Starting 11: Alabama and Georgia Establish Dominance Edition (Outkick) Clay’s playoff four, SEC power rankings 1-14, national top ten, and through nine games is Alabama the greatest college football team ever?
ESPN Apologizes After James Carville Suggests a Pro-Alabama SEC Conspiracy on ‘GameDay’(Yahoo Sports) An ESPN source told Yahoo Sports that the network issued the apology because of Carville’s personal attacks toward SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, including a sweatshirt that said “Greg Sankey (hearts) Alabama,” plus a derogatory message written in Cajun French.
Man-Eating Tiger Is Shot Dead in India (New York Times) A man-eating tiger that stalked the hills of central India for more than two years and was blamed for the deaths of 13 villagers was shot and killed by hunters after one of the most intensive tiger hunts in recent memory, officials said. Tiger-hunter appeared on Clay Travis’ show this morning and will be available on his podcast.
“SEC on CBS” Alabama-LSU Scores Highest College Football Rating of Season on Any Network (CBS) Alabama dominance isn’t hurting TV ratings. CBS was up 81% for LSU game compared to last year’s game.
Nevada Sports Books Lose $10M on Sunday’s NFL Games (Las Vegas Review Journal) Nevada sports books lost between $7 million and $10 million on NFL games Sunday in one of the most lopsided days in state betting history, according to multiple media reports.
Blue Wave, or Breaking Red? (City-Journal) Many Republican candidates have room to grow in the polls, which could result in another surprising Election Night.
Brent Musburger Mocks Elizabeth Warren with Native American Photo (Breitbart) Musburger took a photo from, Trump’s speech in Montana, in which several Native American men in headdresses appear in the background. Musburger captioned the pic by saying: “Elizabeth Warren’s ‘relatives’ backing Trump in Montana!”
West Virginia Converts Gutsy Two-Point Try After Will Grier’s Incredible Heisman-Worthy TD Throw (CBS Sports) West Virginia quarterback Will Grier made the throw of his career in a thrilling 42-41 win over No. 17 Texas — a 33-yard bomb (without having his feet set) to wide receiver Gary Jennings with just 16 seconds left. The throw capped off a must-have 75-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes.
Demaryius Thomas, Texans Leave Broncos Behind: ‘We Like to Win Over Here’ (NFL) Former Broncos wide receiver gave a very blunt assessment of his former team’s approach to the final stages of Sunday’s game. “That’s what they do over there,” Thomas told NFL.com. “I ain’t a part of that no more. We like to win over here.”
A Rare Tom Brady-Aaron Rodgers Showdown Goes Brady’s Way (New York Times) The drama built slowly on Sunday night until the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers were tied in the fourth quarter. The pro football world settled in for something that may never happen again: a stirring, late game showdown between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.
Steelers’ Mike Tomlin Candid on Le’Veon Bell Holdout: ‘We Need Volunteers, Not Hostages’ (Sporting News) Mike Tomlin made it clear he’s not focusing on Le’Veon Bell’s holdout. The Steelers coach spoke to ESPN’s Dianna Russini on “Sunday NFL Countdown” before the team’s rivalry game against the Ravens, saying the team “needs volunteers, not hostages.”
Former Republican Speaker of the House: Washington Needs to Legalize Cannabis (WSJ) “As a congressman, I learned that government works best when it listens to its constituents. Representatives must use what the people tell them to question constantly which policies are serving the greater good. It’s past time for government to rethink how it approaches cannabis.”
The Scene Inside the Jets Locker Room Tells the Whole Story (New York Post) It didn’t help that the Jets’ prized rookie quarterback, Sam Darnold, delivered his worst performance as a pro, throwing four interceptions, the second of which was returned by Dolphins rookie linebacker Jerome Baker for the game’s only touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Report: Notorious Antisemite Louis Farrakhan Leads ‘Death to America’ Chant on Solidarity Trip to Iran (Algemeiner) Ari Fleischer: “The reason Bill Clinton and other Democratic leaders can share a stage with this man is because, with the exception of Jake Tapper, most of the media looks the other way. If an R stood next to David Duke, the MSM’s hammering would never stop.”
Vance Joseph Latest Coaching Victim of Late Game Kicking Conservatism Horror Film (Big Lead) You don’t want to be the teenagers making out in a horror movie, and you also don’t want to run an excellent two-minute drill, get to the edge of field goal range and waste time and run the ball into the line for a 50+ yard attempt. What happens there is often the stuff of horror films.
Tragically Unhip CBS is Trying to Become Cool — and Change the Future of Digital Entertainment in the Process (Washington Post) If CBS’s “All Access” can build a critical mass of subscribers, it will demonstrate that legacy networks have found their way in the 21st century. If not? It could further reinforce the theory of a radical new era in television, one in which major broadcasters have been wholly replaced by upstart entities with direct ties to consumers, with little chance of ever turning back the clock.
Patchwork Dolphins Defeat Jets in Grotesque Clunker; Somehow Remain Playoff Relevant (Palm Beach Post) Joe Schad: “Dolphins vs. Jets: 118 plays, 0 offensive touchdowns, 15 punts, 10 penalties, 8 sacks, 4 interceptions and 1 Miami victory.”