Megan Fox … best thing I read this weekend was written by Lena Dunham … do 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” …
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?