The Daily Outkick: Wednesday, December 26, 2018

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Even Notre Dame Fans Aren’t Sure About Notre Dame (Wall Street Journal) The Fighting Irish are 12-0 entering Saturday’s game against Clemson, but memories of their 2013 national championship embarrassment at the hands of Alabama linger.

I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon. (The Atlantic) Let’s face it, when you’re a college-educated 57-year-old slinging parcels for a living, something in your life has not gone according to plan.

NFL Sunday Ticket Likely to Stay on DirecTV (Awful Announcing) While the league may test the market’s appetite for the out-of-market package, it ultimately will go back to DirecTV, which holds the rights through 2022.

Clay Travis: LeBron James Comparing NFL Owners to Slave Masters Proves He is an Idiot (Outkick) His comments are so dumb and so uneducated it’s amazing that anyone can take them seriously.

‘Monday Night Football’s’ Mid-life Crisis: From Monopoly To Monotony (Sporting News) “Monday Night Football” is far from what it used to be, and it’s time to face some hard truths about the most iconic show in sports TV history.

Censorship Causes Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, Dave Rubin to Leave Patreon (New York Times) The furor is a microcosm of the conflicts that are playing out across the internet as technology platforms try to limit the spread of hateful speech.

Is Netflix Killing The Movie Theater? Not So Fast. (Washington Post) Whether the gains are in fact the result of one-off factors or a more fundamental shift will tell a lot about where the movie theater is headed in the streaming age.

How the Baltimore Ravens Became the Biggest Wrench in the AFC Playoff Picture (The Ringer) Baltimore’s formula of wonky offense and crushing defense have turned a team from wild-card curiosity to a team with legitimate championship aspirations.

U.S. Holiday Retail Sales Are Strongest in Years (Wall Street Journal) The figures suggest a stock-market swoon and partial government shutdown haven’t curbed consumer confidence and spending.

Streaming: Apple and Disney Braced to Take on Netflix (The Guardian) It’s been a strong year for the market leader, but 2019 will see major rivals launch their own streaming services

Barring Ties, NFC Playoff Picture Is Clear, AFC More Muddled (Associated Press) Barring ties in Week 17 — and there are some wild scenarios should certain games end in draws Sunday — the road to the playoffs is quite straight in the NFC. The path to a first-round bye in the AFC has a bunch of curves in it.

Mike Leach Loves The ‘Christmas Story’ 24-hour Marathon (For The Win) I like the leg lamp. I think the leg lamp’s a year-round item. Everyone should have one.