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Fleur-de-Links Saturday, May 5: Cinco de Derby Edition



Chase DanielEnjoying #JazzFest at the @Saints hospitality tent! Excited to see all the shows today!

deuce mcallisterHope everyone s enjoying this beautiful weather. Wish I couldve gotten out and got a few casts in this AM. Who do you guys like in the Derby

Thomas Morstead@team_gleason #jazzfest2012 Rocking the shirt @JedCollins45

Chris ChamberlainWhat a great day, going to Jazzfest to see The Eagles then home to watch the Thunder sweep the Mavs!!! #jazzfest2012 #ThunderUp

Greg RomeusI need a sombrero

Jermon Bushrod They got them athletes out here in Philly

Lance MooreHappy cinco de mayo everybody!!!

skooksHoly crap Sean Payton can play bongos AND keyboards. Are we sure "X-Box Kid" wasn't actually about "Rock Band"?

Andrew TillerAnother good day of speed school, now it's time too sit back and relax and enjoy my last couple of days in ny

team gleasonIf you're in the LA area, this will be a fun, meaningful event: -SG

team gleasonJohn Boutte at the Jazz Tent 2:45. Always a good show. -SG

Grandmaster Wang :bigbow: Warren Motherf****** Haynes RT @JuanScroates: Lmmfao RT @Deadspin: Sean Payton is playing keyboard at NOLA HOB

Jimmy Graham One of the most satisfying football experiences I've ever had... coaching over 300+ kids...can't wait to do it again tomorrow

cameron jordanSouth Dallas swag sorta weak tho


Cinco de Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby 2012: Post Positions, Time, TV Coverage And More | SB Nation Houston
JP Starkey - Horse racing fans can pour themselves another mint julep today, as the Super Bowl of horse racing is finally upon us.

2012 Kentucky Derby: Bodemeister, Union Rags Favorites To Win | SB Nation Houston
The 138th Kentucky Derby will be held today, and Bodemeister and Union Rags are the two favorites to win the race.

Cinco de Mayo | Wikipedia
The free encyclopedia.

Cinco de Mayo en todo el país (around the country) |
Nick Tann There’s much more to Cinco de Mayo than doing tequila shots and stuffing taquitos down your throat, even though American bars would have you believe otherwise. Includes photo slideshow.



Source: Knee surgery for Saints RB Ingram | The Advocate
Associated Press - A person with knowledge of the surgery said New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his knee.

Mark Ingram to miss offseason program for Saints | National Football Post
Brad Biggs - He's recovering from knee scope.

Is Mark Ingram Injury Prone? |
Andrew Juge



NFLPA move doesn't change 'bounty' player punishment appeals |
Steve Wyche - Although the NFL Players Association has filed a grievance challenging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority and jurisdiction with player suspensions in the Saints bounty case, it does not affect the players' appeal rights. (Thanks, jeff lb, for dropping this link into my story earlier today.)

NFLPA: Biggest problem with Saints suspensions? NFL won’t give them any information | Yahoo! Sports
Doug Farrar - With all the talk about the right or wrong behind the NFL's decision to suspend four current and former New Orleans Saints players for the roles (both alleged and admitted) in the recent bounty scandal, perhaps the most troublesome aspect of the process is the extent to which the NFL Players' Association has asked the league for specific information regarding the process Roger Goodell and his minions went through ... and hasn't received it.

NFL’s "independent" counsel really isn’t | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio - When the NFL initially pulled the sheet off the Saints' bounty scandal on March 2, the allegations seemed highly credible because it wasn't in the league's interests to wallow in the fact that one of its teams had cheated during a playoff run that culminated in a Super Bowl win.

NFL32 Video : On the Saints' punishment - NFL Nation Blog |
Darren shares his thoughts on the Saints' punishment, 'Caveman' discusses rookie WRs, and Did You Hear That? Merril gives Andrew Luck advice for success.

To The Whipping Post |
SaintsWin - Analysis, Examination, Opinion

NFL Players Association comes in late, short vs. Commissioner Roger Goodell in defense of players |
John DeShazier - There was little doubt that Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita were going to appeal their NFL suspensions.

NFL players union launched pushback against player suspensions in bounty scandal -
James Varney - Players haven't yet lodged an appeal.



Sean Payton Seems To Be Enjoying His League-Mandated Free Time |
Sean Newell - Reader Dave hit up the old inbox this morning and passed along a few pictures of currently suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton tickling the ivories at the House of Blues in New Orleans last night. (HansDat note: Could this 'Reader Dave' be a Dave we know?)

Video: Owner of radio production company says listening in on coaches would be very hard to do |
Henry Cohen, owner of Production Radio in New York, sheds some light on the obstacles involved in eavesdropping during an NFL game. ESPN has reported that New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis listened in on opposing coaches. (April 25)

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - Let’s take a look at some Saturday headlines from around the NFC South.

Film of the NFC South chat - NFC South Blog |
The New Orleans Saints and the continuing fallout from their bounty program was the dominant topic in Friday's NFC South chat.

Former Saints FB Heath Evans Talks About NFL Network, Softball Showdown |
Former Saints FB and current NFL Network Analyst Heath Evans will host his third annual "Heath Evans Softball Showdown" at Zephyr Field in Metairie on Wednesday, May 16.