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

• The SEC has two great matchups on Saturday involving four undefeated, top-10 teams. Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee looks at the potential BCS logjam between Florida, Georgia and South Carolina from the East.

• MLB’s wild card games make their debut today, with the Braves hosting the Cardinals and Orioles visiting the Rangers. Is the one-game system fair?

• Check out these wild hotel rooms around the world.

• As Mike Klis of the Denver Post points out, the elite rivalry over the past decade plus has really been Peyton Manning versus Bill Belichick. The Patriots host the Broncos on Sunday afternoon.

• Can Texas slow down Geno Smith and the West Virginia offense?

• The Steelers look to avoid a 1-3 start when they host the Eagles on Sunday.

• At the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, Paul Casey was lining up an eagle putt when a dog came on the green and took his golf ball. Always have to account for the dogleg Paul.

• Dwight Howard is ready to go in Los Angeles.

• Texas Tech promoted assistant Chris Walker to interim head coach, replacing Billy Gillispie.

• Heralded Missouri freshman receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has been suspended for this Saturday’s Vanderbilt game.

• We all celebrate our teams in different ways, but I’ve never seen victory excitement quite like this Oakland A’s fan. Be careful down there.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


October 4

• Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers finished the job, becoming MLB’s first Triple Crown winner since 1967.

• The Oakland A’s were the other amazing story on baseball’s last day, sweeping the Texas Rangers and clinching the AL West.

• The Red Sox will look for a fresh start after firing manager Bobby Valentine.

• Where is “The Ocho”, along with Cotton and Pepper? We’re still waiting ESPN.

• Suspended Saints coach Sean Payton will be allowed to attend the New Orleans-San Diego game, where quarterback Drew Brees looks to break Johnny Unitas’ NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass.

• Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will be part of an ownership buying the Memphis Grizzlies

• TCU quarterback Casey Pachall has been indefinitely suspended following a DWI arrest.

• Miami athletic director Shawn Eichorst has resigned to take the AD job at Nebraska.

• Is there a formula for slowing down the Oregon offense?

• In a shocker to no one who follows college basketball and John Calipari’s “recruiting”, the highly-touted Harrison twins from Texas committed to Kentucky.

• Clippers star Blake Griffin is known for powerful dunks, but maybe he should try more three-pointers this season.

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


October 3

• Just who are these Oakland A’s and what are they doing tied for first in the AL West with one game to go?

• The awful Red Sox blew it in the ninth against the Yankees last night, and the eventual New York victory kept the Orioles a game back in the AL East.

• You have to appreciate an accurate statistic that completely clarifies the situation.

• Yahoo’s Les Carpenter profiles the popular GIF work and art of “LSUFreek.”

• Texas A&M is still adjusting to SEC defenses, and it appears the Aggies need to work on a closer Waffle House as well.

• New York Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden, who has been productive filling in for the injured Hakeem Nicks, has been diagnosed with a concussion.

• How did the upgraded Los Angeles Lakers look in their first practice?

• Georgia has lost its leading receiver, Michael Bennett, to an ACL injury as the Bulldogs prepare for a mammoth SEC East clash at South Carolina.

• The inspiring Adam Greenberg returned to the big leagues last night in Miami.

• Here are some top quotes from athletes and their handlers from last night’s Broke, the latest in ESPN’s 30for30 film series.

• This pro-wrestling wannabe Cowboys fan has become a popular YouTube view as Dallas continues to decline. He does not want to “rant” but still does a pretty good job of it. DEFENSIVE LINE!!

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


October 2

• Tony Romo threw five interceptions in the Cowboys’ 34-18 loss to the Bears on Monday Night Football, but he might not be the problem in Dallas.

• ESPN resumes its “30 for 30” series tonight with Broke, a film directed by Billy Corben on athletes and their handling of big money.

• Awww...look at the cute little animal.

• With Monday night’s 4-for-5 with a home run performance by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, it looking more and more like the Tigers slugger will win baseball’s first triple crown since 1967.

• It’s a huge weekend for the SEC East, with Georgia traveling to South Carolina and Florida hosting LSU.

• Bleacher Report’s Ian Casselberry looks at Bryce Harper’s chances for the National League Rookie of the Year. The Washington phenom had a very productive September.

• The Steelers will helped by the return of running back Rashard Mendenhall this weekend against the Eagles, and Pittsburgh will look to avoid a catastrophic 1-3 start.

• The Oakland A’s may have one of the youngest, no-name teams in baseball, but they will be heading to the postseason in what is an amazing story.

• College basketball practice will be starting soon, and here’s a look at the best non-conference games that will highlight that start of the season.

• Is a Russell Wilson-Matt Flynn quarterback controversy looming in Seattle?

• Former Penn State and NFL defensive lineman Anthony Adams has a new sporting goal, being a gymnast at the 2016 Olympics. Check out the big man’s hilarious video as he works through the various gymnastics events.

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


October 1

• Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star looks at the total lack of defense being played on the college gridiron this season, especially after the West Virginia-Baylor 70-63 flag football contest.

• While most American golf fans are still stinging from the U.S. team’s choke job on the final day of the Ryder Cup, FOX Sports’ Robert Lusetich believes Sunday was one of the greatest day’s ever for the sport.

• I’m surprised this street does not have more traffic.

• The Philadelphia Eagles keep finding a way to win close ball games, and the defense came through in Sunday night’s 19-17 victory over the Giants.

• Did Urban Meyer and Ohio State edit the game film that they were required to send Michigan State? This story surprises no one around college football.

• The Baltimore Orioles have clinched a spot in the postseason for the first time since 1997.

• ESPN Big 12 blogger David Ubben recaps the league’s wild Week 5.

• There is sad NFL news in Indianapolis, where new Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia and will miss several games.

• Ray Allen’s signing with the Heat has caused a rift with former Celtics teammate Kevin Garnett.

• Titans offensive lineman Leroy Harris wasn’t that impressed with the Texans J.J. Watt, who leads the NFL in sacks. Delusional much, Leroy?

• Jets coach Rex Ryan gives his “recipe for getting you’re a$$ kicked” after his club was beaten 34-0 at home by the 49ers.



--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at [email protected]

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 

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