Best Of The SB Nation Network: October 12, 2011

We have 314 fantastic sports blogs in SB Nation, so in case you didn't have a chance to read them all today we've collected the best stuff right here. Get sports smart in no time fast!

Baseball

- Lookout Landing laments the end of an era in the AL West with the Astros likely to switch leagues to bring the number of teams in that division to five.

- South Side Sox ponders the what-ifs of the rumored Paul Konerko player-manager scenario.

Hockey

- Second City Hockey publishes a rather vulgar (and fake) letter from Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman.

- How do Sharks fans feel about Dany Heatley? Fear The Fin debates the question.

- And speaking of players that Senators fans love to boo, Silver Seven asks if Sergei Gonchar should get it from the Ottawa faithful.

Basketball

- With no Blake Griffin jamming on people, Clips Nation asked what fans will be following instead.

- Indy Cornrows uncovers news about the Pacers' new sideline reporter.

- The NBA lockout will have the biggest impact on fringe NBA players which is where Ridiculous Upside does their best work.

Football

- Field Gulls on the trade of Aaron Curry from the Seahawks to the Raiders.

- The Falcoholic reports that Julio Jones will be unavailable for the Carolina game.

- Battle Red Blog on the deal for Derrick Mason from the Jets.

- Niners Nation covers the loss of wide receiver Josh Morgan for the season.

College Sports

- And The Valley Shook is sipping of bourbon and taking stock of the S! E! C! at the halfway point.

- Rule Of Tree is openly soliciting nicknames for Stanford fullback and pile-driver Geoff Meinken.

- House of Sparky sees a prospective Arizona State win in Autzen Stadium vs. Oregon as a stamp of program legitimacy.

- Addicted To Quack takes a look at how the Oregon Ducks offense will go with LaMichael James out with a bad wing.

- Cowboys Ride For Free thinks 'total defense' is a specious stat and that the Pokes' D is actually pretty good. Barking Carnival agrees.

- Tomahawk Nation is heartened by the improvements on the FSU defense in the midst of the three game slide.

- Hail To The Orange has compiled an authoritative but non-exhaustive list of completely true facts about Ron Zook.

- Corn Nation reports that Jared Crick's out for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

Soccer

- The eternal debate continues: Nature vs. nurture. This time Sounder at Heart explains why competition from other sports has mitigated the United States' population advantage in soccer.

- As much as every soccer player loves playing on grass, Quake, Rattle and Goal wonders if the San Jose Earthquakes wouldn't be better suited to playing on turf.

Combat Sports

- David Castillo has some thoughts on the controversial Nick Diaz getting another chance at a title fight.

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