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Fleur-de-Links: Sunday February 13, 2011

On Valentine's Eve, you get Marie-Eve Pelletier of Canada.   (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
On Valentine's Eve, you get Marie-Eve Pelletier of Canada. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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The wait is over.  Your Sunday afternoon Valentine's Eve edition of Fleur-de-Links is finally here.  Enjoy!


ChaseDaniel Eating at The Palm In Atlanta with @tylerlorenzen of my favorite restaurants!
j_bushrod7475 When I see a corny ass #Kay jeweler commercial it makes me not even wanna buy jewelry..sorry @jessmendez_ ... Jk
T_Porter22 Yessss we did RT @plawrence360: What a day!! I had to go find Sedrick Ellis and get him to @T_Porter22wedding ...
_Porter22 Thank u RT @SaintsNurse: @T_Porter22 @tpwifeCongrats on you wedding, wishing you many years of happiness!!
T_Porter22 Preciate ya bro RT @KelSpencer: @T_Porter22Congrats on the wedding Bae Bro!
T_Porter22 Had a big day today and a lot of fam, friends, and teammates came to support. Thanx I love u all!
KimKardashian Happily married couples are cool
T_Porter22 Thx im glad u did too RT @ToryDandy: @T_Porter22 Congrats fam! Had great time last night.
T_Porter22 Good look homie RT @TheVicSmith#BigUps To Tha Homie @T_Porter22 Congrats!
JonVilma51 i'm surprised at how many women agreed wit me, i'm making all of y'all my valentine's so i dont have to spend a penny lolol!!
HeathEvans I hate having to apologize 2 Beth...especially the times when I really did something wrong! Lol#mybigmouthcausesmesomuchtrouble #fb
LanceMoore16 #cheers to a great night everybody!!!
robyslyfe Happy Sunday! LORD thank U for the continued blessings showered upon me & my family, may U continue to lead and allow us to follow. #BLESSED
jeffduncantp My column defending #Nola & its reaction to Sean Payton's move to Dallas: "Either you get New Orleans or you don't"
iWillSmith Had a great time at my boy @t_porter22 wedding.. Congrats bro.


Who Dat Nation has every right to be upset with New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton's move |
Jeff Duncan - Fans unfairly criticized by national media.

Updated Saints Roster |
PDF version of the "most current roster" (their words, not mine)

I worked Tracy Porter's wedding today |
From a message board, the user sweetlybroken starts a thread about working at Tracy Porter's wedding on Saturday.


NFL Labor

Player agents call NFL labor situation a 'mess' -
Associated Press - Some NFL agents say they aren't expecting much progress in negotiations between the NFL and the players' union before the collective bargaining agreement expires March 3.

NFL Owners vs. NFL Players: Isn't It Always the Players' Fault? |
Roger I. Abrams - The media buzzards are already beginning to circle the carcass of the once-great, but-no-longer-so National Football League. We know for certain who will be blamed: the players.

NFL Lockout: The Legal Issues Behind the NFL-CBA Negotiations |
Gabriel A. Feldman - These are interesting times for the NFL. Immediately after producing the most watched television show in U.S. history, the focus has shifted towards the negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA.

Memo to the Political Blogosphere About the NFL Lockout |
Brian Frederick - This is about two groups fighting for the billions that we give them. Neither side is in the right. And if there is no football in the fall, both sides will be in the wrong.

Who's Greedier, the Millionaires or Billionaires? |
Associated Press - Jim Litke

How the NFL players and owners can get a deal done through comprimise and avoid a lockout |
Gary Myers - In the most popular and profitable sports league in the country, NFL owners are now less than three weeks away from going on strike and locking out the players. It accentuates how the balance of power in the collective bargaining agreement has changed in the last 30 years. (HansDat note: it doesn't bode well for the clip when they typo 'compromise' in the title...readers beware)

If it gets an NFL labor deal done, I'm all for roster gimmicks | Naples Daily News
David Moulton is a freelance writer and co-host of "Miller and Moulton in the Afternoon," which airs weekdays 2 to 7 p.m. on WWCN/AM 770 ESPN. His column runs Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

NFL, Roger Goodell not on same page as fans about 18-game season |
Gene Wojciechowski - (remember him from Barney Miller?) If you're going to hard sell an 18-game NFL schedule, prove that someone other than commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners actually want the extra games. Includes video.



Addressing lingering questions |
Lingering questions from the 2010 season can now be addressed, writes John Clayton.

Application of franchise tag could prove to be merely symbolic |
Jason La Canfora - Who will get franchise tag? Will it matter?