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Fleur-de-Links: Sunday, July 22



Justin DrescherTiger and I have one thing in common, with left to right wind we both have a huge slice. Lol #hatemyslice

Adam SchefterRavens, Texans, Chargers and Eagles rookies all report today to training camp. Welcome.

Jermon Bushrod I'll get u a pair! Lol "@Shleywell: @j_bushrod7475"

Jermon BushrodFasho! Lol "@Shleywell: @j_bushrod7475 Phssh, they better at least be black n gold! :)"

Jermon Bushrodlol I dunno bro. Ppl dont understand they comfortable n convienient "@GeorgeFoster72: @j_bushrod7475 why they be hatin ya CrocSwag bro? Lol"

Featured Tweet: Do what you can, people, do what you can...

Kevin Garnett (@RealKG5) For every R-T this gets, $1 will be donated to the 5 sets of kids who's parents were killed in the James Holmes, Colorado #TheatreShooting

New Orleans Saints2 days till players report, 4 days till the 1st practice & 14 days till the Hall of Fame Game!

Held Over"@bandersofarabia: Why not just put the Paterno statue in front of a random Chic-fil-A?" SHUT IT DOWN. We have a winner for the weekend.

skooksSean Payton forms own Super Pac in order to direct non-member coordinated Saints football operations.

Andrew Tiller 2 more days!! NOLA are y'all ready?!?!

Justin DrescherWow this is gonna be interesting... Can someone say playoff?? #britishopen

Vintage Church NOLAZapped update: Saints players @MalcolmJenkins & @DavidThomas_85 will sign autographs Mon 5:30-6pm during registration. 3927 Rayne St.

Andrew Tiller Instagram bigtill67, hit that follow button!!

Mark Ingram Giving God all praises on this wonderful Sunday!! Truly blessed!!

cameron jordanEggs Benedict #nola style (crabcakes under the eggs)

Thomas MorsteadI'm announcing a big SURPRISE on Monday at the @Verizon store in Kenner on Veterans from 5-7pm. @JenHale504 will be live from @WVUEFOX8 #RT

Chris ChamberlainWow, what a collapse by Adam Scott! Dude played out of his mind for 68 holes. Feel bad for him. Congrats to Ernie Els! #britishopen

Held OverI'm not even a golf fan, so why do I even take joy in watching this schmuck fail greatly? Must be that stupid f****** putter of his.

Justin DrescherA major in 3 different decades. Well done Ernie! #impressive


Saints Stuff

After rough year, Saints ready for training camp | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - After a tumultuous 144 days, a training camp like none other in the New Orleans Saints’ 46-year history gets under way this week.

Questions for the New Orleans Saints as they enter training camp |
Nakia Hogan - Bounty suspensions cloud preseason outlook.

New Orleans Saints top 25 countdown, Darren Sproles, No. 4 |
Running back can do it all.

Video: Brees backs Vilma in lawsuit - NFC South Blog |
Drew Brees defends Jonathan Vilma in court document filed Saturday.


Benson Boogies His Way to Sports Power

Saints owner Tom Benson tightens grip on all things sports in New Orleans after buying Hornets |
Bob Fortus - One owner, two teams can be beneficial to city and state.

The Times-Picayune: The 25 area power players |
Bob Fortus, workin' hard!!


Pre-Training Camp Peek At The NFC South

Falcons go into camp knowing playoff failures need to end | The Sun Herald
Jeff Schultz - The Falcons open training camp this week. They play their first regular-season game in seven weeks. They will be judged in six months.

Cam Newton will report to camp with Panthers rookies | ProFootballTalk
Josh Alpers - Panthers veterans don't have to report to training camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina until Friday, but quarterback Cam Newton will be there on Monday.

5 key Bucs to watch this season |
Roy Cummings - The rookies are already here and the veterans are on their way. For those anxious to see what the Buccaneers look like under new coach Greg Schiano, the wait is almost over. Training camp workouts begin Friday.

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - As we begin the week in which all four NFC South teams start training camp, let's take a look at the top Sunday headlines from around the division.


Blowing S*** Up!! YEAH!!!

Grand Palace Hotel implodes on schedule this morning |
Some major demolition happened near the Superdome today, and since the Saints will soon be taking the same scorched-earth mentality to their opponents this season, I just had to post this.

Photo Gallery: Implosion of the Grand Palace Hotel |
The Grand Palace Hotel implodes right on time in a ground-shaking spectacle on Sunday, July 22, 2012.

...and now let's roll those clips!

...this one's a composite of multiple views:

Please provide your suggestions for appropriate musical accompaniment to this video catharsis in the comment section (first one to say the overused part of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture - gets sent back to A Capitol Fourth from earlier this month. I love that music with fireworks as much as anyone, but I want us think outside the box here.)