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Saints News 5/7/13: Former Saints Kicker John Kasay Retires

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He signed a one-day contract with Carolina to retire as a Panther, but we shouldn't hold that against him. Kasay stepped in as the Saints' kicker during the 2011 season after Garrett Hartley sustained a season-ending hip injury during the preseason. In other news, Aaron Rodgers loves the "freer" feeling of the Packers' throwback uniform pants. He seems to suggest they help him and his teammates play better. So, let's send Mickey a fax asking him to improve the Saints' accursed black pants by making them from whatever fabric those Packer throwbacks are made of. FEAR THE BLACK PANTS!

Kevin C. Cox

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Just ate lunch with a bunch of the skill guys at Zea. Thank you @<a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">drewbrees</a>Good times.</p>&mdash; Joseph Morgan(@jmthegreat) <a href="https://twitter.com/jmthegreat/status/331844672966250497">May 7, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Guess I'm the only one who likes <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23BRYAN">#BRYAN</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23ADAMS">#ADAMS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23SUMMEROF69">#SUMMEROF69</a></p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/status/331845494454239232">May 7, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>On behalf of coach @<a href="https://twitter.com/tdespn">tdespn</a> the 5th Golden Ticket to the @<a href="https://twitter.com/elite11">elite11</a> Finals goes to fellow TX QB @<a href="https://twitter.com/david_blough10">david_blough10</a> Welcome to the fraternity David</p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/331839248426749953">May 7, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Drew Brees is No. 79 in ProFootballFocus's 101 Best NFL players list.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/331836297490620416">May 7, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Personally, I think that's bunk. There were not 78 players better than Brees during 2012. Was it a down year for him? Sure. But</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/331837383521759232">May 7, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Brees was still better in '12 than he got credit for. And yes, the PFF list is for 2012 only. Still think it's too low for him</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/331837570952605696">May 7, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>RIP Ray Harryhausen. May a group of stop-motion skeletons and mythological creatures serve as your pallbearers.</p>&mdash; Held Over (@hakimdropsball) <a href="https://twitter.com/hakimdropsball/status/331823105154633728">May 7, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ready to play some ball again... Can't wait to put that black and gold on. WHO DAT</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/status/328623373779353600">April 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>That HAW got me here and it's gonna keep me here.</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/status/328747656815972353">April 29, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Puttin in some work this morning then relaxing for the day..</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/status/329982131185008641">May 2, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Bout to take momma house shoppin..</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/status/331813380388159489">May 7, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"@<a href="https://twitter.com/panthers">panthers</a>: Kasay's impact went beyond the field. <a href="http://t.co/IEVcVobElI" title="http://pnth.rs/10l53xq">pnth.rs/10l53xq</a>"Blessed so much to play one year with this man...</p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/status/331797880333561857">May 7, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Kasay may be retiring as a Panther, but he had an impact w/ the Saints. Went 28 of 34 &amp; made 63 straight PATs in 1 yr in New Orleans.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/331761133033779200">May 7, 2013</a></blockquote>

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