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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 July 6.

• The New York Daily News previews this weekend’s Yankees-Red Sox matchup.

• ESPN Big 12 blogger David Ubben looks at Oklahoma’s chances of winning the league.

100 great rock riffs in 12 minutes? This guy is awesome.

• So the Knicks have an agreement with Jason Kidd, but will they match the Rockets offer sheet to Jeremy Lin?

Mets fans are literally tripping over themselves with the team’s good play this season.

• CBS’ Gary Parrish believes that Indiana’s Cody Zeller made the right decision in forgoing the NBA and returning to school.

• Sports Illustrated’s Phil Taylor catches up with the always-candid Reggie Jackson.

• We all like a quality aged whiskey, but this Missouri man takes it to a new level.

• We usually hear about All-Star Game snubs, but here is an Anti-All-Star team for the first half of the MLB season.

• Many fans and media were critical of the NFL Network’s Top 100 list.

• Check out this minor league baseball footage from the Joliet (Ill.) Slammers last week. The video will be calm for about 45 seconds, and then the weather gets serious as the tarp blows everywhere. Then, the Slammers announcer tries to give a serious account of the happenings while “It’s Raining Men” is blaring on the PA system.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

July 5

• How will the Steve Nash deal impact the Lakers and the Western Conference?

• Bleacher Report’s Michael Felder looks at the flaws of the media monitoring a college football playoff selection committee.

• Adidas will be providing Andy Murray with some new shorts at Wimbledon, which led to this unfortunate headline.

• Richard Justice looks at Carlos Lee’s time in Houston after the slugger was dealt to the Marlins yesterday.

• Many fans have been disappointed with The Amazing Spider-Man, while others think it is excellent.

• ESPN SEC blogger Chris Low presents an all-league team from the BCS era.

• Check out this young Tigers’ fan catching an Austin Jackson home run.

• Boston’s David Ortiz hit career home run No. 400 yesterday, but the Red Sox were swept in Oakland.

• The NFL Player’s Association has sued the league on behalf of Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita regarding the Saints’ bounty scandal.

• New Arkansas coach John L. Smith is reportedly declaring bankruptcy.

San Diego was supposed to have the usual, big-city fireworks display on July 4th. These shows usually last 15-20 minutes, unless you have technical issues and set off all of the fireworks at once. Premature pyrotechnics — it could happen to any city. Here’s the 30-second display:

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

July 4

We hope that everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July. Our Video of the Day shows the famous play by former MLB outfielder Rick Monday, who saved an American flag from being burned in 1976 at Dodger Stadium.

July 3

• Saints quarterback Drew Brees won his grievance regarding the team’s use of the franchise tag.

• Acting legend Andy Griffith passed away today at the age of 86. His incredible television and cinematic career is well documented, but some of his early comedy work like “What it was was football” is priceless.

• When will Dodgers superstar Matt Kemp return to the lineup?

• Check out this brilliant Haiku from a fourth grader.

• ESPN ACC blogger Heather Dinich has the latest on the league’s new agreement with the Orange Bowl.

• Joe Fortenbaugh examines other purchases that Pacman Jones could have made instead of blowing a million dollars in a weekend.

• Anyone in Michigan getting married soon? You can have a bigger wedding venue than any of your friends.

• CBS’ Matt Norlander looks at the role of seniors in college basketball.

• I know it’s a popular leisure game, but is anyone else a little hesitant on the “Alabama Cornhole Cup?”

• What is the Atlanta Hawks plan with shedding so much salary?

NFL Rookie of the Year Cam Newton recently hosted a prep skills challenge at the IMG Academies in Florida. The Panthers superstar fires up the high school prospects when he loses a bet.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

July 2

• MLB insider Ken Rosenthal looks at this year’s All-Star Game snubs.

• College football fans or just men in general, Erin Andrews is leaving ESPN for FOX.

• From his Twitter account, it looks like Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was Joe Dirt in grade school.

• Tiger Woods won his own tournament, the AT&T National, at Congressional. Is he the British Open favorite?

• Ever caught a 70-pound catfish, with your hands?

• Check out the Urkel-like mug shot of Marcus Jordan, son of you know who. Wonder when the nerdy glasses trend will end?

• The Dwight Howard saga continues in Orlando.

• NBA No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis has already suffered a sprained ankle.

• Former Mississippi State hoopster Rodney Hood is transferring to Duke.

• Missouri and Texas A&M are now officially members of the SEC. How will they compete in 2012?

• Anything with LSU coach Les Miles is pretty damn entertaining. And his new EA Sports NCAA Football 2013 commercial with Mike the Tiger is awesome.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)