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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 19.

• John Harper of the New York Daily News looks at the Yankees meltdown in the ALCS. Did getting booed really affect the team?

• Jon Cooper of Saturday Down South previews the huge South Carolina-Florida matchup in the Swamp.

• This idiot pretty much gets what he deserves.

• 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh declined a safety in last night’s 13-6 win over the Seahawks, and the betting world is abuzz over the decision.

• The New York Post has a well-played cover ripping Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees.

• The Texans-Ravens and RG3’s trip to New York highlight this week’s NFL schedule.

• Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is not lighting up the NFL, but he has played well enough to help Minnesota to a 4-2 start. And now comes word that the second-year signal caller is dating ESPN’s Samantha Steele. Life is good.

• Sort of like the Longhorns defensive game plan, Big Tex caught on fire at the Texas State Fair.

• The St. Louis Cardinals are getting hot in October once again.

• Dwight Howard is aiming to make his Lakers debut this weekend.

• Check out high-school kicker Austin Rehkow (Spokane Valley, Wash.) making this record 67-yard field goal to send the game to overtime, where his team would go to win. Boise State should be calling soon Austin.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

October 18

• Rushing yards will be at a premium in tonight’s NFC West slobberknocker between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

• Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times looks at the Tutogi brother vs. brother matchup in this weekend’s Arizona-Washington game.

• This has got to hurt. I keep picturing this guy yelling “Nowitzki!!” each time.

• Will the Jets use Tim Tebow at running back this week against the Patriots?

• Timberwolves star Kevin Love could miss two months with a broken hand.

• From way downtown….Bang. Poor little bro.

• Check out this LSU-Texas A&M GIF duel.

• Bob Brenly is leaving the Cubs booth, and many feel that the former Diamondbacks manager may join the Arizona broadcast.

• Arizona State is off to a 5-1 start under new coach Todd Graham, and tonight’s home game against undefeated Oregon will be a quality litmus test for the Sun Devils.

• Could Ravens Pro Bowl pass rusher Terrell Suggs, who tore his Achilles this spring, return for this week’s game against the Houston Texans? It may happen.

• Check out the Texas wind taking this high schooler’s punt straight backwards. We apologize for the annoying music.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

October 17

• NBA star Kobe Bryant is giving Alex Rodriguez pep talks to help the Yankees benched third baseman out of his current slump. Good luck with that.

• USA Today’s Christine Brennan covers the divorce of Nike and former Tour de France champion (and cheater) Lance Armstrong.

• Somebody make sure Kevin Bacon is okay.

• Chuck Oliver looks at the rise of LSU running back Jeremy Hill, who had 124 yards and two touchdowns in last Saturday’s win over South Carolina.

• Tigers ace Justin Verlander has achieved almost everything in baseball — from awards to no-hitters to dating Kate Upton — and a championship could be next.

• Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has been cleared to practice this week. He suffered a concussion is last week’s win over Stanford.

• Check out Bill Laimbeer and Isiah Thomas back in the day.

• College basketball is getting close, and here is the latest from the ACC, Big East and Big 12 Media Days.

• New York Giants defensive back Antrel Rolle says that Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III is a much different quarterback than Michael Vick.

• Can 5-1 Arizona State keep up with 6-0 Oregon on Thursday night?

• The Florida Gators are looking for more from junior big man Patric Young on the court this season. We’ll see if his game improves, but his workout regimen is doing just fine.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

October 16

• He did it again. Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to the largest comeback in Monday Night Football history, winning 35-24 over the Chargers after trailing 24-0 at the half. Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post says the victory will last with Broncos fans for ages.

• ESPN Big 12 blogger David Ubben looks forward to this weekend’s Kansas State-West Virginia battle, where quarterbacks Collin Klein and Geno Smith will spice up a “painfully boring” Heisman race.

• I get pretty excited about weather as well.

• The 3-3 Philadelphia Eagles fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo today, although many believe he is just a scapegoat for Andy Reid. We’re not sure that will help Mike Vick from turning the ball over so much, but who knows.

• Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated look at the “real story” of LSU’s Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu.

• Playing a four-on-four hoops in Los Angeles soon? If so, you can bid to have Shaq (The Big Bavetta?) referee your game.

• How will the Yankees fare against Justin Verlander in Detroit?

• Nebraska and Northwestern meet in a key Legends Division battle this weekend at tiny Ryan Field. But could this game be played at iconic Wrigley Field in 2014?

• Beyonce will perform at this year’s Super Bowl in New Orleans. Will Jay-Z hit the stage as well?

• New Browns owner Jim Haslam will reportedly replace team president Mike Holmgren with former Eagles president Joe Banner.

• I have no clue what game these kids are playing, but the one guy who won’t fall in line gets smashed in the face.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

October 15

• What has happened to the Yankees bats in the playoffs? A-Rod is not the only Bronx Bomber struggling, as Robinson Cano is hitting 2-for-32 (.063) in the 2012 postseason. New York trails the Tigers two games to none with the ALCS headed to Detroit.

• Many Texas fans and media members are calling out Longhorns’ coach Mack Brown after their embarrassing 63-21 loss to Oklahoma. Is it time for a change in Austin?

• It’s important to spend time with kids, like taking them to the mall for an unforgettable learning experience. This is going to leave an impression.

• Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune sets the stage for Monday Night Football, where the Chargers will host Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

• Many college football fans believe Notre Dame received a very fortunate call on the last play of its 20-13 overtime victory over Stanford.

• Aaron Rodgers was back to MVP form on Sunday night, tossing six touchdowns in Green Bay’s 42-24 road win over the Texans. The Packers are back to .500 at 3-3 on the year.

• Things do get a little crazy in Baton Rouge for LSU night games, but one South Carolina fan went a little far with the multiple pants drops.

• The Ravens have started 5-1 this season, but multiple injuries on defense have Baltimore fans concerned.

• West Virginia was finally stopped on offense by Texas Tech, and the Mountaineers poor defense caught up with them in a crushing 49-14 loss to the Red Raiders.

• Ty Willingham is back at Stanford….as the volunteer assistant coach to the women’s golf team in charge of psychology?!

• Many of you would probably like to throw a football at Chris Berman or Rich Eisen, but NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport actually took one to the face during a Packers-Texans pregame segment.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)