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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 28.

• Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times has the story on Washington’s upset of No. 8 Stanford last night at CenturyLink Field.

• The Ravens beat the Browns, 23-16, last night to move to 3-1 on the season. However, the Baltimore defense has looked vulnerable through four games.

• presents some of the best Oktoberfest beers for your enjoyment.

• Dave Miller of the National Football Post looks at the upcoming make-or-break stretch for Tennessee’s Derek Dooley.

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett previews the Ohio State-Michigan State matchup, where Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller could be the difference.

• Gotta love this guy making the most of a flood.

• CBS’ Jeff Goodman has a good piece on the maturation of Mountain West Player of the Year Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State.

• Who will get the blame if the Angels miss the playoffs after an offseason of huge spending?

• The 0-3 New Orleans Saints have the difficult task of facing a must-win at Lambeau Field against the 1-2 Packers.

• The NBA is going to enact procedures against floppers. Vlade Divac already retired, right?

The regular NFL officials are back, and we look forward tomore moments like this one.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

September 27

• When the Ravens and Browns meet tonight, the regular NFL officials will return to the field after reaching a labor agreement with the league. It will be nice to have Ed Hochuli, Mike Carey and the old crew back blowing calls.

Omaha World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel looks at the incredible legacy on Nebraska’s Tom Osborne, who will retire at the end of the year.

• They couldn't just call it 'chicken' soup?!

• CBS’ Dennis Dodd details the struggles of Big Ten football.

• Georgia and Tennessee will meet in a big SEC East contest on Saturday. Instead of breaking down quarterbacks and 3-4 defenses, we’ll let these cheerleaders get you fired up for the game. Enjoy.

• Rangers third baseman and former Dodger Adrian Beltre reacts to Eric Gagne’s claim that 80 percent of his teammates were using performance-enhancing drugs.

• The Michigan State defense against elusive Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will be a great matchup this weekend.

• SB Nation ranks the top 100 college basketball players for the 2012-13 season.

• It must be getting near October when Jon Gruden’s name starts being mentioned by SEC fans.

• So Seahawks receiver Golden Tate now admits he pushed off on Green Bay’s Sam Shields on the last play of the Monday Night Football debacle? Thanks for clearing that up big man.

• The South Park character Butters came out with a new “energy drink” on last night’s episode. The fact that the commercial for “Butters’ creamy goo” involved Tom Brady and Jim Rome just makes perfect sense.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

September 26

• ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that a deal between the NFL and its regular referees is imminent, with a goal of the officials returning this weekend. 

• Former Cy Young winner Eric Gagne has a new book in which he states that 80 percent of his Dodgers teammates were using performance-enhancing drugs.

• looks at the league’s inconsistent policy on suspending players for helmet-to-helmet hits this season.

• It looks like Carmen from Spy Kids has, uh, grown up a little.

• The University of Minnesota-Crookston had a little issue painting the logo on its football field. Great Googly Moogly!

• Mississippi State will wear all-white uniforms against Texas A&M on November 3, commemorating when the schools played in a blizzard in the 2000 Independence Bowl.

• Does Oklahoma still have elite talent?

• The National League Cy Young decision will be a very interesting vote.

• Infamous Alabama fan, Harvey Updyke, is back in trouble. Shocker.

• The health news for North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams has been positive after his surgery to remove a tumor from his kidney.

• A little Green Bay local news humor after the Packers were robbed on Monday Night Football.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

September 25

• All of the NFL conversation today is focused on the botched call by the replacement referees that cost the Packers a win in Seattle on Monday Night Football. ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert says the league got what it deserved with its substitute officials.

• The Packers-Seahawks debacle was the latest and most egregious of many blown calls by the replacement referees this season, and it set off a media and social network firestorm.

• Bleacher Report’s Michael Felder looks at the SEC’s current rankings and what some pollsters may do later in the year to teams from college football’s best league.

• Notre Dame has decided to cancel its rivalry game with Michigan after 2014, obviously influenced by the future agreement to play five ACC opponents per season.

These are going to become way too popular with the NFL’s current officiating mess.

• Yahoo’s Jeff Passan has an interesting piece on the handling of White Sox ace Chris Sale versus that of Stephen Strasburg.

• Are the Falcons the NFL’s best team?

• NC State has a good shot at winning its first ACC basketball title in over 20 years.

• Apparently caffeine intake caused blurred vision for Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton.

• looks at the best concerts left in 2012.

• Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks decides to do a little iPhone 5 testing.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

September 24

• Don Banks of Sports Illustrated looks at the inspiring performance of Ravens receiver Torrey Smith, who starred in a win over the Patriots after his younger brother died in a motorcycle accident earlier in the day.

• The Jets worst fears came true today with the announcement that All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis will undergo season-ending surgery for a torn ACL.

• I think we all should strive to live our lives a little more like “Flathead” every day.

• ESPN Notre Dame blogger Matt Fortuna looks at the huge Irish win over Michigan, which now has ND standing at 4-0.

• The Florida State Seminoles also made a statement on Saturday night with their 49-37 win over Clemson.

• If you live in or have visited California, then you are probably aware of the popularity of “In-and-Out” burgers. Kudos to Oregon State coach Mike Riley for taking the Beavers there after defeating UCLA, 27-20, at the Rose Bowl.

• Could Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera win the American League triple crown, but not the MVP?

• The Titans won a 44-41 overtime thriller over the Lions in one of the wildest, big-play games that the NFL has ever seen.

• Check out this comparison of South Carolina’s Ace Sanders punt return this weekend against Missouri to some Tecmo Bowl video.

• The knee injury to Dolphins running back Reggie Bush may not be as severe as Miami feared.

• So you want to play quarterback in the National Football League? Check out the vicious hit Joe Mays of the Broncos puts on Houston’s Matt Schaub. Ouch.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)