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Fleur-de-Links: January 10, 2013

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Sean Payton officially signs contract extension with Saints.

Alex Wong


Okay fans... Tonight I'll be giving away 2 court side tickets to the game tomorrow night. Details later.

NFLPA calls for congressional involvement in the NFL's head trauma crisis, as part of its statement responding to the Seau findings.

NFLPA: "Our players deserve the best care, and we will fight to hold the NFL and the Clubs accountable for providing it."

Statement by on Junior Seau's CTE Diagnosis:

Drew Brees's neighbors are selling? Come on, rich creepy Saints fans, follow your hearts.

RT I may not be the player that tweets the most, but I give a lot of stuff away on Twitter. lol New Contest Tonight

Shooting range with and

Much respect to Bernie Kosar for sharing his story today & for his hope to assist others

": Took me a bit to find the story I wish him, other players the best." -- Kosar story link

Results for best Saints Tweeter: 1 2 3 4 5

As an actuve player I Agree with your take today on involving the cte and concussion stance.

Spoiled rotten, I tells ya.

What's up with this weather in New Orleans?

Breakfast wit da ma's, my momma n my grandma fo breakfast

Breakfast icee!

If you're 1 of those people who claimed that Junior Seau was a 'coward,' you might want to amend that to 'brain-damaged victim of football.'

Junior Seau had CTE caused, not by pre game speeches or alleged bounties, but by the current rules of the game: -SG




Sean Payton officially signs extension with Saints | New Orleans
Saints head coach Sean Payton has officially signed his five-year extension with the club it was announced Wednesday.

This Week in Saints History: January 9-15
1967—New Orleans new NFL franchise is officially nicknamed SAINTS. The name was inspired by local promoter Dave Dixon's love for the song "When the Saints Go Marching In" which Dixon felt was the perfect anthem for both the city of New Orleans and the pro team representing it. The song earned national fame in 1938 when New Orleans native Louis Armstrong recorded it for Decca Records at their New York studio.

Forecast: It’s time for Saints to retire ‘Get Crunk’ | New Orleans
I can’t remember where I saw it, but apparently the Saints are wondering if they should stop playing, ‘Stand Up and Get Crunk’ at home games.


NFL Coaching Carousel

A Brian Kelly jump to NFL would rock Notre Dame - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: For Notre Dame this is a gut-punch. When it finally gets a capable coach who restores a measure of glory and has the program primed for even more, it might lose him?

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles, Brian Kelly Notre Dame coach interview for opening left after Andy Reid was fired - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
NFL: Philadelphia Eagles, Brian Kelly Notre Dame coach interview for opening left after Andy Reid was fired NFL: Philadelphia Eagles, Brian Kelly Notre Dame coach interview for opening left after Andy Reid was fired

Jerry’s mad; is it time for Garrett to worry?
Jerry Jones follows through with his promise to make things uncomfortable by firing DC Rob Ryan.

Jerry Jones: Injuries are no excuse for Cowboys’ bad defense | ProFootballTalk
After he was fired as the Cowboys' defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan said injuries were the biggest problem he faced. "When we weren't short-handed, we were kicking ass," Ryan said. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, however, doesn't remember it that way.

The daily coaching/G.M. vacancy update | ProFootballTalk
[Editor's note: Another day, another update to the various coaching and G.M. vacancies. For the first time since December 31, the list has grown, thanks to the termination of Mike Mularkey's employment in Jacksonville.] Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have promoted Steve Keim to G.M.


Playoffs? Don't talk about....Playoffs?

Brady, Belichick, Peyton can set NFL playoff records | ProFootballTalk
If this weekend's games go as expected, the AFC's Super Bowl team will be quarterbacked by either Peyton Manning or Tom Brady for the eighth time in the last 12 years.

Richard Sherman thinks Atlanta receivers are best tandem in league | ProFootballTalk
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman thinks the Atlanta Falcons receiving corps provides the biggest challenge his team has faced all season. The Falcons' duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White, along with tight end Tony Gonzalez, are among the most dynamic group of pass catchers the Seahawks ...



NFLPA wants to see FedEx Field improvements | ProFootballTalk
The latest knee injury suffered by Redskins Robert Griffin III, as bad as it is for him and his team, could do some good. It could force greater sensitivity to the quality of playing surfaces throughout the NFL.

NFL players don't want kickoffs to get the boot - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: DENVER (AP) -- The eight teams left in the NFL playoffs can thank their special teams for a good part of their success. That's one reason players are still upset Commissioner Roger Goodell has floated the idea of abolishing kickoffs altogether.

Junior Seau had brain disease CTE - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Junior Seau had brain disease CTE Junior Seau had brain disease CTE

Doctors say Junior Seau’s brain was damaged by head trauma | ProFootballTalk
Junior Seau, the future Hall of Fame linebacker who committed suicide in May, suffered from the same type of brain damage that has now been found in dozens of former NFL players.

Archie Manning to receive 2013 Summerall Award
The 8th annual Pat Summerall Award will be presented to Archie Manning on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at the Legends for Charity® Dinner in New Orleans. The Legends for Charity dinner will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®.