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Best Of The SB Nation Network: August 12, 2010

We have 274 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!

College Sports

- With Michigan football officials meeting with the NCAA today in Seattle, Maize n Brew is looking forward to having the investigation into the Wolverines' alleged practice violations behind them.

- Iowa blog Black Heart Gold Pants has well wishes for the Iowa State program as several of the program's athletic buildings are under water as a result of major flooding in the Squaw Creek and Skunk River.

- Conquest Chronicles comments on the latest distraction for the USC football program, the suspension of freshman running back Dillon Baxter.

- Rocky Top Talk has thoughts on the NCAA wanting to talk to Bryce Brown about Lane Kiffin's recruiting practices while at Tennessee.

- Shakin' the Southland provides a tutorial on the "Bear" defensive front.

- Gobbler Country looks at the injuries impacting Virginia Tech's linebacker depth.

Football

- Can't watch HBO's Hard Knocks? Never fear, Gang Green Nation has you covered.

- Bills fans are feeling confident despite recent history. Buffalo Rumblings predicts the team will field a Top 5 defense this year.

- Battle Red Blog explains how the Texans have attempted to stop Peyton Manning in the past, with limited success.

- Five things NOT to like about the NFL season, courtesy of Windy City Gridiron.

Baseball

- Nats announcer Rob Dibble doesn't have a high opinion of female baseball fans. SB Nation Orioles site Camden Chat is run by Stacey Long, who is a female baseball fan. Discuss.

- If Eric Chavez has played his last big league game, he'll probably be remembered for having his career cut short.

- The Cardinals swept the Reds to move into first place in the NL Central. Also, Jim Edmonds has had a very good career.

- The Mariners are in need of a new manager. Lookout Landing has some thoughts about that.

Basketball

- Sactown Royalty continues to build their all-time King's roster.

- Celtics Blog is running a cool T-shirt contest. I bet the winning design is green and has a shamrock in it.

Hockey

- In a continuing series at Nucks Misconduct, fans give five reasons why they love the Vancouver Canucks.

- True or false, asks Winging It In Motown? Will Johan Franzen score 40 goals next season?

- Stanley Cup of Chowder sits down with Jason Cohen, author of the book Zamboni Rodeo.

Combat Sports

- Bloody Elbow has the latest in their popular Judo Chop series which breaks down the techniques seen in MMA. This time it's a break down of the techniques used by Jon Jones against Vlad Matyushenko at UFC on Versus 2.