Best Of The SB Nation Network: August 17, 2011

We have 309 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!

Hockey

- Raw Charge looks at the news that former Lightning owner Oren Koules is interested in getting back into the NHL.

- Musings on the Islanders' arena situation as it compares to the Detroit Red Wings via Lighthouse Hockey.

- The Copper & Blue takes a look at lineage among NHL general managers.

Baseball

- Let's Go Tribe pays tribute to former Indian Jim Thome, who clobbered his 600th career home run the other day.

- DRaysBay looks at the types of pitches Desmond Jennings likes to hit.

- Beyond The Boxscore writes that the Red Sox's core is historically good.

Basketball

- Ben Gordon had some interesting answers to Pistons and Lockout questions.

- George Hill has gone back to school, discovers the fun of student fees.

- The Nets have a lot going for them once they get the chance to make changes.

Football

- The drama in Cincy isn't just with Carson Palmer, but also his little brother Jordan. Cincy Jungle explains.

- Will David Garrard or Blaine Gabbert be the starter for Jacksonville? Big Cat Country has the latest.

- Music City Miracles notes the changes in Tennessee since Mike Munchak took over for Jeff Fisher.

- Buffalo Rumblings laments the recent string of poor drafts for the Bills.

College Sports

- The 7th Floor has some immediate reactions to the story, provides a complete anthology of bounties, and takes a look at a prospective 2011 depth chart in a post Shapiropocalyptic world.

- Down in Tallahassee Tomahawk Nation takes a look at how the potential implosion of Da U could impact Florida State.

- The Alligator Army from Gainesville also has some thoughts on Miami's troubles and how they could affect the Florida Gators.

- Voodoo Five has a quick thought on one South Florida's newly infamous alums.

- Black Shoe Diaries looks at the scandal through Al Golden's saucer-shaped eyes.

- Maize N Brew takes a look at Nevin Shapiro, Kirk Cousins and possibly redefining amateurism for the 21st century.

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