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Fleur-de-Links: January 8, 2013

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith says Sean Payton and Saints fans "got raw deal" from the league. Says hearing transcripts don't back up league's PR machine and punishments.

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When I grow up, I want to be like Jason Becker -SG

I know I shouldn't enjoy a person's firing, but.... ": Rob Parker is out at ESPN "

Hornets+Saints= WHODAT nation! Hornets are a win away from a 3game win streak, lets show our support tomm night vs houston. Just win baby!

^Go check out Vilma's new profile pic. Awesome!

After carrying Hornets in 4th quarter last night vs. Spurs, Eric Gordon bought entire team breakfast this morning (media scarfed leftovers).

The 2nd Annual Honors awards special will take place at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans on Feb. 8 pm CT on CBS

The awards show will be hosted by Alec Baldwin & will feature a live performance from

OT honored for his cooperation with the media by receiving the 2012 Jim Finks Good Guy Award

RT : Tried explaining concept of a pay-phone to my daughters this morning. They were fascinated & in utter disbelief.-funny!

Great job New Orleans. We had over 250 entries for the Super Service Challenge. $1 Million will be going to many deserving charities in Nola

Its a shame that lawsuits and threat of lawsuits is changing the rules of the nfl and way game has to be played

2012 photos:

Why is today a really tough day? Because it's the longest we'll have to wait until college football returns.

Love seeing McCarron and Jones get after each other ... Good picture of what Saban's built -- Guys comfortable challenging one another.

Ok Alabama wins yet another title, last year beating LSU in New Orleans. If the Falcons win SB in Nola, I can only assume God hates me.

2013 Saints opponents

Where do Alabama find these super high scholars from? They come into college 6'6 330lbs at 18 years old. That's scary

Pure domination last night from Bama. That's why NFL >>>> College Football. It's an even level of play. Any team can win on any given Sunday

3 nattys in 4 years!!! Roll Tide!!!


Bountyfarce continues: Sean Payton still not reinstated!

NFLPA official says Saints fans, Sean Payton got a raw deal in bounty scandal |
"Sometimes in this business everybody sort of looks at the end," DeMaurice said on First Take. "Very few people today it seems to me have time to look at the process. Here was the process, the process was if you remember, the league started out on a PR campaign where they said that there were dozens of players involved in a scheme to injure players. It turns out that while they talked about dozes of players by the time we got through the process it was a smaller number of players. "You had people talking about email talking about bounties that the league didn't even rely on when they were held accountable to the process. And as a person who sat there and read every page of the transcript, whether it was from Joe Vitt, Gregg Williams or other people involved in that bounty. What I was shocked by from the process was none of the words that came from their mouth substantiated the league's PR machine. "So it seems to me, while all of you haven't been privy to the transcripts -- we certainly don't have a problem with those transcripts becoming public -- what I champion and what all of our players champion is we are able to force a process that ultimately resulted in the fact that those players didn't lose their games. Now frankly I will tell you, do I think the fans in New Orleans got the raw end of that deal? Yes they did. Do I know that Sean Payton got the raw end of that deal? Yes he did, because I know from reading each and every page of that transcript that what the National Football League said occurred never occurred."


Saints Scoop

Drew Brees agitated Saints will miss home Super Bowl -
"Obviously, I wish we were playing at home, in our home stadium, in front of our crowd," Brees told KAAY-AM on Monday, via, "I think that was the expectation. So we're still fresh off the end of the season, so it's still not a good feeling."

Five Saints bright spots heading into 2013 | New Orleans
Bradley Handwerger says that despite a painful 2012 season, there are some bright spots for fans to look forward to in 2013.

Griffin knee injury could land Brees in Pro Bowl | ProFootballTalk
There could be a postseason, after all, for Saints quarterback Drew Brees. With his team out of the playoffs and Brees omitted from the NFC Pro Bowl roster, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune points out that Brees could be saying "aloha" to Hawaii now that Robert Griffin III has anoth...

New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief wins Good Guy Award |
Strief voted by local media

What were the best and worst New Orleans Saints games of the 2012 season? |
Sound off on today's Saints Question of the Day

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees: We didn't meet our expectations |
Brees talked about missing the Super Bowl in radio interview on Tuesday

Offense was no problem for Saints this season | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The New Orleans Saints didn’t set an NFL record for most total yards as they did in 2011, but they did lead the league in long touchdown dr…

Saints Nation's 2012 Player Awards

New Orleans Saints Sign Two Players to Reserve/Futures Contract
New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Monday that the team signed LB Austin Johnson and CB Dion Turner to reserve/futures contracts.


NFL Coaching Shuffle

Marrone could be trying to lure Carmichael to Buffalo | ProFootballTalk
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Saints haven’t given up on Carmichael, yet. They believe that, ultimately, Carmichael will choose to remain in New Orleans. (The presence of Drew Brees on the roster could be a slight factor in the final decision-making process.)

The daily coaching, G.M. vacancy update | ProFootballTalk
[Editor's note: Every day, we'll post a new update on the various coaching and G.M. vacancies, until all of them are filled. Or until we lose interest. Or forget to do it.] Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals reportedly are negotiating with Steve Keim for the franchise's G.M. position.

Eagles will interview Lovie Smith | ProFootballTalk
Jon Gruden is interested in coaching the Eagles. The Eagles, however, are interested in one of the newest members of the Fired Football Coaches Association. The Eagles have announced that former Bears head coach Lovie Smith will interview for the vacant job on Thursday.

Saban says of college football, "Maybe this is where I belong" | ProFootballTalk
Now that Nick Saban has won three BCS championships in four years and four in eight, the question once again will become whether he'll ever be interested in taking his game back to the highest level of the sport. For now, it sounds like he won't be.

Doug Marrone says he's 'most comfortable' with Buffalo Bills |
Former New Orleans Saints assistant formerly introduced Monday


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

Sunday divisional games: Falcons looking for first playoff win under Mike Smith | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Shutdown Corner: With the divisional round set, let's take a quick look at the main storylines setting up for this weekend's playoffs. We'll have much more comprehensive coverage through the week, but here's a quick primer, starting with the two Saturday games. … Continue reading →

Arian Foster changes Twitter avatar to bulletin-board material from Boston columnist | SI Tracking Blog – Tracking MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and NCAA On Twitter
SI Tracking Blog - Breaking Sports News As It Happens From The MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, NCAA And Formula 1



This Date in Saints History: January 8th
2011—The Saints lose in wild card playoff at the Seahawks, 41-36, on NBC. Seattle became the first playoff team to not only enter the playoffs with a losing record (7-9) but also win a playoff game.

ESPN fires Rob Parker | ProFootballTalk
Rob Parker, the commentator who created controversy when he questioned whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is a "cornball brother" because he has a white fiancee, has been fired by ESPN. "Rob Parker’s contract expired at year end.

Discover BCS Championship Game -- Hard to find fault with Alabama Crimson Tide's historic victory - ESPN
This is Bama's second consecutive national championship, its third in four seasons. If this keeps up, they're going to have to rename the trophy The Nicky, or ask the Tide to join the NFC South.

Lafayette Native Parker Gwyn Will Represent the Saints at the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Finals
The finals will take place on Saturday, Jan. 12, in Atlanta