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May

31

WDN supports Louisiana Seafood !

Justin Devillier from La Petite Grocery posted – British Petroleum rep Randy Prescott: “Louisiana isn’t the only place that has shrimp.” Here’s Randy’s office phone number: (713) 323-4093 and his email (randy.prescott@bp.com).

Time for the Who Dat Nation to call Randy and let him know what we think… post this as your status and pass the word ! Thanks Justin for keeping us in the loop !

May

30

Super Bowl catalyst for positive change in New Orleans Saints organization

By Jeff Duncan, The Times-Picayune

May 30, 2010, 6:09AM

The Super Bowl title did a lot of things for the New Orleans Saints.

Most of all, it restored pride. Or more accurately, it established pride in an organization long in need of some.

Heretofore, the Saints were known largely as the NFL’s version of the Chicago Cubs, the league’s lovable fleur de losers. They provided content for NFL Films’ follies but not much else.

Now, it’s cool to be a Saint. For the first time in, well, maybe, forever, former players swell with pride when they say they’re ex-Saints. Black and Gold membership never carried more status.

Read the rest of the story here.

May

29

Former Saint Scott Fujita campaigns for wetlands

By Nikki Buskey
Staff Writer

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HOUMA — With the oil spill threatening Louisiana’s coast and hurricane season set to begin Tuesday, former New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita is teaming up with the America’s Wetland Foundation to raise money for wetland restoration projects.

Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, donated $12,500, half of his Super Bowl winnings, in April to the foundation for plantings and is a strong supporter of coastal restoration. With the foundation, Fujita is launching a campaign and a text-messaging drive to support the volunteer restoration projects and raise money to help replant wetlands impacted by the oil spill.

Read the rest of the story here.

May

29

Saints and Vikings talking trash early on Twitter

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer May 28, 1:28 am EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Opening night can’t get here fast enough for the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.

Saints safety Darren Sharper(notes) is engaging in some serious trash talk on Twitter with former teammates Bryant McKinnie(notes) and Visanthe Shiancoe(notes) of the Vikings, with Brett Favre(notes) right in the middle of it.

Sharper touched things off after Favre announced he was having ankle surgery last week. The talkative safety tweeted “X marks the spot” in reference to the quarterback’s ankle. The comment touched a nerve with the Vikings, who believe the Saints took several late hits on their 40-year-old quarterback in New Orleans’ overtime victory over Minnesota in the NFC title game in January.

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May

29

New Orleans Saints situation too attractive for Darren Sharper to leave

By John DeShazier, The Times-Picayune

May 29, 2010, 6:30AM

The nuances of what does or doesn’t qualify as “interest” or an “offer” can be debated for months.

All that really matters is that Darren Sharper came back to the New Orleans Saints when he didn’t absolutely have to. And that the record-breaking, 34-year-old free safety — 35 in November — is a welcomed sight at the team’s practice facility, even if he can’t do much more than watch right now after microfracture knee surgery.

“The rehab process is a process, so it’s just a matter of time, ” he said. “Right now it’s feeling good. I’d like to be on the field, but there’ll be a time for that.”

There likely will be a time for it with the Saints, because the franchise has become such an attractive one to play for, players will make concessions to be in New Orleans.

Read the rest of the story  here.

May

29

NFC South player ready to pounce

Sedrick Ellis, defensive tackle, New Orleans Saints. On a roster where a lot of guys had career seasons last year, it’s kind of difficult to find a guy who might be markedly better this year. But Ellis fits the profile. He didn’t have a bad year last season or as a rookie in 2008.

But Ellis is one of those guys who you look at and keep thinking there’s more than we’ve seen. He’s been very good at times, but not quite dominant. That’s mainly because injuries kept him out of six games last season and three in his rookie year. When he’s on the field, the New Orleans defense is noticeably better than when he’s not.

The only thing separating Ellis from the Pro Bowl might be staying on the field for a full season.

Great comment from Pat!

May

29

Tip Sheet notes: Pierre too pricey?

By Len Pasquarelli

The two sides might still hammer out a long-term deal, but word from sources close to the negotiations is that the contract desires of tailback “Pricey Pierre” Thomas approximate money in the Steven Jackson range, and that level of compensation might be a little too steep for New Orleans Saints officials. Especially for a guy who, in three seasons, has never started more than six games and never rushed for more than the 793 yards he gained in 2009. Thomas is a terrific back, particularly in the three-tailback rotation the Saints employed in their Super Bowl year, but for now at least, negotiations aimed at a long-term contract have broken down.

Read the entire story here.

May

29

New Orleans Saints get back to work at their practice facility this week

By James Varney, The Times-Picayune

May 28, 2010, 9:16AM

No one has enjoyed their offseason more than New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who has experienced life the last few months as only a Super Bowl MVP could.

Disney World vacations, golf with Jack Nicklaus, appearances on daytime and prime-time talk shows – Brees has done it all. Now, he said Thursday, he and his teammates need football.

“I think just about every player on our team had his high school jersey retired and a street named after him in his hometown,” Brees joked. “All those things, they are all great things.

Read more of the story here.

May

21

Minnesota judge rules to keep suspension of Vikings players on hold; New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith should benefit from ruling

By The Associated Press

May 21, 2010, 11:38AM

Minneapolis — A Minnesota judge ruled Friday that he will keep the suspensions of two Minnesota Vikings on hold if they follow through on their plan to file an appeal in their closely watched fight against the NFL’s anti-drug policy.

An attorney for defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams said he planned to file that appeal later Friday in Hennepin County District Court.

“As a matter of fairness and as a matter of law, we are convinced the NFL cannot and will not be allowed to suspend Kevin and Pat,” attorney Peter Ginsberg said.

This ruling likely will keep New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith eligible for the entire 2010 season as well.

May

19

New Orleans Saints agree to terms with linebacker Clint Ingram on 1-year contract

By James Varney, The Times-Picayune

May 19, 2010, 5:17PM

he New Orleans Saints and free agent linebacker Clint Ingram have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, team officials said late Wednesday afternoon. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

Ingram, 27, spent the first four years of his NFL career with Jacksonville after being drafted out of Oklahoma. In that stretch he was credited with 159 tackles and 5.5 sacks. He also had two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

In 2008, Ingram worked with Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams when Williams was with the Jaguars and thus he should be familiar with the Saints defensive schemes.

His addition helps plug a roster hole that opened when linebacker Scott Fujita signed a $14 million deal with the Cleveland Browns, and bolsters a defensive front seven Saints officials identified as the area of most concern in the offseason.