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Fleur-de-Links: September 26, 2012

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE - NFL & NFLRA are reportedly close to a deal

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Before last lockout ended,owners celebrated deal while plyrs claimed they hadn't even seen proposal.Let's hope they skip that part this time

The NFL hasn't ruled out having the real refs on the field for TNF. In fact, it's a motivator for them, b/c they want to avoid inequities.

So there's TNF, and this -- byes (IND, PIT) start this week. At this point, all 32 teams have 3 games w/replacements. Equality is important.

Also, the sides have been meeting since just before 10 a.m., so about six hours now. I'd bet it'll keep going for some time.

\ We find time for way we want,Eliminate the negative things around you and being the positive things in. fans stay positive. We are!

Asked if Packers could be distracted this week with how the MNF game ended, Brees smiled & said "I hope so, but I doubt it"

Brees on playing in Lambeau Field on Sunday: “I relish the opportunity to go to places like that”

Brees: "If replacement officials are calling the game Sunday so be it. We will play the game the same way"


The Saints released WR Greg Camarillo and activated LB Ramon Humber from reserve/suspended list

Today's Saints Injury Report-> Did Not Practice: McBride (ankle), Hawthorne (hamstring), Casillas (neck)

Fran Tarkenton said on Fox News that Broncos LB Joe Mays, who had a Van Gogh hit on Matt Schaub, "should have been suspended for one year."

Fans hate you too, Jeff RT : So complaints about NFL officiating will end forever now? Not a peep starting this weekend?

Seriously, Jeff Duncan, sportswriter, f***ing hates sports fans. I would be a petty, miserable s*** too.

There will be debate and back-and-forth about how close the NFL is to deal w/refs. And until its over, it ain't over. But...

Bottom Line: things would have to totally fall apart for replacement refs to work beyond Week 4, if in fact they're even on job come Sunday

League is not pursuing any discipline for any of the player Tweets following Monday night's officiating decision.

You can't blame the replacement officials! It's a very hard job and the NFL knew that! The integrity of the game just took 2 steps back

How Much bigger has Ed Hochuli gotten from this time off?? Only time will tell

Having done this before, everyone needs to wait until the ink is dry.

Asked NFLRA source about idea that deal is done -- "Absolutely false" ... But they're getting closer, have made plenty of progress.

Have yet to hear that a deal between NFL and the refs is complete. Certainly heading in that direction, getting close.

Here's our latest update on the officials: Agreement was reached on backup crews. Pension still needs work.



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NFL, referees still not close to deal; Ed Hochuli has prepped refs for immediate return - Peter King -
Ed Hochuli is perhaps the most famous of the National Football League's 121 regular officials, and if a new contract with the locked-out officials gets done within the next 24 hours, American football fans will owe him a debt of thanks -- because the prep work of Hochuli will be a key for the real refs to hit the ground running, starting with Sunday's 13 NFL games.

Aiello on NFLRA talks: “There is no such thing as close” | ProFootballTalk
So there’s no deal until there’s a deal. And, as of right now, there’s no deal.

Saints Nation: The Refs are Back, But Being a Saints Fan Still Sucks This Season | September

John Lynch says NFL “duped” FOX into going easy on replacements before Week One | ProFootballTalk
Per Lynch, the NFL called FOX before the season started and said, ‘We’re close to a deal, so take it easy on these guys.”

Game-deciding blown call was what it took to spur an agreement | ProFootballTalk
From the first day of the NFL's lockout of its officials, the conventional wisdom was that it would take a game-deciding blown call to spur the owners to get a deal done. And the conventional wisdom was right.

Report: NFL, regular refs close to a deal | New Orleans
A person familiar with the situation says the NFL and its locked-out officials have resumed talks in an attempt to resolve an impasse that has created a firestorm over the use of replacements refs.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell faces more headaches - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -



Three New Orleans Saints players miss Wednesday's practice - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Linebacker David Hawthorne (hamstring), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck) and defensive end Turk McBride (ankle) were held out.

New Orleans Saints vs Green Bay Packers: Week 4 scouting report - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Saints and Packers will play at Lambeau Field for second consecutive season | Green Bay Packers | Insiders Blog» NFL won’t fine Packers players
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New Orleans Saints interim coach Aaron Kromer: team may not have handled distractions well - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
"There's a lot of reasons why," Kromer said. "It could be we didn't practice hard enough in training camp. Maybe we had too many distractions at times and didn't handle them correctly. We think we're handling them correctly. We say we are, and I want to say we are. My job is to make sure we are handling them in the correct way."

Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers didn't expect New Orleans Saints and the Packers to have such poor records - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Saints are 0-3, while Packers are 1-2

New Orleans Saints Press Conference September 26 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
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Woe and 3? Saints searching for answers | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — Drew Brees readily acknowledges he is an eternal optimist — and won’t buy into the notion that an 0-3 record is proof the Saints…

SAINTS-PACKERS SCOUTING REPORT | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
WHEN: 3:25 p.m. Sunday. WHERE: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis. TV/RADIO: Fox/WTGE-FM, 100.7. RECORDS: Packers: 1-2; Saints: 0-3. LAST WE…

Saints can't afford another slow start | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
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Is the Saints defense that complicated? Does it need to be? -- Gerry V |
What do the fans think?

From the Coach's Office: Saints-Chiefs Analysis
IMHO, every week the replacement officials call games, the more the NFL resembles the WWF.

Jamaal Charles runs away with AFC offensive player of the week | ProFootballTalk
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles rushed for 233 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries in Kansas City's Week Three upset of the New Orleans Saints. Charles averaged over seven yards per rushing attempt, and chipped in 55 more yards on six catches.



Big Brother Power Rankings, Week 3: Saints Are in Danger of Getting the Boot | The Big Lead
New Orleans, Carolina, Tampa, Washington and St. Louis on the block this week.

Talent deficit biggest Saints problem Payton will have to fix
When he returns to the building at team headquarters after February's Super Bowl, suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will get a hero's welcome.

Two former New Orleans Saints find new teams after being released
Two former New Orleans Saints find new teams after being released.

Former Saints defensive lineman Jeff Charleston signs with Buccaneers
Former Saints defensive lineman Jeff Charleston signs with Buccaneers.

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