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Athlon's Essential Eleven Links of the Day

Rounding up the web's best sports links so you don't have to.

<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 October 12.

• Tigers ace Justin Verlander , and he set a new LDS record with 22 strikeouts in the series. Plus he dates Kate Upton.

• On the eve of the Tennessee-Mississippi State matchup, Kyle Veazey of the Commercial Appeal has — three who were Vols and three who were Bulldogs.

• has us covered on the decision.

• Bleacher Report’s Michael Felder believes that to beat Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry.

• It should be an incredible night of baseball, being decided in Game 5s.

• NFL scouts will be drooling watching this weekend.

• 49ers receiver Mario Manningham will have an interesting perspective .

• The Rolling Stones 50th anniversary has the band’s marketing team going full throttle.  But what about ?

• The should be a physical battle, and it will have big-time national implications.

• Is there really a ?

• We tend to stay away from politics on the E11, but all of us can agree that it would be nice if our elected officials actually listened to their constituencies. Some Kent State students (MACtion!) decided to write their Ohio Congressional delegation for some healthcare information, and here is the result.

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

---By Patrick Snow ()

October 11

• The struggling Titans tonight, and Tennessee running back Chris Johnson said earlier this week that . That can happen when you pay a runner "superstar" money and he produces only 2.9 yards per carry and zero touchdowns.

• FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi provides insight into in the ninth inning of ALDS Game 3. It paid off royally as Raul Ibanez homered twice, and New York won 3-2 in 12 innings.
• If there’s a water shortage in your town, it could be . He makes a rather large ninja.

• Popular NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and will miss the next two Chase races.

• The A’s had a dramatic, season-saving, comeback 4-3 win over the Tigers in Game 4 of the ALDS. Will Oakland’s magic ?

• College football historian and former ESPN commentator Beano Cook .

• The debut of the Texas Kickoff Classic will be next August at Reliant Stadium in Houston, with an matchup.

• It looks like Rick Pitino with Louisville in the near future.

• Check out Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas’ .

• Is a knee scope on the horizon for ?

Washington State coach Mike Leach is always a unique quote, and he said yesterday that some of his seniors have “an empty-corpse quality.” We just wondered how that fact may affect any of his players’ “fat little girlfriends.”

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

---By Patrick Snow ()

October 10

• Many Yankees fans are waiting to see if manager Joe Girardi will adjust the lineup — — for Game 3 versus the Orioles tonight.

USA Today’s George Schroeder has , who now attends Arkansas Baptist College while still hoping to be a football star once again.

• David Teel of the Daily Press looks at .

• Whether this is , you have to love Patrick from SpongeBob.

• details at in league coaching lore.

• Former NFL star defensive lineman and actor Alex Karras .

• Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is .

• LSU’s Sam Montgomery will take on in this week’s huge SEC clash.

• Check out these , inspired by Ichiro’s amazing play in Game 2 of the ALDS.

• Kansas coach Charlie Weis decided to on Sunday.

• Check out this incredible moment from the South Carolina game against Georgia. Sergeant First Class Scott Faile’s family is being honored on the field while he is talking to them (and the crowd) on the Jumbotron. After his heartfelt message, Faile had a surprise for everyone.

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

---By Patrick Snow ()

October 9

• The Texans beat the Jets 23-17 on Monday Night Football and moved to 5-0 on the season. However, Houston fears to an ACL injury.

• The monster that is former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky after being convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

• ESPN’s Dana O’Neil has and coach Chris Mooney.

• Jim Lamar of the Tallahassee Democrat calls an “embarrassment” among other things.

• Much like the NFL, guys in the Canadian Football League are .

• Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads with his referee reaction against TCU.

• It looks like veteran manager Jim Leyland in 2013.

• With the Georgia Tech defense struggling mightily, coach Paul Johnson .
• The polarizing Terrell Owens that he’s available.
• Will the Red Sox re-sign ?

• Check out Ichiro Suzuki’s amazing ability to avoid multiple tags and score in last night’s ALDS game against the Orioles.

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

---By Patrick Snow ()

October 8

• Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star has . A week ago, Indy head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. After the victory, Colts management presented Pagano with the game ball at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

• Mitch Vingle of the Charleston Gazette looks at , a victory that proves the Mountaineers belong with college football’s “big boys.”


• Kudos to Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Winston for calling out the fans who were booing an injured Matt Cassel. from the Kansas City locker room.

• Florida and South Carolina had huge wins on Saturday, setting up .

• The Cincinnati Reds over the Giants with impressive wins in San Francisco.

• As expected, for consecutive games with a touchdown pass. His streak reached 48 games in New Orleans’ 31-24 win over the Chargers.

• ACC football fans — and — need a break after Saturday’s results.

• What will be now that he has won that elusive NBA title?

• The Detroit Tigers found a way to slow down the Oakland A’s momentum, as Jim Leyland’s club took .

• Football fans have been clubbed over the head by that new IE9 commercial (with the pop song “Too Close”) that seems to run during every break of every game this season. Here’s a humorous different version of that ad.

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

---By Patrick Snow ()


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