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Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, January 26

Your daily collection of Saints/NFL-related news, analysis, commentary, and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Wrist surgery to keep Jimmy Graham out of Pro Bowl.

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Thank you for the private tour of Pearl Harbor

": Gung Ho!" My Good Man

I just wrote this : "It’s a New World": The Super Bowl Becomes a Platform for LGBT Equality

Appreciate it, proud to be a Saint "rt : you're a great role model, proud you're a saint!"

Not much better than cooking my own steak while looking at beach.

and event Feb1 4gr8cause! tickets here... " Watch Will and I on ESPN Monday.


But I'm sleep

MardiGras season in New Orleans: Award season in L.A. Caught Krewe of Oshun Parade last night,Checking out the Hollywood crew today.Bizarre

RT : It sucks when u can have everyone but the one u want

Just watched Eli Manning discreetly give several hotel workers at Pro Bowl each $100 bills, calling them by their first names. That's class.

Thanks to Michael Bay for opening your house up and being such a great host. Was a great honor and a good time.


Defense Wins Championships

New Orleans Saints reach out to former Chiefs Coach Romeo Crennel in defensive coordinator search, source says |
Larry Holder - No surprise Romeo Crennel is being linked to Saints defensive coordinator job.

PFT Live Video: Payton, Saints take step forward | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio talks with newly-reinstated Saints coach Sean Payton about the release of Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator, how he spent his time away from the game, his opinion of former DC Gregg Williams, and much more.


Saints in the Pro Bowl

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had to turn down Pro Bowl after wrist surgery |
Mike Triplett - Graham had surgery to repair lingering wrist injury after 2012 season, according to league source.

New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead enjoying 'surreal' moments at Pro Bowl |
Larry Holder - Saints punter's charitable efforts may top Pro Bowl experience.


The Road to New Orleans

Joe Flacco, Colin Kaepernick go from Senior Bowl upstarts to Super Bowl 2013 quarterbacks |
Larry Holder - Saints director of college scouting recalls how well Flacco, Kaepernick performed in annual college all-star game week.

San Fran Taking Steps To Prevent Super Bowl Violence - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
Associated Press - San Francisco officials are taking tougher measures to prevent potential fan violence on Super Bowl Sunday when the 49ers battle the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.

Ray Lewis is example of troubled athlete who was able to shift personal narrative |
Rachel Whittaker - Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o may have harder road ahead, experts say.

Super Bowl 2013 spurs business bustle in New Orleans, but economists differ on the net gain |
Mark Waller - As the Super Bowl 2013 crowds stream through New Orleans in the coming days, teams of survey takers dispatched by University of New Orleans economist Janet Speyrer will patrol key junctions.

New Orleans Super Bowl MVP flashback: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers, 1975 |
Rachel Whittaker - Set Super Bowl record with 158 rushing yards.

New Orleans Super Bowl MVP flashback: Randy White, Harvey Martin, Dallas Cowboys, 1978 |
Trey Iles - Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman were the first - and only - co-MVPs in Super Bowl history.

Peter Finney's Super Bowl memories, 1978: Dallas 27, Denver 10 |
Dallas won big with its defense, mercilessly pounding former Cowboy Craig Morton.

Super Bowl stirring up Roesler memories | The Advocate
Ted Lewis - The Super Bowl is coming to town for the 10th time next week. And for the first time Bob Roesler won’t be taking part.



Top 10 Plays of the 2012 Season: #2 - Jonathan Vilma's Pick Six |
Andrew Juge - As awesome as this play was, the symbolism behind it made it more special.

President Obama's inauguration a 'once in a lifetime' experience for New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith |
Larry Holder - Saints defender couldn't pass up a trip to Monday's inauguration.

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