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Field of Links: Sogard stopped in ‘Face of MLB’ finale, Sharks return strong, A giant surfing croc

Feb 28, 2014, 9:53 AM PST

After going to sleep with a comfortable lead, Oakland Athletics fans woke up on Friday morning to find out that Eric Sogard somehow lost the “Face of MLB” competition. The herculean effort of underdog A’s fans were eventually trumped by the Eastern Time Zone. Voting closed at 5 a.m. PST, allowing New York Mets fans to make a final push as California-based Sogard supporters slept.

Some fans, however, are crying foul. In the final hour of the contest, Wright’s votes spiked incredibly high. A late surge is to be expected, but it’s a bit odd when a large chunk of the votes appear to be coming from South Korea. Hmm. Oh well… The contest is mercifully over, and people’s timelines can now go back to normal. Either way, A’s fans proved their point. Their organization, support of Sogard, and unreal creativity made some serious noise. It was truly entertaining to follow.


Deadspin also has a post examining if MLB rigged their own competition. It seems hard to believe MLB would go to that length. Deadspin hit the nail on the head with their closing statement, though:

Despite the outcome, this was a huge win for supporters of Eric Sogard and supporters of anarchy. The entire contest was hijacked by bespectacled nihilism. Much of baseball turned against Jose Bautista and against David Wright, and rooted for a dumb promotion to suffer the absurdist payoff it deserved. It didn’t quite happen, but now there’s almost no chance MLB runs this contest again next year. And that is a triumph for democracy.

Wright, who doesn’t even have a Twitter account, also seemed happy with the results.

Logan Couture and Raffi Torres made an immediate impact upon returning to the San Jose Sharks’ lineup. Team Teal dominated the Philadelphia Flyers with a 7-3 win.

Charles Woodson would consider retiring if the Oakland Raiders try to lowball him.

— Stephen Curry will be wearing special shoes tonight against the New York Knicks.

Time to kick it with some links from around the nation…

Field of Links: 

— Jimmy Fallon and LeBron James rap about wastepaper basketball.

— True Detective character Rust Cohle as a baseball analyst?

Aaron Paul may make a cameo in the Breaking Bad prequel “Better Call Saul,” which debuts in November.

Richie Incognito claims he beat his Ferrari with a bat because he was venting his frustration. Get a punching bag or something.

A giant crocodile prompted a beach closure in Australia.


A giants crocodile surfing. (Courtesy: Sharon Scoble)

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