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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 21.

• College football fans were bewildered last night by BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall’s decision to go for two, while down by one point to Boise State with 3:37 left to go in the game. The Cougars failed on the conversion and lost 7-6 to the Broncos.

• The New York Giants pummeled the Panthers last night, 36-7, with backups Andre Brown and Ramses Barden leading the way.

• Alan Grant of the National Football Post has a wonderful piece on the work of Steve Sabol and NFL Films.

• Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at the return of Chris Carpenter to the Cardinals rotation.

• asks the question: is the iPhone 5 worth the upgrade?

• After 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was threatened with a fine by the NFL for wearing a San Francisco Giants baseball cap to his postgame presser, SF manager Bruce Bochy showed his support by wearing a 49ers lid yesterday.

• The Florida State-Clemson matchup is huge for the image of ACC football, which is consistently overshadowed by the powerful SEC.

• The Ravens will be seeking revenge against the Patriots on Sunday night.

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale looks at the futures of some big time MLB managers.

• Have a great weekend and be careful out there. Not everyone is as nice as these guys.

• It’s time for a little silliness as we head into the weekend. Louisiana Tech is 2-0 and headed to Illinois for an interesting contest on Saturday night. We have some entertaining scary footage of the Bulldogs offensive line preparing for the big game.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

September 20

• Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News has the latest on the ailing Giants, who will be without Hakeem Nicks and other starters on offense tonight in Carolina.

• Bleacher Report’s Adam Jacobi looks at the struggles of Big Ten football this season.

• USC coach Lane Kiffin continues to be awkward personified. Apparently a question about an injured player was just too much to handle.

• Check out rapper DMX learning how to Google.

• Michigan and Notre Dame will battle Saturday night, so a good ole college prank was in order.

• looks at the possible falling draft stocks of quarterbacks Tyler Wilson and Tyler Bray.

• Jay Cutler’s play against Green Bay probably drove many Bears fans to smoking, and one has created a site dedicated to “the most apathetic looking athlete in the history of sports.”

• Could San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera still win the National League batting crown despite his 50-game suspension?

• The financial saga Arkansas coach John L. Smith has to be a distraction for the Razorbacks.

• The reduced role of Wes Welker in the Patriots offense has caused a ton of debate in New England.

• We have seen a lot of mascots do pushups after their team scores, but this one turned out a little differently than normal. The Clemson Tiger knocks out 27 pushups in last week’s win over Furman, and then reveals himself as school president James Barker.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

September 19

• North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams is having surgery today to remove a tumor from his kidney.

• CBS’ Mike Freeman looks at Wes Welker’s reduced role and other NFL issues.

• ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports that the Big East is currently in a debate over its future 14th football member, and that a 16-team football league is also a possibility.

• Shooter McGavin on the subway?

• The surprising Orioles continued their magic last night with an 18-inning win over the Mariners. Baltimore stayed tied with the Yankees for first place in the AL East.

• A few years after bring drafted third overall by the Titans, free agent Vince Young appears to be in bad financial shape.

• If you’re in the Big Apple, watch out for Lindsay Lohan.

• The NFL conversation is being dominated by referee bashing.

• Did Jalen Rose try to injure Kobe Bryant in the 2000 NBA Finals? Yes he did.

• Michigan may struggle to move the ball against Notre Dame’s defense.

• The pro football and media world lost one of its most influential figures with the passing of NFL Films president Steve Sabol. He and his father Ed were amazing artists in presenting the NFL and its players for decades.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

September 18

• Did an NFL replacement referee really tell Eagles running back LeSean McCoy that he needed the runner to play well for his fantasy team?! Unreal.

• How does Falcons running back Michael Turner celebrate a MNF win and a 2-0 start? By throwing back some drinks and driving 97 MPH at 4 a.m.

• I might forgo this cup of coffee at Starbucks.

• FOX golf columnist Robert Lusetich interviews Greg Norman, who believes that Rory McIlroy is intimidating Tiger Woods.

• CBS’ Gary Parrish has the latest on the NCAA investigation into former Duke basketball player Lance Thomas, who has settled the lawsuit involving a jeweler and nearly $100,000 of merchandise acquired during his time with the Blue Devils.

• With Aaron Hernandez injured, the New England Patriots have signed polarizing tight end Kellen Winslow Jr.

• The Florida Gators second-half success has led to an encouraging 3-0 start.

• Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar is in hot water with MLB after putting a controversial message on his eye black.

• Check out this Tim Lincecum GIF.

• How close is an SEC Network?

• The talk around the NFL after two weeks is being dominated by the bad calls of replacement referees. Many in the media will gripe about anything that is an easy target, but the new refs are definitely in over their heads. ESPN’s Steve Young has some of the best commentary on the subject.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

September 17

• ESPN Pac-12 blogger Kevin Gemmell looks at Stanford’s huge win over USC, including the excellent performance of running back Stepfan Taylor.

• The Arizona Cardinals went into New England and beat the Patriots 20-18, just like we ALL predicted.

• Veteran Giants boss Tom Coughlin was furious with new Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano after Tampa Bay rushed hard into New York’s victory formation.

• Just not sure about this dining establishment.

• Arkansas lost 52-0 at home to Alabama on Saturday, and the “Fire John L. Smith” Facebook page is getting a ton of likes from Razorback fans.

• The Dodgers are concerned that Clayton Kershaw’s absence could last into the beginning of next season.

• Redskins fans are livid with wideout Josh Morgan and his incredibly stupid penalty at the end of the loss to the Rams.

• Notre Dame had a huge win at Michigan State, but the Irish lost starting safety Jamoris Slaughter to a season-ending Achilles tendon injury.

• After an offseason filled with controversy, the 0-2 New Orleans Saints are struggling mightily on the field.

• The St. Louis Cardinals are fighting for the last NL wild card spot, and 2011 postseason hero Chris Carpenter is scheduled to return on Friday.

• There were several great moments during a wild football weekend, but the winning double pass in Western Kentucky’s victory over Kentucky was outstanding. The Hilltoppers made the risky call of going for two in overtime, and here’s what happened…

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)