Roundup: Powerful ESPN Story on Jim Kelly, 10 Best Counties in America & "Praying in Public" Dinner Discount

megan foxMegan Fox … best thing I read this weekend was written by Lena Dunhamdo not drink the water in Toledo, Ohio … potential Miami Hurricanes linebacker dies scuba diving … pretty cool origin to Letterman’s “Stupid Pet Tricks‘ … the 10 best counties in America, according to one website … man will be buried in coffin shaped like Jack Daniels whiskey bottle … Bucs fan gives Tampa GM Jason Licht one of his purple hearts … the Samsung Galaxy Mega stopped a bullet, allegedly … man tries to kill female roommate who ate three of his cookies … “a name has remarkable power over the path of its owner’s life” … former Boston College football star marries daughter of Phil Simms … did Texas execute an innocent man? … did you know Cheetahs don’t actually roar? … North Carolina restaurant offers 15% dinner discount for praying in public … “US police detain giant tortoise after brief chase” …

Cam Newton and Peter King bury the hatchet dating back to the “entertainer and icon” moment over three years ago. [MMQB]

Nobody drinks Coke anymore. But you knew that. So what is the company going to do about it? [Business Week]

“ESPN recruits the worst acts in sports. Disgraced college coaches, infamously lawless ex-players and the sexually indiscreet — those unsure of exactly how many children they’ve fathered, and where — are more than welcomed as the multiple networks’ on-air talent.” [NY Post]

Anyone else Donald Sterling’d out? [LA Times]

One Oklahoma State football player from the 90s finally graduated, helping the school’s APR. [Oklahoman]

Atlanta rookie defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman threw a punch during drills at practice and broke his wrist. [ESPN]

The story of college football in 2014: “Season ticket sales for the University of Hawaii football team are lagging, and could be the lowest in four decades.” [AP]

Bon Jovi is trying really hard to win over Buffalo Bills fans. [Buffalo News]

Very cool of Carolina’s Kawann Short to give back to his struggling home town of East Chicago, Indiana. [Charlotte Observer]

In-depth look at the Red Sox deadline deals, and how they happened. [Globe]

Good read on the NFL’s Hall of Fame “gold jacket.” [NFL.com]

Alabama has only five returning starters from last year’s team, and one of them, Brandon Ivory, has been suspended by Nick Saban. [ESPN.com]

Jay Glazer talks about his longtime friendship with Michael Strahan. [Newsday]

Extremely powerful ESPN Outside the Lines piece on Jim Kelly.

Sheep decides to race cyclist, wins.

Is this an African Lion roaming California? Or just a mountain lion?

Because you want to see it first!

Like and follow The Big Lead today!