas! Let's gooo! 
jgoody76 I know lol RT @takenby76: Lol, I'm not even going to tell y'all where I ate at today.
HeathEvans What's going on in Palm Beach tonight folks? #fb
j_bushrod7475 Eating pigs feet at this wild game dinner!!#dontjudgeme!!!
j_bushrod7475 Team #hiro..
j_bushrod7475 Lmao there's alot of ratchetness going on in this pic!!! "@LMAOTwitpics: What's NOT Wrong With This Picture?"
reggie_bush RT @I_Love_Bama: @reggie_bush did you watch the Senior Bowl? Yes I did
TylerLorenzen Fat kid! RT @RandiSavoie: start to a great night :p
jgoody76 Lmao RT @EricStangel: EXCLUSIVE! 1st look at Packers team photo including all players, backups, IR, coaches (cont)
drewbrees Excited about the Pro Bowl tomorrow. It has been a fun week here in Oahu. Some great beach time with family and friends
BillyMiller83 How do you tell a DJ he is really bad?
T_Porter22 Up early for some reason, I hate when that happens

Saints Stories

Saints earn LSWA honor |
Unlike an onside kick to start the second half of a Super Bowl, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Headliner of the Year for 2010 is no big surprise.

NFL teams notorious for medical report subterfuge |
Jeff Duncan - New Orleans Saints among most egregious violators.

Pro Bowl like a salve for New Orleans Saints participants' wounded pride |
Mike Triplett - Carl Nicks was 'hesitant' to work under Falcons coaching staff.

New Orleans Saints put finishing touches on scouting at Senior Bowl |
Jim Varney - Getting to know players as individuals key.

Senior Bowl Wrap-Up

Florida State's Christian Ponder leads South to 24-10 Senior Bowl win |
Staff Report - LSU's Josh Jasper makes field goal on opening drive.

Video: Senior Bowl highlights |
Find out who impressed in the 2011 Senior Bowl, where the South defeated the North 24-10.

Video: Senior Bowl standouts |
Who were the stand out players in the Senior Bowl? "Total Access" breaks it down.

Pro Bowl Bits

Final thoughts on the eve of Pro Bowl | blogs
Simon Samano

Pigskin paradise: Players hope Pro Bowl will stay in Hawaii |
Associated Press Sunday's Pro Bowl marks the return to Hawaii -- where it had been since 1980. After spending a year in Miami in an experiment by the NFL to combine the all-star game activities with the Super Bowl, the players want to keep the game right where it is.

Super Bowl Stuff

Super Bowl wagering has made for some hilarious stories |
Jennifer Armstrong - History of underdogs may be key for game.

Rodgers' critique of Packers' offsite rehab draws Barnett's ire | wire report - This time, it's a comment -- not a tweet -- that has created another rift between Green Bay Packers players as they prepare for the Super Bowl. And it's deep enough that one of the team's most vocal Twitter users is vowing to quit using the service.

Packers watch video for tips on taking down Roethlisberger |
Associated Press - Linebacker Desmond Bishop said the Green Bay Packers began preparing for Ben Roethlisberger by watching video of how not to bring down the Pittsburgh Steelers' big quarterback. They know how to hit him, but it's easier said than done.

Yes, the Packers love playing indoors - NFC North Blog |
Kevin Seifert - What follows is some unfiltered Super Bowl XLV truth.

The festering team photo issue - NFC North Blog |
Kevin Seifert - Well, well, well. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that, after the wild season we've had in the NFC North, we would have a bizarre exchange among Green Bay Packers players during the bye weekend that bridges the two weeks of hype for Super Bowl XLV. 

Bound for Texas - AFC North Blog |
James Walker - The AFC North blog is taking its show on the road. We are all packed and traveling Sunday to the great state of Texas to cover Super Bowl XLV.