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Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, December 29

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news, analysis, commentary, opinion, and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Happy Birthday, Sean Payton!!! You get agreement in principle on a contract extension with the Saints, and PT gets a trip to the injured reserve list!

PT ran himself right onto the IR list.
PT ran himself right onto the IR list.
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Last night hornets game

I can name at least 3 books written about the 2009 Saints season but a book about this year would be far more interesting.

Oh also, obviously the 2012 Saints book should be written by Joe Vitt

"The Once And Future Coach"

On second thought, Vitt should publish a "S*** Joe Vitt Says" quote per day tear-off calendar. I would buy that.

Mailman delivered my stripper neighbor's mail to my house yesterday. Score! TO THE GOOGLES!

Good morning! Have a blessed day! The locker-room messages just continue to get better. Please read Last one this year

Saints Place RB Pierre Thomas on Injured Reserve; Sign CB A.J. Davis from practice squad to the active roster; he will wear #20.

This Pat Yasinkas guy is f****** awful. "Sean Payton’s second rebuilding job might be more of a chore than his first." Really? Uh, no.

Will someone ask if she still thinks Payton should be banned from the NFL for life. She blocked me.

won the meat eating competition at the Brazilian barbecue with 644 pounds eaten to 450 for .

coach Sean Payton turns 49 today

Mr. Benson: "I am pleased that Sean Payton will be our head coach for a long time."

Mr. Benson: "Now we can focus our attention on building on the winning tradition with the Saints that Sean has played such a large role in"

How cool (and ancient) are dragon flies?! via -SG

What should my mother and I do on a chilly day in Nola?

Saw it already RT : go to the movies. Life of Pi is really good

Dont wanna walk around the quarter RT : go to cafe du monde and the aquarium :)

We've been to Cafe Du Monde numerous times btw

I know where it is I've been to it RT : aquarium not in quarter

What is that RT : go to nouveau in canal street and get you some fresh kicks!!!

Might check them out RT : they sell some fresh clothes and kicks like Jordan's and nikes etc...

What spa RT : I gotta agree with her. Spa Day. Get those muscles & that mind ready for a great game day

The trickiest tongue twister in the English language- "Sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick"

.’ Anthony Davis, Lance Thomas & Greivis Vasquez will be signing autographs at the tomorrow

I love Tiffin Inn Pancake House

I enjoy this song on a Saturday: -SG

Thanks bros RT : After this year is going to be a pro bowler

I would like soccer If they threw a football and Tackled each other

Just filed to ESPN: Sean Payton contract extension believed worth more than $8 million each of five years; likely highest-paid coach in NFL

Sources? ": Just filed: Payton contract extension believed worth more than $8 million each of five years"

source is anonymous and goes by pseudonym Gay Jlazer

I will be leading the chant tomorrow at HOME in the DOME. HONORED to be CAPTAIN...


Payton's Place

Sean Payton of New Orleans Saints set to be highest-paid coach, source says |
Ed Werder - Sean Payton's five-year contract extension with the New Orleans Saints is expected to pay him more than $8 million annually, which should establish him as the NFL's highest-paid coach, a league source said.

Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints contract standoff will become a bigger deal next week |
OOPS, now it won't.

Updated Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints bounty scandal timeline |
Sean Payton staying with the Saints.

Sean Payton has 'agreed in principle' to a contract extension with New Orleans Saints |
Larry Holder - Saints owner Tom Benson says he never had doubts about Sean Payton's contract.

New Orleans Saints Agree In Principle With Sean Payton To A Multi-Year Contract Extension |
Sean Payton has been the head coach of the New Orleans Saints since 2006.

Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints agree to five-year contract extension, source says |
Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a five-year contract extension, a league source told ESPN.

Saints and Sean Payton agree on contract extension |
Bradley Handwerger - Team owner Tom Benson says he never had a doubt the contract extension would happen.

Saints Re-Sign Sean Payton to 5 Year Deal |
Andrew Juge - Don't lie, even if you were sold on there being no doubt Sean Payton would return as the coach of the Saints, a small part of you was nervous.

New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton can now truly start fresh together in 2013 |
Mike Triplett - Everyone involved deserves credit for getting extension done before next week.

Saints avoid Payton cliff |
The Saints didn't go over the cliff and don't have to find a new coach, good thing says Bradley Handwerger, because more than ever, Payton's the right man for the job.

Payton faces challenge in return to Saints - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - Sean Payton's second N.O. rebuilding job might be more of a chore than his first.

Saints: Sean Payton could be among longest-tenured coaches |
Guerry Smith - If reports are true that Sean Payton will sign a five-year extension with the Saints, he would be among the top three coaches in the NFL in terms of tenure with the same team.

Payton returning to Saints, but is he a changed man? |
Pete Prisco - Sean Payton has reportedly agreed to a new contract to stay on as coach of the Saints. Here's hoping he learned a lot from his year away.


From the Saints Sideline

Saints place RB Thomas on IR, bump CB Davis up from practice squad |
Bradley Handwerger - The Saints have placed running back Pierre Thomas on injured, just one day before New Orleans closes its regular season at home against Carolina.

New Orleans Saints Place Pierre Thomas on Injured Reserve; Sign CB A.J. Davis to Active Roster |
Davis will wear No. 20.

Brandon LaFell blossoms at WR with Carolina Panthers | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - Even at age 33, five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith still puts the "wow’’ in the Carolina Panthers’ passing game with his ability to move the chains and change the complexion of games while facing double coverage.

Video Preview: New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers |
NFL Films previews the Week 17 matchup between the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints.

New Orleans Saints Host Carolina Panthers in Season Finale on Sunday |
New Orleans and Carolina kickoff at Noon CT on FOX.

Broadcast Information: Saints vs Panthers |
New Orleans and Carolina kickoff at Noon CT on Sunday.

Stats: Week 16, Saints at Cowboys |


Kamrolina Kibble 'n Bits

James Anderson, Geoff Hangartner, Jonathan Stewart questionable |
Jonathan Jones - As has become customary the past three weeks, the Carolina Panthers may be without Geoff Hangartner, Jonathan Stewart and James Anderson on Sunday.

Carolina Injury Report |

NFL fines Carolina Panthers trio a total of $77,000 |
Joseph Person - The final home game turned out to be an expensive one for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.



Drew Brees Is Now Being Used To Sell Bath Salts (The Kind You Smoke) |
Isaac Rauch - This should be obvious, but if you want to sell narcotic bath salts masquerading as aromatherapy powder, there's no better packaging than Drew Brees, photoshopped to make it look like he's wearing Heath Ledger's Joker makeup (we think).

Week 17 NFL picks from the panel |
It's the final week of the NFL regular season.

Feelin' the Brees: New Orleans Saints' offensive stats through Game 15 |
Dan Swenson - An illustrated look at how Drew Brees and the 7-8 New Orleans Saints' top five offensive playmakers have performed this season and during their 34-31 overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Final Word: NFC South - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - Five nuggets of knowledge about the Week 17 games.

Film of the NFC South chat - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - We held our final NFC South chat of the regular season on Friday (don’t worry, we’ll still do the chat for all of the postseason and most of the offseason). Let’s take a look at some of the team-by-team highlights.

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - Time for a look at the top Saturday morning headlines from around the division.

Three Saints questions 'Loom' as 2013 arrives |
Brian Allee-Walsh - As we get ready to flip the calendar from Year 1, b.s., (bounty scandal) to Year 1, a.b., (after the bounty), this inquiring mind would like to know...

New Orleans Saints concede the bounty saga had a lasting impact on their season | Saints | The Advocate
Brett Martel (AP) - They blame it for overshadowing their entire season, for unfairly portraying the team as the NFL’s No. 1 sinners.

Former Saints strength and conditioning coach Russell Paternostro dead at 74 |
Ken Trahan - Former New Orleans Saints strength and conditioning coach Russell Paternostro has passed away.

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