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Links O' War: Tuesday July 9th, 2013

Another day of expanded links... Enjoy!

If there are other categories of links you want to see, let me know! I try to get a wide swath of things to show, things that are outside what might be your normal daily viewing parameters.

Here are your morning links!


TCU football players participate in new behavior assessment test | TCU 360
A TCU alum returned to campus Monday night to give his company’s behavior assessment test to a group of TCU football players to help better understand the players' cognitive processes.

Four TCU football players on national award watch lists | TCU 360
TCU Horned Frogs Jason Verrett, Devonte Fields, Brandon Carter, and Casey Pachall hope to add to TCU's trophy case, as all four players are all on various watch lists for major college football awards.

Nick Saban, Urban Meyer top list of best college football coaches - College Football - Stewart Mandel -
Once upon a time, around this point in the summer, I preempted my usual Mailbag format for a week in favor of something sure to grab readers' attention. Call it my version of a TV sweeps stunt. But my annual list of the "10 best and five worst" coaches heading into the season eventually faded away... Now it is back!

Fields and Verrett on Bednarik Award Watch List - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site
TCU defensive end Devonte Fields and cornerback Jason Verrett have been named to the watch list for the 2013 Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the nation's top defensive player.

Pachall on Maxwell Award Watch List - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site
TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, presented to the nation's top collegiate player.

Carter On Paul Hornung Award Watch List - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site
TCU wide receiver Brandon Carter has been named to the watch list for the 2013 Paul Hornung Award, presented to the nation's most versatile player.


Lakers to amnesty Metta World Peace, according to report -
The enigmatic forward is out in Los Angeles.

College football Jeopardy! goes horribly, horribly wrong -
Sports are hard sometimes.

Bubba Watson's hovercraft golf cart to debut at Ohio course -
Bubba Watson won't be on hand for its debut, but the Windy Knoll Golf Club will introduce two hovercraft at its Ohio location later this month.

Your New Jersey Super Bowl tourism guide -
The next Super Bowl is billed as a New York affair. It isn't. So if you're planning on attending, you should get to know North Jersey.

Phil Jackson would have accepted Lakers coaching job, according to report -
Another twist in the Dwight Howard-Lakers soap opera: Phil Jackson, who Howard had requested as the team's head coach, would have accepted the gig as the Lakers' head coach back in November.

Larry Brown's 1975 wardrobe was breathtaking -
Everything was better in 1975. According to this picture.

The NFL considers adopting a stupid NCAA idea -
The title of this article is redundant.

Opinion: Anderson Silva should have tried to block that punch -
The Monday after Anderson Silva lost the UFC Middleweight belt to Chris Weidman, the debate still rages: should Silva have tried to block that punch instead of showboating? You don't think so, but Jon Bois does, and he does very strongly.

Matt Garza rumors: Chicago Cubs may keep RHP, sign long-term, per report -
The Cubs have had internal discussions about keeping the starting pitcher instead of trading him.

Mizzou player wonders why his appearance in NCAA Football 14 doesn't mean a free game -
A Mizzou player objects to DT #96's appearance in the game, that is.

MLB All-Star Game 2013: Baseball forgives, forgets, puts Bartolo Colon on the team -
Suspended? That was SO last year.

When a double isn't a double at all - Baseball Nation

Saturday, Buster Posey doubled home a runner in the first inning against the Dodgers. Except then Pablo Sandoval got called out on a pop-up to the catcher, and Posey had to bat again. It was all very weird, and yet so very logical.

RGIII inspires kids in Cambodia, drops a video & takes a much-needed week off -

The whole world got a dose of the unbelievably believable™ last week, just in time for RGIII to take a little break from the spotlight.


10 Suggestions for Movies With Villain Protagonists | Geekosystem
It's become a trend in movies to have us explore villains as protagonists, and Despicable Me 2 is just the latest. Monsters University has us understanding and even rooting for the literal monsters, and Wreck-It-Ralph is all about a video game villain -- it's clear audiences like seeing the other side of traditional villains. Even the traditional zombies can be a romantic contender nowadays. That's why we've compiled a list of 10 movies featuring villains as protagonists that we'd totally watch.

Twitter DMs Sync Over Multiple Platforms | Geekosystem
Out of all the social media websites out there, Twitter is the best at understanding that nobody wants to look at the actual Twitter page all the time. Yesterday afternoon, they announced a bunch of changes to every single app they produce -- Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac,, and TweetDeck. Most importantly, DMs now sync across all platforms, so now there's no reason to go to the Twitter homepage at all. Might as well remove it from your no-doubt-overloaded browser bookmark list. It'll probably thank you.

Chris Barrett Takes First Google Glass Arrest Video | Geekosystem
Chris Barrett, an early adopter of Google Glass, caught some video of an arrest at the Jersey shore on the Fourth of July that he claims is the first fight & arrest caught on Glass. In the description of the video he states, This video is proof that Google Glass will change citizen journalism forever. With everyone already carrying around a smartphone, is Glass really that big of a jump?

Mad Men Cat Parody Meow Men Video | Geekosystem
This cat-inspired shot-for-shot remake of Mad Men's opening credits is pretty amazing, but I wish The Pet Collective had taken it further and done a complete retelling of the series. Just think of the pet-related name puns! Don Drapurr! Puggy Olsen! Paul Kittensey! And then there's Duck Phillips, of course. So many missed opportunities.

7-Year-Old Writes Letter to NASA Gets Reply Pictures | Geekosystem
In case you wanted to feel some space-feels today, here's a letter to NASA from seven-year-old Dexter. Dexter wants to be on NASA's first mission to Mars, but regrets to inform you that he won't be able to make the trip because he's seven. NASA replied with a letter and some Mars swag, and Dexter's mother posted pictures of it all to Reddit.

James Cameron on 3D: Hollywood's doing it wrong | The Verge
Helping to bring 3D movies into theaters with his $2.8 billion blockbuster hit Avatar, award-winning director James Cameron believes studios are forcing the technology on filmmakers in order to...

Without the web, Syrian journalists turn to pirate radio | The Verge
Images of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Photo credit: James Gordon (Flickr) Lina Chawaf has spent the past two years watching her friends disappear in Syria. Some were killed, others...

Into the murky waters: hundreds brave New York City's East River for annual swim | The Verge
Swimmers at the starting line in Brooklyn Bridge Park. On Sunday morning, 400 or so swimmers dove off the banks of Brooklyn for the annual Brooklyn Bridge Swim, a sprint across the East River to a...

'Pacific Rim' review: epic, ambitious, and accessible | The Verge
Whether or not it sounds like damning the film with faint praise, the greatest virtue of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim may be that you can always understand what’s happening, what the...

Nokia's cancelled 10-inch Windows RT tablet allegedly pictured | The Verge
Nokia was building its own Windows RT tablet that was set to debut earlier this year, but sources familiar with the project have revealed to The Verge that it was cancelled in favor of a full...

Top iOS apps and games go free ahead of App Store's fifth anniversary | The Verge
A host of highly regarded apps for iPhone and iPad have gone free today in what could be a major celebration to mark five years since Apple launched the App Store. So far, games such as I...

Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch resigns as the Nook fades from view | The Verge
Barnes & Noble hasn't been doing particularly well as of late, and here's another blow: company CEO William Lynch has resigned, effective immediately. Lynch, who took over the CEO role in 2010, was...

Pure Android: Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One 'Google Play editions' review | The Verge
The Android device story has followed a predictable pattern for the past few years: Samsung, HTC, LG, and Sony release top-tier hardware to carriers the world over, with their own proprietary...

Ford's F3T rapid prototyping technology could let you print your own car | The Verge
Ford has pioneered a new manufacturing technology that it believes will slash the development time of new design prototypes to days instead of months. The Ford Freeform Fabrication Technology (F3T)...

David Lynch's new album now available for free streaming against 'Eraserhead'-like backdrop | The Verge
Director and legendary eccentric David Lynch hasn't come out with a feature-length film since 2006, choosing instead to focus on shorts, frenetic Nine Inch Nails videos, and, perhaps most...


Even Democrats Increasingly Reject MSNBC’s Spin | Mediaite
The result of MSNBC’s muddled approach to this conundrum has been an exodus of viewers. But where there is failure, there is also opportunity. Quietly amassing talent and expanding their influence behind the scenes, Al Jazeera America is watching MSNBC’s rapid decline with great expectations.

100-Year-Old Granny Hilariously Derails Interview By Asking TV Reporter: ‘How Ya D*ck Hanging?’ | Mediaite
Getting old can be frightening, debilitating, and a generally not-so-fun time. But apparently that's not the case for one particular great-grandmother in the New York metropolitan region. In a recent unaired interview with News12, an unidentified 100-year-old woman had a rollicking good time, effectively derailing the conversation by repeatedly referring to her interviewer's genitals.

Rush Limbaugh Tells Caller To Stop Watching Fox: ‘Designed To Make You Question Your Sanity’ | Mediaite
Rush Limbaugh revealed last week that when he went on Fox News, the producers didn't want him to talk about immigration reform, and he found this quite telling about the network. The experience clearly still fresh in his mind, Limbaugh told a caller today to stop watching Fox because it'll make him too angry and that they're designed to make you question your sanity.

Sex And The Pity: Weiner’s Rise, Sanford’s Success Paves Way For Spitzer Sequel | Mediaite
Three men. Make that: Three married men. Actually, make that three married men who once held office. OK, last time: Make that three married med who once held office and left in varying degrees of shame. Mark Sanford, Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner. Two were governors. One was a congressman...

O’Reilly’s Provocative Question To Panel: If Zimmerman’s Acquitted, Will Violence Erupt In The Streets? | Mediaite
Bill O'Reilly expressed his concern tonight that if George Zimmerman ends up acquitted at the end of his murder trial, there might be a national outrage that could lead to violence. He said there is a possibility for damage to be done to the fabric of the nation if Zimmerman gets off, while Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham agreed that there might just be some angry outcry.

Zimmerman Attorney Tells Piers Morgan Acquittal Could Anger A Lot Of People: ‘My Client Will Never Be Safe’ | Mediaite
During an interview with George Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara, CNN's Piers Morgan brought up the possibility of backlash against a potential not guilty verdict. Morgan asked O'Mara about the concern that this will create a lot of ill-feeling in the black community, and even the possibility of rioting. O'Mara told Morgan succinctly, My client will never be safe.

Glenn Beck Skeptical About Teresa Heinz Kerry’s Hospitalization: ‘You’ve Lied To Us Too Many Times’ | Mediaite
On his radio show this morning, Glenn Beck expressed skepticism about the hospitalization of Secretary of State John Kerry's wife Teresa Heinz Kerry for a reported seizure. Because the State Department was caught contradicting itself over whether the secretary was aboard his personal yacht while the military coup took place in Egypt, Beck suggested that he could easily envision the government using a supposed hospital stay to distract from the huge scandals.

Sharpton Panel Probes Zimmerman’s Story: Unless Trayvon Had ‘X-Ray Vision,’ He Wouldn’t Have Seen Gun | Mediaite
One particular detail of the George Zimmerman murder trial that Al Sharpton brought up today was how Trayvon Martin supposedly grabbed for Zimmerman's gun. But Sharpton and his panelists pointed out that Zimmerman had a concealed weapon and it was dark out, which led them all to raise the skeptical eyebrow to ZImmerman's story. One of Sharpton's guests said that there's absolutely no way Martin would have been able to see, let alone grab for, Zimmerman's gun, unless he had x-ray vision.