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Fleur-de-Links: December 7, 2012

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. Ed Werder tweets that Tom Benson would sue league for millions if Sean Payton is allowed to leave for Dallas or anywhere else. Question: Where the f*** is the Freeh report!?

Ronald Martinez


Very good source tells me that Saints owner Tom Benson would sue league for millions if Sean Payton allowed to leave for Dallas or elsewhere

Saints, Giants Friday Injury Report

Plenty of Manufacturing Jobs, but Too Few Applicants ........terrible

Hope everybody's having a great Friday.

Would it be justice for the Saints if blocked P Steve Weatherford's punt on Sunday to win the game?!! Geaux

RT : Chiefs owner Clark Hunt announces a trust has been established by the team for Joey Belcher.classy move by organization

Vitt said today's injury report is the same as yesterday. Brown (Knee) & White (Knee) both didn't practice today

Vitt said OT Charles Brown (Knee) will not play Sunday

RT : Goodell wants to do away with kickoffs. In other news: NFL Commish is a cu**.

Is that what the NYTimes has come to? Posting pure off the cuff speculation by Weatherford, a punter? Thanks for wasting everyone's time

I guess Morstead should come up with a wacky conspiracy theory about Al Qaeda to get quoted in the Times Picayune

My Column: Nothing has refuted Steve Weatherford's findings that Sean Payton is communicating with the Saints.

Such denials hardly hold up versus the weight of the evidence Weatherford presented.

Don't blame the NY Times or Weatherford for the accusations levied against the the New Orleans Saints.

LMAO at NFL removing kickoffs. They'd have to give up an entire extra, unnecessary commercial break after every score. Yeah, right.

I know I'm a little late but TGIF! Have a great day everybody.

These photos bring back some great memories .

Life Lesson from the city of New Orleans: "Sometimes to get where you are going you are supposed to make a U-Turn"

Quite the accusation: Giants’ players think Sean Payton is communicating with Saints:

Goodmornin world another day another oppurtunity to capitalize upon!

": In the words of who's up?" Lol who's workin...

Times-Picayune: Roger Goodell's life story can't be told without dissecting his treatment of New Orleans Saints:...

": Can NFL really prevent Payton & Saints from talking? Counterterrorism expert tells not really"

Saints Vote Recipient of the Team’s 2012 Ed Block Courage Award

Christmas lights outside the New Orleans Saints Facility

What do you think about these body painted superfans? Check out my take:

Just got done with O Line dinner at Ye Olde College Inn. One of my favorite spots in Nola. Duck salad, BBQ shrimp, and the Redfish. Mmm mmmm



Only two New Orleans Saints ruled out for Sunday's game vs. New York Giants |
Reserve offensive tackle Charles Brown will miss his third straight game since injuring his right knee in the first half against the Oakland Raiders. And backup cornerback Corey White will miss the game with a sprained MCL and PCL.

Giants Injury Report - 12/7
Here is the latest Giants Injury Report

Failure to finish in fourth quarter has put Saints in current position | New Orleans
Way back in the pre-golden era, say in 2008, the Saints had issues finishing games. So much so, in fact, that the team entered the 2009 season with a motto that stuck – finish strong.

Auping: New Orleans Saints Will Have Say In NFC East Title Race
Standing in the path of both New York and Dallas is New Orleans. In what figures to be a race that comes down to the wire, the Giants and Cowboys have games against the Saints left on their schedule.

Giants, on Their Turf, Will Try to Slow the Saints’ Fast-Paced Offense -
Since becoming Giants coach in 2004, Tom Coughlin has lost three of the four matchups with New Orleans by a combined 127-58, including a 49-24 thrashing last season.

Giant collapse would stain Coughlin, Eli - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
It wasn't supposed to be like this for the New York Giants, not this season. Those old problems about starting fast and struggling in the second half?

Giants receiver Victor Cruz knows there will be opportunities against the Saints |
Cruz and Eli Manning were able to find holes in New Orleans secondary during last season's blowout defeat

Saints finally catching on to Steve Spagnuolo's defense
If anyone knows the Steve Spagnuolo defense, it would be the Giants. This is the team that used that system to win a Super Bowl five seasons ago and spent most of the following year as the top team

Osi Umenyiora has no problem praising opponents | ProFootballTalk
"There’s definitely no carryover for that," Umenyiora said, via the New York Daily News. "I think a lot of times you like to build somebody up only to tear them down. You don’t want to give anybody bulletin-board material. You don’t want to say, ‘Oh, these guys suck’ and then he comes out there and throws for 13 touchdowns on you. So if anything you want to err on the side of caution and say how good he is and then go out there and knock his head off."

Despite rant from Antrel Rolle, NY Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora praises New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees - NY Daily News

Drew Brees is "one of the best quarterbacks in the league," and Osi Umenyiora isn’t afraid to say it — whether or not Antrel Rolle likes it.

Dottino: Coughlin Putting Giants Back Together Ahead Of Saints Meeting " CBS New York

Tom Coughlin is putting the Giants back together and Big Blue faces a tough test against the high-octane Saints' offense.

Jim Mora says Saints must keep grinding | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA

METAIRIE — The man who gave new meaning to the word "playoffs!’’ has some sage advice for the 5-7 New Orleans Saints, who are on the brink …

New York Giants face New Orleans Saints defense that is last in NFL, but improving over recent weeks -
The Saints’ defense is dead-last in the NFL this season, allowing 440.5 yards per game, but there are signs things are improving as the Giants prepare to face New Orleans on Sunday at MetLife...

Steve Serby: New York Giants fans at MetLife Stadium on Sunday must be as loud as possible to disrupt Drew Brees and New Orleans Saints -
When the Giants talk about All In, they mean a stadium shaking with a howling blue army — their 12th Man, its deafening roar thundering Sunday through a place that will unmistakably become...

Giants not buying into Saints' poor numbers on defense -
Giants are aware that the Saints are showing improvement under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

Damage Control Week 14: New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants |
Taking a look at the emotional side of inujuries

Memories of Saints beatings haven’t faded for Giants | ProFootballTalk
Guard Chris Snee said he hadn’t even broken a sweat before the Saints had rolled to a huge lead.

Saints’ Spagnuolo liked what he saw in young Webster | Black and Gold

Galette ready to get after Eli Manning | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- Defensive end Junior Galette said he's still waiting for an apology from the player who is to blame for his high ankle sprain, an injury which has caused him to miss the last four Saints games.



Roger Goodell's life story can't be told without dissecting his treatment of New Orleans Saints: First-and-10 |
Obviously the cover treatment itself paints Goodell in a prestigious light, almost serving as an endorsement for the way he made an example of the Saints with his extreme bounty punishments. But it was good to see that the article doesn't give the commissioner a free pass for his actions against the Saints.

Goodell: NFL will consider ending kickoffs | New Orleans
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league's competition committee would consider in the offseason replacing the kickoff.

Bounty case closing in on a conclusion, maybe | ProFootballTalk
Per a source with knowledge of the proceedings, written briefs will be submitted to Tagliabue as soon as Friday. More paperwork also will be filed with Judge Helen Berrigan, who will decide whether to suspend or overturn any suspensions imposed by the league. If Tagliabue upholds the suspensions in full or in part, Judge Berrigan is expected to issue a prompt decision as to whether the suspensions will be tabled while a final decision on their validity is reached.

Why The NFL's "Concussion Crisis" Isn't Really A Concussion Crisis
It could make examples of players and coaches—like New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and a handful of Saints players—for creating what the league said was a slush fund to reward teammates for injuring opponents. (One thing the league still won't do, despite the urgings of the NFL Players Association, is add independent neurological experts to the sidelines of games.)



SATCH NOTE: Considering how Sean Payton and his agent refrained from contract discussions with the Saints some weeks ago until the league sent written permission allowing them to do so, it seems ridiculous for Steve Weatherford to speculate that Payton would risk his reinstatement by contacting his team, coaches, or players. Goodell supposedly said previous to this that he would allow contract discussions, but that wasn't good enough for Payton and his agent because they've learned the word of Goodell cannot be trusted. They insisted on getting it in writing. No way Sean would risk breaking the rules of his bogus suspension and possibly extending it further. No way.

Not everyone believes Payton’s not in contact with Saints | ProFootballTalk
Per the terms of his suspension, Saints coach Sean Payton can’t have any communication with his co-workers in New Orleans, or any team. And while risking the wrath of the guy who doled out the one-year ban would seem plenty of deterrent, not everyone believes that a year without any kind of con...



Fan in serious condition after jump from third level during Raiders game | ProFootballTalk
Right as the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos were getting set for kickoff on Thursday night, a fan jumped from the third level of the Coliseum. According to Katie Nelson of the Oakland Tribune, the fan jumped shortly before the scheduled kickoff time of 5:30 p.m. PT.

League downplays estimated percentages of gun ownership by NFL players | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this week, in the aftermath of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide, former Colts and Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy explained on The Dan Patrick Show that Dungy typically would ask his players at the outset of training camp whether they own guns.

Mickles: Who will make it to Super Bowl? | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
It’s getting to be that time of the year in the NFL. It’s crunch time, better known as the December postseason push. With four games remai…



Video: AccuScore -- Saints-Giants - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the New Orleans-New York Giants matchup.