Links and videos from recent happenings around the sporting world. If you come across good articles, videos, etc. – please pass them along, I’d love to take a look.
Sorting out the still-muddy national championship race, Muppet-style – Andy Staples [SI]
Mental conditioning coach Moawad gives Alabama unique prep edge – Andy Staples [SI] This was written before the game but obviously it didn’t work very well for Nick Saban’s kickers on Saturday – I still want to try the exercise in there though.
Miles flips the script as LSU sinks Alabama – Dan Wetzel [Yahoo!] I used to think Les Miles was crazy and a terrible coach – no doubt he’s crazy but he sure seems to know what he’s doing.
LSU defense clamps down to win a classic – Pat Forde [Yahoo!]
Docs: How Cam Newton slipped through the NCAA’s fingers – twice – Matt Hinton [DrSaturday] Sounds like Auburn has quite the compliance department!
Vols make call for last-minute kicker – Jerry Hinnen [CBSSports] Tennessee’s third string walk-on kicker Derrick Brodus was napping before their game on Saturday but ended up getting a police escort to the stadium after the other two kickers were injured in warm-ups. This is great.
Tadman Tuesday: How do Boise State coaches motivate for a good/big opponent – Marty Tadman [OBNUG]
I’m sure you’ve heard about the mess at Penn State – former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was indicted for sex crimes and there’s evidently Penn State has been covering this up for years. Here’s a BUNCH of links related to the evolving story.
Photo via elevenwarriors
Paterno statement in abuse case raises more questions – Dan Wetzel [Yahoo!]
Joe Must Go – Many at Penn State deserve to lose their jobs, including Paterno. – Dan Wolken [TheDaily]
Biggest question in Happy Valley: Who watched out fo the kids? – Bruce Feldman [CBSSports]
Joe Paterno Should Resign as Penn State’s Football Head Coach – Ty Duffy [TheBigLead]
Police official: Paterno didn’t do enough to stop abuse [CBSSports]
University culture protected Paterno, buried Penn State deeper in scandal – Matt Hayes [SportingNews]
Penn State’s Spanier silent at wrong time – Dan Wetzel [Yahoo!]
Penn State Said to Be Planning Paterno Exit Amid Scandal – Mark Viera and Pete Thamel [NYTimes]
With no explanation for inaction, Joe Paterno must go now – Andy Staples [SI]
To All Those Who Knew and Did Nothing – Paul Myerberg [PreSnapRead]
If parting with Paterno, do it now – Dan Wetzel [Yahoo!]
Recruits, families will have plenty of questions for Penn State – Brian McLaughlin [SportingNews]
Statement by the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees [PennState]
Paterno embraces rallying students as the walls close in at Penn State – Matt Hinton [DrSaturday]
Penn State cloud keeps growing – Bruce Arthur [NationalPost]
Number of Alleged Sandusky Victims Now Believed to Be “Closer to 20″ – Ty Duffy [TheBigLead]
Penn State’s Joe Paterno retiring at season’s end amid scandal at Penn State [SI]
As you can see, just about every major college football writer has weighed in on the subject – some more than once. It will be interesting to see how this sad, sickening story plays out at Penn State with Paterno and the administration over the next few days/weeks.
In Memoriam: Andy Irons 1978 – 2010 Gallery [ASPWorldTour] It’s hard to believe AI died one year ago..
GMAC Goes XXL [Surfline] Garrett MacNamara caught a MASSIVE wave in Portugal earlier this month.
Kelly’s Eleventh – Lewis Samuels [SurferMag] Samuels reflects on an unlikely 11th world titles.
Kelly Slater Wins 11th World Title [Surfline]
Surfing’s Heart and Soul – Shea Lopez [SurferMag] Lopez on Slater’s victory on the anniversary of Andy Irons’ death.
Ten pins, eleven titles – Frank Quirarte [ESPNSurf] That’s right, Kelly Slater went bowling after winning his 11th world title.
The funniest part about all of this is that Kelly Slater was mistakenly deemed champion - the ASP made a calculation error and Kelly wasn’t actually the champion when all of these articles (above) were written.
ASP admits Calculation Error Prematurely Crowed 2011 ASP World Champion [ASPWorldTour] Considering some of the dislike (putting it nicely) for the ASP among the surfing community, this is hilarious.
Kelly Slater wins 11th world title … again – Jake Howard [ESPNSurf] Slater re-won his 11th world title the next day.
20 Years Of Slater – A look back at Kelly’s tenure as the world’s greatest surfer [SurferMag] Photo gallery.
Bruce Irons ‘Creepy Fingers’ remix – I could watch Bruce make late drops on bombs all day long..
Arsenal relies too much on Robin van Persie – Michael Cox [ESPNSoccernet] Unfortunately, he might be right – hopefully RVP can stay healthy!
National Basketball Association:
‘Magic Johnson Is HIV Positive:’ 20 Years Later, The Man Still Looms Larger Than The Moment – Les Carpenter [ThePostGame]
Age limit on back burner in labor negotiations – Zach Lowe [SI] I don’t have an interest in the NBA lockout but an interesting note is that NBA players who come straight from high school fare better in on-court contributions and of-court “behavior” according to law professor Michael McCann.
Searching for value in November: Identifying young teams with an underrated defense [BeyondtheBets]
BTB’s Required Reading List: A collection of sports betting articles you’ll find useful [BeyondtheBets] Bookmark this.
Ask The Oddsmaker: Todd Fuhrman of Caesars Palace answers BTB reader questions [BeyondtheBets]
Any good articles or videos I missed? Happy Humpday Everyone!