Wednesday Link-Off: Sporting Madness

Well, we’ve hit the ground running today. First, we opened up the voting on the final four of our 2012 Hottest Canadian contest. Now we have the mid-week links. And let’s kick off today’s WLO with Behati Prinsloo who you might recognize from Victoria’s Secret TV commercials.

Fifteen years ago Monday was the infamous line brawl between the Detroit Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche. As a Wings fan, I’m obliged to lead off with this link. I’m also obliged to point out that we kicked their asses! (SportsGrid)

While this story is about the NBA, I’m sure the same principals can apply to the NHL. Is there a way to prevent teams from tanking to get the first overall draft pick? To put it another way, is there a way to disincentivize incompetent management? (True Hoop)

With Tiger Woods winning his first PGA Tour event since 2009, the only story heading into The Masters is Tiger Woods vs. Rory McIlroy. (Golf.com)

After the jump, Mike Tyson’s one man show, all about Assassin’s Creed III and they sure get excited over winning money in Australia.

We’re two weeks away from the opening of Mike Tyson’s one-man show in Las Vegas. Here’s a look behind the scenes of the show. (USA Today)

Usually league websites spin things in favour of the league and its players but not NBA.com. They told the truth about why Tim Duncan didn’t play on Sunday. They had him listed as “DND – Old.” (Deadspin)

Today in ballpark food oddities: The Texas Rangers will feature a 2-foot long, 1-pound hot dog for $26. (Big Lead Stew) I’d still rather the West Michigan Whitecaps’ Fifth Third Burger.

Maybe Joe Buck isn’t to blame for being awful. Fox Sports producers are telling Joe Rogan to tune it down during UFC on Fox broadcasts. (Awful Announcing) It’s as if Fox wants to bring sports down to the same level of excitement as most programming on CBS and ABC.

The ratings for the UFC on Fox/FX/Fuel aren’t as good as the numbers on Spike TV were. Does this mean that the UFC made a mistake by locking in with Fox for seven years. (Cage Potato)

Did you know that Baywatch has been off the air for ten years now? Here’s an transcribed oral history of the show. (Esquire)

For less than $25 per minute, you can call and talk to your favourite celebrities who aren’t famous or celebrities you’ve ever even heard of. (Pajiba)

Here’s a hilarious NSFW celebrity story: It turns out that Jeremy Piven doesn’t just play a douche on TV but is a douche in real life. He’s also terrible in bed according to a former Us Weekly intern. (Warming Glow) It’s stories like this that make me glad that I write a sports/humour/pop culture blog.

People are really hyped up about Assassin’s Creed III coming this fall. Personally, I’m more excited for the new BioShock game. Anyway, here are some things you might want to know about AC3. (Kotaku)

Speaking of video games, here’s the five ballsiest Easter eggs hidden in video games. (Cracked)

Quantic Dream, the makers of the PS3 epic Heavy Rain, are back with a new tech demo video that pushes the bounds of what can be done with a PS3. Can these guys hurry up with their next game?

What would GTA look like if it was a first-person shooter? And what exactly happens to your hands in an FPS when you’re not holding a gun?

Today’s only in Australia moment: How do you win $10,000 from a morning TV show? Swear live on air. Well, that’s how you win tomorrow’s jackpot, anyway.

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