Nicole Trunfio … RIP Fred Thompson, former actor, senator … guy boards a plane and is seated right next to his doppleganger … literally is the most misused word in America right now … “toilet-themed Russian restaurant appeals to novelty diners” … harsh piece on Marissa Mayer and Yahoo: “in business, unlike surgery, you can leave before you are finished” … a man in Florida robbed a bank with a spatula … Texas lost to Iowa State, and needs to make more changes … is Jimmy Fallon partying too hard? … not surprisingly, there’s a clown scaring people in Florida … what caused this Russian plane to break up in mid-air, killing all 224 on board? … if you live in the Northwest and had Chipotle in the last few days, you might be sick …
Was the Grantland model sustainable? I examined that at length at the outset of my Fox Sports Radio show. [Podcast]
If you went to bed early, Denver slaughtered Green Bay, 29-10, and Aaron Rodgers was held to just 77 yards passing. [Denver Post]
Cameron Wake tore his Achilles vs the Patriots and is out for the season. [Sun Sentinel]
Pete Rose had the choice of returning to Fox this week to work the World Series, or work at a baseball card convention. He chose the latter. [NYDN]
An Auburn football equipment manager proposed to his girlfriend using play signs. [AL.com]
The Orange County Register has filed for bankruptcy. [LA Times]
This piece seems to claim that the reason Fantasy Sports gambling isn’t legal is because states don’t want people to stop playing the lottery? [Washington Post]
Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays: Good dude. [Tampa Bay Online]
Lazy op-ed: Let’s disband Harvard football. [The Harvard Crimson]
The naming rights of Pauley Pavilion are up for sale. [Bloomberg Business]
Jeremiah Ratliff kind of went crazy on the Bears when he was released last week. Police were called, and the police report is bananas. [Chicago Tribune]
These are the five best finishes of the college football season – so far. [College Football News]
Elizabeth Holmes under the microscope: “It all fit together perfectly: the college dropout, the fear of needles, the humanitarian mission.” [NYT]
Uber driver – who was clearly drunk – attacks driver.
Cal freshman Jaylen Brown … athletic.
You never have a certain dunk … if Kenneth Faried is in the vicinity.
Avery Bradley with a powerful dunk in Boston’s 95-87 loss to the Spurs.
What a block by Tristan Thompson on Chris Bosh Friday night.