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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 May 18.

• Sorry for running late today. I was out day trading my new Facebook shares.

• If the Pacers beat the Heat, would Pat Riley blow up the Big Three?

• There is a new agreement where the champions of the SEC and Big 12 would play in the postseason if neither is in the proposed four-team model to determine the national champion. The SEC champ not in the title game?!

• I’m not one for planning an interesting death, but many around the office think this is a good way to go. Personally, I just can’t see the last three people I talk to being Cinnamon, Jade and Destiny.

• It’s so nice to have Mike Leach — relationship advice, bear hunting, pirate gear, etc. —back in college football.

• The Cardinals lost 7-5 in San Francisco yesterday and made three errors. I think the issue for the World Champions may have been “Bad Tuxedo Day.” Check out these pics.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee says that Steve Spurrier’s plan to award SEC division titles based only on division record will not happen.

• The Cubs' Kerry Wood will retire today. It seems like ages (actually, 1998) since his 20-strikeout performance against the Astros.

• The NFL Combine has well over 300 players looking to be drafted somewhere in the 250+ selections. However here are 37 players who were not invited to the Combine but were drafted, including four in the top 100 picks.

• CBS has the latest on the suspension of MLB umpire Bob Davidson.

• With the Champions League final this weekend, we thought it was time to throw soccer fans a rare bone. And when you combine Hank Williams Jr. and European soccer, it means things are getting pretty silly here on a Friday. Here’s our Video of the Day…

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

May 17

• The Saints offseason has been tumultuous enough. The last thing New Orleans needs is an issue with re-signing quarterback Drew Brees.

• Want your own Super Bowl ring? You can join the auction for New York Giants’ legend Lawrence Taylor’s XXV ring right here.

• Daniel Jeremiah of details the Top 10 players in the league under the age of 25.

• In Chicago, apparently Metta World Peace is known as “Lakers Idiot.”

• ESPN Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller looks at the league’s breakout players during spring ball.

• Delvon Roe’s promising Michigan State basketball career was cut short with knee issues, but now the former Spartan has a new passion — making a romantic drama feature film.

• The Texas Rangers are looking brilliant so far with their high-dollar acquisition of pitcher Yu Darvish, who just keeps winning.

• The Missouri legislature made an SEC-level move by only allowing Show-Me-State schools to be featured on state license plates. For all of the University of Kansas fans in the K.C. area, the rivalry continues.

• Bleacher Report has a slideshow of NFL veterans who could be cut before the season.

• ACC Commissioner John Swofford believes in his league’s stability and says he’s not been affected by the Florida State defection rumors.

Boston fans are a passionate lot, and it’s nice to see a little daughter watching the Celtics game with her father. The salty language is a tad scary, but she’s precious enough to get away with it. Here’s our Video of the Day…

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

May 16

• Did a former NBA assistant plagiarize his ESPN Insider analysis of the Spurs-Clippers series from a message board? Deadspin has the latest.

• The Angels fired hitting coach Mickey Hatcher with the offense — especially Albert Pujols — struggling. Hatcher had been on Mike Scioscia’s staff since 2000.

• led us to this “Drunken Saylor” in Florida. There’s not much more fun around the neighborhood than a 43-year-old, exposed woman with a .194 BAL.

• With the current Florida State rumors not going away, ESPN Big 12 blogger David Ubben details how the Seminoles have fared against current league schools.

• Will the Jets offense have more discipline under new coordinator Tony Sparano?

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• With the Knicks out of the playoffs, Amar’e Stoudemire is now attending college — at the University of Miami.

• Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times looks at the possibility of the Bulls not having Derrick Rose next season.

• Fellas, you may have eyeballed those Skechers commercials with Brooke Burke and Kim Kardashian but hopefully you didn’t buy your significant other any “Shape-Ups.”

• New Penn State coach Bill O’Brien does not want a constant quarterback battle during August.

• Can Colt McCoy still win the Browns starting quarterback job after the team drafted Brandon Weeden?

• In case you missed it, Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays had an unfortunate reaction to some bad umpiring last night. Here’s our Video of the Day…

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

May 15

• Congratulations to this year’s inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame.

• Bears quarterback Jay Cutler may have some new weapons in Brandon Marshall and rookie Alshon Jeffery, but he’s still concerned about the Chicago offensive line.

• Is Ohio State’s only focus on Michigan this season, especially with no postseason for the Buckeyes?

• If you’re heading out on a Bachelor party weekend soon, has some no-no’s for your trip. Don’t be that guy.

• Can Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy rekindle the UConn-Boston College rivalry after all of the conference realignment politics? Big East Coast Bias has the latest.

• ESPN’s Ryan McGee has sits down with NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick after his organization’s 200th victory. I want to go to “Redneck Disney World."

• Nationals phenom Bryce Harper hit his first career home run Monday night, and he wasted no time getting around the bases.

• SB Nation breaks down the Thunder’s blowout of the Lakers in Game 1 of their playoff series.

• Bleacher Report’s Michael Walsh believes the Orioles can stay atop the AL East standings.

• Gizmodo cannot believe these phones are still for sale in 2012.

• With record-breaking BYU quarterback Ty Detmer going into the Hall of Fame, we look back at the day he probably won the Heisman — the Cougars’ 28-21 win over No. 1 Miami in 1990. Here’s our Video of the Day…

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

May 14

• Florida State to the Big 12 is the rumor that will just not go away. Tulsa World columnist John Hoover looks at the league's future, while Ingram Smith of and Bud Elliott of discuss the Seminoles’ future.

• Adam Kramer has a humorous look at the Big 12 footprint if Florida State joined the Texas-controlled league.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee speculates on further SEC expansion — Virginia Tech and NC State — if the ACC loses current members.

• Do people really still have MySpace accounts? We offer help.

• Would the Phillies trade Cole Hamels?

• Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz calls out the Pacers for blaming referees after a 95-86, Game 1 loss to the Heat.

• So Jersey Shore tool “Pauly D” is coming out with a new alcoholic beverage. Does anyone over the age of 21 care?

• Texas A&M’s move to the SEC is already producing wins (as long as Erin Andrews shows up). The Aggies edged out Nebraska to have ESPN’s “College GameDay" shoot a commercial on the A&M campus.

• CBS’ Jon Heyman thinks the Astros roster will be the focus of MLB buyers over the summer.

• Can the Ravens play elite defense without edge rusher Terrell Suggs?

• Matt Kuchar’s two-stroke victory at The Players Championship is impressive on its own. But the fact that he did it playing with the insufferable pre-shot routine of Kevin Na on the final day is remarkable. Here’s our Video of the Day…

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)