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TWEETS:

Jonathan Vilma
I'm back to reality (almost)...hawaii had me zoned out over there, its so beautiful!!

Reggie Bush
Man airports are crazy right now with this bad weather everywhere! Flights getting cancelled all over the place! No bueno!
Leigh Torrence Jr
New Orleans weather forecast for today High 72/Low 32... Temperature is not supposed to change 40 degrees that fast, smh!

Alex James Brown
Left NOLA for this weather.... SMH

Drew Brees
Hard to believe that the Super Bowl is this Sunday. The year has gone by fast..it always does. Enjoy the week everybody

Drew Brees
Got back from the Pro Bowl late last night. Had a blast. Crazy game. The week was awesome - Baylen loves the beach, and the fishies

Malcolm Jenkins
Looking forward to a rainy day...nothing like a nap when it's raining!!!

Greg Aiello
by JasonLaCanfora
Special Master Stephen Burbank refuses to bar NFL's access to 2011 contracted TV revenue, which was the goal of the union in the case.

Greg Aiello
by JasonLaCanfora
NFL STATEMENT: As we have said all along, a new CBA has to be hammered out at the negotiating table, not in the courtroom.,,(more)

Greg Aiello
by JasonLaCanfora
Special Master squarely rejected union’s demand that NFL be denied access to payments league’s TV partners are obligated to make in 2011.

Greg Aiello
by JasonLaCanfora
We understand the union intends to appeal Special Master’s decision, but we are confident his detailed ruling will be affirmed.

Lance Moore
Packers RT @: @ Fan all the way from Norway! Who do u think wins the SB? Have a blessed week, and keep up the hard work

Lance Moore
This weather is terrible, but moms cooking should def put a smile on our faces @

Garrett Hartley

Garrett Hartley
Just arrived at the Rachael Ray show... Hanging out in the green room waiting to meet the host!! Wait till y'all see what I'm making!!

 

SAINTS:

What is your most vivid New Orleans Saints Super Bowl memory? | NOLA.com
Tell us your one memory from last year that stands out above all the others.

Heath Evans one of many New Orleans Saints speaking highly of Drew Brees: mailbag | NOLA.com
Answering your Saints questions

LSU offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe has fond memories of coaching with New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams | NOLA.com
"Gregg was great," Kragthorpe said during his introductory press conference at LSU Monday. "What a phenomenal person and one heck of a football coach. The hardest part about working for Gregg was that Gregg was a defensive guy, so every day in practice you were seeing, I mean, that guy blitzes from everywhere. It was like Canadian football - he was bringing 12 or 14 guys all the time, it looked like.

Saints: Who will stay and who will go -- LBs | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
With the Super Bowl set for Sunday, we thought it’d be a good time to look at the roster the Saints ended the season with and give our two cents into what players should stick around and which players should go.

 

2011 HALL OF FAME FINALISTS:

Q&A with Former Saint William Roaf
Former Saints OT William Roaf is one of five first-year eligible players among the 15 modern-era finalists who will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011 this Saturday.

The case for Willie Roaf in Hall of Fame - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Roaf’s résumé is sparkling and he should be elected Saturday when voters in Texas see his name as a finalist in the first year he’s eligible.

New Orleanian Marshall Faulk is up for the Hall of Fame this weekend | NOLA.com
"It's almost impossible to not think about it," he said. "It's not a jinx - it's that you've got family, you've got friends, you've got fans. And constantly you're reminded, 'good luck; I wish the best for you,' So to walk around regardless of how much I try not to think about it. - it happens, you're reminded of it and it's just a part of my life."

 

SUPER BOWL XLV:

Deep NFC South ties to Super Bowl staffs - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The NFC South doesn't have a team in the Super Bowl. But it's got almost a full team of coaches.

Super Bowl gets a cold shoulder - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
And the question rose again: why, why, why does the NFL insist on playing its biggest game in cities that can not guarantee good weather?

Goodell unfairly rats out Steelers over Big Ben - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
For reasons Goodell needs to explain, the NFL commissioner commented to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King about investigating Roethlisberger last offseason, a process that resulted in a six-game suspension (reduced to four). King released an excerpt of Goodell’s comments (more to appear in this week’s magazine) that painted Roethlisberger as an ostracized member of the Steelers and, more importantly, threw nearly two dozen of his teammates under the bus.

Tough to argue against Polamalu for DPOY | National Football Post
Two votes. That’s all that separated Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu and Green Bay’s Clay Matthews when the Steelers’ safety took home the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award.

James Harrison takes shot at Roger Goodell with 'pillow' talk - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
"I don't want to hurt nobody. I don't want to step on nobody's foot or hurt their toe," Harrison said, according to The Washington Post. "I don't want to have no dirt or none of this rubber on this field fly into their eye and make their eye hurt. I just want to tackle them softly on the ground, and if you all can, we'll lay a pillow down where I'm going to tackle them, so they don't hit the ground too hard ... Mr. Goodell."

 

DRAFT TALK:

The 2008 NFL Re-Draft: How it would have gone had we known what we know now - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
7.) New Orleans Saints: Another defensive bust fell into the hands of the New Orleans Saints in the name of Sedrick Ellis(notes). The big defensive tackle has been a disappointment, to say the least. He hasn't been terrible, so maybe the word bust is a bit strong, as he did lead the team in sacks in 2010, although it was with only 6, but he is by no means an impact player. The Saints would have been much better off going with the Pro-Bowl cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie(notes). Imagine Cromartie on the Saints defense. He would make an already great team, nearly unbeatable.

Mocking the first round of the draft - NFC South Blog - ESPN
At No. 24, Schrager has the New Orleans Saints taking Kerrigan.

 

CBA TALKS:

CBS rejects NFLPA ‘Let Them Play' ad for All-Star game - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
In refusing the ad and neglecting to give a specific reason beyond a vague claim that it doesn't want to be involved in labor negotiations (too late for that!), CBS brings up a topic that the owners would rather not see discussed -- once again, the NFL's antitrust exemption should (and will) be called into question, especially if the NFLPA decertifies in the face of a lockout, allowing an antitrust suit to be filed.

Joint NFL-NFLPA Statement Released on Jan. 31

 

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Titans interview Munchak, Heimerdinger next - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
It's unclear if New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, a close friend of former coach Jeff Fisher, will interview for the job.