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Fleur-de-Links, January 31: Saints HC Sean Payton shows (part of) his petty side

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Was Payton really taking a dig at the comish?

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Saints News:

New Orleans Saints coach takes apparent dig at Goodell with T-shirt | Fox News
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is clearly not over the missed call during this month’s NFC Championship game that cost his team a trip to the Super Bowl – and he’s sending a not-so subtle message to the NFL.

Roger Goodell says he talked to Saints players, but players say he didn’t – ProFootballTalk
Zach Strief played for the Saints from 2006 to 2017 and then became the Saints' radio announcer in 2018. He knows the players on the Saints well. And Strief says he knows something NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Wednesday wasn't true.

Where to find New Orleans Saints fans’ anti-Super Bowl events on Sunday | NOLA.com
Where to find New Orleans parties, second-lines and concerts during "Super Bowl LIE" on Super Bowl “Shun” Day.

Roger Goodell Says He Reached Out To The Saints; Michael Thomas Says That's A Lie
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was his usual charmless, evasive self at yesterday’s annual pre-Super Bowl press conference. He dodged all the hard questions and didn’t have anything interesting to say, but he did claim to have reached out to Saints head coach Sean Payton and a few Saints players in order to express his understanding of their frustration at being boned out of the Super Bowl. That was probably a lie, though.

The NFL owes the Saints and the city millions in restitution | nola.com
Commissioner Goodell, who fines the NFL when it errors? Make it right.

Admit it, Atlanta: We love the Saints. Y’all just like the Falcons. | nola.com
Some Atlanta fans discovered they couldn't buy a billboard in New Orleans mocking the Saints.

NFL News:

Kaepernick's attorney says NFL owners were 'kowtowing' to Trump in kneeling controversy
Colin Kaepernick's lawyer slammed the NFL's team owners for blackballing the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback over the national anthem protest.

Whitworth, Rams: Match made in Super Bowl heaven - NFL.com
Outside of the Los Angeles Rams hiring of Sean McVay, Andrew Whitworth was the single biggest addition to the team's success the past two seasons. But the veteran left tackle passes the praise towards the entire team.

Colin Kaepernick's Lawyer Rips Roger Goodell, Mark Sanchez over QB's NFL Status | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Colin Kaepernick 's attorney took umbrage with comments NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made Wednesday...

Super Bowl 2019: How NFL players get good sleep the night before | SI.com
We polled Rams and Patriots who have played in the Super Bowl before about their habits the night before the big game, and it turns out there's no secret to getting quality shut-eye.

Jarrell Miller receives NFL offer, threatens to quit Anthony Joshua talks
New York heavyweight Jarrell Miller has threatened to walk away from a potential fight with Anthony Joshua after revealing a lucrative offer from the NFL.

Rob Gronkowski gives fascinating view on how physicality of NFL impacts players
Rob Gronkowski takes as many bone-jarring hits as any NFL player, and the New England Patriots tight end knows that type of physical toll can really wear players down mentally and physically throughout a season.

Tom Brady 'cheater' slur costs TV producer his job - BBC News
The New England Patriots quarterback was labelled a "known cheater" during a Pittsburgh broadcast.

Carson Palmer hasn't been to gym since retiring from NFL
Carson Palmer: "I'm a Hall of Famer at retirement. And it's only been a year."

2019 NFL Draft: Post-Senior Bowl mock finds new choices for NY Giants - Big Blue View
How have the All-Star games changed the draft landscape?

NFL likely to consider judgment challenge with penalty disincentive
The NFL is expected to consider a plan that would allow limited coaches' challenges for incorrect judgment calls that also could include a penalty or time run off if the coach is wrong, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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