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Athlon's Essential Eleven Links of the Day


This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for October 12.

• Tigers ace Justin Verlander was dominant in his Game 5 victory over the A’s, 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 the amazing story of Memphis’ Canale brothers — three who were Vols and three who were Bulldogs.

• has us covered on the “go to the NFL game” versus “watch it on the couch” decision.

• Bleacher Report’s Michael Felder believes that Texas must play power football to beat Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry.

• It should be an incredible night of baseball, with the Yankees-Orioles ALDS and Cardinals-Nationals NLDS being decided in Game 5s.

• NFL scouts will be drooling watching the defensive ends in the South Carolina-LSU matchup this weekend.

• 49ers receiver Mario Manningham will have an interesting perspective when San Francisco takes on the Giants in an NFC Championship Game rematch.

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

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

• Is there really a Kobe Bryant-Smush Parker feud?

• 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.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

October 11

• The struggling Titans host the Steelers tonight, and Tennessee running back Chris Johnson said earlier this week that his team “is not close” to being good. 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 the decision by Yankees manager Joe Girardi to pinch-hit for the slumping Alex Rodriguez 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 this guy’s fault. He makes a rather large ninja.

• Popular NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been diagnosed with a second concussion in six weeks 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 extend to Game 5 against Detroit ace Justin Verlander?

• College football historian and former ESPN commentator Beano Cook has passed away at age 81.

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

• It looks like Rick Pitino may sign an extension with Louisville in the near future.

• Check out Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas’ new method for trying to cure his fumbling issues.

• Is a knee scope on the horizon for Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki?

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.”

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

October 10

• Many Yankees fans are waiting to see if manager Joe Girardi will adjust the lineup — especially dropping the slumping Alex Rodriguez down in the batting order — for Game 3 versus the Orioles tonight.

USA Today’s George Schroeder has an interesting column on former Auburn running back Michael Dyer, who now attends Arkansas Baptist College while still hoping to be a football star once again.

• David Teel of the Daily Press looks at the ACC’s “defenseless” Coastal Division.

• Whether this is the best or worst “cosplay” ever, you have to love Patrick from SpongeBob.

• details at Steve Spurrier’s lofty perch in league coaching lore.

• Former NFL star defensive lineman and actor Alex Karras has passed away at age 77.

• Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is enjoying the new Mike Tice offense.

• LSU’s Sam Montgomery will take on his hometown friends from South Carolina in this week’s huge SEC clash.

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

• Kansas coach Charlie Weis decided to practice without the seniors 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.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

October 9

• The Texans beat the Jets 23-17 on Monday Night Football and moved to 5-0 on the season. However, Houston fears it may have lost top linebacker Brian Cushing to an ACL injury.

• The monster that is former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced today to between 30-60 years in prison after being convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

• ESPN’s Dana O’Neil has a moving column on the Richmond basketball family and coach Chris Mooney.

• Jim Lamar of the Tallahassee Democrat calls Florida State’s loss at NC State an “embarrassment” among other things.

• Much like the NFL, guys in the Canadian Football League are always looking to make explosive plays.

• Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads provided some wonderful GIF material with his referee reaction against TCU.

• It looks like veteran manager Jim Leyland will return to the Detroit Tigers dugout in 2013.

• With the Georgia Tech defense struggling mightily, coach Paul Johnson felt he had to fire coordinator Al Groh.

• The polarizing Terrell Owens decided to let the Jets know that he’s available.

• Will the Red Sox re-sign designated hitter David Ortiz?

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

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

October 8

• Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star has an excellent column on the Colts emotional 30-27 comeback win over the Packers. 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 West Virginia’s huge road win against Texas, a victory that proves the Mountaineers belong with college football’s “big boys.”

Is this really Meg Griffin?

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

• Florida and South Carolina had huge wins on Saturday, setting up a very compelling SEC East race.

• The Cincinnati Reds steamrolled their way to a 2-0 lead over the Giants with impressive wins in San Francisco.

• As expected, Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ all-time NFL record 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 the league’s gridiron image — need a break after Saturday’s results.

• What will LeBron’s psyche 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 a commanding 2-0 lead in the ALDS.

• 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.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)