Wednesday Link-Off: The Long Reads

Let’s not waste any time kicking off the post. Here’s Kate Upton. The photograph was taken by Terry Richardson who is still one of the creepiest looking guys I’ve ever seen.

Last November, NBC’s Bob Costa interviewed Jerry Sandusky after he was charged with child molestation. Now, the prosecution is considering entering the full interview transcript into evidence. That full interview went 36 minutes instead of just the 8 that aired. (The Centre Daily Times)

An unnamed athlete’s PR guy talks about his job of lying to everyone to protect his client’s name. (Deadspin) One of the commenter’s put it right when he said that the PR guy happily taking the money to lie sounds like the man lying to himself.

I’m legitimately excited that Microsoft has a near ultrabook level tablet coming out this fall with the Surface for Windows 8 Pro (which will likely get shortened to “Surface Pro”). Here’s a hands-on look at the upcoming Surface. (Engadget)

After the jump, the odd sports moments of the week, Arsenio is coming back and nobody likes Mr. Worf.

The NFL has shown the accused New Orleans Saints players and the inner circle of NFL media the evidence of the bounty program. It involves use of Dog The Bounty Hunter. (Sports Grid)

After blowing up at his team and the media before getting suspended, how did Kurt Busch end up keeping his ride with Phoenix Racing? The team wanted him around. (ESPN)

In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s David Nalbandian getting disqualified from a tournament for wounding a line judge. (Deadspin)

Also, in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the bird call man video bombing the US Open trophy ceremony. (Awful Announcing) Yes, that’s two Costas links in the same post.

The 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans is barely in the books and Mazda has announced that it will be running a racing version of its SkyActiv diesel in next year’s race. The factory backed effort will be actor Patrick Dempsey’s race team. (Jalopnik)

It’s time to do some long reads. First, it’s a look at the business of a major Mexican drug cartel. (New York Times) has become the new go to place for online pay-for-sex ads. As a result, Washington State is trying to pass an ad making online site with submitted content liable for content posted by users. If it passes, the whole internet could completely change. (The Verge)

Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom premieres this Sunday. If you don’t agree with Sorkin’s politics, apparently you won’t like it. (The New Yorker)

Arsenio Hall is coming back with a brand new talk show. I might be the only one who is legitimately excited about this. (Pajiba)

A rumoured XBox 720 tech and concept document spread across the internet over the last week. Is it a real leaked document or will some of those ideas actually come to fruition? (

A free to play F1 game is coming soon. I’m thinking a review is due when it goes live. (IGN)

Let’s go with a little sci-fi in today’s bits of YouTuberry. First, it’s ST:TNG’s Worf getting shut down repeatedly. Did anyone ever think he had a good idea?

Geek song hero Jonathan Coulton naturally did about Star Trek’s famous red shirts.

Two pieces of the Whedonverse collide in this Firefly-style intro done for The Avengers.

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