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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: August 20, 2014


This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for August 20:

• Forget Manziel: Blake Bortles is the rookie star of the preseason, mainly because of GF Lindsey Duke.

• I'm linking to this story mainly because I like the headline: Johnny Football Becomes Johnny Bench. Then there's this: Manziel reportedly lost the job based on his frat-boy behavior.

• DISH continues to use college superstars-turned-pro flameouts like Jamarcus Russell and Matt Leinart to great effect in its advertising.

• My favorite GIF in a long time: Chip Kelly belly-flopping into a plastic pool in lieu of the ice bucket challenge.

• My second-favorite GIF today: Yasiel Puig pulls off a nifty move with his batting helmet.

• Speaking of those ubiquitous ice buckets, one bucket was not enough for the Hulkster. And then there's Alabama Boss, whose ice bucket challenge included beer, a lawn chair and a shotgun.

Fantasy football has gone too mainstream for comfort.

Bo Pelini delivers a touching message to young cancer patient Jack Hoffman.

Former NFL ref Mike Carey avoided doing Redskins games because of the name.

• Bobby Bowden did a Reddit Ask Me Anything and gave a memorable answer.

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