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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26:  Aerial view of Wimbledon, home of AELTC which will host the Tennis events during the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 26, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Aerial view of Wimbledon, home of AELTC which will host the Tennis events during the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 26, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
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While the NFL was getting it's offseason under way I was putting together these links for your non-football needs.

 

 

Link of the Week

‪Best prayer EVER! Pastor Joe Nelms - Nascar Nationwide - Nashville, TN‬‏ - YouTube
Joe Nelms with quite possibly the best prayer ever before a sporting event.

 

 

Trade Deadline - 5 Days and Counting

Astros must weigh in trade value of Pence
Through no real fault of his own, Hunter Pence has become a central figure in Astros' trade rumors. MK Bower looks at whether or not the Astros should trade their starting right fielder.

Is Wandy Rodriguez Overpaid?: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com
A look at the market value of Rodriguez's contract.

Why the Astros Should Trade Hunter Pence | FanGraphs Baseball
Joe Pawlikowski discusses his reasoning for trading Pence.

 

 

The Hall of Fame

Baseball Hall of Fame: 2012 Preview - Baseball Nation
With Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven elected by the baseball writers to the Hall of Fame this year, Barry Larkin moves to the head of the class in 2012. Will he make it? Rob Neyer doesn't think Jeff Bagwell will get elected this year either and I tend to agree. I however think it will be because the writers will want to see him go in with Biggio who's eligible the next year.

 

 

State of the Astros

Ultimate Astros " Wallace’s playing time to drop for near future, Berkman injured
Bad news Brett Wallace fans it appears he'll be playing less not more.

Ultimate Astros " Minor league notebook: Deadline looms for Astros to sign 2011 selections
Zachary Levine checks in on the Astros attempts to sign George Spring and Jack Armstrong, as well as look at some of the players already signed from this draft class in the Gulf Coast league and a look at injuries involving Ariel Ovando and Austin Wates.