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July 13, 2013

7 at 7: Looking back on a newsworthy Friday for Tigers, along with assorted other links

BY RYAN BLACK | rblack@ledger-enquirer.com

@wareagleextra

Hope everyone used Friday to recover from the absurdity that was the “Sharknado” phenomenon on Thursday night.

I was one of about six people in the country who didn’t catch it — the low-budget film did draw in 1.4 million viewers, after all — but it was impossible to avoid on Twitter. Being a fan of campy flicks, I should have tuned in; however, I got preoccupied working on content for War Eagle Extra, and by the time I noticed it had started, it was too late. I’m not into joining a movie if I can’t see it from the beginning.sharknado

No worries, though. If there’s one thing Syfy knows how to do, it’s run something into the ground. I’ll catch one of the repeats bound to occur in the coming weeks and months.

But enough about “Sharknado.”

You’ll note today’s “7 at 7″ has a different look in that it’s a more “traditional” links article. Little-to-no analysis by me. Just a line or two and a link.

Call it “7 at 7: The Abridged Version.”

(This won’t turn into a habit, as “7 at 7″ will return to its normal length on Sunday.)

1. If you weren’t able to stop by War Eagle Extra on Friday, you missed a busy day. There were two more previews of Auburn’s 2013 opponents (Ole Miss and Western Carolina) as well as coach Gus Malzahn’s induction into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Friday night, it was reported that 2013 signee Earnest Robinson, a receiver out of Pinson Valley High School in Alabama, had failed to qualify academically and will not join the Tigers this fall.

2. AL.com’s Brandon Marcello finished his series looking back at Malzahn’s high school coaching career in Arkansas, coinciding with his hall of fame induction on Friday night.

3. Auburn’s secondary intercepted just one pass last season. Phillip Marshall of AuburnTigers.com explains how the Tigers plan to change that this fall.

4. Barrett Sallee, Bleacher Report’s lead SEC football writer, had a pair of Auburn-related posts on Friday, writing why Class of 2014 signal-caller Brandon Harris would be a match made in heaven for the Tigers and why Arkansas should roll the dice with former Tigers running back Michael Dyer (but won’t).

5. Check out this great feature from The Baltimore Sun on one of the best players in baseball this season, the Orioles’ Chris “Crush” Davis.

6. Item No. 6 is once again reserved for a trio of figures who only seem to make headlines for stupid things they say or do: Suspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill, suspended Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson and former Ohio State president Gordon Gee.

7. Should you ever have to survive a bear attack, check out the handy video below, courtesy of NBC 10 in Providence, R.I. You have to give the reporter, Julie Tremmel, props for the amount of overacting she put into her role. Forget the Emmys. This is Oscars-type stuff.

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