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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for October 26.

• Randy Rosetta has the LSU reaction to four former players — including Tyrann Mathieubeing arrested on marijuana possession charges.

• The Giants won Game 2 over the Tigers to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the World Series, and every break seems to favor San Francisco in the postseason.

• Be careful driving in this neighborhood.

• Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network looks at some the league’s top candidates to become head coaches.

• Oklahoma has only beaten Notre Dame once in nine tries. The Sooners host the Irish in a huge Top 10 matchup this weekend.

• Rookie Doug Martin was the dominant running back in Minnesota as the Buccaneers beat the Vikings, 36-17, on Thursday night.

• Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez did not make the trip to London for Sunday’s game versus the Rams.

• The Penn State-Ohio State matchup this weekend may have a “bowl” feel to it, since both schools are ineligible for the postseason.

• Yankees closer Mariano Rivera may be having second thoughts about returning to the field next season.

• Could the Clippers challenge the Lakers in the Pacific Division?

• Everything seems to be going San Francisco’s way in the World Series, except for this local anchor who gets torpedoed by a bird during a live broadcast.

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


October 25

• Jack Curry has an interesting piece on Giants star Pablo Sandoval, who hit three home runs in San Francisco’s 8-3 victory in Game 1 of the World Series.

• The Vikings will try and move to a surprising 6-2 on the season when they host the Buccaneers tonight.

• Why Steelers, why?

• Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt, a former Kansas State linebacker, has an interesting perspective on this weekend’s huge Big 12 matchup between the Red Raiders and Wildcats. Here’s his interview with Chris Level on 104.3 in Lubbock.

• ESPN is reporting that NBA Commissioner David Stern will retire in 2014.

Ginger convention?

• Georgia was blown out at South Carolina, but the Bulldogs can keep their SEC East hopes alive by upsetting the Florida Gators.

• The Jets will look to punish Dolphins running back Reggie Bush this weekend.

• Two-time Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones is now a member of the U.S. bobsled team.

• Top UCLA hoops recruit Shabazz Muhammad was injured in practice yesterday.

• Many hockey and baseball teams grow playoff beards, but we can all participate in “Movember”. Who better to give us tips on growing that mustache than Ron Swanson?

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


October 24

• Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star looks at a few of Oklahoma’s past losses to Notre Dame, and how they affected the Sooners.

• The World Series starts tonight in San Francisco, with the resilient Giants taking on the rested Detroit Tigers.

• Check out some of these epic man caves.

• ESPN Pac-12 blogger Kevin Gemmell looks at the surprising undefeated start by Mike Riley’s Oregon State Beavers.

• The ACC race is wide open this season, with Florida State favored in the Atlantic and a complete free-for-all in the Coastal.

• A Lakers preview cover without Kobe Bryant?

• The NHL can’t seem to get a season started for the second time in a decade, but the Islanders have found time to announce their relocation to Brooklyn in 2015.

• Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine caused a stir last night by saying that slugger David Ortiz “decided not to play anymore” after Boston traded Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers.

• The NBA is taking the position of “center” off its All-Star ballot, and fans will now vote on three “frontcourt” players.

• Could Nick Saban be lured to the Browns?

• There is no good way to lose a close football game, but these Memphis-area youngsters show us an extra-painful way to suffer a defeat. Are you serious?!

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


October 23

• The World Series is now set, with Buster Posey and the cardiac San Francisco Giants meeting Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers.

• Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman has an interesting piece on the origin of “Play Like a Champion Today.” Did it start with Notre Dame, or did Sooners legend Bud Wilkinson coin the popular phrase?

• Type the URL “HireJonGruden.com” into your browser and see what happens. With Derek Dooley struggling, Vols fans are thinking big.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee says the undefeated Mississippi State Bulldogs have no chance to beat No. 1 Alabama.

• The St Louis Cardinals choked away the NLCS versus the Giants, and it was a complete team effort.

• Check out this bearded ninja.

• Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert has torn labrum in his left shoulder.

• Wyoming coach Dave Christensen has been suspended one week and fined $50,000 for his tirade following the Cowboys’ loss to Air Force.

• CBS Sports lists its Top 50 point guards in college basketball, with a Murray State star topping the list.

• A survey of NBA general managers predicts a repeat for LeBron James (MVP) and the Miami Heat.

• ESPN Sunday Soundtracks provided the football public with a gem last night. Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt tells running back Ray Rice of the Ravens, “I've eaten burritos bigger than you.”

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 


October 22

• RG3 was impressive against the Giants, but Eli Manning added to his amazing fourth-quarter legacy in New York’s 27-23 win over the Redskins.

• CBS’ Tony Barnhart recaps the college football weekend, including telling Oregon fans that the Ducks will be fine in the BCS.

• Check out this Patriots fan’s jersey — well played.

• The San Francisco Giants have all of the NLCS momentum against the Cardinals, but the storied franchise has never won a winner-take-all Game 7.

• Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein has become the new clear-cut favorite in the Heisman race.

• The Red Sox got their guy, trading with the Blue Jays to bring back former pitching coach John Farrell as manager.

• Check out these awful first movies for some of Hollywood’s top actors.

• Lakers big man Dwight Howard tallied a double-double in his preseason debut with Los Angeles.

• The Redskins are bringing back veteran tight end Chris Cooley after Fred Davis was lost for the season with an Achilles injury.

• Rick Pitino has suspended Chane Behanan for Louisville’s exhibition opener and has banned the forward from talking to the media for a semester.

• We’ve seen several people run onto playing fields over the years, but it’s usually not right in the middle of a play like this idiot at the Florida State-Miami game. It’s too bad one of the Seminoles linemen did not level the guy.

--- Email us with any compelling sports-related links at links@athlonsports.com

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)
 

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