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Fleur-De-Links: Sunday, January 29

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drewbrees Watching the sunset with the family in Oahu. Just appreciating the little things in life

T_Porter22 Blackjack table ♠♥♣♦....I need some luck

j_bushrod7475 Colossians 3.23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as for working for the LORD, not for men!

camjordan94 Wildest night n boise by far I might Neva come back

camjordan94 All wrong im headed back to az ASAP I might Neva come back to Boise... Real talk I've learned a lot

MattBowen41 A great read here from the Trib's @BradBiggs on concussions and the #NFL. Former players need to see this.

ltorrence24 Happy Sunday Folks!

hakimdropsball "@MichelleDBeadle: Where in the city of Indy might one be able to view tonight's Royal Rumble?" perfect woman? Perfect woman.


Pro Bowl Blather

Drew Brees: Pro Bowl Is The "Second-Best Place To Be" - WWL | AM870
In our weekly "QB to QB" chat, Saints quarterback Drew Brees talked with Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia from Hawaii. Includes link to full interview.

5 Saints Players Showcased in Pro Bowl Tonight |
Andrew Juge

The NFL's Pro Bowl serves no purpose, and needs one |
Scoop Jackson - The Pro Bowl … People -- players (?!) -- will tell you, "You have to be there" to enjoy it or even to understand it. (HansDat note: 'Scoop' sounds like a Tim Meadows character from SNL...)


Times-Picayune's 175 Years of New Orleans History

King Cakes |
Judy Walker - King cake season is to New Orleans bakeries what Valentine's Day is to florists and Christmas is to retailers.

Super Saints |
Mike Triplett - The 2006 season was just the beginning of the greatest era in Saints history.

Dave Dixon |
Jeff Duncan - Dixon was the catalyst behind the effort to land the Saints and the visionary behind the construction of the Superdome.

Buddy D |
Peter Finney - It was his unbridled, nonstop passion for sports that kept him young at heart, made him a singular personality and a Big Easy legend.

The Super Bowl |
Jimmy Smith - When the NFL expanded into New Orleans in 1966, the city quickly became synonymous with the league's premier event.



The New England Patriots' dynasty began against the New Orleans Saints |
Jeff Duncan - Bill Belichick made gutsy decision to stick with Brady.

Deuce McAllister heads list of eight inducted into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame |
Ted Lewis - LSU's Eddy Furniss, Terry Robiskie also named to Hall.

2 Years Ago: Thousands Of Men In Dresses Marched In NOLA - WWL | AM870
Jay Vise - includes video and photo gallery of the Buddy D Saints Super Bowl Dress Parade.

Willie Roaf One Of The Greatest NFL Linemen Ever - WWL | 870AM
Deke Bellavia

Williams' playing time led NFC South WRs - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - His 2011 season wasn’t as spectacular as his 2010 rookie campaign, but Tampa Bay’s Mike Williams still was on the field more frequently than any other NFC South wide receiver.

Pat Hill to coach Falcons offensive line - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - The Atlanta Falcons, who are bound to have some offseason changes on their offensive line, started the process Saturday night. (HansDat note: Hill takes over for former Saints coach Paul Boudreau...)

Drew Brees: "Sean Payton gave me an opportunity…" |
Alejandro Aviles (HansDat note: this @article@ is not at all even close to being up to my standards of FDL-worthy, but the "rantsports" web address drew me in [I fell right into their trap!] so just skip the article and go down to the T & A at the bottom. Heterosexual ladies, and homosexual men, you're out of luck on this one... )

FINAL HANSDAT NOTE: Look at the tags the SB Nation tag system, it seems that the unsigned FAs are now NOT connected with their previous teams (see Brees, Bushrod). I'm not sure what this means in the grand scheme of things, but I felt the need to point it out nonetheless...