4 at 4: A quartet of links to kick off the bye week

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 23, 2013 

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn might have a bye week, but that doesn't mean news will slow down elsewhere. Check out these four sports-related links to help the afternoon pass by.

1. I understand it's a topic most people are tired of, but ... what if LeBron James decides to hit the free agent market next summer? And if so, what other decisions do the two-time defending NBA champions have to make? Shaun Powell of Sports on Earth takes a stab at it.

2. Like most entities that reign over their given place in the world, it's hard to cheer for the New York Yankees. It is easy, however, to like and respect someone like Mariano Rivera. The longtime closer (and future Hall of Famer) is retiring at the end of this season after 19 years with the club, and the team gave him a proper sendoff on Sunday. The New York Times has the full story.

3. Not that this should come as any surprise, but the the folks over War Eagle Reader hold down the third spot in our "4 at 4" once more. This week, however, it's not a picture they found to earn the designation; instead, they wrote about Daniel Wallace's issue with the Broadway production of his book, "Big Fish." In the novel, Auburn University plays a large part; not surprisingly, Wallace has taken umbrage with an Alabama pennant in the boy's bedroom in the Broadway adaptation. Kudos to him for sticking to his guns. (For further reading, check out this AL.com article which focuses strictly on the Broadway show.)

(In the interest of full disclosure, I'll note that I love the film version of "Big Fish," as Ewan McGregor is one of my favorite actors.)

4. No video to end on this week. But for those interested, Saturday Night Live is formulating its plan for the next season of shows following the mass exodus of talent at the end of last year's run.

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