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Jason La Canfora says Rita has "bad blood" with Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton and would have fired them if she were suddenly in charge of the Saints. Is she insane?

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Q&amp;A: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Owner Tom Benson talks about change in ownership structure <a href="http://t.co/3RUwaOflx4">http://t.co/3RUwaOflx4</a> <a href="http://t.co/yL7blAABvP">pic.twitter.com/yL7blAABvP</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/558267667468283904">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Big winners in Saints power struggle are Loomis and Payton. Had Rita Benson taken over their days were numbered. Bad blood there...</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/558267881130319872">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Factions long simmering there w/coach and GM aligned with the owner&#39;s wife and the owner&#39;s daughter/grandkids on the other side. Ugly scene</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/558268095366983680">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Benson: Dennis (Lauscha), Mickey (Loomis) will continue to run operations ... have the same authority ... This is a good structure</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/558268265068498944">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Tom Benson: &quot;This is a decision that I have decided was in the best interest for the long-term stability and success of our teams&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/558269543144243203">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL fined Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch $20,000 for an obscene gesture after his TD in Sunday&#39;s NFC Championship... <a href="http://t.co/36bthWh8NH">http://t.co/36bthWh8NH</a></p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/558271959973498880">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL considering fining Marshawn Lynch &quot;significantly more&quot; than $50,000 it fined him each of past two seasons for not speaking to the media.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/558272390548180992">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Photo: Overflowing media crowd as we await Bill Belichick. <a href="http://t.co/nG1gfwcNkR">pic.twitter.com/nG1gfwcNkR</a></p>&mdash; Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeReiss/status/558270341106393088">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Does anyone really expect Bill Belichick to say ANYTHING about <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DeflateGate?src=hash">#DeflateGate</a> at his upcoming press conference?</p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/558270279664029696">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The NFL absolutely knows this will die down by time they rule on it, so what do the Pats care? Lose a draft pick to win a SB? Sign me up.</p>&mdash; Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValkenburg) <a href="https://twitter.com/KVanValkenburg/status/558265731377549312">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Tom Benson on change of plan w: ownership when he dies to Gayle rather than Rita and others: &quot;This is based solely on doing what was right&quot;</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/558265903675371520">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>As Benson stressed in statement, nothing will change in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pelicans?src=hash">#Pelicans</a> management structure with Dennis Lauscha, Mickey Loomis at the top</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/558260103992733696">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Benson: &quot;only difference is that my wife Gayle, will be in control of (teams) when I die, which I can assure you will not be anytime soon."</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/558260312046964736">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Loomis in statement: "Our football and basketball operations could not ask for a better owner in Mr. Benson. ...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/558260694932414466">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>More from Loomis: "Nothing will change with that when Mrs. Benson becomes the owner. ....</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/558260978446376961">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Loomis ctd: More from Loomis: " .... That stability creates an environment so that players and coaches want to come here."</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/558261085250146305">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Will Ferrell crashes Pels game; bounces basketball off cheerleader&#39;s face <a href="http://t.co/PCJEdOpihn">http://t.co/PCJEdOpihn</a> (<a href="https://twitter.com/NOLAnews">@NOLAnews</a> photo) <a href="http://t.co/rHtIg6IF8W">pic.twitter.com/rHtIg6IF8W</a></p>&mdash; FOX 8 New Orleans (@FOX8NOLA) <a href="https://twitter.com/FOX8NOLA/status/558253208356007936">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The Pro Bowl rosters are set <a href="http://t.co/53SMgkf6oA">http://t.co/53SMgkf6oA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamIrvin?src=hash">#TeamIrvin</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamCarter?src=hash">#TeamCarter</a> <a href="http://t.co/IA4AYMfgCk">pic.twitter.com/IA4AYMfgCk</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/558127176474980352">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It&#39;s still all about the U!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamIrvin?src=hash">#TeamIrvin</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ProBowl2015?src=hash">#ProBowl2015</a> <a href="http://t.co/tQhzFnPAXn">pic.twitter.com/tQhzFnPAXn</a></p>&mdash; Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham/status/558122440082329600">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>We back at it again on the same squad <a href="https://twitter.com/DarrenSproles">@DarrenSproles</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham">@TheJimmyGraham</a>!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamIrvin?src=hash">#TeamIrvin</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Squaadddd?src=hash">#Squaadddd</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ProBowl2015?src=hash">#ProBowl2015</a> <a href="http://t.co/DemT7ptW5L">pic.twitter.com/DemT7ptW5L</a></p>&mdash; Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkIngram22/status/558120600435445760">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bill Belichick tells media he &quot;has no explanation&quot; for Deflategate allegations</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/558275548339007488">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Here&#39;s the full transcript of Bill Belichick&#39;s lengthy statement about <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DeflateGate?src=hash">#DeflateGate</a> <a href="http://t.co/9pFcyv1oYh">http://t.co/9pFcyv1oYh</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/558276364688977921">January 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

Tom Benson restructures ownership transfer, control of Saints, Pelicans to his wife Gayle
Transfer of ownership won't occur until Mr. Benson's death

Q&A: Saints Owner Tom Benson talks about change in ownership structure
Mr. Benson answers questions about change in ownership structure

Rita Benson LeBlanc removed as Saints heir
New Orleans' source for complete news coverage of the Saints football team with schedules, scores and stats. WWLTV.com

Tom Benson alters plans for Saints after his passing | ProFootballTalk
After a year of multiple health challenges, long-time Saints owner Tom Benson has announced a significant change in his plans for the future control of the NFL and NBA teams he owns.  The Saints have announced that, upon the passing of Mr. Benson, ownership will transfer to his wife, Gayle Benson.

NEW ORLEANS: Benson: wife to inherit control of Saints, Pelicans | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
Tom Benson, who owns the NFL's Saints and NBA's Pelicans, has agreed to a succession plan that will give his wife, Gayle, control of New Orleans' major professional sports franchises after his death.

Podcast: Saints Fire Rita, Reiprish, Hire Dennis Allen and Jeff Ireland | The Saints Nation

Reaction from New Orleans Saints, Pelicans officials to new succession plan | NOLA.com
President Dennis Lauscha: "This change will continue to strengthen (Tom Benson's) support."

Mickey Loomis on Junior Galette's legal situation: 'I'm concerned about it' - Black and Gold
"I’m concerned about it, obviously," general manager Mickey Loomis said. "We should all be concerned about it. That’s a serious matter. We’re going to wait until the legal system runs its course and the league obviously will do their investigation."

Junior Galette’s full police report released - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
There weren’t many new details unveiled Tuesday when the full police report was released on New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette's Jan.

Saints face decision on Marques Colston - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett says the franchise can’t absorb Marques Colston’s hefty salary for 2015, so the two sides will have

New Orleans Saints' Mickey Loomis still a mentor for Bears' Ryan Pace - ESPN
Loomis said he feels like a proud father who watched his son graduate.

Saints coach Sean Payton skips Senior Bowl | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
Guess it's true about having your own house settled before venture outside.

John DeShazier: Saints add 'experienced, talented evaluator' in Jeff Ireland
Former Dolphins GM will be part of football operations staff

2015 Pro Bowl teams set for Sunday
Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham and Mark Ingram will play in Sunday's NFL All-Star game

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NFL News

John Madden: Blame Tom Brady for deflated footballs | ProFootballTalk
The week began with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laughing off the suggestion that the team had deflated footballs used on Sunday against the Colts.  When Brady, who said in 2011 that he likes deflated footballs, meets with the media on Friday, he probably won't be doing much laughing.

Robert Kraft has called Bill Belichick a "schmuck" for past sins | ProFootballTalk
For some, the simple margin of victory has obscured the #Deflategate scandal for the Patriots. But Patriots owner Robert Kraft has already shown a lack of patience with previous controversies, which makes his reaction to the latest one worth watching. As pointed out by Tom Curran of CSNNE.

Art Rooney II: Games should be played with one set of balls | ProFootballTalk
Among the many questions to come out of the sudden and total focus on the inflation levels of footballs is why the NFL doesn't just provide one set of balls for both teams to use during a game.

Colts QB Andrew Luck on playoff loss to Patriots: 'You feel deflated' | NOLA.com
Patriots were found to have under-inflated footballs in AFC Championship Game

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Video

VIDEO: Mickey Loomis' 2015 Senior Bowl press conference
Mickey Loomis speaks with reporters at the 2015 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: 2015 Senior Bowl Recap
John DeShazier recaps the 2015 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Drew Brees goes No. 17 in 2015 Pro Bowl Draft
Team Carter selects New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the ninth round of the 2015 Pro Bowl Draft.

VIDEO: Jimmy Graham selected 10th in 2015 Pro Bowl Draft
Michael Irvin selects fellow Miami Hurricane alum and Saint tight end Jimmy Graham