Sunday Link-Off: What If…

nina-agdal-aerie13-11Well, it’s official. I was wrong about this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover. I thought SI would pass on Kate Upton for the second-straight time because she might have been overexposed and they could make waves and bigger headlines with a fresh face like Nina Agdal. Turns out that I was wrong and they think that Kate will sell more copies than the other options. So, for no particular reason, including bitterness, here’s Nina Agdal.

We’re less than a year from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and it sure looks like the Russians have been taking some liberties with their workforce while trying to get venues ready. (The Economist)

One of the most unexpected big topics in American politics this week was who the President can order to be killed. If Nixon was alive, he would certainly be an expert on that. (The New Yorker)

Speaking of Presidents of the United States, in his retirement, George W. Bush has become a bit of an artist. (Gawker)

After the jump, the what ifs of sports, a look at the greatness of Community and the President does Pokemon.

The best long-read I found over the last week was this one examining the history of a mass shooter and if it had any impact on why she shot several of her co-workers. (The New Yorker)

What’s one of the hottest sports scenes in Memphis? That would be middle school basketball. (The Commercial Appeal)

In 2010, the Washington Capitals were struggling mightily and it couldn’t have come at a worse time with HBO’s cameras in the locker room for 24/7. To kickstart the team, Bruce Boudreau implemented the trap. In 2011, the team was struggling again but Boudreau was turfed before he could try a third system. The question is if he needed to change systems at all. (Jasper’s Rink)

Sports is really the story of “what if.” What if Grady Little hadn’t left Pedro Martinez in the game too long? What if Vladislav Tretiak was left in goal for the Miracle on Ice? And what if Gordon Bombay wasn’t trying to bang Charlie Conway’s mom? (The Classical)

Conveniently enough for him, on the one-year anniversary of the launch of his company’s only video game, Curt Schilling came out to say that the Red Sox encouraged him to use steroids. (Deadspin)

Community was back this week. The first episode wasn’t too bad and even took a stab at all we were worried that the new showrunners would do with the show. Anyway, here’s a look at some of the inside and recurring jokes from the show’s first three seasons. (Warming Glow)

For this week’s Sports on TV, Stroud looked at the 20 best sports moments from Community. (With Leather)

In case you didn’t hear, there will be one-off Star Wars spin-off-esque movies. The first ones will be about Han Solo and Boba Fett. Before long, Disney will be trying to milk every last drop of money out of this franchise by doing a spin-off about Wicket the damn Ewok. (Entertainment Weekly)

Do you know what the Streisand Effect is? It’s when your lawyer calls attention to something and makes it a bigger story than it otherwise would have been if they left it along. For example, look what happened when Beyonce’s publicist wanted unflattering pictures of her taken off the interwebs. (BuzzFeed)

Lay’s looks to be coming out with some cool new chip flavours which include sriracha. Please let them be coming to Canada. (Gizmodo)

If you watch How I Met Your Mother, you might have heard of the Tim Horton’s creation The Priestley. Well, what if other Canadian icons had their own eponymous donuts? (National Post)

Don’t fuck with a judge. A woman in court on drugs charges flips off the judge and he adds jail time to her fine. Good old contempt.

It’s time for another Obama remix. This is the POTUS singing the Pokemon theme. Gotta catch ’em all!

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