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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: October 8, 2014


This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for October 8:

Melanie Collins will be filling in for Michelle Beadle on SportsNation. We approve.

The Giants' Madison Bumgarner outdid himself by pounding five beers at once after San Fran's series clincher.

Bryce Harper spent the Giants series murdering baseballs.

• Clayton Kershaw has not exactly enhanced his legend this postseason, although last night really wasn't his fault. One theory holds that he tips his pitches out of the stretch.

Bulls announcer Stacey King encouraged fans to follow the team on "Pine Rest." In his defense, Pinterest really is a chick thing, isn't it?

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A Kansas City church absolved Billy Butler for stealing.

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Some poor French person asked Jay Z who he was, eliciting a priceless response.

• See if this pregame speech from the Georgia Tech chaplain doesn't make you want to run through a brick wall.

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