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Fleur-de-Links: June 8, 2012



Arbitrator Shyam Das has ruled in NFL's favor and dismissed NFLPA's grievance in bounty case.

It's gona be one of those wkends... Can't!! wait!! (in my Bart scott voice)

Yoga poses on the Paddle Board!!

Last year: Ingram, Ivory, Sproles & Thomas combined for 2,013 rush yds/398 carries (5.1 avg),1,181 rec yds/147 recs (8.0 avg) & 22 total TDs

A bedazzled g shock.... Jack can do anything!!

Couldn't ask for a better Friday at the lake! My guy SUP boarding!

Jus heard "I'll Have Another" has been pulled from the race at the Belmont Stakes due to injury..another triple crown eluded..

Im blessed 2 attend these kids camps these past 6 weeks or so. I get to be around kids that are passionate bout the job that I have

Will beats skill

": Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever-Vince McKewin" Pretty sure that's Keanu Reaves in "The Replacements"

that's Shane Falco.

Tried to call Pamphilon during podcast. His voicemail is just as longwinded as his radio show appearance.

Excited about this year

Breakfast of champions

Reminder to Saints season ticket holders: today is the deadline for final payment on season tickets.

Finally witnessed the highlights of greatness last nite..Bron put the team on his back as a leader go get this game 7 tomoro

Up early this morning think about sittin out on a patio somewhere and relaxing...where is tha best happy hour patio in the City of NO..

sounds like Bulldogs on Canal is the place i need to be...what time does happy hour start?

My flight attendant just said "WHEN we lose electricity lights on the floor will.." Can we change that "when" to an "IF"?

Good Morning and TGIF! I hope everybody takes some time to share with the ones u love- just why u love them.

Boston sports fans: making it hard to root for Boston teams since FOREVER.



My story: With Gronkowski’s deal done, is it now time for the Saints to pay Jimmy Graham? -
As of now, set to make just $540,000 and $570,000 over the next two years, Graham is badly underpaid. Not that Graham would say so. He’s too low-key for that. He’ll never have to prove his worth to his teammates, though.

No new contract in the works yet for New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
New deal for fellow breakout tight end Rob Gronkowski helps set Graham's market value

New Orleans Saints backup QB battle intensified with addition of Luke McCown
The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran quarterback Luke McCown after a try-out during the teams recent three day mini-camp.

League, NFLPA need clear standards, fair procedures for OTA violations | ProFootballTalk
As teams are now expected to honor the rules regarding offseason practice as written, there's plenty of confusion regarding what the rules as written mean, and regarding the process for determining whether the written rules have been violated.

Joe Vitt & Greg McMahon At Saints Minicamp Q&A (June 7, 2012)

Young Players Garner Attention, McCown Earns Contract As Saints Conclude June Minicamp
Joe Morgan (6-1, 184) from Walsh College is a real threat as a receiver with great speed and kick return skills,. He looked good in training camp last season before a season-ending injury. To make the team and bump another receiver like veterans Adrian Arrington and Courtney Roby, Morgan will have to show not only his skills on special teams as a return man but also a gunner on kickoffs.

Minicamp Wrap-Up: Brees Rumors Blow Through Saints Facility
When asked to comment on a report on Yahoo! Sports that claims Saints strong safety Roman Harper and former Saints linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar earned $200 apiece for "whack'' hits in a wildcard victory in January against the Detroit Lions, Vitt replied: "Number one, I don't know who Yahoo is, and, number two, I don't read Yahoo so I can't comment on it. What is Yahoo, a person? Don't know and can't comment on it because I haven't read it.''

Saints TE Thomas moving forward despite 2011 concussion scare | New Orleans
David Thomas’ offseason began sooner than his teammates. It also likely felt even longer to the Saints’ tight end.

NFL remotely looking at Saints practices | ProFootballTalk
Per a source with knowledge of the team’s offseason practice, the Saints generally have been "lethargic" during offseason practices, which could be worse news than if the Saints were on the wrong side of the line on Wednesday, or on any other day.

To the casual observer, the New Orleans Saints' workouts appear to be quieter than usual, but expect that to change - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
"If you take Gregg Williams away from anything, things are going to calm down," Saints linebacker Scott Shanle said.

Running Back Depth a Strength for Saints

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
If the Saints end up getting punished for this one, it’s a shame. I saw the incident. Lofton barely grazed Daniel’s jersey. The quarterback, perhaps a little frustrated that his last few passes weren’t great, threw the ball at Lofton’s feet. That prompted some pushing and shoving between offensive and defensive players. I didn’t see any punches thrown and the whole thing was broken up quickly. I’ve seen plenty of more intense practice outbursts through the years.

Hartley sheds pounds in offseason | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley has trimmed down to fighting weight in anticipation of a challenging training camp bat…

New Orleans Saints players stand by Gregg Williams - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Credit the players for their candor. It'd be easy to disparage Williams these days. He's no longer with the club and has been ostracized from the league. He's out of football and can't fight back, which makes him a vulnerable target, an easy scapegoat.



Daily Special, June 8, 2012 - Who Dat Social Club
All the news this morning is the Drew Brees contract negotiations, but it shouldn’t be. I’ll go out on a limb and say that I agree with Mikes Triplett and Florio, and disagree with WWL regarding the timing of a Brees signing. I hope I’m wrong.

Drew Brees' sandwich shop approved by starstruck New Orleans City Council |
The restaurant will be on Maple Street

Saints made new offer to Brees last Friday | ProFootballTalk
If the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees currently are truly close to getting a deal done, they've been close for nearly a week. As reported by multiple other outlets, the Saints have recently made Brees a new offer.

Saints make new offer to Brees | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- The New Orleans Saints have made a new contract offer to record-setting quarterback Drew Brees, said a person familiar with the situation.

New Orleans Saints have sent Drew Brees a new proposal - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Sources say negotiations are still ongoing



New Orleans Saints retain former FBI chief's firm to investigate wiretapping and bounty program allegations - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh will have full access to the team.

Saints hire former FBI director to take top-to-bottom look at organization | ProFootballTalk
After an offseason marred by a pay-for-performance/bounty scandal and subsequent allegations of G.M. Mickey Loomis having the capacity to engage in illegal wiretapping, Saints owner Tom Benson wanted clarity as to the goings-on within his team.



New Orleans Saints safeties Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins have put 49ers loss behind them - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Many criticized Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins for their performances in the Saints' playoff loss to the 49ers last season.

Harper, Jenkins and Sharper to Host Pro Experience Football Camp

Former players consolidate concussion lawsuits against NFL | NFL Football | The Sun Herald
As a head-bashing NFL fullback, Kevin Turner was once knocked into such a daze that he wasn't sure whether he was playing a football game or had just crawled out of bed.

Saints Nation: Chronic Podcast - Surprise Call Sean Pamphilon Edition | June