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Best Of The SB Nation Network: August 18, 2010

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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!

Baseball

- The Cubs, out of a pennant race, traded first baseman Derrek Lee to the Braves. According to Bleed Cubbie Blue, they lost. Again.

- On the other side of that coin, Talking Chop thinks the Braves would definitely improve themselves with a Derrek Lee acquisition.

- Over The Monster takes a look at the contractual situation of the Boston Red Sox.

- Wally Backman could very well be the next manager of the Mets. Amazin' Avenue thinks this is a bad idea.

Basketball

- Silver Screen and Roll looks at the greatest Lakers of all time based on uniform numbers (because other stats like points and rebounds are boring).

- At the Hive wonders if former Phoenix Suns energy man Lou Amundson could be a fit in New Orleans.

- The Dream Shake takes a preseason look at the Rockets point guards.

Hockey

- Pension Plan Puppets has a complex and colo(u)rful look at Toronto's goal output.

- Dinner with Shawn Thornton could mean the end of a Bruins career, says Stanley Cup of Chowder.

- The Cannon looks at why conditioning is so important.

College Sports

- Mountain West Connection breaks down the rumor/report about BYU going independent in football and to the WAC in all other sports.

- In response to Tennessee buying out its 2011 game against North Carolina, Carolina March is upset, Rocky Top Talk is upset, and Every Day Should Be Saturday is once again providing comic relief.

- Taking an early look at Penn State's September 11 game with Alabama, Black Shoe Diaries looks for, and finds, chinks in the Tide's armor.

Football

- Charger tackle Marcus McNeil wants big money, Bolts From The Blue examines whether the team can afford him.

- Mile High Report is sick of the Broncos bashing and comes out swinging, they even love them some Kyle Orton.

- Gang Green Nation suggests three teams that will regress in 2010. Hint: none of them are the Jets.

- The Phinsider takes on Dolphins fans who have CLS (Chicken Little Syndrome).