Athlon’s Essential Eleven Links of the Day

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<p> The best sports links from the NFL, college football and basketball, MLB, the NBA, NASCAR and the world of entertainment.</p>

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for September 21.

• College football fans were bewildered last night by , while down by one point to Boise State with 3:37 left to go in the game. The Cougars failed on the conversion and lost 7-6 to the Broncos.

• The New York Giants pummeled the Panthers last night, 36-7, with leading the way.

• Alan Grant of the National Football Post has and NFL Films.

• Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at .

• Mandatory.com asks the question: ?

• After 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was threatened with a fine by the NFL for wearing a San Francisco Giants baseball cap to his postgame presser, by wearing a 49ers lid yesterday.

• The Florida State-Clemson matchup is huge , which is consistently overshadowed by the powerful SEC.

• The Ravens will be seeking on Sunday night.

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale looks at .

• Have a great weekend and be careful out there. Not everyone is .

• It’s time for a little silliness as we head into the weekend. Louisiana Tech is 2-0 and headed to Illinois for an interesting contest on Saturday night. We have some entertaining scary footage of the Bulldogs offensive line preparing for the big game.

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September 20

• Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News has the latest on the ailing Giants, who will be tonight in Carolina.

• Bleacher Report’s Adam Jacobi looks at this season.

• USC coach Lane Kiffin . Apparently a question about an injured player was just too much to handle.

• Check out rapper DMX .

• Michigan and Notre Dame will battle Saturday night, so was in order.

• MRSEC.com looks at the of quarterbacks Tyler Wilson and Tyler Bray.

• Jay Cutler’s play against Green Bay probably drove many Bears fans to smoking, and one has created a site dedicated to “.”

• Could San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera despite his 50-game suspension?

• The has to be a distraction for the Razorbacks.

• The has caused a ton of debate in New England.

• We have seen a lot of mascots do pushups after their team scores, but this one turned out a little differently than normal. The Clemson Tiger knocks out 27 pushups in last week’s win over Furman, and then reveals himself as school president James Barker.

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September 19

• North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams is having surgery today .

• CBS’ Mike Freeman looks at and other NFL issues.

• ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports that over its future 14th football member, and that a 16-team football league is also a possibility.

• Shooter McGavin ?

• The surprising Orioles continued their magic last night . Baltimore stayed tied with the Yankees for first place in the AL East.

• A few years after bring drafted third overall by the Titans, free agent Vince Young .

• If you’re in the Big Apple, .

• The NFL conversation is being dominated by .

• Did Jalen Rose in the 2000 NBA Finals? Yes he did.

• Michigan against Notre Dame’s defense.

• The pro football and media world lost one of its most influential figures with the passing of NFL Films president Steve Sabol. He and his father Ed were amazing artists in presenting the NFL and its players for decades.

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September 18

• Did an NFL replacement referee really tell Eagles running back LeSean McCoy that he needed the runner ?! Unreal.

• How does Falcons running back Michael Turner celebrate a MNF win and a 2-0 start? By .

• I might forgo at Starbucks.

• FOX golf columnist Robert Lusetich interviews Greg Norman, who believes .

• CBS’ Gary Parrish has the latest on , who has settled the lawsuit involving a jeweler and nearly $100,000 of merchandise acquired during his time with the Blue Devils.

• With Aaron Hernandez injured, the New England Patriots .

• The Florida Gators has led to an encouraging 3-0 start.

• Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar after putting a controversial message on his eye black.

• Check out this .

• How close is an ?

• The talk around the NFL after two weeks is being dominated by the bad calls of replacement referees. Many in the media will gripe about anything that is an easy target, but the new refs are definitely in over their heads. ESPN’s Steve Young has some of the best commentary on the subject.

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September 17

• ESPN Pac-12 blogger Kevin Gemmell looks at , including the excellent performance of running back Stepfan Taylor.

• The Arizona Cardinals went into New England and , just like we ALL predicted.

• Veteran Giants boss Tom Coughlin was after Tampa Bay rushed hard into New York’s victory formation.

• Just not sure about .

• Arkansas lost 52-0 at home to Alabama on Saturday, and the “” Facebook page is getting a ton of likes from Razorback fans.

• The Dodgers are concerned that could last into the beginning of next season.

• Redskins fans are livid with at the end of the loss to the Rams.

• Notre Dame had a huge win at Michigan State, but to a season-ending Achilles tendon injury.

• After an offseason filled with controversy, the are struggling mightily on the field.

• The St. Louis Cardinals are fighting for the last NL wild card spot, and 2011 postseason hero on Friday.

• There were several great moments during a wild football weekend, but the winning double pass in Western Kentucky’s victory over Kentucky was outstanding. The Hilltoppers made the risky call of going for two in overtime, and here’s what happened…



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