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Fleur-de-Links: January 22, 2013

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Roger Goodell begins to see the hell that awaits him in New Orleans; Sean Payton is finally reinstated after unjust suspension.

Alex Wong


Love seeing how "smart" everyone says the Payton reinstatement is. I think "smart" left the building a long time ago.

FYI: I'm working on Payton reaction column now. My initial take is that it's "too little, too late."...

Coach Sean Payton’s contract has also been formally approved by . That was part of the reason...

The have lost another coach to promotion: The Jaguars announced today that they've hired Mike Mallory as special teams coordinator.

Welcome back Coach Payton!!

almost forgot, congrats to my bro on making another trip to the pro bowl!! when I grow up I wanna be just like you hahaa

Welcome back Coach Payton!!!!

. working the window at McDonalds

The Beer Man Michael Lewis is The Burger Man today

When Saints players take over a McDonalds & pay for all the meals

have hired Mike Mallory as special teams coordinator. Previously assistant special teams with Saints.

. taking care of the fries

. taking orders at McDonalds

other than my own Saints games, I'm pretty sure the Hawks game tonight at the Madhouse will be my first professional home opener, let's go!!

Looking for freaky fast delivery drivers at our Jimmy Johns stores in Nola. You can apply in store or email us

New employee at

. signing autographs

Akiem Hicks () handing out posters to kids

Hall of Famer is with us for Verizon as well! Heading to Chevron (4700 Lapalco Boulevard) in NOLA to give out free gas cards!

So Gregg has to find a team who is willing to hire an indefinitely-suspended coach before he may be considered for reinstatement? Nice.

Payton told Vitt that he had a good talk with Roger Goodell on Monday and that, " I'm back."


Sean Payton is back, bitches!

The NFL reinstated New Orelans Saints head coach Sean Payton
The NFL reinstated Sean Payton as head coach of the New Orleans Saints today, to know what it means click here

Goodell audibles into winning play with Payton reinstatement
Admit your complicit involvement in wrongdoing and make things right. In the final analysis, that appears to be the logic applied by Roger Goodell in relation to Sean Payton, who was reinstated immediately as head coach of the New Orleans Saints Tuesday morning.

From hero to villain, Roger Goodell returns to New Orleans as Super Bowl's conflicted character - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: Saints fans jeer Roger Goodell for his heavy-handed punishment in the franchise's bounty scandal. So many of them have forgotten he's also the same person who ensured the team's return to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Payton: I'm excited to be back as head coach of the New Orleans Saints | New Orleans
Payton: I feel we have learned from our mistakes and are ready to move forward. I want to thank our owner, Mr. Benson and all of our great fans for the overwhelming support throughout this past year.

Saints GM Loomis hails Payton's return, 'fired up' he's back | New Orleans
Sean Payton’s – and New Orleans’ – long wait for reinstatement has finally come to an end. The move couldn’t have come soon enough, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said.

Twitter universe reacts to Sean Payton's reinstatement |
Saints coach back with the team immediately

Russell Wilson's deal; Sean Payton's reinstatement; Tom Brady's controversial slide; more thoughts - NFL - Peter King -
A four-hour meeting, quietly, ended the Sean Payton suspension. When the NFL wants something to be quiet, it finds a way. And so when commissioner Roger Goodell wanted to meet with suspended Saints coach Sean Payton, he did it without telling those in his office, and he did it on a holiday -- Martin Luther King Day -- when many league employees had the day off. Goodell and Payton met for four hours on Monday afternoon, and it was totally under the radar until the announcement this morning that Payton had been reinstated with full privileges and authority to run Saints business immediately.

Sean Payton reinstated, but Saints fans not letting Roger Goodell off the hook | Audibles -

Audibles – - Chris Burke on the NFL

Joe Vitt says he can forgive, but won't forget what Saints went through without Sean Payton |
"Listen man, it's going to be kind of emotional," Vitt said at the Senior Bowl. "He is my friend. So I appreciate our friendship. ... Listen, I can't wait for him to come back. Nobody has ever had anything like this before. I think I've made it clear what I think. I don't think I need to go into that any further. But it is what it is. Will I forgive? Yeah, I guess I will forgive. But I will never forget what we've gone through and what this team has gone through with the sanctions and the penalties they've imposed upon us."

Benevolent Roger Goodell Reinstates Coach Sean Payton Effective Immediately | Kissing Suzy Kolber
So forgive and forget, huh guys? Guys? It’s all cool now, right? Lord Rog would have totally done the same thing this week if the Saints were in the Super Bowl and not scouting the Senior Bowl because he cares the NFL and this sudden retreat has nothing to do with Bountygate being an embarrassing farcical circus.

Sean Payton reinstated by NFL | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
The NFL on Tuesday announced that Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated New Orleans head coach Sean Payton.

NFL Reinstates New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton
Head Coach Sean Payton may attend the Senior Bowl this week and resume his duties as head coach of the Saints.

moosedenied " Blog Archive " It’s a fine, fine day for a reunion…

Updated Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints bounty scandal timeline |
Payton is now free to rejoin the team, effective immediately.

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis on return of Sean Payton: 'Happy Tuesday' |
"Obviously, I'm excited to see Sean and visit with him and get going on 2013. ... You guys caught me a little off guard. Happy Tuesday," Loomis said.

Payton statement: "Mistakes were made" | ProFootballTalk
As part of his Tuesday reinstatement from his year-long bounty suspension, Saints head coach Sean Payton acknowledged that something happened, and he should have stopped it.

Sean Payton has been reinstated | ProFootballTalk
The Saints have their head coach back. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello announced Tuesday morning that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated Payton from his suspension effective immediately.

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo can't wait for Sean Payton to return from suspension |
Spagnuolo says Payton's input will be valuable in fixing the defense's problems

Suspended Gregg Williams can look for coaching jobs -'s Albert Breer reported Tuesday that Williams, suspended indefinitely for his role in the New Orleans Saints' "bounty" fiasco, is free to look for work, according to the league. Commissioner Roger Goodell, however, plans to review Williams' reinstatement if and when he lands a job. That's an unusual wrinkle to the deal, to say the least.


The icey NOLA welcome awaiting Goodell

A Super Bowl Mismatch - Goodell and New Orleans -
As Kermit Ruffins, a popular New Orleans jazz musician, said, "There’s a lot of angry cats down here, and I’m thinking most folks don’t have a problem letting someone know how they feel."

New Orleans Welcomes The Super Bowl With A "Roger Goodell Being Eaten By A Giant Vagina" Float
The Krewe du Vieux is one of the first parades on the Carnival calendar, and surely the most explicit. The Times-Picayune says it "aims for eyebrow-raising, low-brow amusement and often hits the mark with its rude designs and naughty details." But topicality is important, and with Roger Goodell coming to town for the Super Bowl in two weeks, nothing's more topical than welcoming the commissioner to New Orleans.


Jeff Duncan must enjoy inciting Who Dat outrage and disbelief

At Super Bowl 2013, Roger Goodell should be hailed as a New Orleans hero for helping to save a cosmopolitan city |
Can New Orleans Saints fans handle the truth? After Katrina, Goodell was one of of the city’s most tireless champions.



New imaging technique spots evidence of potential brain damage in living football players | ProFootballTalk
Researchers for the first time have detected changes in the brains of football players who are still alive. Specifically, new brain imaging techniques have detected abnormal tau proteins in five retired NFL players.

Jerry Jones: Garrett’s no longer calling offensive plays | ProFootballTalk
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is talking to a group of reporters at the Senior Bowl as we speak, and he said he's taking a bit of authority from head coach Jason Garrett. According to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.

Ninkovich says the Patriots dynasty is over | ProFootballTalk
On last night's Pro Football Talk, we took up a Twitter question from the great Kige Ramsey regarding the media's habit of still treating the Patriots like they are still a dynasty.

Monte Kiffin "real excited" to get back into the NFL | ProFootballTalk
While many men his age are sipping a glass of prune juice and reading a newspaper this time of day, Monte Kiffin was out interviewing prospective football players in Mobile, Ala. this morning. And that had him fired up. The 72-year-old Kiffin told Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.


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