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Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, March 31



Pierre ThomasHad a good time at the high school slam dunk contest....some real athletes out there, they def have bright futures ahead

Johnny PatrickLouisville fans made it to the city yet?

Held OverThe New Orleans Potholes. #renamethehornets

Held OverThe new orleans homicide. #renamethehornets

Held OverThe new orleans nutria #renamethehornets

Johnny PatrickReady for the game tomorrow let's go #cards

Johnny PatrickSo lazy Smh (HansDat note: Go ahead and click on it...It's a cute sleeping dog picture!)

Gabe FeldmanCurt Warner (former Penn State/Seahawks RB) latest retired NFL player to file head injury lawsuit against NFL.

Peter SchafferRT @reuters: RPT-INSIGHT-In bounty seasons, Saints among NFL's most violent #fb

deuce mcallisterGood Morning. / Good Night. You know who you are

Malcolm JenkinsHeaded back to NO to watch my Buckeyes !!!

Michael David SmithIt's a bad day to be a draft bust. Ryan Leaf arrested, Charles Rogers wanted on two arrest warrants. (HansDat note: In a related story, Shawn Knight and Jonathan Sullivan appear to be fine while having an early supper at Russell Erxleben's house.)

Jermon Bushrod Good morning!! Have a great day!

Jeff DuncanThe alma mater takes out a full-page ad in today's Times-Picayune:

Jeff DuncanLove it. We'll need the support, Brett. RT @thecajunboy: I've decided to climb aboard the Louisville bandwagon. I'm a Cards fan today, Jeff.

Jermon BushrodRT @YoIoHumor: Spanking random people and saying "good game."...#YOLO

Curtis LoftonBored! What's everyone doing today?

Courtney RobyKeep them squares up out your circle..

Jeffery A. Wright @CurtisLofton50 i really wanted curtis lofton to be a lion, but the saints got one of the best LB in the league



Mickey Loomis' intangible impact on Saints will be missed most during suspension |
Jeff Diamond - It's obvious the Saints will greatly miss the on-field leadership and offensive creativity of Sean Payton during his suspension for the bounty scandal that has enveloped his team over the last month. But what impact will the Saints feel from GM Mickey Loomis' eight-game suspension? Make no mistake -- his absence will hurt in many tangible and intangible ways.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees: 'It's been tough for all of us' |
Mike Triplett - Brees speaks at charity event with Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Player discipline could take time - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - For those of you waiting for news on possible suspensions of players for roles in the New Orleans Saints'; bounty program, I’d say don’t get your hopes up that we’ll hear official word anytime soon.

NFL, Players Union Have Communication Issues During BountyGate Investigations |
DeMaurice Smith was re-elected as the executive director of the NFLPA this past Sunday. He has been busy with important matters before and since. (HansDat note: the article says it has a link to the complete interview, but - FAIL - it does not.)



Sean Payton to appeal NFL suspension |
Associated Press - Joe Vitt's agent said his client will file an appeal as well.

New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt appealing NFL penalties |
James Varney - Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams isn't appealing his indefinite suspension.

Saints Coach Payton, GM Loomis Appeal Suspensions |
According to the NFL Network, Payton will ask commissioner Roger Goodell for specific parameters, asking what he can and cannot do during his penalty. And dig into the bottom of this piece for a bit on the Rooney Rule situation.

Payton appeals | The Advocate
Brett Martel (AP) - Saints, Loomis, Vitt follow suit.

Sean Payton to appeal suspension | The Advocate
AP graphic with head shots and summative paragraphs under each one, like this is some multi-jurisdictional manhunt. Ha!

No harm in Payton trying an appeal |
Bradley Handwerger - That Sean Payton will appeal his suspension isn’t surprising. Neither is the same decision for general manager Mickey Loomis and linebackers coach Joe Vitt.

Payton's appeal might not be wise move - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton will appeal his one-year suspension, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. I see upside and downside to this.


Free Agency Frenzy: Analysis

NFC South free-agency assessment - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y.

Different look at NFC South free agency - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - We already showed you my assessment of how the NFC South teams have fared so far in free agency. Now, let's turn to another view.



Welcome to the funny song edition of Friday funnies |
A guy in Monroe wrote and sang this song, "Dem Cheatin' Saints," about the New Orleans Saints and the bounty scandal. Songwriter Chuck Redden has just the right amount of country twang, not to mention pathos.

Quick NFC South notes - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - The Carolina Panthers have announced they have traded running back Mike Goodson to Oakland for offensive tackle.