These Saturday morning links are brought to you by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The oft shirtless, always intriguing, former KGB officer and current President of Russia has been making mainstream American news daily in his third term. From allegedly stealing Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring, presiding over the rolling back of human rights in Russia, and the Kremlin’s granting of temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, all this ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics–let’s just say he’s been busy.
The media has referred to recent developments in US-Russian relations as “chilling” (aren’t Cold War puns the best ?) as Obama will no longer meet with Putin in Moscow prior to the G20 summit next month.
Not trying to make light of serious geopolitical issues, nor start a comment section debate, but isn’t that puppy the cutest?
On to the links:
– Coach Stoops was disappointed in his team’s Fan Day practice performance, but despite the weather, there was a line for every position group for autographs at Commonwealth Stadium last night. As one fan said to Stoops, “that’s the longest I’ve ever stood in line for UK football.”
– Mitch Barnhart is pleased with the tempo of practice, as well as the renewed excitement Stoops has brought even to the families of the players, and not just the fanbase.
– James Blackmon Sr. told Dan Dakich that Indiana is still in the mix for his son’s services though “a lot has changed” since his son’s early commitment to the Hoosiers, but “he’s old enough now to make the decision.” September 2, 2010 was the date Blackmon Jr. originally committed to Indiana. A lot has changed since then, but the Class of 2014 guard cites his relationship with Coach Crean saying, “they’re the leader right now.”
– Jahlil Okafor’s father does not appreciate the perception that his son and Tyus Jones will inevitably end up at Duke, as he told ESPNChicago, “It’s disappointing. It’s taking the fun out of the process for the two boys.”
– The Patriots kept it simple for their 3rd string quarterback, Tim Tebow, but he was still shaky going 4-12 on passing, with two of his completions being screen passes. As one media member jabbed, he was “inspired anyway.”
– Four former Vanderbilt football players have been formally charged with the rape of an unconscious student in a campus dorm room. The police have described the case as “unsettling.”
– Jason Dufner came about 18 inches shy of doing something that’s never been done–shooting 62 in a major championship, but he still tied the scoring record to take the lead at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill yesterday.