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The Mid-Morning Dump - 8/11/15

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Iowa State Football

RHOADS ERA ROAD GRADERS. Uncle Randy says this is the best offensive line unit of Paul Rhoads' tenure.

DAY TWO. Coach Rhoads recaps day two in pads.

WE'RE NOT DONE. More o-line chatter from second year coach Brandon Blaney.

I WANT TO BE THE BEST LEFT TACKLE IN THE BIG 12. Not me. Jaypee Philbert.

TOLEDO PREVIEW. Our SBN bros at Hustle Belt take a look at this year's Cyclones-Rockets rematch.

Iowa State Basketball

AND THEY'RE OFF. The team has arrived in Spain, but here's Steve Prohm talking about the trip beforehand.

LIKEWISE, X. LIKEWISE. According to his father, Xavier Simpson left Ames impressed with Iowa State.

Seattle Mariners

THEY LOST. The O's knocked off the M's 3-2, dropping Seattle 8.0 games back of the rival Angels for the second Wild Card spot.

Around The Country

THE PRICE OF ANALYTICS. The NFL has ruled that team analytics experts can communicate with their head coach but only using still frames on a Microsoft Surface tablet.

WOULDN'T HAPPEN IN AMES. Thirteen of 40 U.S. rowers contracted a water-borne stomach illness at the 2016 Olympic trials in Rio de Janiero.

SO SAY WE ALL. Tiki Barber says it's time to fire Roger Goodell.

EVER WONDER WHY FANTASY SPORTS ARE ILLEGAL IN IOWA? Here you go.

TRISTAN THOMPSON. The Cavaliers forward wants $94 million to basically be a rebound specialist, and he's leaving Cleveland if he doesn't get it.

THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY. NBA rookies drew names of current players to imitate and it was delightful.

ASS BLASTER. No, not the $5 Buck Box from Taco Bell — Charleroi Javier Martos got a spray freeze treatment on his butt mid-game yesterday and why is nobody talking about the poor man performing it?

"I FIGHT FOR A LIVING." Ronda Rousey admits she'd lose to Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match, but not in a no-rules fight.

THE 30. These Grantland baseball pieces by Jonah Keri are always fun reads.