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Fleur-De-Links: Saturday, October 22

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thomasmorstead For all #USM #Eagles fans out there.... #Ponyup #SMUFB #theleg

Mark_Ingram28 It's the third Saturday in October, you already know what time it is!! #ROLLTIDEROLL

Mark_Ingram28 Everybody think I'm not gonna say Roll Tide because I'm in LSU country!! I don't care!! I'm #ROLLTIDE til I die!!

JeffDuncanTP Heading to Baton Rouge to cover Auburn-LSU. My first game at Tiger Stadium in years. Looking forward to the SEC atmosphere.

GregBensel Coach Payton and Bob Costas taping NBC interview for Sunday night- see famed china doll near Coach Payton right

moosedenied The bad news: I forgot where I stashed my fake weed. The good news: I know exactly where I stashed my actual weed.

caplannfl Saints released veteran OT Alex Barron (knee) off IR with an injury settlement, which could suggest he's able to play this season.

Mark_Ingram28 The best thing about whoopin Tennessee is the post-game cigars for the entire team! #tradition

Mark_Ingram28 Get out my #mentions talkin bout auburn, what y'all doing this year?? Lol

JeffDuncanTP Covered LSU for Times-Pic in the dark days of 1999, DiNardo's final year. Guessing Tiger Stadium atmosphere will be a little different 2day.

JonVilma51 Canes. 3:30. Thanku, That is all.

camjordan94 Argh! I want what i can't have right now!!! Weird, right! If it ain mine now or it ain mine n the next week o so I'll b over it

JeffDuncanTP 2 hrs pre-kickoff. Bumper-2-bumper traffic on Nicholson Dr en route 2 stadium. Someone should introduce Baton Rouge 2 concept of contraflow.

MalcolmJenkins Looking forward to a good day of rest before our first sunday night game in the dome ...can't wait!! Who Dat!!

moosedenied @JeffDuncanTP Ouch. DiNardo = frying pan, Haslett = fire. Yikes. Although, never having to deal w/ Saban = high five!

LHolderCBS Just saw Olin Kreutz walking across Magazine St. I'm stunned the guy is still in town.

moosedenied Pretty sure The American Dream is to consume some fake weed AND kick a hillbilly douchebag in the face. Either/or is just plain ole life.

thomasmorstead So many mustang haters.... The #GoldenEagles are going down #Ponyup


From the Saints Sideline

Feelin' the Brees graphic |
Dan Swenson - An illustrated look at how Drew Brees and the 4-2 New Orleans Saints' top five offensive playmakers have performed through Game 6 and during their 26-20 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

New Orleans Saints beat reporter Mike Triplett on NFL Network |
Kevin Spain - He was there talking Olin Kreutz. Check it out.

Saints host crumbling Colts in battle of extreme opposites |
Sports Network - Ummmm, yeah...sorry, NBC. What looked like a potentially super matchup when the schedule was concocted a few months back, Indianapolis at New Orleans at the Superdome on a Sunday night is a touch less attractive these days after a few regular-season weeks of clear-headed assessment.

Payton only the latest example of sideline dangers |
Brett Martel (AP) - Sean Payton played quarterback through high school, college and even as a replacement player during the 1987 NFL strike. Yet it wasn't until he was wearing a headset, not a helmet, and holding a flip card, not a football, that he was seriously injured in a game.

Game Preview: Saints vs. Colts |
New Orleans and Indianapolis square off for the first time since Super Bowl XLIV.


Colts Corral

Notebook: Dungy provides motivational tale for Colts |
Mike Chappell - A familiar voice found its way to receptive ears this week. Includes video preview by Star Colts reporter (not Cub Reporter) Phil Wilson.

Notebook: Defensive back Thomas' debut to come against potent pass offense of Saints |
Phil Richards and Mike Chappell - Facing a quarterback like Drew Brees and a corps of receivers the depth of the New Orleans Saints' is a challenge for anyone, more so for a team in need of help at cornerback. 

After tough start, Colts offensive line shows real progress |
Phil Richards - With new starters at four of five positions, there figured to be a period of adjustment for the Indianapolis Colts offensive line this season.

Kevin Bowen - He’s like that nagging fly in the room, or the rock that slips into a shoe.  Perhaps he is the horrible song that gets stuck in a person’s head.

Bethea: Colts back Caldwell, not depressed - AFC South Blog |
Paul Kuharsky

CountdownDaily: Colts-Saints - AFC South Blog |
Paul Kuharsky - Tim Hasselbeck and Jerry Rice make their picks for the Colts-Saints game in New Orleans.

Video: AccuScore looks at Colts-Saints - AFC South Blog |
What has to happen for the Colts to upset the Saints? (HansDat note: And from the freeze-screen graphic on the video, the key matchup is Curtis Painter vs. Marques Colston.)



Times-Picayune's Week 7 NFL predictions |
"Experts" make their selections.

Saints-Colts Broadcast Information |
The New Orleans Saints battle the Indianapolis Colts in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this Sunday. Kickoff is set for 7:20 pm CDT. (HansDat Grumpy Old Man Note: I'm already tired of seeing MB attached to the Superdome name all the time - just like the first time the Sugar Bowl was christened "the USF&G Sugar Bowl" - blech!)

Saints-Colts Pregame Entertainment |
Staff report.

NFC South Week 7 programming notes - NFC South Blog |
Whew! Now i know what Pat Y. will be doing this weekend...

The injuries that matter most - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - The final Friday injury reports are out.