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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: August 29, 2013


This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Aug. 29.

• August is almost over (finally), so to celebrate the end of summer, here are the hottest sports-related women of the month, including some wet Song Girls (the best kind).

• Along those same lines, here's a good way to kick off the season: A countdown of college football WAGs.

• It's SEC kickoff day. Here are the league's five toughest venues for visitors. Of course Bryant-Denny is No. 1. If the Tide played at Chuck E Cheese it would still be the toughest venue.

So now that football's finally here, what SEC players are ready to take it to another level?

• There's nothing worse than a season-ending injury in the preseason. Unfortunately, there's been an epidemic of them this year.

A Reds beat writer criticized Brandon Phillips' on-base percentage. Phillips called him a mother-effer. Dusty Baker laughed. All in all, an eventful evening.

The Backstreet Boys toured Alabama's athletic facilities. I'm sure they blended right in.

Here's a ranking of Alabama's five craziest fans. In other words, the five people who'll go on suicide watch if Bama fails to win its third straight national title. Spoiler alert: the tree-killer is No. 1.

The new head coach of the Atlanta Hawks is already familiarizing himself with local law enforcement. That could prove to be useful research.

• Last night in Epic Marlins fail: Two baserunners slide into the same base. I'm no rules expert, but that seems off.

• These never get old: A dog welcomes his master home from deployment.

• We close today with a second Epic Marlins Fail: Logan Morrison gets called off a popup by a fan. Or a ghost.

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