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Fleur-de-Links: March 24, 2011


Peter Griffin
I just read an article on the dangers of heavy drinking... scared the hell out of me. So thats it, after today... no more reading.

Peter Griffin
When lifes a bitch, learn to pimp it.
Leigh Torrence Jr
Planning bachelor parties is so much fun... Vegas Baby!

Jeff Duncan
Excited about the book panel discussion I'm participating in @ along w/Ellis Henican on Sat., at 1PM

Jason La Canfora
Joe Flanagan, agent for Da'Quan Bowers, released a statement saying his client's knee is ahead of schedule and will perform all duties at...

What about Saints Social Media Followers Outside the US? 1 Canada 2 Mexico 3 France 4 United Kingdom 5 Germany had the most responses!

NFLPlayerNews Saints | Could still take DL in draft

NFLPlayerNews Saints | Remi Ayodele could see decreased playing time

New Orleans Saints
We did a Social Media Poll this week asking our followers what city they were currently in.More than 5,000 responded. Here are some results:

New Orleans Saints
Non-Louisiana Cities with the most Saints Social Media Followers: 1 Atlanta 2 Dallas 3 Jackson 4 Houston 5 Chicago

New Orleans Saints
Louisiana Cities with the most Saints Social Media Followers: 1 New Orleans 2 Baton Rouge 3 Lafayette 4 Shreveport 5 Livingston

Chase Daniel
Due to a defaulting 3rd party organizer I'm forced to postpone my Columbia camp. Very disappointed for the kids but hope to reschedule soon.

Chase Daniel
1,100 calories! RT @ Chicken and Waffles at IHOP? Does not sound appetizing.

Michael McCarthy
by AdamSchefter
BREAKING: In his 3rd go-round with ESPN, Bill Parcells will tape a 90-minute NFL Draft special in April w/Mike Tirico.

Courtney Roby
"@: @...I see why u love New Orleans is beautiful"<--yessiirrr great place to be!!

Tracy Porter
Starving, but I can't go nowhere bc the painter is STILL painting my front door. He been here since 9am..smdh

jonathan goodwin
This is how I look after an hour on the treadmill.

Pierre Thomas
this lil dude is a beast!!

Adam Schefter
Even @ admitted the season is "at risk." The great @ has the details -- and got the same vibe I did.

Jonathan Vilma
chris brown apologizes for outburst...not buying it....they say any publicity is good publicity just as long as they're talking about you.

Adam Schefter
And to be accurate, if it were a six-year deal, question would be, "How could two groups not figure out a way to divide $50-plus BILLION?!"

New Orleans Saints
Congrats to our friend @ as his New Orleans restaurant opened 21 years ago today!

Chase Daniel
RT @ @ trying to get this Madden cover figured out. Our boy Drew up for it again. Fan vote on ESPN. Crazy!!!!!

Heath Evans
"@: that awkward moment,when you wave to someone and it turns out they were waving to the person behind you."

New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees' video message on why you should vote for him to be on the cover of @! - NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!



Note to Saints fans: It's time for patience
Well, relax, everybody. Payton isn't going anywhere in the foreseeable future, there's plenty of time to get a labor deal in time for the 2011 season, and even though that Seahawks loss still stings, that might not be all bad.

Payton seems set for long Saints tenure
NEW ORLEANS - After listening to Sean Payton at the NFL owners meeting, I think its just about a lock he will be the head coach of the New Orleans Saints past the 2012 season. Payton said as much Tuesday morning at the NFL owners meetings.

Saints Nation: The All Time All Pro Saints Team | March

Draft Watch: NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Coach Sean Payton has been pretty blunt about improving the pass rush, and that could come with a defensive end or an outside linebacker -- or both -- early in the draft. Gregg Williams’ defense relies on creating turnovers, and the Saints have to create more pressure for the system to really work. Even with the re-signing of Pierre Thomas and the expected return of Reggie Bush, a lack of consistency in the running game last season means it’s very possible the Saints will look for another running back. Remember, Payton is an offensive coach and the rest of his offense is in pretty good shape.

MICKLES: How early NFL picks could go | Saints | — Baton Rouge, LA

New Orleans Saints reader comment: Reggie Bush a team player |
Highlighting comments from our readers



Former players Flutie, Kelly recall 18-game grind
Doug Flutie remembers feeling how his arm was ready to fall off during his one year in the USFL. Nate Newton recalls how he did nothing for an entire month after playing his two USFL 18-game regular seasons.

Chris Cooley: Lockout doesn’t matter to me, I’m financially set | ProFootballTalk
"I really hope that we don’t lose games because that’s an ugly thing," Cooley said. "It’s already ugly, the argument over this amount of money, and I really hope we don’t lose games. It’d be just right if we just settled it about September 1 and just decided we weren’t going to have training camp and get back to playing football."

Glanville: UFL plans to aggressively court undrafted free agents | ProFootballTalk
The UFL has barely been a blip on the football radar the last two years.   The league has seemingly teetered on extinction at times, but the NFL's current work stoppage gives it a great chance for new life.

Delay in selection of 2015 Super Bowl site hints at possible loss of 2012 game | ProFootballTalk
Last year, the NFL manufactured the awarding of the Super Bowl to be played in February 2014 into an event.  The vote, conducted during ownership meetings held in May, gave Super Bowl XLVIII to New York/New Jersey.



Julio Jones closing gap on A.J. Green as NFL draft's best wideout - Peter King -
NEW ORLEANS -- A.J. Green or Julio Jones? That is the question for many receiver-needy teams in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft on April 28.

Seahawks not playing down their interest in Kevin Kolb - Don Banks -
NEW ORLEANS -- Dispatches from the coaches Tuesday media breakfast at the NFL's annual meeting, during which, lo and behold, some actual football talk transpired....

Wonderlic test score don't always project success, failure in NFL - NFL -
Before Super Bowl XIII, Cowboys linebacker Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson proclaimed that Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw couldn't "spell cat if you spotted him the 'c' and the 'a'."

Kickoff Move No Little Change for NFL
This is a direct slam (intentional or not) against the little guy. You know the prospect that put up great numbers, but was deemed "too small" for the next level or they came from a small college where "competition was weaker." And not everybody can be a Steve Smith or a Santana Moss. So these guys are put on special teams where their speed and elusiveness wind up being difference makers.

Chuck Bednarik hospitalized in serious condition | ProFootballTalk
Pro Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik is in serious condition this morning at a hospital near his Pennsylvania home. St. Luke's Hospital would not provide any further information about the condition of the 86-year-old Bednarik, who played for the Eagles from 1949 to 1962 and was inducted into...

James Carville NFC West joke goes over big, except to one |
St. Louis Rams GM has salty words for Cajun

Dave Duerson Autopsy Report Released: Ex-Football Star Folded American Flag On Bed Before Shooting Himself
An autopsy report released by the Miami-Dade County medical examiner this week described the tragic circumstances surrounding the suicide of former Chicago Bears safety and two-time Super Bowl winner Dave Duerson. Duerson retired from the NFL after 11 seasons and may have suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition linked to athletes who have sustained repeated concussions, according to the Associated Press.