Archives for May 2019

2019 Indianapolis 500: Five Things to Watch on Sunday

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It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means- the next running of the Indianapolis 500. When you hear “start your engines” on Sunday, the key has been turned on for summer.

The sunrise of summer as a whole is now here. That said, here are five things to watch during the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. We start with our discussion of the event on CLTV Sports Feed tonight, where I appeared alongside Jarrett Payton.

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Purdue Football’s First Coach, Albert Berg, Coached One Game and Made $1

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The first head football coach in Purdue history was a man named Albert Berg, who coached the team to an 0-1 record in the inaugural 1887 season. He was paid $1, which is about $25 in today’s money to do so. The result was not good for Purdue, as they lost to Butler 48-6.

Still Albert Berg was an incredibly talented and unique man who overcame the obstacle of deafness. Yes, he was able to become Purdue’s first ever football coach despite being deaf.

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Eden Hazard Most Popular Name in Real Madrid Fan Transfer Target Poll

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Spanish publication AS (h/t Daily Mirror) held a poll among Real Madrid supporters asking them which of the club’s summer transfer window targets they would most like to see in a white shirt next season. Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard, who by all indicative clues will be making the switch after the Europa League Final on May 29, topped the list. 

Six names were presented and more than 160,000 respondents showed up. While Hazard topped the list, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba came in dead last. That’s very interesting, especially when you consider how Hazard was regarded the biggest snub from the PFA Team of the Year plaudit, and Pogba the most undeserving player to get awarded a place in the side.

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Manchester United Transfer Talk: Joao Felix, Paul Pogba, Thomas Partey

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It was another very disappointing season at Manchester United, an occurrence that is becoming all too common under the Ed Woodward regime. And by the brutally honest assessment of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, next season might not be a whole lot better.

This rebuild could take some time, and that means a summer transfer window filled with many comings and goings. And with Manchester United linked to approximately 97,324 players already, it’s time for some United transfer talk.

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Indy 500 Podcast: The Best (Okay, Really the Worst) People Watching

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Sunday brings us the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, and with that, our first ever podcast at the Indy 500. If you want to talk about the drivers and the race itself, well then you are in the wrong place right now. This Indy 500 podcast is about the worst of the worst (so, actually the best) in people watching.

It’s about the hijinks and weirdness, Broadripple and the Little 500. It’s about the kind of stuff that is featured in my new book “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned from a Life in the Sports Media Industry.”

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Miss Europa League Final Due to Political Climate

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Athletes commonly miss games due to injuries or personal reasons, but it’s not often that they forego a match due to dangerous political situations. Often an individual’s presence or absence will have a major impact on the sport bet being placed, and Arsenal winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan is such an example.

He has decided not to travel with the rest of the squad to Baku, Azerbaijan, where his team will battle Chelsea in the UEFA Europa League tournament final on May 29.

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Olivier Giroud to Snub New Potential Suitors, Stay Another Year at Chelsea FC

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It is expected that Chelsea FC will soon announce a one year extension for striker Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman, who came over from Arsenal in January of 2018 on an 18 month deal plus a one year club option to extend, will now see that extension realized according to the London Evening Standard.

Giroud, who will never see consistent first team football as long as Gonzalo Higuain is there above him on the depth chart, has complained about not being the first choice centre-forward for Premier League play.

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Vincent Kompany Leaves Man City, Becomes Anderlecht Player-Manager

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Vincent Kompany is arguably one of the greatest, and certainly one of the most accomplished club captains in Manchester City history. For all the plaudits and silverware won, you could could even put Kompany in among the greatest skippers at any club.

The 33-year-old Belgian defender, City’s longest serving player, now officially moves on, having made major football history this past weekend- being part of the first domestic treble winning club in English history.

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Manchester United Transfer Talk: Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Daniel James

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It was another very disappointing season at Manchester United, an occurrence that is becoming all too common under the Ed Woodward regime. And by the brutally honest assessment of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, next season might not be a whole lot better.

This rebuild could take some time, and that means a summer transfer window filled with many comings and goings. And with Manchester United linked to approximately 97,324 players already, it’s time for some United transfer talk.

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Quinn Priester: Local Product Likely Best Prep Pitching Prospect in 2019 MLB Draft

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Typically, we do not cover preps at this site, nor do we get uber hyper mega local in our coverage, but Quinn Priester is a special case. He’s a lot more than just the biggest star athlete at Cary-Grove High School in Cary, Illinois.

Priester attends the same prep school as my nephews and nieces, an institution that will one day be attended by a new more nieces and nephews of mine. So I have known all about Quinn Priester for quite some time.

Take a look at this photo below:

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United Want Aaron-Wan Bassaka, Crystal Palace Set £60m Price Tag

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Right back is one of the many positions where Manchester United very much need to upgrade this summer transfer window. Defense is the weakest link in this United side, but problems abound overall. Crystal Palace RB Aaron Wan-Bassaka could be the man that helps plug this specific hole, but he won’t come cheap.

That price tag is £60 million, according to Metro, who write that the Eagles: “are desperate to keep hold of the right-back and are in a strong position given he has three years to run on his contract at Selhurst Park.”

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European Glory in Liverpool FC’s DNA Says UCL Legend Vladimir Smicer

Liverpool FC are in the UEFA Champions League final for the second consecutive season, and should they beat Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on June 1, the Merseysiders will then have sole possession of third place on the list of European Cup/UCL titles won.

As it stands, they are tied with Bayern Munich for third place at five European titles won, trailing AC Milan’s seven and Real Madrid’s 13.

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