Rise And New Orleans Saints: News, Videos And More

Plain and simple, the New Orleans Saints were one of the biggest winners on draft day 2011, no matter what way you look at it. Top to bottom, they had one of the most impressive classes in the NFL

March 11 has become a sort of defining point in the labor mess between NFL owners and players. That was the day the Players Association, after two years of failing to make progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement, decertified as a union and filed an antitrust lawsuit against the league.

Hard Knocks, the Emmy-award winning HBO reality sports documentary that has captivated football fans for each of the last four years currently finds itself playing the role of the ugly girl with braces.

The NFL filed its reply brief to the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday — the final piece of business due from either party before the June 3 hearing in St. Louis — and the league took the opportunity to reiterate its core arguments.

Saints fans can breath a collective sigh of relief — rookie running back Mark Ingram is finally in attendance at player workouts on the campus of Tulane University — the next Super Bowl championship is all but secured.

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