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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 June 8.

I’ll Have Another trainer Doug O'Neill told the "The Dan Patrick Show" this morning that his horse was “officially out of the Belmont.” Many fans were hoping to see a Triple Crown winner for the first time since Affirmed in 1978.

• Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has cashed in after his stellar 2011 season.

• Fox’s Ken Rosenthal details the success of Mets skipper Terry Collins in his third managerial stint.

• Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee has the SEC Tweets of the Week.

• OUCH! Mix in some sunscreen, SPF 1000.

• SI’s Ian Thomsen breaks down LeBron James' epic 45-point performance in the Heat’s Game 6 win in Boston.

• Get ready for some slow baseball, as Daisuke Matsuzaka returns to the Red Sox rotation on Saturday.

• A huge influence on college sports is resigning, as University of Florida President Bernie Machen plans to step down next year.

• ESPN ACC blogger Heather Dinich looks at the Virginia quarterback competition.

• Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham received a nice raise after his Bulldogs’ unit finished fifth in the country in total defense.

• You’ve seen the Harvard baseball players do their rendition of the pop song, “Call Me Maybe.” Now, it’s the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders’ turn. This version has been very popular in our office, even if you watch it in mute. Have a great weekend.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

June 7

• Are we witnessing a potential dynasty with the Oklahoma City Thunder?

• Many relatives of MLB superlatives were taken in this year’s draft, including the sons of Cal Ripken, Orel Hershiser, Steve Garvey and the grandson of Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski. Current managers Mike Matheny, Kirk Gibson and Dale Sveum all had sons drafted by their current organizations.

• ESPN Pac-12 blogger Kevin Gemmell looks at the league’s potential 1,000-yard rushers.

• Ever wondered what it’s like to ride along with five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson? Check out this video from his iPhone inside the car.

• Russ Mitchell looks at the uneven playing field of college football.

• Highly-respected Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner has been reassigned with the organization.

• Shaq Thompson, a Washington football signee who may be the best freshman in the country this season, may also play for the Boston Red Sox in the summer.

• What does the future hold for receiver Mike Wallace and the Steelers?

• Former Wisconsin basketball player Jarrod Uthoff has decided to transfer to Iowa.

• is frustrated by some elements of “the new NBA.”

• (a Phillies-centric blog) has provided us with a new superstar reporter, Awesome Emma. Check out her interview with Phillies star Cole Hamels in our Video of the Day. “Coffee’s so good!”

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

June 6

• Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick calls out star right fielder Justin Upton on Phoenix radio, and he destroys the credibility of injured shortstop Stephen Drew regarding an extremely slow rehab process.

• It looks like none of the top Miami hotels want to deal with the filming of Chad Ochocinco and fiancé Evelyn Lozada's wedding/television show. Hate to see 85 get 86ed.

• ESPN Big 12 blogger has the rare story of a recruit decommiting from Texas, especially unusual since it’s a Lone Star State kid.

• Check out the video of the Red Hot Chili Peppers taking batting practice and hanging out with Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo in Cincinnati.

• The Rolling Stones classic “Satisfaction” was released today in 1965. The incomparable Keith Richards says he wrote the famous intro in his sleep. Just Keith being Keith.

• The home-schooled Hud Mellencamp, son of famous singer John Mellencamp, will walk on to play football at Duke despite never playing high-school ball. “Hud’s gonna be a football star…” Sorry, had to go there.

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• CBS’ Jon Heyman says there will be no signability issues for the Astros with No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa.

• It’s not quite "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys, but current Rams and former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher has the perfect ‘70s cop mustache in this video by Nashville band, Goodbye June.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

June 5

• Titans speedster Chris Johnson tells Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean that he is “still the best back in the league.”

• Here is just your average story where a Super Bowl ring of Green Bay Packers executive turns up with heroin, weapons, etc. on a raid of a drug trafficking organization.

• ESPN ACC blogger Heather Dinich and Big East blogger Andrea Adelson debate the futures of those two leagues.

• Apparently agent Drew Rosenhaus thinks Terrell Owens’ days in the NFL may be done, so the formerly great receiver fired him. No more sit-ups in the driveway?

• SportsGrid sees James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder turning into Mr. T.

• Deadspin has an interesting piece on former Rangers pitcher David Clyde, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1973 MLB Draft, who was pulled up to the Majors immediately and seemingly ruined by the organization.

• Green Bay’s Donald Driver takes care of 12-year-old Packers fan Stephen Wagner, who had the receiver’s cleats ripped away from him at a celebrity softball game.

• SB Nation’s Rob Neyer looks at the television coverage of the 2012 MLB Draft.

• Will Jaguars first-round pick Justin Blackmon begin his NFL career suspended?

• Gizmodo believes airport security could be worse than usual this summer. How much more naked can we all get?

• I’m sure most Mets fans celebrated the franchise’s first no-hitter in a responsible way. That was not the case, however, for Long Island fanatic Rafael Diaz. He runs on the field to celebrate with Johan Santana and the boys, only to be pummeled by security in our Video of the Day. And the worst part is that Diaz spent two nights in jail, missing his son's first birthday party.

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

June 4

• Even Mets fans hate that the first no-hitter in franchise history was marred by an egregious blown call that would have taken away Johan Santana’s no-no.

• Chadd Scott of questions whether Clemson and Florida State fans would benefit by moving from the ACC to the Big 12.

• While we wait for Anchorman 2, here are some interesting facts from the classic original. Can you imagine Maggie Gyllenhaal as Veronica Corningstone?

• ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg details the league’s postseason stance, including strongly favoring a selection committee to determine the participants in a four-team playoff.

• Are the referees ruining a classic series between the Celtics and Heat?

• Tiger Woods tied Jack Nicklaus for second on the all-time wins (73) list at the Golden Bear’s tournament, the Memorial. Could the majors record be next?

• I’m not sure many of you watched the MTV Music Awards, but they did have some exclusive new footage from Dark Knight Rises.

• An arbitrator upholds NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ability to suspend players involved in the bounty scandal with the Saints.

• Did the SEC mess up its entire league schedule to preserve two historical rivalries? Russ Mitchell believes so.

• Will Roddy White of the Falcons have a diminished role in 2012?

Florida coach Will Muschamp made fun of the city of College Station recently when talking to boosters about the Gators trip to Texas A&M this season. Mayor Nancy Berry has a witty response in our Video of the Day…

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---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)