A Link of Her Own: September 1, 2016

Including the new sports emoji you didn’t know you needed

College football’s coming back, the U.S. Open keeps rolling… let’s get to the links, shall we?

Odell Beckham emoji. Photo via Sports Illustrated

Sports + Tech Links

Ever wish you could text someone an emoji of your favorite NFL player? Now you can. And if you’re a gamer, Sports Illustrated has a preview of NBA2K17 that’ll hype you up even more for the September 20 release date.

Social Justice Links

In a reminder that Colin Kaepernick’s protest is not for naught, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith had some strong words for fellow broadcaster Boomer Esiason on the latter’s comments:

In the NBA, DeMarcus Cousins is sponsoring a panel discussion between the police force and members of the community in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. And on a more disturbing note, testimonies have come out in a rape case against Derrick Rose, and they’re ugly.

#TBT

Thursday may as well have “Throwback” added to its name by now, so we thought we’d share this great picture ESPNW dug up in honor of the U.S. Open:

NFL Preseason

Tom Brady is starting the final game of the NFL preseason for the New England Patriots, while Jimmy Garoppolo is not expected to play. Bet that’s not a sentence you thought you’d read, especially with the rash of injuries around the league right now. Perhaps they’re thinking Brady’ll have a few weeks to heal up if he needs to, thanks to his suspension.

Longreads of the Day

You might not think the NFL has a huge following in France, but this interview with the man behind an NFL France Twitter account with over 6,000 followers might just prove you wrong.

And in Buffalo, for only the fourth time in NFL history, three black men make up the entirety of the QB depth chart.

Must-Watch Video of the Day

Ohio State has produced some pretty good running backs (Ezekiel Elliot among them). So when position coach Tony Alford called RB Mike Weber’s parents to tell them he’d won the starting job, their reaction was pretty priceless:


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