Sunday Link-Off: Drugs and Shut Downs and Baseballs, Oh My

elyse-taylor-victoriassecret13-10It’s Sunday which means it’s time for some links. I’m hoping to have an F1 recap tomorrow for the Korean Grand Prix which already ran and isn’t getting replayed in Canada until 9:30 PM. They have a block of taped programming from 5:30 PM onwards but why would we show it at a convenient time for our audience? I really think TSN is the Canadian F1 fan’s worst enemy. At least Sportsnet hasn’t screwed over IndyCar fans. I’ll have the GP of Houston recap on Tuesday. Unless I decide to flip-flop posting dates.

Anyway, like I said at the top, it’s time for the links. Let’s start this post with Australian model Elyse Taylor.

The Globe & Mail put together a lengthy, detailed and fascinating report about how BlackBerry went from the top of the smartphone world to dead in the water. (Globe & Mail)

Toronto mayor Rob Ford frequently visited Alexander Lisi. Now, Lisi has been charged with drugs offenses which can’t be good for the mayor. (Toronto Star)

This week, we also found out that the Toronto police had Rob Ford under surveillance using a Cessna airplane. (Toronto Star)

Let’s talk more about the US government shutdown. The Republicans say it’s about the Affordable Car Act but it’s got all to do with political ambition trumping the good of the nation. (Esquire)

Well, it’s not all Republicans behind the shutdown. It’s mostly the Tea Party. More moderate GOP senators say that Ted Cruz and his ilk don’t actually have a plan for what is to be accomplished by the shutdown. (Politico)

Fox is doing what they do best. They had a feature story about what the ACA would do to the “average American.” Their average American was actually an anti-ACA lobbyist. (The New Yorker)

Al Jazeera America put together this photo gallery of the effect of the government shutdown. (Al Jazeera)

It’s not just you who thought there have been an unusually high number of electoral rules issues with the sitting Conservative government. (Ottawa Citizen)

The slightly questionable charity organization Invisible Children is back with their Kony 2013 campaign. You should know by now that your support won’t mean shit. (UPROXX)

Have you ever wondered how Miguel Cabrera approaches hitting in such a way that makes him the most dangerous in baseball every at bat? The WSJ breaks down his swing. (Wall Street Journal)

Since the MLB playoffs are in full swing, just how would the MLB and NBA playoffs look in a shorter, NFL-style regular season? (Deadspin)

Mikhail Grabovski’s temporary living arrangements in Washington aren’t the most stress reducing. He’s living with Alex Ovechkin… And Ovi’s doing all the driving. (DC Sports Bog)

Philadelphia Flyers beat writers are threatening not to cover the team’s charity event because they announced their starting goalie on Instagram. I say cut ’em. (Crossing Broad)

I can’t really think of any videos to close out with so how about a couple of recent Viva La Dirt League StarCraft II parody songs. By the way, did you see the little bit of gloating gone wrong in a top-level SC2 game that I posted over on et geekera?


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