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Field of Links: Shutdown over: Hello Hitner? NBA considering changing game times to cater to overseas audience

Oct 17, 2013, 10:23 AM PDT

The government shutdown was difficult for many people. For one Bay Area athlete, it could have been a minor inconvenience. The effects of the shutdown wouldn’t have completely derailed 49ers safety Donte Whitner’s efforts to change his last name to “Hitner,” but it would have prevented him from getting a new Social Security card. Now, there are no hurdles remaining.

The paperwork he filed in Ohio is still being processed and the Bay Area News Group has a detailed account of what remains before Whitner officially becomes “Hitner.” Did you know he has to buy all the Nike jerseys with his old name on them? Dropping a letter from your name is an expensive proposition in the NFL. It’s probably better that all of this goes down after the 49ers’ trip to London.

— Stephen Curry is showing off his dunking skills in Shanghai, China.

While still in Beijing, he hit a shot from way beyond halfcourt. Curry might want to be careful. If he gets overseas fans too excited, the Warriors may have some weird regular season start times in the near future. The NBA is kicking around the idea of shifting tip-off times to cater to the international viewing audience. It might be good for the growth of the game, but it would likely be an inconvenience for the people going to them.

— Investors? Meh. Here’s the real reason the planning period for Coliseum City was extended.

If you close your eyes and listen, it is so much less interesting. Well done, Dr. Death.

Keep your eyes on the below links. Well, except for the Craig Sager one.

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This kick to Alex Boone’s face ended up costing Alameda Ta’amu $10,000.


— That pales in comparison to the $31,500 fine that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was slapped with for his hit on Brandon Weeden.

— Speaking of Weeden, Browns fans have posted his starting quarterback job on Craig’s List.

— Will Ferrell dropped knowledge while reading the Dodgers’ lineup. Who knew Yasiel Puig believes in chupacabras and that Juan Uribe loves Katy Perry?

Oregon is known for their slick uniforms, but their pink gear for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is their best effort yet.


— No look, reverse half court shot. Drained it.

— Don’t look directly at Sager’s suit.

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