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Fleur-de-Links: September 25, 2012

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. Today's headline: NFL struggles to clean up Monday Night Football "intertouchdownception" wreckage.

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire


NFL Power rankings: 1. Roger Goodell, 2. Replacements refs.... 31. Locked out refs, 32. Fans

The NHL can't catch a break. They don't even have the most (un)popular lockout.

RT Aiello clarifies: "(Goodell) does not have authority to change the outcome of a game when it concerns judgmental errors ...

The NFL has manipulated evidence to further their agenda, leaked information to the press illegally, and diluted their product. Bad year.

If you're going to write a column asking NFL plyrs to strike in support of refs, you should at least mention the no-strike provision in CBA.

Yes, as many have noted and wrote, NFLPA could try to argue "abnormally dangerous conditions."

NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs' lockout is settled soon. -bo

This mornin me and talked at Meisler middle schools 6th grade class about the importance of school. And u know I mentioned CAL

Note to idiot fans: Boycott all you want. You purchased your season tix last offseason. The $$$ is already in my pocket.

All the NFL had to say today is "We don't change the outcome of games because of officiating mistakes."

Maybe just maybe the Packers are distracted enough by this monstrosity that they come out flat on Sunday?

You Be the Judge...: Does this look like a successful field goal to you? Remember: for the kick to...

Golden Tate blatantly pushed off and M.D. Jennings intercepted the pass, according to two well-placed sources: my left and right eye.

Fan petition pledging to boycott NFL sponsors and advertisers until fair deal reached. Please RT:

One other detail -- This is the fourth straight day of talks. NFL & NFLRA had talks by phone yesterday, in person on Saturday/Sunday.

Not to drill the point into the ground, but as bad as things seem, a deal could materialize very, very quickly between the NFL and NFLRA.

I'm not going to be a jerk and wish Goodell real harm, but I hope he spends his elderly years struggling to piss and s***.

Seriously, that statement today should piss everyone off (including Packers fans) about 100 times more than last night's call did

\ So when the game-altering bad call comes, in primetime, it's against the Saints' next opponent, and the league is unapologetic.

Now you know: NFL does think we are stupid. Maybe, but not that stupid.

They're standing by the call. Good lord, they think we're all idiots. Sadly, they're probably right, because we'll keep watching.

More from the NFL - "The NFL Officiating Department reviewed the video today and supports the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling"

Any player/coach in Seattle that really thinks they won that game has zero integrity as a man and should be embarrassed.

Got f***ed by the refs.. Embarrassing. Thanks nfl

F*** it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.

NFL statement says offensive PI should have ended Mon game. Explains imitations of replay in this instance. Says "result of game is final"

Just got a jersey in the mail from a big fan. It is signed and going back in the mail today.

"The Constitution only guarantees American people the right to PURSUE happiness, You have to catch it yourself" Ben Franklin



The NFL has now become the WWE... - Canal Street Chronicles
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NFL supports decision to not overturn Seahawks' touchdown -
The NFL announced it is standing behind the referee's decision to uphold the last-second touchdown by the Seattle Seahawks in Monday night's win over the Green Bay Packers.

NFL statement: Result final, Tate should have been flagged | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has issued its statement on last night’s Packers-Seahawks game, saying that Golden Tate should have been called for pass interference, but the result of the game will not be reversed. From the league’s release: "Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pass into the end zone.

This is Roger Goodell. He's the commissioner of the NFL. Someone, please, FIRE THIS ASSHOLE.

President Obama weighs in on NFL’s referee lockout | ProFootballTalk
With tens of millions of Americans up in arms about the ending of Monday Night Football and the overall ineptitude of the NFL's replacement referees, it's not surprising that the president of the United States has weighed in.

Lingerie Football League commissioner mocks NFL for its low officiating standards - Yahoo! Sports
"It was a bit of a shock to see guys that couldn't officiate in our league were officiating in the NFL," Mortaza says.

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch stunned at replay of controversial final play Monday night - Yahoo! Sports
"We didn't win that game," someone at the table said, and nobody made a peep to challenge him.

NFL refs' call in Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks game affects $300M+ in Vegas - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Las Vegas oddsmakers say $300 million or more changed hands worldwide on a controversial referee call that decided the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. NFL refs call in Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks game affects $300M+ in Vegas

Wrestling with NFL's ref problem - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Wrestling with NFLs ref problem

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to blame for referee debacle - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Since taking over at the helm of the NFL, Goodell has forged an image for himself as a my-way-or-the-highway strongman. His rules. His punishments, meted out by him. His prerogative. His league.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick need not apologize for grabbing an official because use of replacement officials is what is wrong - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Belichick need not apologize for grabbing official. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick need not apologize for grabbing an official because use of replacement officials is what is wrong

Referee stalemate another example of NFL's never-ending greed - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Professional football’s Dow Jones dropped 1,000 points at Monday night’s closing bell, the moment in-over-their-heads replacement refs handed the Seahawks an undeserved victory over the Packers.

The Lingerie Football League Announces That It Fired "A Couple Crews Which Apparently Are Now Officiating In The NFL" Because Of Incompetence
After the Hall of Fame game in August, Mike Pereira let it slip that Craig Ochoa, the referee who worked that game, had been fired from the Lingerie Football League. The Lingerie Football League—which recently uprooted itself from its US host cities to barnstorm in Canada, the United States, and Australia over the next year—didn't respond to our request for comment on Pereira's charge then.

NFL Officials Debacle: It is time to replace the replacements
I love the NFL. I loathe what is going on at this time.

Brees has had enough of replacement refs | New Orleans
"You know, they're just not prepared to be in this situation. The game is so fast, and the level that all of them were at and now are at -- it just doesn't even compare. You know, I think it's getting to a point where it's pretty horrendous and it's an embarrassment to the league and the way it's being conducted."

New Orleans Saints Drew Brees gives his thoughts on replacement officials
New Orleans Saints Drew Brees gives his thoughts on replacement officials.

NFLPA feels refs’ pain, but can’t fix their problem | ProFootballTalk
The NFLPA might not like replacement refs and their decisions any more than the Packers do this morning. But they’re also limited in what they can do about it.

New Jersey politician tries to ban replacement refs | ProFootballTalk
In a move that could cause the NFL problems for Giants and Jets home games, New Jersey state Senate President Stephen Sweeney has announced plans to introduce legislation that would prevent sports leagues from using replacement officials in the state.

Packers fans protest at Lambeau Field | ProFootballTalk
"I’m disappointed with the integrity of the game," Packers fan Tyler Detke told the Green Bay Press-Gazette as he stood outside the stadium holding a sign denouncing the NFL.

Jerry Jones on Monday night debacle: I didn’t see it | ProFootballTalk
Sometimes in life the smartest thing is to play dumb

NFaiL: In (Pseudo) Defense of Replacement Refs
I woke up this morning and immediately went online to make sure it was all a nightmare. Turns out, the horrific end to that Packers/Seahawks Monday Night Football game actually happened. And yes, Roger Goodell still has his job.

League: Goodell didn't have power to change call -
Satch calls BULLS***.

Roger Goodell has the authority to overrule Monday Night Football decision
Roger Goodell has the authority to overrule Monday Night Football decision.

"Not So Immaculate Reception" should bring NFL and officials back to negotiations quickly
"Not So Immaculate Reception" should bring NFL and officials back to negotiations quickly.

'Monday Night Football' replacement officials in spotlight after controversial game-ending call: links - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
National perspective on officiating

NFL owners gave Roger Goodell control: Letter |

NFL upholds call, but admits error in Seattle win | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL upheld the Seahawks' disputed 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers and resumed meetings with its locked-out offici…



New Orleans Saints season imploded in the span of 12 offensive plays: Film study, part 1 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Saints gained negative-15 yards with zero completed passes, zero first downs, one interception and one safety over the final 26:16 of Sunday's 27-24 loss to Kansas City Chiefs

Mickles: Payton-less Saints have to find a way | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
One of the most frequently asked questions that will come this week in the wake of the New Orleans Saints’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs w…

Keys: Saints aren’t very good right now and time is wasting | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
NEW ORLEANS — Remember all that talk about the Saints having home-field advantage in the Super Bowl? It’s probably OK to squash it now. The…

" The Third Level of Suck The Angry Who Dat

SaintsWin: Analysis & Opinion: Week 3, Chiefs at Saints: Stumbling into Goodell's Abyss
What was different about yesterday's loss was that it felt so ... permanent.

Saints still searching for answers after loss to Kansas City | New Orleans
No one inside New Orleans’ locker room Monday claimed to have answers to the Saints’ woes. But running back Pierre Thomas had at least one idea on how to change what already has happened.

Drew Brees' passing game against the Kansas City Chiefs: Graphic - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
A look at Drew Brees' passing accuracy during the New Orleans Saints' 27-24 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday.

Brees on the 4th Q: We took a step back | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees saw improvement in the Saints offense during the first three quarters of Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to Kansas City.

Saints take day off, reflect on Chiefs loss | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- Interim coach Aaron Kromer gave Saints players Monday off, allowing them to regroup emotionally from a 27-24 overtime loss to Kansas City.



NFL seeking to block Vilma's request for evidence | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
NEW ORLEANS -- The NFL on Monday asked a federal judge to block Jonathan Vilma's demands for evidence in the league's bounty probe of the Saints, and a magistrate has ordered lawyers in the case to convene in New Orleans on Thursday to discuss the matter.



Curtis Lofton Embracing New Orleans
New Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton loves being a part of the Black and Gold