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Fleur-De-Links: Saturday, October 20

Your daily collection of Saints news, opinion, and whatnot. Today's Headlines: Will Jimmy Graham and Jonathan Vilma Play on Sunday? and Bucs to Wear Creamsicle Throwbacks.

Will this be the extent of Jonathan Vilma's sideline presence on Sunday?
Will this be the extent of Jonathan Vilma's sideline presence on Sunday?
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Johnny Patrick@JohnnyPatrick32 Always keep that one person around that believes in you...

Joseph Morgan This is funny. I have a song of a current NFL player I went to school with haha #classic

Joseph Morgan You gotta respect it expect the unexpected

Drew BreesWe celebrated Bowen's 2nd Birthday today at Bookoo Bounce in New Orleans. Crazy afternoon. Kids had the time of their life!

Drew BreesFirst Annual EB TRX-A-THON Sat Oct 20 9 am to 5 pm to raise money for kids w EB. See ...

Drew BreesCheck out the cake we got for Bowen's 2nd birthday today from Haydel's Bakery.

Malcolm Jenkins"@JessCarrano: @MalcolmJenkins better watch out for us on Sunday at the game against the Bucs!" I love this!!!

Joseph Morgan Not sure RT @ebarnes504: @jmthegreat what time do yall leave for tampa tomorrow?

Joseph Morgan Still up listening to music

Joseph Morgan George Michael - Careless Whisper

Joseph Morgan #WhoDat! RT @WhoDatHandiFan: @jmthegreat have a great game Sunday. WHO DAT!!! HANDI DAT!!!!!

Drew BreesWant to ask me a question after the Tampa Bay game Sunday? My friends @coxsportstv can make that happen.

Joseph Morgan Good morning world and all who inhabit it #spongebob

Pro Football Focus Up on the site today: How are the NFC South rookies getting on? Nobody putting it all together yet

Reid G.If you missed this yesterday, it's a good read. Smart take on the whole situation. ...

Reid G."If you have to explain that the appeal process isn't corrupt ... then there really isn't much hope for credibility." Goodell in a nutshell.

Held Over@simonpegg HOW CAN YOU HAVE ANY PUDDING IF YOU DON'T EAT YOUR MEAT??? #trytheveal

Lance MooreUp n feeling great. Thankful as always. Have a great Saturday everybody.

Reid G.Oh god. Adam Schefter. Get a grip.

Joseph Morgan Happy Sweetest Day to me from @jqisthetruth #InstaFrame #winning #adventuretime #likeaboss #umadbro #sweetes

Joseph Morgan Do my southern followers have any idea what Sweetest Day is?

Joseph Morgan Thats the point its not. Im from Ohio RT @RJPJR: @jmthegreat Since when is sweetest day a southern thing?

rafael bushU disqualified shawty u disqualified

Nick Toon#KeepTheAxe

Larry HolderJust sitting down to write a story about actual football. I don't think I remember how to do that. #bountyfatigue

Lance MooreProud of my bro @NickMoore_1 for ballin last night. Keep this thing going. Repeat sounds pretty good!

Jermon BushrodGood morning everyone... Plz check out today's message

Lance Moore@Nick2oon need the sandwiches


From the Saints Sideline

Aaron Kromer's stint as New Orleans Saints coach can be salvaged with one more victory |
Mike Triplett - Kromer's stint as interim-interim coach will end after Sunday's game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Still unclear if Graham, Vilma will play Sunday for Saints at Bucs |
Full injury report plus Friday's press conference. HansDat note: Kromer made an opening statement and then answered two Vilma questions, and then Carmichael answered one Jimmy Graham question.

Kristian Quick Hits: Vilma In Or Out? - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
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Signs point to Vilma's debut Sunday - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - The New Orleans Saints haven’t made any official announcement yet, but signs continue to indicate linebacker Jonathan Vilma will play Sunday against Tampa Bay. (HansDat note: Thank goodness Pat has shaken up his Magic 8 Ball to clear up the doubts.)

Carl Nicks happy to be a ‘leader’ with Tampa Bay | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - Seven months after departing New Orleans for a blockbuster deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two-time Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks can only wonder what if Saints officials had stepped to the plate sooner with a similar offer.

Saints, Bucs strive to find consistency | The Advocate
Fred Goodall (AP) - Slow starts that have dumped the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a hole in the NFC South haven’t changed the way they feel about themselves.

Saints-Bucs Notebook | The Advocate
This 'n that from staff writer(s).

5 Things to Look for in Saints @ Bucs Game |
Andrew Juge - I'm not really interested in the team making me feel good with how they looked. A win will suffice.

Fans Expect The Saints To Launch A Winning Streak In Tampa - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
Chris Miller - WWL First News asked folks this morning if they think the Saints can go to Tampa and get their first road win of the season. Includes audio clip.


From the Crow's Nest

Bucs' Nicks eager to 'stick it' to Saints |
Ira Kaufman - After a seven-month wait, Judgment Day has arrived for Carl Nicks.

Bucs notes: RB LeGarrette Blount likes 'closer' role |
Roy Cummings - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount closed out last week's 38-10 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs, running five times for 53 yards and a touchdown during the final offensive drive. (HansDat note: please don't let this be how the game ends...)

Barron Confident About Graham Matchup - Captain's Blog |
Scott Smith - As the Buccaneers considered who to take with their top-five draft pick this past spring and eventually homed in on Alabama safety Mark Barron, they took into account the proliferation of big, pass-catching tight ends around the NFL, and in the NFC South in particular.

Bucs Relish Chance to Establish Home Field Advantage Sunday - Captain's Blog |
Scott Smith - On Thursday, the Buccaneers announced that their Week Seven game against the Saints would be televised locally on WTVT FOX 13.

Video: HC Greg Schiano Post Press Conference |
Head Coach Greg Schiano post practice press conference from the podium at One Buccaneer Place.

New Orleans Saints paying price for scandalous misdeeds |
Martin Fennelly - The annual Bucs throwback game is this Sunday. Buccaneer Bruce, the Creamsicle jerseys, the works.

Buccaneers Insider Video: Just Win |
Insider talks to big-play WR Mike Williams about his strong start to the 2012 season and the Bucs’ upcoming game in front of a packed Raymond James Stadium.

Video: One on One with John Lynch |
Insider gets an exclusive one on one interview with former Buccaneer John Lynch.

Bucs to wear orange throwback uniforms Sunday |
Ira Kaufman - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will again wear their throwback uniforms - orange jerseys and winking pirate helmets - Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. (HansDat note: OK, Big deal. What's the worst that could happen? The Saints played a team on the road in October last year when the other team wore throwback UNIs, and that didn't turn out too badly, did it? Oh, wait. FACEPALM)

Lee Roy Selmon Day declared for Oct. 20, 2012 |
Erik Erlendsson - The legacy of Lee Roy Selmon expands statewide on Saturday.



Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue to hear appeals in bounty case | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - The four players suspended in the New Orleans Saints’ alleged bounty scheme finally got their wish Friday.

Vilma’s lawyer has concerns about Tagliabue as arbitrator | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio - The NFLPA regarded the decision of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to step aside from the appeal hearing in the bounty cases as a major victory.

Final Word: NFC South |
Pat Y. - Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 7.

Film of the NFC South chat - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - Includes a question from "Pete in New Orleans" - hmmmmm.