Sunday Link-Off: Cracking News

jessica-stam-oysho13-01Well, the week might have started quietly but it sure as hell ended interestingly. After all, it’s not every day that the mayor of Canada’s biggest city gets caught in a crack scandal. Right, so it’s time for the end of the week links. Let’s start with Canadian model Jessica Stam.

It’s not often that a Canadian news story garners international attention but here we are all talking about Rob Ford smoking crack on camera. He’s the gift that keeps on giving to the Canadian news media. (Gawker and Toronto Star)

With the owners of the video holding it for ransom, crowdfunding efforts are popping up left and right to buy it and post it online. (National Post)

If you haven’t heard of Rob Ford, you’ll probably enjoy this comparison of mayoral quotes from Toronto’s Rob Ford and Springfield’s “Diamond” Joe Quimby. (Slate)

While all this going on, no one has noticed that there was a shooting in New Orleans last weekend. (The Guardian)

Americans like to blow everything out of proportion. So what if an American astronaut did social media outreach the way that Chris Hadfield did. (Washington Post)

Here’s Drew Magary’s annual speech to graduates. You know that it’s better than anybody you saw. (Deadspin)

Jake “The Snake” Roberts is getting back into shape for one last run in the ring with the help of Diamond Dallas Page and his yoga program. (Fox Sports)

Keeping with wrestling, the New York Times looked at Dave Meltzer who is the biggest name in wrestling journalism and has been for the last twenty years. (New York Times)

With WWE’s post-WrestleMania pay-per-view tonight, The Masked Man compares the current state of WWE to The Hangover. Yeah, it’s a Grantland piece. (Grantland)

Let’s throw in one more wrestling link. Pro wrestling, especially WCW, has had some ridiculous celebrity appearances both in and outside of the ring. (Cracked)

SI has released its annual list of the highest paid athletes in the world. Boo, Mayweather! Boo! (Sports Illustrated)

Vancouver has a video game themed bar and restaurant. I must go west to eat here. (Geekologie)

Have you heard of Scottsdale’s Amy’s Baking Company. They were the first restaurant that Gordon Ramsay ever walked out on during Kitchen Nightmares and the attention resulted in the owners having a social media meltdown. (BuzzFeed)

Remember how great Tony Hawk’s 900 was? Well, 15-year-old Mitchie Brusco landed a 1080 in big air competition this weekend. Skateboarding isn’t dead yet.

How am I only now finding out about Baker Cat?

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