The Daily Outkick: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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Browns Needed to Fire Hue Jackson and Todd Haley to Save Baker Mayfield (BR) Jackson, who the Browns fired Monday after he amassed a 3-36-1 record in Cleveland, did care about winning games. But he cared only in the abstract sense that winning games was the most direct means of accomplishing his real goal: making sure he remained employed.

Hue Jackson Fired by the Browns, and No Coach Ever Deserved it More ( In the long, dysfunctional history of the Browns, what Jackson perpetrated on this city for 40 games, 36 losses and 33 months was an abomination.

The Bucs are Staring Right at Their Jameis Winston Escape Clause (New York Post) When you’re three-plus years into a career while playing the most important position on the team and the same bad things keep happening, you have to consider whether the expiration date has arrived.

Clay Travis: “Jameis Winston has 71 turnovers in 48 games. That’s an unprecedented level of futility.” (Outkick)

Josh Gordon Starts Despite Report of Discipline; Did Bill Belichick Purposely Trick Media? (CBS Sports) The Patriots allowed a rumor to leak out about the wide receiver not starting against the Bills on Monday night

Trump Targeting Birthright Citizenship With Executive Order (Axios) President Trump plans to sign an executive order that would remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S. soil, he said yesterday in an exclusive interview for “Axios on HBO.”

Tracking Thielen: Vikings Receiver Makes Run at Records (Minneapolis Star Tribune) Fifth-year Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is chasing legends. Randy Moss, Cris Carter. Calvin Johnson, Marvin Harrison. Can he catch them? Here’s his progress to date.

“Why Are Kentucky Fans so Dumb?” — Clay Travis on Kentucky Fans’ Reactions to Win Over Missouri (Outkick)

Trump to Deploy 5,200 Troops to Southern Border (WSJ) President calls migrant caravan in Mexico an ‘invasion’; his critics say the move is a campaign ploy

Here are 7 Takeaways From the First Half of the N.F.L. Season (New York Times) Here are 7 Takeaways From the First Half of the N.F.L. Season.

The Athletic Raises $40 Million in New Funding Round (Axios) The Athletic, a subscription-based digital sports media company, raised $40 million in a series C funding round. With this investment, the company has raised a total of $70 million since its launch in 2016, and is valued at roughly $200 million, according to sources familiar with the deal.

The 2018 Red Sox Are Baseball’s Best Champions Since The 1998 Yankees (538) How does this Boston squad stack up against history’s greatest champions? Let’s put the Sox to the test using the same metrics we employed to judge another recent all-time champ.

Clay Travis’ College Football Playoff Picks and Top Ten College Football Rankings (Outkick)

Radical GQ Reporter Apologizes After Saying Trump Radicalized More People than ISIS (Breitbart) GQ writer Julia Ioffe quickly apologized Monday after claiming that President Trump had radicalized more people than ISIS on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper.

ESPN Modified the Booger Mobile After Backlash (Big Lead) ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcasts have brought complaints, which tends to happen when virtually everything about the presentation changes.

Can LSU Take Down ‘Bama? Here are 8 Things the Tigers Need to do to Win Saturday (Yahoo Sports) Everyone says they want ‘Bama, but most of them don’t really want ‘Bama. Well, here comes a team that means it.

Clay Travis on Patrick Mahomes’ Unbelievable Season (Lock It In)

ObamaCare’s Red State Trap (WSJ) Ballot measures to expand Medicaid all but guarantee tax increases.

Paul Finebaum Smashes “Delusional” UCF Fans, “Grandstanding” AD (247 Sports) “The only thing UCF has going for them is a grandstanding athletic director who just can’t keep his mouth shut, but also can’t schedule a decent opponent,” Finebaum said. “And (UCF has) a fan base that is delusional.”