Monday Morning Links

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Giant Drama – Hakeem Nicks looking for a long term deal

One year won’t do it: Hakeem Nicks wants ‘long-term deal’ and has eyes for Colts, Chargers and Panthers. Nicks backed off from his stance on a one-year contract Sunday, saying he wants to go to a team where he’s ‘the missing link.’ While naming quarterbacks he’d like to play with, Eli Manning’s name doesn’t come out of his mouth. (NYDN)

Mets Center Fielder Curtis Granderson got handsy during a recent spring training game. (TBL)

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Tony Romo And Jason Garrett Are Duke Fans. Of Course They Are. (Deadspin)

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Jennifer Lawrence’s best friend blogged about going to the Oscars on Myspace.

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I Went To The Oscars And Nobody Cared | Laura Simpson

My date comes out after her category and we decide to watch the rest of the show in the greenroom where there is pizza. This is where the presenters and winners are hanging out and it’s pretty jarring. Some guy picks up my purse that had fallen off my seat and I say “Thank you… Channing Tatum” and my dress gets caught on Jennifer Garner and we awkwardly laugh and someone tries to separate us. The lovely pregnant Kerry Washington asks me if she could have the Slim Jim in my purse. Glenn Close shows us her Oscar secret, which is a handmade corset and a dress long enough to hide her comfortable shoes. Miss J is sashaying around the room being crazy fabulous and I am one of maybe two non-famous people there. I kind of just sit there and smile creepily when someone catches me staring—shout out to Penelope Cruz.

HT imwithkanye

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Thoughts on the First Two Weeks of ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’

Andy Greenwald over at Grantland takes a look at LNwSM first two weeks. I agree with almost everything he says. I’d like to see Seth do his monologue from the desk ala Weekend Update style. His 

I’d love to see Meyers use the great Dick Cavett as inspiration — with his active mind and dry wit, he’s already halfway there — and bring on not people who are just in the news but those who are busy making it. It’s early still for Late Night, and the show is already enjoyably precocious. But Seth Meyers has the chance to become the rare talk show host capable of having a conversation. He’s far too sharp a guy to waste his time softening things up.

FOLLOW UPRed Sox owner John Henry trolls the Marlins

Last week the Red Sox sent a team full of minor league players to play the Miami Marlins in a Spring Training game. The Marlins were pissed because they charged fans a premium price to see the World Series champs play. Instead they got to see a bunch of scrubs play. 

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington apologized to the Marlins via an email during the game, but the team owner isn’t about to let the Marlins have the last word.

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Damn. That’s some shade. 

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Openly gay soccer player Anton Hysen has signed with the fourth division team Myrtle Beach Mutiny

 From Outsports:

 So an openly gay professional soccer player will be playing in South Carolina. Their division features teams across the Southeast. Not only is it supposed to be “impossible” for a professional male athlete to be openly gay, but it’s “100% definitely impossible” to do it in South Carolina, Tennessee, George and the like. Yet Myrtle Beach is doing it. Not so impossible, I guess.

Said Hysen: “I am excited to be joining the Mutiny this season. This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level. I hope I can help take the team to the top of the NPSL.”

IRISH RUGBY PLAYER FINDS JOY IN TANGLE OF BUMS AND THIGHS

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Cameras captured a funny moment in Saturday’s Six Nations rugby match-up between Ireland and Italy: the smiling face of Irish player Rob Kearney peering through a tangle of thick thighs and meaty rumps.

Someone was kind enough to clip it and set it to “A Whole New World” from Aladdin. Watch Here

H/T to Towleroad

Politics junkie? Miss the Sunday Shows? Well, Politico has a breakdown of what you missed in 90 Seconds. Sunday shows in 90 seconds: GOP, Crimea

William Clay Ford Sr., the owner of the Detroit Lions, has died at the age of 88. He was the last surviving grandson of Henry Ford. According to Forbes, Ford Sr. bought the team in 1963 for $4.5 million. The franchise is now worth approximately $900 million. 

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Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rogers has a doppelganger that appears on the Science Channel. That’s actually Tom Wrigglesworth, who is an English comedian. I wonder if he travels with his “assistant” as well. 

(h/t: Jason Wilde)

Trippin like a hippie. LSD may be making a comeback as a prescription for anxiety. A group of patients who tripped on acid in the first controlled LSD trial in 40 years reported that the drug almost uniformly reduced their anxiety levels. (Gawker via LA Times)

Madonna is recording a new track with Swedish EDM god Avicii according to a note she wrote accompanying a photo on Instagram

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