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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 14.

• Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson will not play Saturday versus No. 1 Alabama.

• Jay Cutler and the Bears offensive line failed miserably in last night’s 23-10 loss to the Packers.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee looks at what a victory in the Florida-Tennessee game would mean for coaches Will Muschamp and Derek Dooley.

• Check out this gallery of mascots behaving badly.

• The UConn basketball program is in shambles as Jim Calhoun retires.

• Mark Ennis of Big East Coast Bias details at the struggles of USF and quarterback B.J. Daniels in league play.

• Will the Eagles have any healthy wide receivers against the Ravens?

• The red-hot Orioles have won their last 13 extra-inning games, and Baltimore is ready for postseason baseball.

• Oh those Apple hipsters.

• Can a “no-Luck” Stanford team surprise USC on Saturday?

• You gotta love Dad going Happy Gilmore off the tee.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

September 13

• The Bears and Packers play tonight at Lambeau Field, and this year's Chicago offense has massive potential.

• Yahoo’s Les Carpenter believes that retiring UConn coach Jim Calhoun changed for the worst in order to win big.

• looks into the recruiting rumors around Mississippi State caused by controversial “7-on-7 coach” Byron De’Vinner.

• ranks college football’s best end zone designs.

• Remember that band guy in high school with the funny name?

• The Oakland A’s and their small-budget payroll have won 12 consecutive road games and lead the American League wild card standings.

• Miami Heat star LeBron James has decided to change agents.

• One Texas football star doesn’t believe the Longhorns’ crowd is very loud.

• The Arizona Cardinals will start Kevin Kolb against the Patriots on Sunday. Adjust your wagers accordingly.

• The Penn State football program has had another player defection.

• Check out the awesome fake on this defensive play by Orioles rookie third baseman Manny Machado. Baltimore is tied with the Yankees atop the AL East and is battling to make the postseason for the first time since 1997.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

September 12

• The news broke this morning that Notre Dame will join the ACC in all sports but football and hockey. The agreement is expected to begin whenever ND can exit the Big East, and the Irish will play five football games per year against ACC opponents.

• Texans defensive end J.J. Watt says he learned the Dolphins snap count from watching Hard Knocks on HBO. Good luck to the network trying to find a team to do the show next preseason.

• The Packers host the Bears on Thursday night in a huge NFC North matchup. How will Green Bay running back Cedric Benson fare against his former team?

• This seems pretty prophetic with blush wine.

• USC football has banned Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News for two weeks for…reporting the news.

• The Orioles and A’s keep winning as the American League playoff race continues to be a wild one.

• Easy on those touchdown celebrations, kids.

• This two-minute video pretty much sums up the pending NHL lockout.

• It seemed like a great story when Harvard basketball made last season’s NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1946, but now comes the news that co-captains Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry have been accused of being part of a large academic cheating scandal at the school.

• If you’ve got some extra time on your hands, get up to Maine and help solve this canoe mystery. A gallon of gin could be yours!

• Check out the reaction of Slayer guitarist Kerry King and other musicians to the popular new ESPN commercial that has NFL insider John Clayton wearing the metal band’s t-shirt.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

September 11

• Ravens safety Ed Reed set a new all-time NFL record for interception return yards in Baltimore’s 44-13 victory over the Bengals.

• Is Angels rookie Mike Trout still the favorite for the American League MVP?

• Check out what happens to Browns’ receiver Mohamed Massaquoi on the new Madden13. That’s gotta hurt.

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett looks at the recent struggles of the Nebraska defense.

• Apparently the nation’s top football recruit, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson H.S. in Georgia, is not a fan of the AJC’s Michael Carvell.

• The SEC has unfortunately made a Goodell-like decision in suspending Ole Miss defensive back Trae Elston for a hit that was deemed “a flagrant and dangerous act.” The play did not draw a flag in the Rebels win over UTEP, but Elston will sit against Texas this week.

• The Raiders special teams gaffes were paramount in last night’s 22-14 home loss to the Chargers.

• Is UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin a dark-horse Heisman candidate?

• Ken Pomeroy takes an in-depth look at the infamous USA-USSR Olympic basketball final from 1972 on its 40th anniversary.

• Kudos to Andy Murray for winning an elusive Grand Slam title. He beat Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open final to become the first British man to win a singles Grand Slam championship since 1936.

• Does the AMC hit show Breaking Badneed a new open? Here is a worthy candidate for Walter White and the boys.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

September 10

• There is a new excitement around the Redskins with Robert Griffin III at quarterback. The rookie threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Saints in his NFL debut.

• Mike Klis of the Denver Post looks at the “superb quarterbacking” in the Broncos 31-19 win over the Steelers. New Denver signal caller Peyton Manning became the third QB in NFL history to throw for 400 career touchdowns.

• LSU is kicking butt on the field, and so is their fan base with this R2D2 keg.

• Dave Miller of the National Football Post recaps a wild Week 2 of college football.

• FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi calls out the Nationals management for their mishandling of ace Stephen Strasburg.

• The 49ers made a big statement at Lambeau Field yesterday, beating the Packers 30-22.

• Check out this beer koozie.

• Four-time champion Jeff Gordon slipped into the last spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

• Twitter was abuzz on Saturday night as Louisiana-Monroe upset Arkansas in overtime.

• Props to Brent Sutton of the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. He found the lost wallet of Rays' speedster B.J. Upton and then tweeted the outfielder to set up a return.

• We're not sure which is worse: Arkansas losing to Louisiana-Monroe or this video made by a very unique Hogs fan.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)