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Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, April 14



cameron jordanWake up good Mornin world! Every minute on earth ain't a guarantee... I'm blessed to be awake! Time to head to this YMCA lift-a-thon #dale

New Orleans SaintsMVPs of the "We Stand as One" Charity Basketball game at Brother Martin last night: @LanceMoore16 & @NickMoore_1

Johnny PatrickGood morning.....

New Orleans SaintsMore pics from the "We Stand as One" charity basketball game at Brother Martin last night:

Johnny PatrickRains every year for spring game....

Jimmy GrahamCongrats to Mr. Benson on the purchase of the Hornets...I'll accept a 10 day contract

Jeff DuncanYes. RT @_Silent_Q: Is the $338M Mr. Benson paid inclusive of the $125M-ish debt assumed? So net/net, it's $218M cash? Just curious.

Jeff DuncanDrew Brees will have his eye on the Blue Grass Stakes today. He's part-owner of Holy Candy, which, interestingly, drew post position No. 9

Malcolm JenkinsBout to get on this Tiger Woods 2013 for the Kinect

Pierre ThomasHeading down to U of I for this @IlliniFootball spring game

New Orleans SaintsUS Marine Corps are conducting their annual "Combat Fitness Challenge" at our facility. Mr. Benson addressing the group

Nate BUSSEYWish I was Illinois' spring game this morning.... I know I'm missing a great one #proudalumni

New Orleans SaintsSome of the challenges of the US Marine Corps' "Combat Fitness Challenge"

Lance MooreGood morning world and happy Saturday! Hope everyone has a great day!

Lyons YellinSuperdome rats reported by journalists at the Final Four |

Grandmaster Wang New neighbors moving in today. I've only caught a couple glimpses of their U-Haul so far, but they seem like a**holes.

Lance Moore Well let's see what this French quarter fest is talking about @NickMoore_1 @robyslyfe

Malcolm JenkinsIt's pretty fun... Aiming the ball is a little tough especially with the putting but I like it. Just shot +1 on my first 18 holes

Lance MooreAppreciate it RT @Main0245: @LanceMoore16 good game last night MR MVP

Lance MooreHappy bday @justin_smith7

Chase Daniel#Mizzou spring game!

Jermon BushrodWatching these ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries...

Jermon Bushrod Reggie miller sister Cheryl miller scored 105 points in a high school basketball game.. That's crazy

Jermon BushrodLol RT @JedCollins45: @j_bushrod7475 that is crazy. Even crazier I did it in middle school. Balling!!


Saints Stuff

Daily Special, April 14, 2012 | Who Dat Social Club
Himself - Is Drew Brees coming back? Is he coming back under contract?

@realfreemancbs | Twitter
Tweet from Mike Freeman - GMs: they think Payton will set up a relay system using people he trusts outside the team to then relay his thoughts to coaches. (not really a story link, but an interesting tweet I wanted y'all to see outside of the twitter section above).

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson says Drew Brees 'due in' despite contract rift |
Drew Brees, who reportedly won't report to the start of the New Orleans Saints' voluntary workouts without a new contract in hand, talked to Tom Benson on Friday morning and was close on a new deal, the owner said.

Benson expects deal for Drew Brees to be done soon |
Saints owner Tom Benson said Friday that he thinks the team and their franchise quarterback are close to a new deal.

QB Drew Brees not planning to attend Saints' conditioning program |
Mike Triplett - Brees won't participate without a contract.

Sides in Drew Brees talks playing a losing game the longer it goes on |
Mike Triplett - Something needs to be done in the next month.

Saints S Malcolm Jenkins high on Vitt, understands Brees' situation |
Bradley Handwerger - Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins has never been more ready for conditioning and lifting weights than he is right now.

NFL needs to make a decision on Saints player discipline | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio - Regardless of why the decision on player discipline hasn’t been announced, the NFL shouldn’t delay it any longer.

Saints name Vitt interim head coach | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - With the start of the offseason program scheduled to start Monday, which coincides with the first day of coach Sean Payton’s season-long suspension, the New Orleans Saints on Thursday named assistant head coach Joe Vitt as the team’s interim coach.

Photo Gallery: We Stand as One Basketball Game |
Saints players Lance Moore, Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Ivory, Courtney Roby and former players Darren Sharper, Mike McKenzie & Michael Lewis played in the "We Stand as One" Basketball game at Brother Martin on April 14, 2012


Benson Buys Hornets

Saints, Hornets Make Big News In The Big Easy | Only A Game
Two New Orleans sports franchises are finding themselves a little bit closer these days, as Saints’ owner Tom Benson has agreed to purchase the Hornets from the NBA for a reported $338 million.

Tom Benson says fear of absentee owner prompted New Orleans Hornets purchase |
Jimmy Smith - Benson eschews ownership partners.

With Tom Benson on board, New Orleans Hornets fans can exhale |
Jeff Duncan - Benson adds Hornets to growing portfolio.

Thoughts on Tom Benson Buying the Hornets | Saints Nation
Andrew Juge



Film of the NFC South chat - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - Lots of good questions in our weekly NFC South chat. Let's take a look at some of the highlights.

The franchise tag is a tender issue for NFL stars |
Ashley Fox (commentary) - If they don't sign, they can't show. And there is little doubt that Drew Brees, Matt Forte, Wes Welker and Ray Rice have any intention of signing their franchise tenders.

Supercross event has riders jazzed to compete at the Superdome |
Ryan Whirty - This will be the 12th time the Supercross tour has stopped in New Orleans.