Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: August 7, 2013

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Aug. 7.

 

• Elsewhere on this website, you can find this gem: the Houston Texans cheerleaders engaging in something called "Freestyle Friday." We heartily endorse the concept.

 

Raul Ibanez, professional outfielder.

 

• As a palate cleanser from that last atrocity, enjoy this GIF of Elvis Andrus making a nice play from his butt.

 

• Finally, an area of SEC football where Alabama's not No. 1: The SEC fanbases, ranked.

 

• You've seen this by now, but I can't not link to it: The Manning bros (and Archie) pimp for Sunday Ticket.

 

Is the Manziel affair a tipping point in the whole paying players debate? For his part, Jay Bilas is doing what he can to expose the NCAA's hypocrisy in the deal.

 

• Deadspin whipping boy Jay Mariotti, who for some is the epitome of all that is wrong with sports media, is getting into the branded website game.

 

• We bring you stories you can actually use: Cartoons that are fit for adults.

 

• Did you know RG3 collects superhero dolls? That, and other weird facts about athletes.

 

• It's Shark Week, which gave Mensa member Tara Reid the opportunity to drop some knowledge about whale sharks.

 

• Bryce Harper didn't take kindly to getting plunked. Enjoy.

 

 

 

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