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moosedenied  I do believe Mark Oliver Everett said it best: "Goddamn right it's a beautiful day, uh huh."

SportsLawGuy  Have any youth leagues started using MLS team names? RT@adbrandt: At 8 yr-old soccer, my boy was put on the Packers. Go Pack.

Mark_Ingram28 Moms n the baby Sis just got in town!

T_Porter22 Mind in one place....heart in another

ChaseDaniel Stay tuned! Within the next few hours I'm going to post a competition to win one free ticket on club level for tomorrow's game vs the Bears.

Official_Saints Our man @ChaseDaniel is giving away a ticket to tomorrow's game today. Follow him to find out how to win! #FF

Official_Saints  Go to our "Saints vs. Bears" Event page and let us know where you are watching the home opener!

JonVilma51 Actually disappointed in u Osu fans, thot I would read sum funny "mia sux" tweets but got nuthin

Official_Saints  yes, white jerseys & gold pants for tomorrow RT @naes413@Official_Saints wearing white jerseys tomorrow?

GregRomeus91 These young Pitt boys are ballin

Official_Saints Find out right before kickoff! #suspense RT @NOLANewYorker@Official_Saints who is leading the pregame chant tomorrow?

scottfujita99 Super-easy request from Gulf Restoration Network: go click and then hit 'vote' for GRN right here: - online fundraiser

ChaseDanielTweet me your best #Saint's game day gear/face! I'll pick the winner at 8pm tonight! Good luck, can't wait to see some of these!

JohnnyPatrick32 Good luck to them cards tonight,,, Louisville all day....

JohnnyPatrick32 Louisville defensive backs, y'all have to be confident tonight and play with swag and play fast, y'all know it's no fly zone Saturday.

MalcolmJenkins  Buckeye fans make sure you tweet @JonVilma51 the score after the game when we smash the canes tonight!!! He'll sign a jersey for you to sell

MalcolmJenkins Better yet tweet @JonVilma51 "O-H!!!" every time we make a big play lol...

MilneMalbrough memo to Adrian Arrington; Son if Lance Moore doesn't play Sunday it's now or never 4 u and message board guy might not love you anymore

normmacdonald  by hakimdropsballIf somebody hacked my phone all they'd find is pictures of a naked Scarlett Johansson. (I know, no Saints/NFL content - just funny.)

hakimdropsball I hope @ochocinco scores many TDs on Sunday and finds a way to stick it to one former Pats linebacker for creating a #nontroversyon ESPN

RLBrown3 by hakimdropsball ESPN just came up & told me if they see my sign again they're gonna confiscate it & remove me from gameday... #FireCraigJames

hakimdropsball "@thomasmorstead: Do I have a problem if I have eaten sushi 5 days in a row???? #addiction" see if they can add The Leg Roll to their menu.    


From the Saints Sideline

New Orleans Saints' defense still is upbeat despite setbacks |
James Varney - Unit looks to be opportunistic vs. Chicago Bears.

Saints need to know where Bears’ Hester is playing | New Orleans
Bradley Handwerger - Open up the NFL’s record and fact book, flip to page 554 and spot the leader for most touchdowns in a career on punt returns and you find Devin Hester’s name there, tied for first with 10 since entering the league in 2006.

Gameday Preview: Saints vs. Bears |
Staff report - includes video link.

New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears series history |
Staff report - Saints are 4-2 vs. Bears in games played at Superdome.

New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears: last time they met |
Staff report - Bears won game 27-24 in overtime.

Saints Hope to Count on Harper, Porter and Moore | Saints Nation
Andrew Juge - New Orleans Saints Injury Report.

Drew Brees & Bobby Hebert: QB To QB! - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
On Wednesday, Drew Brees joined Bobby Hebert for the first installment of "QB to QB," a weekly feature on from WWL Saints Radio. Listen to Parts 1 and 2 here.


Bear Droppings

Scouting report: Saints middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma |
Dan Pompei - Information for this report was obtained from NFL scouts.

Chicago Bears brace for exotic blitz package from New Orleans Saints |
Matt Bowen - Saints' goal is to create confusion on the offensive line, create mismatches in order to get to Jay Cutler.

Great centers from Jay Hilgenberg to Olin Kreutz know it all starts with them |
Vaughn McClure - They're not the center of attention on most football teams, but they should be.

Playing while grieving |
David Haugh - As Walter Payton and many others before him, Brian Urlacher can ease the pain of losing a parent on the field.

Chicago Tribune predictions |
Most of these guys plus the Madden '12 computer game are picking the Saints to win!

Henry Melton key to Chicago Bears defense |
Dan Pompei - If under tackle can continue his disruptive play, he makes all around him better, even Julius Peppers.

Matt Forte headed for a homecoming as Chicago Bears visit New Orleans Saints |
Vaughn McClure - Louisiana native and former Tulane star hopes to quiet the crowd in the Superdome.

Final Word: NFC North - NFC North Blog |
Kevin Seifert - Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 2.

NFC North Friday injury report - NFC North Blog |
Kevin Seifert - Getting inside the Friday injury report, which includes the possibility of sidelined starters for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.



Brees, Saints have been negotiating "non-stop" | ProFootballTalk
Florio warning - don't click it if you don't like Florio.

NFC South weekend mailbag - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y - Before I hit the road for Atlanta, let's take a look through the NFC South mailbag.

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y - A look at the top headlines from around the NFC South.

Irma Thomas will perform national anthem before New Orleans Saints home opener |
Mark Lorando - R&B legend tops pre-game entertainment lineup for Bears game.

New Orleans Saints fans can expect more through Superdome security pat-downs |
Katy Reckdahl - The NFL demanded expanded screenings after a spectator sneaked a stun gun into a New York Jets game last week.

Do the New Orleans Saints have the best female fans in the NFL? |
Staff "report" - USA Todays says Pittsburgh leads the nation in female fans -- agree or disagree?