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Tim Graham's Power Take: Your mother doesn't think you should read this

There's an old journalism saying: If your mom tells you she loves you, be sure to confirm it with a second a source.

I mention this because social media can be a bad mother this time of year, a nexus of sports rumor-mongering and bad scoops invented by pranksters.

The NHL trade and the NFL franchise-tag deadlines are Wednesday. The NFL Scouting Combine, one of football's largest information brokerages, begins this week.

Some of the silliest fake news -- maybe even a proving ground for actual political strategy nowadays -- has germinated on the internet as NHL trade-deadline rumors for the past 13 years.

Throwing fictional chum to ravenous sports fans who don't seem to care whether or not the bloody information is true, only that they want some sort of psychological payoff, is a strange hobby and cottage industry.

Somebody on Monday changed the lower-case L's in the Bills' account to ones and announced Tyrod Taylor had been cut. Somebody else made up a report Taylor would be retained.

Double check those sources. Even if mom tells you Evander Kane has been dealt.

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