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Fleur-de-Links: October 24, 2012

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Saints fan tricks Goodell into posing for a photo with him while he wears a "Free Sean Payton" T-shirt. FREAKIN' AWESOME!

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Asked if he knew that he was 0-4 in Denver, Brees smiled and said "I did. Thank you"

Harper on "I love the dude to death. I will probably text him today because I need tickets from him"

Vitt can't hide his disdain for the media. Shows up 20 min late, proceeds to tell them "y'all don't count." Yep, getting back to normal.

Brees on "A clutch and go-to receiver. A dependable guy There is nothing he can't do"

When asked how Polamalu could be voted ahead of him in Nielsen’s fan poll, Brees joked "because I don’t have that beautiful head of hair"

Brees on facing Broncos "I have a ton of respect for John Fox so I know how well prepared they will be"

Vitt said Sproles was excused from practice today due to a family matter

When asked if D is underrated by the media, etc., Vitt joked, 'You don't count. They aren't underrated by us.'

Vitt said Jimmy Graham was limited at practice today but "looked very good"

Vitt and at practice today:

American hero poses with Roger Goodell while wearing "Free Sean Payton" shirt:

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NFLPA made announcement since there'd been a chance union, league and Tagliabue would resolve this on their own. Obviously hasn't happened.

How bout this...y'all tell me what you think. Is 10:30 AM too early for a hotel to do a fire alarm test.? Come on man.

NFLPA announces it will officially ask Paul Tagliabue to recuse himself from New Orleans Saints bounty appeal process

. says Joe Vitt's return will provide a "huge boost" for the (Video)

Tough times don't last tough PPLE Do Get Better Today believe in yourself the Hate is Real! !

Correct RT this will be the first time we have faced Peyton Manning since XLIV - right?

Who's workin...

You know how your body adapts quickly once you’ve established your routine? It’s 5:45 am and I’m craving my preworkout Advocare Muscle Fuel!



Jimmy Graham limited in Saints practice | ProFootballTalk
The Saints were able to hold off the Buccaneers 35-28 last weekend without tight end Jimmy Graham in the lineup, but they'd likely prefer to try for a third straight victory with Graham back out there as a target for Drew Brees' passes.

Saints Look for Better Run Game, Defense «

Broncos' Peyton Manning and John Fox Preview Sunday's Showdown with the Saints
Broncos Head Coach and Quarterback talk about facing the Saints

Joe Vitt Gives Injury Update, Previews Denver Broncos
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt spoke with the media on Wednesday to give an injury update and to discuss the Sunday Night Football contest in Denver against the Broncos

Drew Brees Discusses Facing Peyton Manning and Playing in Denver
Quarterback Drew Brees met with the media after practice on Wednesday to talk about facing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on the road and Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt

Peyton Manning keeping tabs on his former high school - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Manning and the Broncos host Saints on Sunday night

Denver Broncos coach John Fox said Tracy Porter has been a good fit for their defense - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Fox said he has a lot of respect for Saints interim Coach Joe Vitt, who he's known for more than two decades

Broncos will be better off when they don't need fourth-quarter heroics - The Denver Post
The Broncos have not surrendered a fourth-quarter point since Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger hit receiver Mike Wallace with a touchdown pass with in the fourth quarter of the season opener.

Broncos know what to expect from Saints offense: Drew Brees in spades - The Denver Post
Its often illogical to describe any NFL team as a one-man band. It simply takes too many people, from top to bottom, consistently doing the right things to have success.

Broncos' QB coach will face father-in-law Sunday against Saints - The Denver Post
Qb coach gase plots against father-in-lawIn the middle of the game Sunday night between the Broncos and New Orleans Saints is Jennifer Gase.

Broncos vs. Saints: Previewing NFL Week 8 Matchup
The Denver Broncos host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football in what most would think would be a shootout of elite QBs.



American Hero Poses With Roger Goodell While Wearing "Free Sean Payton" Shirt
SATCH NOTE: This guy is my new hero! Way to go, 2009ring!

Vilma says Goodell shouldn’t be allowed to pick next arbitrator | ProFootballTalk
“In appointing Tagliabue, Goodell has shown beyond any doubt that he simply cannot be allowed to appoint the arbitrator to adjudicate this matter,” Vilma’s lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, writes in his most recent legal filing, “and the time has come for the Court to appoint a person who can fairly and impartially resolve the instant dispute according to the standards demanded by federal law.”

NFL Players Association asks Paul Tagliabue about conflicts of interest - ESPN
The NFL Players Association has sent former commissioner Paul Tagliabue a letter asking him to address potential conflicts of interest he might have as the appeals officer in the Saints' bounty case.

Tagliabue wanted more time to answer NFLPA question, deadline forced NFLPA’s hand | ProFootballTalk
The NFLPA has announced that it will file a motion to recuse former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue from his position as arbitrator in the bounty cases. The move comes two days after the NFLPA sent Tagaliabue a letter asking him to address multiple questions regarding his ability to proceed.

NFLPA announces it will file motion to recuse Paul Tagliabue from New Orleans Saints bounty appeal process - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has already recused himself from the process

NFLPA says it will file motion to recuse Paul Tagliabue | ProFootballTalk
The NFL Players Association hasn't, and won't, ask former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to step aside from the arbitration of the player suspensions in the bounty case. Instead, the NFLPA will ask Judge Helen Berrigan to bounce Tagliabue.

Report: NFLPA will file Tagliabue recusal motion on Wednesday | ProFootballTalk
The NFLPA hasn't, and wont, ask former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to step aside from his position as arbitrator in the bounty appeal process. Instead, the NFLPA will ask Judge Helen Berrigan to remove Taglibue from the process.



Cam Jordan credited with sack and forced fumble after NFL review of Tampa Bay game - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Tackle was originally credited to Saints linebacker Will Herring

Falcons No. 2 in dropped passes - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Falcons are tied for second with 16 drops and the Saints are tied for fifth with 15 drops.

Ruth's Chris Hosted Cameron Jordan, Ramon Humber for Monday Night Football Viewing
Saints defensive end and linebacker spent time with fans at Ruth's Chris on Monday

New Orleans Saints: Things We Learned Against The Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints: Things We Learned Against The Buccaneers.

Shopping with the Saints | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
LAPLACE — His eyes filled with wonder and excitement, Matt Walker of LaPlace gazed up at the racks filled with shiny new bicycles in the La…