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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 November 2.

• Rob Moseley of The Register Guard looks at the pressure for Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota on the eve of the huge Oregon-USC matchup.

• Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star writes the Chiefs possess “the kind of relentless, tenacious, opening-kickoff-to-final-whistle, never-take-a-snap-off stink against which all future generations of terrible teams will be judged.” Well done.

• A 12-chambered Taco Cannon?! This could be the greatest invention since the DVR.

• The normal logistics of an NFL week were changed greatly in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy for both the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, who will play on Sunday afternoon in New Jersey.

• LSU’s Les Miles and Alabama’s Nick Saban will face each other once again in a game with championship implications.

•’s Richard Justice has an interesting piece on the National League’s recent success, especially on the art of building a roster.

• Three Pittsburgh, including top runner Ray Graham, have been charged in an assault and conspiracy case. The Panthers play at Notre Dame tomorrow.

• Kobe Bryant decided to speak for his coach in telling everyone to “shut up” about the Lakers 0-2 start.

• How will controversial but talented cornerback Aqib Talib fare with the Patriots?

• Arizona edged UCLA for the preseason favorite at Pac-12 men's basketball media day.

• Interviews with coaches in the middle of games have never been a good idea, but networks insist on them. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is definitely not a fan of these interviews (or really any others), and he makes it very uncomfortable for TNT’s David Aldridge and the audience.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

November 1

• SB Nation’s Andrew Sharp looks at the 0-2 Lakers, who have more questions than answers as well as a hobbled Steve Nash.

• Alabama and LSU are old-school SEC foes, but ESPN blogger Edward Aschoff pens that their rivalry has reached national status.

• Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent blames Mike Ditka for the 1985 Bears not repeating as the Super Bowl champion.

• Check out these behind-the-scenes pics from famous films.

• Who knew there was a website dedicated to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ photobombs?

• These Dooley, Holgorsen and Snyder costumes are funny, but I think we have a Halloween winner in Baby Mangino.

• Former Marlins catcher Mike Redmond has been hired by Miami as its new manager.

• Mississippi State will have the hashtag #SNOWBOWL12 painted in the end zone for this weekend’s game against Texas A&M. The move is to commemorate the 2000 Independence Bowl, where the Bulldogs topped the Aggies 43-41 in overtime in a rare Louisiana snowstorm.

• Baseball trades are already happening, with the Royals acquiring right-handed starter Ervin Santana from the Angels.

• Former Penn State president Graham Spanier has been charged for his role in the Jerry Sandusky coverup.

• He’s back. Uncle Drew returns to the court, and he brings Bill Russell and Kevin Love along as guest stars.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

October 31

• Well, it’s Halloween. And the most redeeming quality of this day for men is that many women will wear some very revealing costumes — enjoy.

• The new-look Lakers had a Halloween-like performance in a season-opening loss to the Mavericks. Los Angeles shot a scary 12-for-31 from the free throw line, with big man Dwight Howard going 3-for-14.

• Demaryius Thomas of the Broncos scares us all with his Halloween costume.

• The World Series of Poker started with 6,598 players, but Greg Merson of Maryland won the main event title along with $8.53 million last night.

• brings us the inevitable Bobby Petrino-Jessica Dorrell Halloween costume.

• Did Mike Trout deserve the American League center fielder Gold Glove?

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• The internet was abuzz yesterday over Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the “Star Wars” franchise. Ideas for synergy between the two famous brands were rampant.

• Predictably, USC coach Lane Kiffin says Oregon is the best team in the country.

• The Falcons will get more attention as each undefeated week passes.

• Is that Nick Saban with a “Mike the Tiger” tail?

• Elevators can be pretty scary for many people. Check out what the guys at LG did to these very surprised workers.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

October 30

• Jon Cooper of Saturday Down South previews this weekend’s mammoth Alabama-LSU matchup.

• With the NBA season beginning tonight, many fans are eager to see how the Lakers will blend the talents of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.

• The NFL moved its trade deadline back to Thursday due to the destruction done by Hurricane Sandy.

• The next Packers wideout? Nope, just LeBron James as a high school receiver.

• CBS’ Bruce Feldman ranks college football’s biggest-impact freshmen.

• If 49ers quarterback Alex Smith plays like his 18-for-19 performance last night in a 24-3 romp of the Cardinals, look out NFL.

• It looks like Oregon will go with the “stormtrooper” look for this weekend’s huge game at USC.

• Many Eagles fans want to see a change at quarterback, but former Philadelphia signal caller Donovan McNabb is standing by Michael Vick.

• Check out this Halloween idea: Linus and his “blanket.”

• How will the Knicks fare without Amar’e Stoudemire for the first six weeks of the NBA season?

• We usually stick to sports here, but yesterday was obviously very unique with Hurricane Sandy hitting the East Coast. Check out these reporters out in the rain and wind.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

October 29

• Mark Purdy of the Mercury News looks at the amazing postseason run of the San Francisco Giants, who battled constant elimination before sweeping the Tigers in the World Series.

• While the East Coast braces for Hurricane Sandy, several NFL teams are looking at contingency plans for this unusual week.

• The gruesome knee injury to South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore saddened football fans from all over the country, and SBNation’s Jason Kirk details the heartfelt reaction.

• The Jets dropped to last place in the AFC East with a shocking 30-9 home loss to the Dolphins.

• Wonder how this guy did at his Halloween party?

• Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson had a breakthrough game at Oklahoma, as the Irish moved to 8-0 on the year with a 30-13 win over the Sooners.

• Many Eagles fans are ready to see rookie quarterback Nick Foles on the field instead of the controversial Michael Vick.

• USC’s Marqise Lee had a record-breaking day against Arizona, but the Trojans’ national title hopes died with the 39-36 loss.

• Did the Oklahoma City Thunder get better by trading James Harden to the Rockets?

• Wisconsin basketball suffered a big loss over the weekend with point guard Josh Gasser tearing his ACL in practice.

Colts rookie Vick Ballard had a spectacular game-winning touchdown in overtime to beat the Titans yesterday. That’s a long way from the NFL Combine earlier this year, where this happened.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)