Real Life Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies AAA Affiliate) Claim World’s Spiciest Burger

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“These are southwestern toppings!” Homer Simpson exclaimed as a ballpark hot dog gave him the epiphany that he was seeking. That eureka moment helped Homer realize the Albuquerque Isotopes were indeed in the works, with New Mexico’s largest city set to take away his hometown Springfield Isotopes.

During that specific episode of The Simpsons, Homer went on a hunger strike in hopes of exposing the plan, and it led to his getting chained to a pole in the minor league baseball stadium.

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ESPN 30 for 30: Top 20 of All Time List

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Rating the best films in the ESPN 30 for 30 series is a highly debatable endeavor, as there are so many great documentaries to choose from. Click the title where highlighted for a review/feature on that specific film.

A year ago, I would have told you that there’s Hillsborough, the college football docs, and then there’s everything else. Still true, except now there’s Laettner, which towers above everything else.

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Chicago Cubs World Series Themed Art Show Opens (PHOTOS)

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Art imitates a surreal, transcendent moment in the life of every Chicago Cubs fan with the work of Opie Otterstand, which will be exhibited in Water Tower Place beginning next week. Cubs pitcher John Lackey got his own personal preview back on February 24th with a showing of It Happened from Otterstad himself. The painting, which depicts the Cubs’ World Series triumph, was unveiled to Lackey, and everyone else during a fundraiser at Vandergrift High School in Leander, Texas.

The Chicago Cubs World Series celebration paintings will be on public display at Narrative Gallery inside Chicago’s Water Tower Place, featuring special in-gallery appearances by Mr. Otterstad on Saturday, April 8, from 6:00-9:00 pm CST and Sunday, April 9, between 1:00-4:00 pm. #CubsArtEvent

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Mila Kunis to Throw Out First Pitch Saturday when Cubs Host Pirates

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Mila Kunis was named the “sexiest woman alive” in February of 2013 by Esquire magazine. Whether or not that’s “true,” or “accurate,” or whatever, I’ll let you debate that. Clickbait junk like that is not really the sort of thing we do here.

 What we actually do here is cover the Chicago Cubs and on Saturday, April 15, television and movie star Mila Kunis will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Yes, that’s right. The star who gained fame on the small screen for That 70s Show and the voice of Meg on Family Guy will be the Wrigley Field guest of honor next weekend. 

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2017 Movie Night Schedule at Wrigley Field Released

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Tonight brings Chicago Cubs Opening Day with a trip to St. Louis, and a nationally televised clash against the arch-rival Cardinals. A week from tomorrow brings the home opener at Wrigley Field. Yes, the 2016 World Series Champions Cubs, the last great American sports news story turns the page to the next chapter starting….now.

We shall see what the defending champions do for an encore, and what the new narrative will be at Wrigley Field.

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$3.4 Billion Man Clay Chapman: An Exclusive with the Windy City Thunderbolts Pitcher

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A week ago, we first broke the news of the largest sports endorsement deal of all time (Yes, we are indeed playing fast and loose with the term “news” here). It’s a $3.4 billion (yes, billion with a “b”) endorsement deal between Windy City ThunderBolts pitcher Clay Chapman and Archer. The contract is set to run over a 10 million year period. Yes, you read that correctly, 10 million years.

The contract includes a clause enabling both parties the option to extend, once the deal has reached full term. In case you’re not interested in doing math right now, the arrangement equals $340 per year.

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Minor League Pitcher Signs $3.4 Billion, 10 Million Year Endorsement Deal

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(UPDATE: Audio of exclusive with the player himself, and the club’s General Manager at this link)

No, this is not a headline from The Onion; or Sports Pickle.

It’s not a typo either, as those numbers you just read are entirely correct. The Windy City Thunderbolts are an unaffiliated minor league baseball club located in Crestwood, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago. Thunderbolts pitcher Clay Chapman has signed a $3.4 billion endorsement deal to be paid out over 10 million years.

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Former Chicago Bulls GM Jerry Krause Passes Away at Age 77

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Jerry Krause, architect of the Chicago Bulls 1990s super-dynasty passed away Tuesday. The former Chicago Bulls General Manager and White Sox scout, who died from persistent health issues, including osteomyelitis, was 77. He retired last spring from his scouting job with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Here’s a Tweet from the Chicago Tribune’s Bulls beat reporter K.C. Johnson. Below that is a Tweet from the Tribune’s Mark Gonzalez, who covered Jerry Krause during his days with the Sox.

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Brian Urlacher Talks Bears, Hair Restoral, Cubs, Illini and More (Semi-Exclusive)

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“Anything that Brian is doing, of course should be entertaining,” said former Chicago Bears and current Illinois Fighting Illini Head Coach Lovie Smith this past week.

“I’m sure they’ll all have a great time with it,” Smith responded when we informed him exactly what Brian Urlacher would be up to this Sunday.

Smith was spot on, and perhaps even understating it a bit. Urlacher was one of the many celebrities appearing at the 17th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge Sunday morning at North Avenue beach, benefiting Special Olympics Chicago. Urlacher met with fans, took lots of pictures and served up bratwursts for Johnsonville, on a 65-foot semi-truck grill which can reportedly cook 2,500 brats an hour.

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Northwestern Basketball Will Be Analogized to Both Duke and the Cubs a lot this Month

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As we enter the B1G Tournament, Northwestern basketball will be looking to solidify their position in the NCAA Tournament, and improve their seeding by winning as many games as they can in Washington D.C.

Off-the-court, the local and national media will be producing lots of content surrounding what Jim Nantz deemed “the story of the year in college basketball.”

That story of course is Northwestern basketball making their first NCAA Tournament in the entire history of their program; ending a 78 year drought.

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New York Yankees Announce Three Roster Moves

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The New York Yankees have made a series of minor moves these past few days, in advance of the preseason opener on Friday. The Yanks will take on the Philadelphia Phillies, February 24th at George Steinbreener Field at 1 pm eastern.  Today, the Yanks send left handed pitcher Richard Bleier to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

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Liverpool FC Ownership was Offered to Bill Gates, Patriots Owner Bob Kraft

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One of the most interesting Liverpool news stories circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world today involves two big names that you would never expect- Bill Gates and Bob Kraft. Gates, the Microsoft founder and current richest man alive was offered a chance to purchase the team but did not respond.

Bill Gates, with a current estimated net worth of $84.2 billion, has been deemed the wealthiest man alive since 2014, and he also held the title from 1995-2007 and 2009.

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