Indy 500, Little 500, Broadripple: Bawdy Tales of Indianapolis Racing Weekend Hijinks

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About a decade ago, I attended my first Indy 500, and it was in the infield. My people watching that day became an essay which is among the site’s most popular posts.  A decade later, I returned to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, ready once again to regale you with tales of racing’s zaniest fans, on racing’s biggest weekend.

This time we added two more venues- the Little 500 in Anderson (about an hour from the speedway) and Broadripple, the hippest nightlife in all of nap town.

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Takuma Sato Wins Indy500, Denver Columnist Tweets Bigotry, Gets Fired

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The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 featured more drivers leading the race (15) than any in history. Although it was a very slow moving race due to several cautions, and the long depth of the stoppages, it was still a very exciting race. New ground was broken when former Formula One driver Takuma Sato took home the checkered flag, thus becoming the first Japanese winner in history.

Seeing this special moment in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’s history transpire, one felt compelled to make a Tweet that although totally falling on deaf ears at the time, ended up being rather prescient and completely relevant.

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Tony Stewart Gives Little 500 Race, City of Andersonville Badly Needed Thrill

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It was the hottest Little 500 ticket in recent memory. There’s nothing like a fallen and disgraced celebrity and still hometown hero to bring ’em out on a Saturday night. If the sport is auto racing, and that native son also happened to have once accidentally killed somebody on the track, well that makes all the more a big attraction.

Tony Stewart, yes, “Smoke” himself, native of Columbus, Indiana, just about 90 minutes down the road from Anderson Speedway was in Anderson, Indiana Saturday night to compete in the Little 500.

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Jared Kushner is Very Tight With Chelsea Owner, Vladimir Putin Crony Roman Abramovich

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Today’s top news story centers around Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. Friday night, yet another news bombshell broke, via the Washington Post.

WaPo informed the world that: “Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports.”

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Guide to Indy 500 Museum; Photo of 1st ever Indy 500 car

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I visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in mid-March 2014, just hours before Michigan State thrashed Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Final. I used what scarce vacation time I had to take in Indy 500 history and Indy 500 culture. It was literally 26 degrees outside, with a wind chill of 10 that afternoon, in Mid March (just in case you needed yet another reminder of what a BRUTAL WINTER we had in the Midwest during 2013-14).

Still I fought the elements to bring you this Indy 500 photo essay- enjoy!

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John Calipari Could Face His Own Player, Tai Wynyard in FIBA U19s World Cup

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Kentucky Wildcats Coach John Calipari might actually face one of his own players in a tournament this offseason. Redshirt sophomore Tai Wynyard was once again selected to participate in the upcoming FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup. He will play again for his native nation of New Zealand, a team with which he won Gold in the 3×3 tournament in 2015.

Coach Cal has a team in the summer tourney field as well. Thus, you may have a developing story line that is a lot more compelling than what you typically see in most offseason international competition.

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What Hamidou Diallo Brings to the Kentucky Wildcats Table Next Season

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With only minutes to spare before the NBA Draft entry deadline, Hamidou Diallo informed the Kentucky Wildcats of his intention to return to school. It was metaphorically an 11th hour decision. Diallo only practiced with the Cats, for about half the season, last year. He never saw game action. Usually, when a player of no experience returns to a college basketball team, it’s not huge news.

It is here though because UK has so little experience returning from this past season’s Elite 8 team.

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Central Midfielders Schweinsteiger, McCarty, Juninho Key Chicago Fire Rebuild

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The Chicago Fire rebirth, from an on-the-pitch standpoint, centers around three recently acquired players at the same exact position, central midfield. The stellar triad is composed of Juninho, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Dax McCarty.

Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriguez had a tremendous off-season, addressing the club’s primary talent need, and it’s resulted in a genesis of his on-field product.

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Golden State Warriors Favored in NBA Finals, Curry and Durant MVP Favorites

Westgate Las Vegas has opened with the Golden State Warriors as clear favorites over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The bookmaker site positions the Warriors at -240 and the Cavaliers at +200. That means Westgate believes Golden State has about a 67-70% chance of taking the series, while the Cavs have a 33-30% chance of repeating as champions.

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Jared Kushner in Colorado the Same Day as Chelsea Owner, Putin Confidant Roman Abramovich

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UPDATE: via the New York Times- “Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, spoke in December with Russia’s ambassador to the United States about establishing a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and Moscow to discuss strategy in Syria and other policy issues, according to three people with knowledge of the discussion.”

With the Donald Trump White House and Vladimir Putin/Russia we have seen endless coincidences and plenty of collaboration. However, we have not seen evidence of definitive treasonous collusion. “The smoking gun,” as one would proverbially put it, hasn’t been found yet, but it could be coming to light reasonably soon.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors: NBA Finals Preview, Prediction

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This is the real party right here, right now. The actual NBA postseason is FINALLY HERE!

It’s the Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Golden State Warriors, and now it’s the rubber match of the series. G.S. took the first one in 2015, the Cavs won last year, and now we’ll watch an epic NBA Finals series that should certainly redeem what was a dreadfully tedious and utterly pointless NBA playoffs.

You knew it was going to be these two teams all along, and the road here was filled with completely predictable and essentially boring chalk. Although we did all have some fun on social media with some of the laughable blowouts.

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WORST (or BEST) of the Indianapolis 500 Infield People Watching

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The Indianapolis 500 is the world’s highest attended single day event. Its total capacity is approximately 400,000 with about 125,000 located in the cheapest and most “festive” seats of the infield.

All newbies marvel at the sheer size of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway upon entering it the first time. The modern day answer to Circus Maximus is large enough to hypothetically house the Vatican, Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium and the Rose Bowl all at the same time.

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