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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 September 7.

• Texas A&M is hyped for its first SEC contest against the Florida Gators.

• Bleacher Report’s Michael Felder looks at the SEC East ramifications if Missouri can beat Georgia in its SEC debut.

• Check out these “Hilariously Ironic Photos” from

• The Orioles have caught the Yankees and look ready to battle New York for the AL East crown.

• Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel believes MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers should curb his running against the 49ers defense.

• How will the five rookie starting quarterbacks fare in their first NFL games?

• The NCAA is considering moving the Final Four out of domes and back into actual basketball arenas. Probably makes too much sense to happen.

• The Big 12 has inked new deals with ESPN/ABC and FOX that will cover the next 13 years.

• The LSU Tigers suffered a huge loss this week with left tackle Chris Faulk’s season-ending injury.

• Unfortunately, some DeMatha High football players went all “Lawrence Taylor” after their season-opening win in North Carolina.

• Check out these classic answers from Family Feud, with a cameo by former NBA baller Brian Shaw.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

September 6

• ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano looks at the huge statement the Cowboys made in winning the season-opener on the road against the Giants.

• Former Ravens and Browns owner Art Modell, one of the most influential figures in the growth of the NFL, has passed away at age 87.

• This Boston Red Sox season with polarizing manager Bobby Valentine has become a circus.

• There are going to be some kids riding around Dallas that aren’t feeling that trip to the zoo.

• Who wouldn’t want to see Shaq playing in the Mexican Basketball League this winter? The nickname possibilities are endless, and he already has a pool area called Shaq-Apulco.

• Taylor King of compares the career path of Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson to that of former UGA coach Jim Donnan.

• Boxer Floyd Mayweather made headlines for his losing Michigan bet over the weekend, but he apparently won some back on the Cowboys last night.

• Texas A&M expects the Florida offense to be more creative this week than it was in the Gators’ opener.

• Connecticut fans are eagerly waiting to see what Jim Calhoun decides on his future.

• The U.S. Open crowd and tennis fans were shocked by Roger Federer’s ouster last night.

• Isla Fisher (the crazy redhead character in Wedding Crashers, “Good, ‘cause I’d find you”) confuses the Good Morning America crew with her ‘teabagging’ reference.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

September 5

• Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News previews tonight’s NFL season-opener between the Giants and Cowboys.

• It’s probably not a big surprise to many around college football to learn that USC head coach Lane Kiffin has pulled a scholarship away from a walk-on and given it to a linebacker who was just released from jail.

• Baseball fights are always a little weird, but what the heck are these guys doing?

• While a ton of attention is going to the SEC debuts of Texas A&M and Missouri, Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee breaks down a very important Auburn-Mississippi State battle.

• The Baltimore Orioles are looking to make the postseason for the first time since 1997, and they caught the Yankees in the AL East last night.

• Forbes has released its new list of most valuable sports franchises, with the Dallas Cowboys topping the NFL.

• Ravens safety Bernard Pollard warns Bengals receiver A.J. Green not to come across the middle in this Sunday’s game.

• Will MLB cut down on September rosters in the future?

• What is it with Texas teams and their scoreboards? Looks like the Houston Rockets are going Jerry Jones: a massive screen and no playoff team.

• The Texas Tech basketball turmoil continues to fester.

LSU’s Les Miles has to be one of the most entertaining coaches in college football history. Asked about his running back tandem after the North Texas win, the Mad Hatter goes 'Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr.' on us.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

September 4

• Alabama has taken over the top spot in the AP Top 25 after its 41-14 drubbing of Michigan.

• Some Michigan State players took to Twitter to pile on the Wolverines getting blown out versus Alabama. We’ll see these tweets again before the instate rivals go at it.

OUCH! If this isn’t a red card…

• ESPN’s Ivan Maisel takes a detailed look at Penn State’s week, before the Nittany Lions dropped a 24-14 decision to Ohio.

• Nationals manager Davey Johnson seems to be conflicted on the club’s decision to shut down ace Stephen Strasburg.

• Florida State received brutal news after beating Murray State. All-America defensive end Brandon Jenkins is out for the year with a foot injury.

• Bears’ middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, who has missed all of the preseason action with a knee injury, vows he will play in the opener against the Colts on Sunday.

• Will Vikings running back Adrian Peterson play in the season-opener?

• The NCAA continues to investigate the UCLA's incoming basketball signees.

• The United State Ryder Cup team is now complete with Davis Love III making his captain’s picks this morning.

• Nothing says college football season is back like an Iowa grandma hitting a beer bong while still in the passenger seat of a minivan. Hooray beer.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)