The Daily Outkick: Friday, November 9, 2018

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Steelers Step on the Gas and Throttle Panthers, 52-21 (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) They are nine games into a season that once seemed headed for turmoil again after a 1-2-1 start along with some on- and off-field problems. But no more. They played faster in Heinz Field on offense, defense and special teams Thursday night than Antonio Brown’s Porsche traveled on McKnight Road that morning.

Why Nancy Pelosi Isn’t Guaranteed The Speakership (538) The Democrats have won the House, and Republicans will have to hand over the speaker’s gavel in January. But it’s not totally clear whom that gavel will go to.

SEC Knows Its CBS Package Is Way Undervalued, Hires CAA to Sell It (Big Lead) As Clay Travis noted last week, just about everybody you can think of would be interested in CBS’s SEC package at the right price: ESPN/ABC, FOX, Turner Sports (now backed by AT&T), NBC (which could pair the SEC game with Notre Dame as a blockbuster doubleheader), and even upstarts like DAZN.

Clay Travis: There is an Insane Amount of Money to be Made with the SEC on CBS Package (Outkick)

Las Vegas Sportsbook Sets Bills as 28.5-Point Favorites in Hypothetical Matchup With Alabama (Sports Illustrated) despite the lack of on-field feasability, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook is bringing a touch of reality to the matchup by setting the Bills as 28.5-point favorites against Alabama per OddsShark.

Disney’s Profit Soars, but Focus Remains on Its Coming Streaming Service (New York Times) Despite reporting a record profit of $12.6 billion for its fiscal year, the Walt Disney Company faced scrutiny from analysts about its high-risk plan to introduce a Netflix-style subscription streaming service late next year, which will carry enormous content, technology and marketing expenses.

The Kavanaugh Debacle Cost the Democrats the Senate (Washington Post) It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost Democrats their chance to regain control of the Senate. And it gave Republicans an expanded Senate majority that will allow them to confirm an even more conservative justice next time around.

Steelers Could Use Le’Veon Bell — but They Don’t Need Him (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) if there were any doubt the Steelers’ offense is good enough (on a good day) to beat anybody — aaaaanybody — it should’ve exited Heinz Field at, let’s say, halftime of their 52-21 disembowelment of the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.

Many Believe Media Coverage of Shootings Inspires More Violence (Rasmussen Reports) A recent Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 33% of American Adults think the media covers mass shootings like the one in Pittsburgh too much.

Clay Travis: The Way Media Covers Mass Shootings Makes Them More Likely (Outkick)

The NBA and NFL Have Become Videogames (WSJ) NFL teams are passing more. NBA teams are shooting more 3-pointers. The most popular strategies in professional sports? They’re how we’ve always played videogames.

Liberal Watchdog Group Condemns Protest Outside Tucker Carlson’s Home (Yahoo News) Liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America denounced a protest that took place outside the home of Tucker Carlson, telling TheWrap on Thursday that the use of “abusive” intimidation tactics were unacceptable.

Best and Worst Scenarios for the College Football Playoff Contenders (USA Today) Of the nine Power Five teams with fewer than two losses, only Alabama finds itself in the enviable position of having ample room for error. No one — not even No. 2 Clemson — is so lucky.

Outkick’s Vegas Top Ten For Week 11 (Outkick) Overrated: Kentucky. Underrated: Purdue. Best Bet: Tennessee.

Clay Travis: College Football Week 11 Gambling Picks (Outkick)

How Mike Pereira Changed the Way We Watch Football Forever (The Ringer) By mastering the NFL’s confusing and ever-changing rule book, the Fox Sports analyst has become an essential voice in a complicated time.

Bryan Cranston Responds to Breaking Bad Movie News (Entertainment Weekly) Cranston said he would be up for reprising his role if Gilligan asked him to (“he’s a genius”) and acknowledged that “there’s a lot of people who felt that they wanted to see some kind of completion to some of these storylines that were left on. And this idea, from what I’m told, gets into those — at least a couple of the characters who were not completed as far as their journey.”

Steelers Eric Reid: I Didn’t Even Know You Could Be Ejected in NFL (NBC) Reid said after the game that he was unaware that ejections are a thing in the NFL. “I didn’t even know you could be ejected,” Reid said. “The referees told me I was targeting him, which I disagree with.”

South Dakota High School Football: Craziest 2-Point Conversion You Will Ever See (Argus Leader) It’s unclear if it was by design or just a brilliant heads-up play, but one South Dakota high school football team picked up a two-point conversion with one of the wildest flea-flickers you’ll ever see.

Clay Travis: “Absolutely Jump on Philadelphia on Sunday Night: “Teams are 16-3-1 against the spread after a bye following a London trip since 2015.” (Lock It In)