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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Nov. 22.

 

Your Week 13 College Football Showdown rundown, cheerleader edition.

 

Watch Jimmy Graham destroy the Falcons defense and the goal post. Dude's a beast.

 

A good, if very lengthy, run-down of the Jameis Winston situation.

 

A day in the life of a Jaguars fan. Yes, they do exist. And yes, it's a depressing existence.

 

• Dwight Howard is Shaq from the stripe when the game's being played. During warm-ups, he's Larry Bird.

 

• A Thunder fan was told the hot dogs weren't ready. While he waited, he sank a $20,000 shot and shook Jay Z's hand.

 

A 6-foot North Carolina high schooler had a sick put-back dunk.

 

• Here's a sport that I hope catches on: A Japanese woman ties meat to her back and races a Komodo dragon.

 

• In a new book, celebrities recount what they were doing on Nov. 22, 1963. Also on this 50th anniversary, the History Channel's Twitter feed is Tweeting out events as they happened that day. Last I checked, the aliens and Nazis had yet to make an appearance.

 

• Asking the important questions: Do you prefer handbra or hairbra? (NSFW-ish)

 

• Shaq wiped out on set last night. Chris Webber's reaction was priceless.

 

 

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Post date: Friday, November 22, 2013 - 10:39
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Nov. 21.

 

• Bar Rafaeli is definitely on the Mt. Rushmore of swimsuit models. This slideshow provides compelling evidence.

 

There was some spooky foreshadowing three years ago of the Ian Kinsler-Prince Fielder trade, courtesy of ESPN.

 

Some scientists have concluded that Gronk could have caught that ball at the end of the Monday Night game. Sorry, Pats fans.

 

Coaches at a Tennessee high school tried the old Jeff Spicoli trick to fire up their team. It backfired.

 

• This might be the Bleacher-iest of all Bleacher lists: The most WTF stuff in sports.

 

Those British have some weird food products, but this is the worst.

 

• Ever wondered what other celebs would look like with Owen Wilson's nose? Wonder no more. Actually, Sarah Jessica Parker looks about the same.

 

Jose Canseco got pulled over with goats in his car. That guy will do anything to stay in the news.

 

• The perils of live television: a Minneapolis reporter faceplanted on ice during a live remote broadcast.

 

The New York Daily News is having fun with the A-Rod saga, as only the Daily News can.

 

So are Auburn and Missouri still in the national championship picture?

 

• This is pretty awesome: Flames goalie Reto Berra made a bicycle kick save against the Blue Jackets.

 

 

 

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Post date: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 10:53
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Nov. 20.

 

• Lizzy Caplan will be appearing on tonight's episode of "The League." In other news, Lizzy Caplan is hot.

 

• Normally, "keys to the game" style analysis is pretty stupid, but C-Webb was making sense last night.

 

• Amazing that it's been 21 months since the eruption of Linsanity. Last night, Jeremy Lin returned to Madison Square Garden.

 

50 years ago, in the wake of the Kennedy assassination, the NFL played on.

 

Here's one of those Hitler reaction videos, with Nick Saban's words. Not making any sort of statement here, just passing along a link.

 

• Saturday brings a rare treat: a meaningful Vanderbilt-Tennessee game.

 

Shocking study reveals that men with hot wives are happier. Next they'll tell us that people living in mansions are happier than the homeless.

 

• With the holidays approaching, here are some passive-aggressive insults you can expect to hear from your relatives. Just trying to prepare you.

 

Jessica Dorrell, the other woman in the Bobby Petrino scandal, had a happy ending. Mazel tov.

 

Chi Chi Rodriguez nailed himself right in the chi-chi's.

 

A sports reporter wanted to get close to the action. He succeeded, all too well.

 

• This new Foot Locker "Week of Greatness" commercial is actually pretty great.

 

 

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Nov. 19.

 

• You've probably never heard of model Daria Werbowy, but it's her 30th birthday, and we like to show the birthday love here at Essential 11 Links.

 

• The Patriots-Panthers game ended in controversy, drawing an audible F-bomb from an understandably livid Tom Brady. But here's a suprisingly reasonable, level-headed assessment of the final no-call from a Patriots fan.

 

The "Sorry Your Team Lost" NFL roundup, Week 11 edition.

 

• You probably saw Drew Brees' neck get unnaturally stretched on a hit from Ahmad Brooks. Some genius made a hilarious GIF to commemorate the moment. Trust me, you need to see it.

 

Russell Westbrook broke about four ankles on one play.

 

• I hate things that are prefaced with "This is the cutest thing you'll see all day." But this five-year-old drum major is the cutest thing you'll see all day.

 

Classic cheerleader photos from the '80s and '90s. Sweet fancy Moses, the hair.

 

• Interesting social experiment: A prankster freaks people out by regurgitating personal stuff that they themselves have posted on social media. People are dumb.

 

Tracy McGrady appeared to be wearing Shaq's pants on television last night.

 

Heisman watch, SEC edition. It's all on you, Johnny Football.

 

• Game-ending no-call aside, the signature play from last night was this sick scramble from Cam Newton.

 

 

 

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Post date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 10:36
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Mid-November is historically a part of golf's Silly Season, but the adjusted PGA Tour schedule and the global nature of the game have combined to add significance to the sport's holiday schedule. This weekend saw the climax of the European PGA Tour's Race to Dubai and a coronation of the world's hottest player; the final event on the PGA Tour's calendar for 2013; and the Australian Masters, which lured the current holder of the American Green Jacket to his homeland for a shot at a Masters two-fer.

 

Here's a weekend recap in numerical form:

 

2 Two Tours, two season crowns for Henrik Stenson, who became the first golfer to win the PGA Tour's FedExCup and European Tour's Race to Dubai in the same season. Stenson's final-round 64 gave him a six-shot win in the season-ending World Tour Championship Sunday in the United Arab Emirates, clinching the Race to Dubai title. "It is still taking a little time to sink in what I've achieved this week as was the case when I won the FedExCup but then it just kept getting better and better as the days went on and I am sure this will be the same," Stenson said after posting six birdies and an eagle. "I have managed to do something very, very special here this week by winning both in America and the Race to Dubai."

 

7 Since the Scottish Open in July, Henrik Stenson has been on a run that rivals Tiger Woods at his peak. In the 12 worldwide tournaments over that span, Stenson has finished in the top 3 in seven of them, including three wins — the Deutsche Bank and Tour Championship to clinch the FedExCup, and the World Tour Championship to clinch the Race to Dubai.

 

0 Despite Stenson's staggering turnaround this season — he finished 111th in FedExCup points in 2012 before winning the big prize in 2013 — he will possess exactly zero PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year awards to show for it. That's because the Tour did away with the award after the 2010 season, replacing it with the Courage Award. "The waters got a little muddled when (Steve) Stricker won it in back-to-back years (2006-07),” said Paul Goydos, a member of the policy board. “We had to define what this award would be. We went more along the lines of courage and overcoming something that was difficult."

 

$21.9 million Stenson's combined earnings on the PGA and European Tours for the 2013 season check in at about $21.8 million — the $10 million bonus for the FedExCup, $6.4 million in season earnings on the PGA Tour, and $5.5 million in European earnings.

 

2 Adam Scott won in his Australian homeland for the second consecutive weekend, successfully defending his Australian Masters crown the week after winning the Australian PGA. Scott fended off Matt Kuchar and a strong field at Royal Melbourne despite faltering on the back nine and losing a five-shot lead. Scott will shoot for the Australian Triple Crown in two weeks at the Australian Open in Sydney.

 

29 Harris English played 29 holes on Sunday at the rain-delayed OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, pulling away for a four-shot win, his second career PGA Tour victory.

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Post date: Monday, November 18, 2013 - 11:37
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Nov. 18.

 

• To get you through a Monday morning, here are 20 factoids about 20 Victoria's Secret models, including lead NFL WAG Gisele Bundchen (pictured).

 

A (quite possibly drunk) moron slid down a railing and then fell from the third deck to the second deck at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium yesterday. Proving that there's no justice in the world, the person he fell on got the worst of it. Speaking of Buffalo, Deadspin has taken a peculiar interest in the Bills over the last couple of weeks. Enjoy.

 

Jason Babin came away with a trophy after his encounter with Andre Ellington. That's gotta hurt.

 

• Is it just me, or does Tom Brady have a weird Dexter vibe in this NBC promo?

 

According to this story, there are 14 NFL head coaches in varying stages of job distress. Almost half. Sounds about right.

 

The Bring-Tebow-to-Jacksonville movement is just sad and desperate now.

 

• Saturday was insane in college football, but nobody brought the insanity quite like Auburn and Georgia.

 

• Since we can't get enough football, here's a rundown of the evolution of the game and its various forms and offshoots throughout the world.

 

• This makes me feel old and sad: Len Bias would have turned 50 today.

 

• Possible Sasquatch sighting: There's a 6-4, 400-pound high school running back rampaging through the wilds of Washington state.

 

• A Belmont fan serenaded UNC's James Michael McAdoo with Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" while he was at the free throw line yesterday, apparently wrecking his concentration.

 

 

 

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Post date: Monday, November 18, 2013 - 10:38
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Nov. 15.

 

• Yesterday was the Day of the Colombian Woman, and I was out of town and missed it. To atone, here's a slideshow of beautiful Colombian women, including the wondrous Sofia Vergara (pictured).

 

Where's the love for Chiefs-Broncos? It's only the biggest regular-season game of the year. At least one woman appreciates the enormity of the matchup, though; she sold her wedding ring for tickets.

 

A Colts fan broke out the moves behind a Titans cheerleader. Check out his embarrassed companion in the VY/Locker jersey.

 

• Erik Walden got his money's worth: He ripped Delanie Walker's helmet off, then head-butted him. Gotta hand it to him; a head-butt is kinda useless if the helmet is still on.

 

Barry Switzer prematurely tweeted his congratulations to Bob Stoops for tying his record against Iowa State. This coming weekend. Bulletin board fodder, but he's probably right.

 

Cameras caught Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen in an especially chill moment.

 

• Melo almost pulled off a miracle last night, but the best part was the reaction from the Knicks fans.

 

• The SEC never fails to deliver, but here are five matchups we wish we'd seen in 2013.

 

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is the gift that keeps on giving. Gotta feel for the missus, though. Enjoy this inevitable Ford/Chris Farley mash-up.

 

• The Harlem Globetrotters have been in the news a lot lately. A few days after one ripped down a goal, here's another Trotter making the Guiness Book of World Records.

 

 

 

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Post date: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 10:52
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Nov. 12.

 

Enjoy this photo gallery of Emily Ratajkowski, possibly better known to you as the Blurred Lines chick.

 

The Bucs got off the schneid on the strength of a fat guy TD catch, complete with fat guy goal post "dunk."

 

• What a bully that Incognito guy is. He committed a personal foul in a game he wasn't even playing in.

 

• Speaking of Incognito, he apparently wasn't the only one who thought Jonathan Martin needed some toughening up.

 

Another fun "Sorry Your Team Lost" NFL roundup for Week 10. Especially rough week for Colts and Dolphins fans.

 

• Tuesday's bizarre headline of the day involves the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, his butt and a Brazilian soccer jersey.

 

• From the "What were we thinking" file: Here's what sports fans looked like in the '90s. I'd conveniently forgotten about all the big hair.

 

• We're knee-deep in college basketball's 24-hour tipoff marathon. Here are some early winners and losers. Even better, here are some old ladies slugging Rockstar Energy beverage at the Wichita State game. 

 

• Their coach is gone, but Florida Gulf Coast is still Dunk City, much to the delight of the bench.

 

A post-mortem on a critical weekend in the SEC.

 

• A Harlem Globetrotter brought the rim down with nearly tragic results. Fortunately, he escaped with just a cut.

 

 

 

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Post date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 10:24
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Nov. 11.

 

It's Brittney Gastineau's birthday. Happy 30th to the model, entrepreneur, entertainment journalist, former reality star and daughter of '80s sackmaster Mark Gastineau.

 

• Happy Veterans Day. Save a thought today for the NFL player who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

 

Manning Face took a frightening turn after Peyton was denied the game ball following the Broncos win.

 

• Hot sports take from yesterday: The Ravens need to work on their Hail Mary defense.

 

• Helmet Catch II: Golden Tate with an amazing touchdown catch against the Falcons.

 

Uncle Verne took a little shot at Musberger and ESPN during the Alabama-LSU game.

 

• Take comfort, Bucs fans: There's statistical evidence that the Bucs are the best bad team ever. So you got that going for you.

 

The U.S. women's soccer team bus broke down, leaving them to hitchhike a ride from fans.

 

The Braves are leaving Turner Field and moving north to Cobb County, where the ticket-holders are.

 

Watch scientists unveil a primitive invisibility cloak. Don't get too excited - emphasis on primitive.

 

A classic from the genre "toddlers accidentally using profanity." Obvious language alert.

 

• So was the University of Michigan president drunk during her halftime remarks? They're blaming microphone issues, but I'm unconvinced.

 

 

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Nov. 8.

 

• Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory had a mock impromptu wedding with her tennis player boyfriend on Ellen. Seems like an excuse to link to a Kaley slideshow.

 

• Oregon got its skulls quacked (sorry) for three and a half quarters last night. Naturally, Ducks fans didn't take it too well. Nor did wide receiver Josh Huff, who gave up a little prematurely.

 

• Triumph of the Nerds: Stanford players showed up to the postgame presser wearing nerd glasses.

 

Here's what the Stanford offense must've looked like to Oregon players and fans.

 

• You were probably watching college football last night, but Adrian Peterson was in full beast mode.

 

• Meanwhile, Baylor dinged up Big Game Bob's reputation even further, although the Bears didn't come out unscathed.

 

LSU fullback JC Copeland fell in the shower, suffered a concussion, and referred to himself as Luscious Brown. Don't tell Roger Goodell; he'll outlaw postgame showers.

 

Vijay Singh's lawyer has made a rather explosive allegation about PGA Tour drug testing. Could get interesting.

 

George Brett went nuclear on an autograph-seeker. Read the story before you judge Brett too harshly.

 

New Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has a good sense of humor. He's going to need it.

 

• Fresh off making history, NASCAR driver Darrell Wallace Jr. showed he truly belongs in the sport by smacking a competitor.

 

 

 

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Post date: Friday, November 8, 2013 - 10:55
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Nov. 7.

 

• I didn't watch the CMA Awards, but Carrie Underwood's legs make me sorta wish I had.

 

• The Martin-Incognito story is in the process of flipping toward Incognito, partly because of this essay. My hot sports take: There's blame on all sides. Including the Dolphins, given Jeff Ireland's suggested solution.

 

According to this slideshow, there are 21 flavors of athlete Instagram pictures.

 

• Speaking of Instagram, photo-posting star Paulina Gretzky apparently caught on fire last night. Keep an eye on your fiancee, Dustin.

 

There's video proof that Seneca Wallace throws like Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite.

 

The NBA bureaucrats require forms for everything, like the birth of Z-Bo's child.

 

A Blackhawks fan grabbed a unique souvenir. Lesson: Always be alert when a player's head busts through the glass.

 

Blockbuster is shutting the rest of its stores. The big news here is that Blockbuster still had stores open.

 

• I usually don't get political here at Essential 11, but this is funny: Old 1990s websites that work better than the Obamacare website. My favorite on the list: the Heaven's Gate cult site, apparently still live and working better than the ACA site.

 

Three entire classic movies — The Shining, Top Gun and Aliens — in seizure-inducing GIF form.

 

• Today's video is pretty touching: Aaron Rodgers delights then duets with a girl with spina bifida.

 

 

 

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Post date: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 10:53
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Nov. 6.

 

Today is Rebecca Romijn's 41st birthday. Join us in celebrating this all-time great.

 

We have a winner for Worst Call of the Year. Nominations are closed. No more submissions.

 

An exuberant female fan tore Ryan Lochte's MCL. Jeah.

 

Toronto's circus clown of a mayor wore a 1995 NFL tie to the press conference where he admitted smoking crack in a drunken stupor. That might be the most bizarre sentence I've ever written.

 

Coach Philbin, did you order the Code Red? "You're G-d- right I did!"

 

ESPN's ride-along with Les Miles was pretty much what you'd hope it would be.

 

This news item doesn't bode well for Mack Brown's future at Texas.

 

Speaking of the Longhorns, Nick Saban's agent isn't exactly diffusing those Saban-to-Texas rumors.

 

An East Coast Hockey League team is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address in style. I'd have gone with stovepipe hats.

 

• Here's a depressing way to spend a Wednesday: Scan these sports facts that will make you feel incredibly old. Here's a sample: The NHL glowing puck experiment was 15 years ago.

 

A Hump Day preview of the SEC game of the week: Bama-LSU.

 

• Tiger Woods hit a drive that spanned two continents.

 

 

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Nov. 5.

 

Kate Upton went to Melbourne for a horse racing event and looked like this. Y'all let me know if you get tired of Kate Upton. Otherwise, I'll keep the Kate links coming.

 

Enjoy this "Sorry Your Team Lost" Week 9 NFL roundup. Unless your team lost. Then we're sorry.

 

If looks could kill, Chris Paul would be pushing up daisies courtesy of Francisco Garcia.

 

Terrell Davis rode in a fighter jet and passed out, much to the amusement of John Elway. Note to Elway: TD got you your two rings. Cut the guy a break, why don't you.

 

• Just when the Red Sox couldn't get any more annoying, they do this.

 

• Does it seem to you that kickers are getting insanely good? You're not wrong.

 

Kentucky's James Young scored an amazing own goal in the Cats' exhibition win over Montevallo. No look. Behind the back. Two points. For Montevallo.

 

• So, in the wake of this Richie Incognito mess, is it time for the NFL to join the U.S. military in implementing an anti-hazing policy? Some think so. Especially when it gets into outright theft.

 

• This is kind of brilliant. Enjoy this video of 2010 Stanford-Oregon highlights with Alex Trebek clips providing the narration.

 

So what were the weekend takeaways from the action in the SEC? One takeaway: Georgia needs Todd Gurley.

 

World Series highlights using toys (OYOs, not Legos, if you're wondering).

 

• Enjoy this epic hockey coach meltdown. Spoiler alert: He rips sticks out of his players' hands and hurls them onto the ice.

 

 

 

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Post date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 10:37
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Dustin JohnsonHalfway around the world, while you were enjoying your extra hour of sleep on Saturday night, Dustin Johnson was busy earning what he called "the biggest win I've had in my career so far" — a three-shot triumph at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Against golf's most elite field (minus an absent Tiger Woods), Johnson withstood a final-round challenge from a couple of Ryder Cup stalwarts to post the eighth and most prestigious victory of what has been a stellar six-plus years on Tour.

Early in the final round, any Americans who happened to be watching had to be suffering some alarming Ryder Cup flashbacks. Paired with European Cup stalwarts Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell, Johnson squandered his 54-hole three-shot lead, going 1-over for the first seven holes while Poulter and McDowell — and Sergio Garcia a few holes ahead — were firing howitzers, and it seemed as if Johnson would reprise his major heartbreak of years past. He stayed patient, though, and starting at No. 8 went on a tournament-clinching tear that was highlighted by an eagle chip-in at the short par-4 16th that effectively ended the tournament, much to the frustration of defending champion Poulter. "A little disappointed not to put my hands back on the trophy," said Poulter. "But 15 birdies and an eagle at the weekend is some pretty good golf. Dustin finished the job. It was good golf and it was good fun to play in that group."

And especially fun for Americans looking ahead to the 2014 Ryder Cup and seeing Johnson more than hold his own.

Here are the numbers from Johnson's weekend sojourn to China.

-24 Johnson's 24-under par 264 set the HSBC Tournament record.

2 For the second time in this calendar year, Johnson won his first tournament of the season. That's right — thanks to the PGA Tour's new wraparound schedule, the HSBC is part of the new 2013-14 season. Johnson added the HSBC to his season-opening Mercedes win back in January. In other words, Johnson just set a record that will never be broken.

3 With his eighth career win, Johnson is one of only three players under the age of 30 with four or more PGA Tour wins. Rory McIlroy (6) and Webb Simpson (4) are the others.

7 Johnson now has at least one PGA Tour victory in seven consecutive seasons (2008-current). Only Phil Mickelson (10 consecutive years) has a longer active streak. Tiger Woods had a 14-year winning streak from 1996-2009.

1 Johnson is the first player since Tiger Woods (1996-2001) to win in his first seven consecutive seasons straight out of college (2008-current). Woods would stretch that streak to 14 years.

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Post date: Monday, November 4, 2013 - 11:32
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Nov. 4.

 

Enjoy this countdown of the 101 Most Beautiful People in Sports, including Octagon girl Brittney Palmer (pictured).

 

Adrian Peterson did his best Earl Campbell impression on an insane touchdown run yesterday.

 

• Unintentional danglies on the TV screen are never not funny. These are courtesy of analyst Dan Fouts.

 

• The last month's most dominant team? Yep, the Carolina Panthers.

 

The WSJ takes some air out of the Chiefs' balloon by pointing out that they've been feasting on backup quarterbacks. Hey, a win's a win, I say.

 

The Richie Incognito bullying saga has taken a new twist. Apparently the psycho apple didn't fall far from the tree.

 

• So just how did Twitter take over the world? Here are the 140 moments that made Twitter matter.

 

• Today in sad Philly has-beens: Dutch Daulton had to break up Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams and Lenny Dykstra at an autograph signing.

 

Bob Ryan ranks the 25 greatest Red Sox players of all time. Papi's No. 4. That seems awfully high. But Ryan's pretty much seen 'em all.

 

Here's a list of badass vegans, including Iron Mike Tyson, whose chomp on Evander Holyfield's ear was a rare moment of carniverous weakness.

 

So Usain Bolt ate 1,000 Chicken McNuggets in Beijing. I sense a sponsorship opportunity.

 

• Kansas coach Bill Self broke out the Ron Burgundy impression. Not bad.

 

 

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Nov. 1.

 

• Jenny McCarthy is 41 today. To celebrate, here's a slideshow of Melissa McCarthy's lovely cousin.

 

• A little history last night: The third game-ending overtime safety in NFL annals. A walk-off safety. Choke on that, baseball.

 

• Also last night, Giovani Bernard had what might be the run of the year in the NFL so far.

 

So is Big Papi a Hall of Famer? And another question: Why hasn't the PED taint stuck to Ortiz like it has to A-Rod?

 

• We think we're tough on our coaches in the U.S. The Edmonton Oilers coach got heckled with "you suck" by elementary school students.

 

What if baseball season were only 16 games long? I love little thought experiments like this.

 

• In case you're wondering why offenses are so unstoppable, here's your reason: This year's crop of college quarterbacks might just be the best ever.

 

A teacher who showed up at school on heroin could muster only a two-word comment: "Roll Tide."

 

We no longer need to wonder what Heidi Klum will look like at 90. Not that we were.

 

Predictions for Week 10 in the SEC.

 

• Another season, another endless Blake Griffin highlight reel. Here he is converting three alley-oop dunks in 37 seconds.

 

 

 

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Post date: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 10:58
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Oct. 31.

 

• Happy Halloween, everybody. Who better to help us celebrate than the lovely cheerleaders of the NFL?

 

• Congrats to the world champion Red Sox. Enjoy this gallery of images from their third — third! — championship since 2004.

 

So are the Red Sox the team of the 21st Century so far? Not so fast.

 

Tim McCarver's last word on a national broadcast: "Ditto." That's somehow appropriate.

 

Johnny Gomes had some pointed comments for you sabermetricians out there. No, they didn't include "your mom's basement."

 

• Last night's postgame was full of Erin Andrews awkwardness, but Koji Uehara's son saved the moment.

 

• Looking for last-minute costume ideas? Here's a quick rundown of sports-related costumes.

 

• Michael Carter-Williams made a memorable debut for the 76ers. Here it is, in its entirety.

 

• Man of the people: Metta World Peace took the F Train to MSG for his first Knicks game.

 

• This is very meta, and very funny: PFT Commenter from Kissing Suzy Kolber interviews PFT founder Mike Florio. When trolls collide.

 

• Note to all you kids out there: Braces can lead to unwanted pregnancy.

 

• Here's the reaction from within Fenway Park to the final out of the 2013 World Series.

 

 

 

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Post date: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 10:50
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-october-30-2013
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Oct. 30.

 

Today is gymnast Nastia Liukin's 24th birthday. She's aging quite nicely, don't you think?

 

• The WSJ reminds us that the Red Sox are still in a drought that dates to 1918. That's the last time they clinched a title at Fenway.

 

• Soccer BFFs Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux are still on a quest to take over the Internet, a project we wholeheartedly endorse. This week, they did the Miley VMA thing.

 

• Mascots are often annoying, but they can be funny, especially when they screw up or get knocked down.

 

Chris Webber poked fun at colleague Kenny Smith's jogging gait on Inside the NBA. Pretty funny. Let's hope the Kenny Jog becomes a thing.

 

• So a company is issuing an IPO for shares of Arian Foster. What does that mean, exactly? And what about that hammy? If you're like me, you've got money you're looking to waste on a ridiculous investment.

 

Professional pot-stirrer Clay Travis has dubbed Tide Nation the country's dumbest fan base. I'm sure it is eliciting reasoned, thoughtful reactions.

 

• The Onion. Funny. Click here.

 

A preview of the MASH unit that is this year's Georgia-Florida game.

 

• A former Oregon Duck went to a game at Autzen and was appalled at the home fans, prompting him to write a letter in which he tells them to go eff themselves.

 

Those Browns are running a tight ship, aren't they?

 

• Watch a surfer catch a rather tasty 100-foot wave.

 

 

 

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Post date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 10:33
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-october-29-2013
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Oct. 29.

 

• October's almost over, so here's a nice rundown of the lovely ladies of sport for the month, including Katherine Webb (pictured).

 

Golden Tate almost salvaged an unwatchable Monday Night game with the most epic taunt we've seen in a while, one that almost turned an uncontested touchdown into a contested one. Of course, the pearl-clutchers took to Twitter to scold him for it.

 

Then there was Jon Gruden, who was at his Jon Gruden-iest last night.

 

Big Papi is carrying the Red Sox. They haven't trailed since his dugout pep talk. Oh, and he's 11-for-15 in the Series.

 

• Greg Schiano has a brilliant plan to salvage the Bucs' season: He's going to use Darrelle Revis, the game's best cover corner, in man coverage. Suck on that, haters. 

 

• Yesterday, we brought you Baby Andy Reid and Kid Kliff Kingsbury. Here's a whole gallery of kids dressed as coaches. Love the Dana Holgorsen.

 

The New York Rangers' Twitter feed had an unfortunate misspelling last night. Comes with a language warning, so you know it's bad.

 

• Rob Gronkowski's life is a bit of a cartoon already, so no surprise that he and his bros are pitching an animated show about their family.

 

We're only 100 days out from the Sochi Olympics, and the U.S. team is wracked by injuries. The good news is, Lindsey Vonn's on a media blitz to talk about her Olympic hopes. Last night, she was on Letterman, where she revealed that Tiger sucks at skiing, and she made a hole-in-one in her first round of 18 holes.

 

• A Halloween week treat: Ranking The Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror" episodes.

 

• It's good to be the King: Go behind the scenes of Golf Digest's cover shoot with Arnold Palmer and Kate Upton.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 10:47
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-october-28-2013
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Oct. 28.

 

• It's Halloween week, and the cheerleaders of the NFL are ready.

 

For the first time, a World Series game ended on a pickoff, as pinch-runner Kolten Wong failed to get back to first, leaving Carlos Beltran with the bat in his hands. That's just Wong, amirite?

 

• Of course, that was only the second bizarre ending of this series. Joe Pos compares the two for overall weirdness.

 

Dez Bryant spent yesterday catching touchdowns and flipping out on the sidelines. He called his sideline behavior "passion." I call it "childish" and "distracting." Guy can play, though.

 

• The source of much of Bryant's frustration yesterday was Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who even faked himself out on the winning touchdown.

 

• The NBA is about to elbow its way into the spotlight like it's Metta World Peace. Here are some storylines to brush up on to get NBA-ready.

 

• Speaking of the NBA, Serge Ibaka dressed up like Prince Akeem from "Coming to America." Nice attention to detail.

 

• While we're on the subject of Halloween costumes, this kid scored big-time with his Kliff Kingsbury.

 

• Then there's this: Move over, Baby Mark Mangino. Say hello to Baby Andy Reid.

 

• Since it's Halloween week, here are some funny GIFs of people getting the poop scared out of them.

 

• Connor Shaw won the weekend in college football. Here's what you might have missed in the SEC.

 

• Terrelle Pryor erased Bo Jackson from the Raiders record books and set a QB record with a 93-yard scamper against the Steelers. Kid's got wheels. Enjoy.

 

 

 

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Post date: Monday, October 28, 2013 - 11:03
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-october-25-2013
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Oct. 25.

 

This is exercise-related, so I'm counting it as sports: 25 sexy yoga poses. Depending on where you're employed, they might not all be entirely SFW.

 

• So there's another World Series with the Red Sox involved. What's a Yankees fan to do?

 

• I've seen fire, and I've seen rain, but I've never seen a dude launch into America, The Beautiful at national anthem time.

 

• Brett Favre expounds on why he won't come back: He's protecting what's left of his brain. Oh, and by the way — the Rams were just joking anyway.

 

• Anatomy of a de-cleating: Pat McAfee takes us through his destruction of Trindon Holliday.

 

Greg Doyel calls out Rodney Harrison for calling out Josh Freeman.

 

• Humiliating own-goals never fail to be funny. The Lightning had a good one last night.

 

The best sports pranks caught on video. I like the one where Billy Donovan drops a replica national championship crystal.

 

Turns out Vodka Samm's a person, not a punchline. Oh, well, we'll always have .341.

 

A Vikings fan who vowed in 1975 not to shave his beard until his team won the Super Bowl has died. Beard very much intact.

 

• Watch Cam Newton and Steve Mariucci get the bejeezus scared out of them by a cannon at Raymond James Stadium.

 

 

 

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Post date: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 10:49
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Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-october-24-2013
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Oct. 24.

 

• NFL action cranks back up tonight. Here's a power ranking of NFL cheeleaders according to their social media usage.

 

• This could spice up the World Series: A Cardinals minor leaguer took to Twitter to accuse Jon Lester of using Vaseline during last night's gem. And not without cause.

 

• Carlos Beltran waited 16 years to make a World Series appearance. That appearance lasted two innings.

 

• An umpire blew a call last night. Instant replay overturned it and got it right fairly quickly. Take that, purists.

 

Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel proved to be ready for his close-up, giving the Notre Dame-USC game a GQ moment.

 

The Rams called Brett Favre. Brett Favre said no. I guess when his agent floated that Favre was in the best shape of his life, it just meant that Brett wanted an ego-stroking call from a team. Mission accomplished. Of course, the whole episode simply points to the utter lack of decent quarterbacks on this little planet of ours.

 

• We don't link to much soccer, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic ripped a laser past the goalkeeper that is worth a click.

 

• Today's dose of Schiano-freude: Greg Schiano is 1-11 in his last 12 games, and not surprisingly, his autocratic style is wearing thin on his players.

 

Watch tiny fish eat the skin off the feet of Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and some of their friends. You read that right.

 

The SEC is asking the NCAA to review the targeting rule that is ruining games. Let's hope the NCAA listens.

 

• A great moment last night: Greg Oden returned to the court and dunked on his first touch. We're rooting for you, big fella.

 

 

 

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Post date: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 10:43
All taxonomy terms: Chicago Bears, NFL
Path: /nfl/should-bears-re-sign-jay-cutler
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Jay Cutler's contract is up at the end of the year, leaving the Chicago Bears with a decision that will impact the franchise for a long time. Do they place their trust in Cutler, or do they move on? Athlon editors Nathan Rush and Rob Doster take up the question.

Yes
It’s like asking if Mike Ditka would win a fight with a hurricane. There’s only one right answer. Yes. It doesn’t take Bill Swerski or any of his Superfan buddies to know the Chicago Bears — Da Bears! —should re-sign quarterback Jay Cutler.

How soon we forget. Remember who started under center for the Bears before Cutler arrived from the Denver Broncos, a team that replaced “Smokin’ Jay” with Heisman Trophy-winning, BCS national title-winning, first-round draft pick Tim Tebow? The Windy City aerial attack was led by Super Bowl runner-up Rex Grossman (a.k.a. “Turnover-saurus Rex”), Kyle Orton (a.k.a. “King Neck Beard”), son-of-a Super Bowl winner Brian Griese, Craig Krenzel, Chad Hutchinson, Jonathan Quinn, Kordell Stewart, Chris Chandler, Jim Miller, Shane Matthews and Cade McNown — and that’s just the 2000s-era starting QBs in Chicago.

If the Bears don’t re-sign Cutler, they are choosing a total rebuilding job over building around a proven Pro Bowl passer with 100 starts, 148 TD passes and 22,997 yards under his belt. And that would be risky business, especially considering Chicago’s recent track record of drafting quarterbacks — a list that includes four first-rounders since the NFL-AFL merger in Grossman (No. 22 overall in 2003), McNown (No. 12 in 1999), Jim Harbaugh (No. 26 in ’87) and Jim McMahon (No. 5 in ’82). And the Bears are just mediocre enough this year that there is no way to compete with the miserable Jaguars and Buccaneers for the top signal-caller available in 2014. Good luck finding a quarterback better than Cutler, who went No. 11 overall in 2006.

Chicago needs to focus on the once-feared Monsters of the Midway defense. Stopping Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford is the answer to winning the NFC North — not replacing Cutler, a legitimate franchise quarterback.
– Nathan Rush


No
Tony Dungy was recently asked whether he thought Jay Cutler was a franchise quarterback. Dungy’s response: “He could be, but not from what I’ve seen so far.”

And that’s precisely the problem with Cutler. Even now, in the eighth season of his career, he remains more promise than production. Chicago has nothing to gain by breaking the bank to keep a quarterback who has yet to reach his potential and has made precisely one playoff appearance in his career.

Cutler may be the last man standing from the 2006 first-round quarterback class, but he has risen no higher than the middle of the pack among his peers. He’s 16th among active players in passer rating, and his interception percentage of 3.4 ranks 28th and underscores his alarming and ongoing propensity for the ill-timed turnover.

Then there’s his health. Once a paragon of durability, Cutler has seen an increasing susceptibility to injury that is rapidly diminishing his long-term value. This season marks the second time in three years he will have missed multiple games.

It would be one thing if the Bears had no other options, but the opposite is true. Next spring’s NFL Draft will see one of the great quarterback classes of recent memory. Names like Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron, Marcus Mariota, Tajh Boyd and Aaron Murray will be clustered atop draft boards in war rooms across the league. A Bears team that will likely be drafting in the middle of the pack will still have several tantalizing first-round options.

The Cutler experiment in Chicago has been a qualified success at best, and after only one playoff victory — against a 7–9 Seahawks team that was the worst playoff team of the modern era — it’s time for the Bears to move on. Better options await. 
– Rob Doster

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Should the Bears Re-Sign Jay Cutler?
Post date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 13:00
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-october-23-2013
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Oct. 23.

 

• The World Series starts tonight, and we know who Kayla will be rooting for. Enjoy this slideshow of the Red Sox' hottest fan. It's almost enough to make you want to root for the Sox. Almost.

 

• Tim McCarver has a lot of haters out there. If you're not among them, enjoy this three-minute tribute to his World Series broadcasting career.

 

An oral history of the 1989 Earthquake Series. Dennis Eckersley: "I was in the bathroom. I was combing my hair, man. I was standing next to Dave Parker."

 

Oregon football practice has a suspicious feathered observer. Probably one of Nick Saban's minions.

 

Despite being a shell of his former self, Tim Lincecum is somehow cashing in. His agent deserves a raise.

 

• Headline of the day: "Man Drops 14 Pounds By Only Drinking Beer and Eating Sausages." This man is my new hero.

 

Mike Tyson in his own words. The article's even better if you read it in a Mike Tyson voice.

 

Someone on the Interwebs is contending that Tajh Boyd owes a huge gambling debt. I call that kicking a man when he's down.

 

Trevor Plouffe went hiking with his wife and posted a photo with a classic caption.

 

• The spoils of victory: Tulane coach Curtis Johnson says his players now have more girlfriends than ever.

 

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog visits the Great American Beer Festival, and the results are exactly what you would hope.

 

• These things are always heartwarming: A Northwestern walk-on gets a scholarship in front of the team. The best part is when he calls his mom and sister with the news.

 

 

 

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Post date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 10:45
All taxonomy terms: Essential 11, Overtime
Path: /overtime/athlons-essential-11-links-day-october-22-2013
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Oct. 22.

 

• It's no-football Tuesday, so here's a cheerleader roundup from this past weekend to tide you over.

 

• The day of reckoning arrived for Miami — and it ain't that bad. Happiest man on the planet this morning: Al Golden, rewarded for his loyalty to a program operating under a dark cloud. If you're bored and looking for something to read, here's a rundown of the NCAA report.

 

• So the morning's big losers aren't the Canes. How about the Vikings? Last night's abomination saw more Josh Freeman overthrows (16) than Adrian Peterson carries (13). Nice game plan, fellas.

 

• Speaking of the Vikings, here's this week's edition of Sorry Your Team Lost.

 

College football's five worst fan bases. Don't get mad at me; I'm just the messenger.

 

• Ballpark jumbotron proposals are lame. Especially when you're Kanye West and you rent out the whole ballpark to do it

 

• Interesting number-crunching: College football teams that outscore their basketball colleagues. Not surprisingly, the Ducks lead the way.

 

• I know baseball's popularity has waned a bit, but six bucks for a World Series ticket?

 

The shooting guard with one arm has committed to be a preferred walk-on at Florida. I have a new favorite college player.

 

• Just when you think it's safe to hate Duke basketball, they go and do something heartwarming. Enjoy.

 

 

 

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Post date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 11:00

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