Archives for May 2021

Manchester United Transfer Talk: Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, Tom Heaton

It is that time of year again- summer transfer rumor silly season! The domestic leagues and European competitions are complete, so it’s time to talk about who could be going where, why and for how much this summer transfer window. For the Europa League runners-up, Manchester United, it’s all about trying to build the squad that will get manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his first trophy, finally.

We start with, well what else, the most overplayed hit single of the United transfer window gossip these days, Jadon Sancho. Yes, maybe this time, the 28th or 29th time that Sancho was “close” on a deal, will be the actual instance that we see the transfer finally happen.

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Indianapolis 500 Ramps Up Extreme Nationalism, Over the Top Jingoism

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Make no mistake about it, my favorite color is a three way tie between red, white and blue. Just look at the colors of this website. Take a look at the photo below to see how I dressed to attend the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. See the American flag emoji in my Twitter profile too.

However, there is patriotism, and then there is nationalism, and then there is patriotism and nationalism combined, on steroids and multiplied to the 10th power, which we usually call jingoism. This is a very hot topic right now, as the NFL decided last week to take the Star Spangled Banner issue and go full on #MAGA #AmericaFirst with it. The National Football League decided to completely pander to the lowest common denominator.

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Most Memorable Merica and MAGA T-Shirts Seen at Indianapolis 500

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As has been well documented, especially so on this site, the patriotism gets ramped up to jingoism and then some at the Indianapolis 500 every year. Actually take that jingoism and square it, no wait- take it to the tenth power.  On one hand, we get it- this site’s colors are red, white and blue for a reason.

It is the nation’s biggest Memorial Day weekend gathering, as it draws over 300,000 people each year. On the other hand, come on- spare us the native advertising for the armed services; sponsored by Chevrolet. People showed up for an auto race, not a recruiting pitch, and certainly not for more Chevy ads.

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Manchester City Transfer Talk: Sergio Ramos, Sergio Aguero

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It is that time of year again- summer transfer rumor silly season! The domestic leagues and European competitions are complete, so it’s time to talk about who could be going where, why and for how much this summer transfer window. For the Champions League runners-up, Manchester City, it’s all about trying to build the squad that will get them over that final hurdle.

Yes, this was the closest they have ever come to obtaining UCL glory, but in the end, second place is just the first place non-winner. Expect some changes at the Etihad this summer, but remember that they did claim a double, so if they strengthen a bit here and there, Man City will be a juggernaut once again.

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Chelsea FC Transfer Talk: Romelu Lukaku, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori

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It is that time of year again- summer transfer rumor silly season! The domestic leagues and European competitions are complete, so it’s time to talk about who could be going where, why and for how much this summer transfer window. For Chelsea, newly crowned European champions, it figures to be a massive summer spending spree once again.

We begin with news of Romelu Lukaku potentially coming back. It’s not secret Inter Milan have to cut costs, all over the organization, and that includes the wage bill.

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

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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 of all time. A decade later, I returned to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, ready once again to regale you with tales of auto racing’s zaniest fans, on racing’s biggest weekend.

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

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How Covid-19 is Making Tennis a More Popular Sport

Year 2020 was badly jolted by the outbreak of coronavirus with the world’s activities disturbed hugely. From economics to business to travel to sports, everything was affected big time. The high peaks of the virus saw the lockdowns in the majority of the countries and every individual was limited to the house. Sports, which are continued throughout the year, stopped. Tennis, which is played throughout the year, all across the globe, came to a halt with no tournaments played for months.

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Chelsea FC News and Notes: Christian Pulisic, Edouard Mendy, Kai Havertz

Last night saw Chelsea pull off the upset and complete their magical European journey, with an against all odds win over Manchester City. Once again, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel had the secret sauce to stopping the Manchester City juggernaut.

Let’s run through some of the news and notes from the 1-0 win in Porto, starting with Christian Pulisic, who was once again a supersub. 

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Decisions that Cost Manchester City the Champions League Final

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Manchester City were just 90 minutes away from glory in Porto when they took on Chelsea in the Champions League final. But their day ended in agony as the Blues emerged victorious and a questionable decision or two from Pep Guardiola contributed to the defeat.

For all the tactical brilliance that the Spaniard has, there is a tendency, especially in European games, for him to complicate things. There have been instances where the Spanish boss went with a different formation all together but in this case, it was the exclusion of a certain player.

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Sweet Bonanza – Detailed Slot Review

Pragmatic Play has recently released its amazing slot that will delight gamblers with sophisticated graphics, outstanding visuals, and solid wins. The game takes you to a magical world where caramel flows like a river, and fruits are handed out for free. Sweet Bonanza is a godsend for those with a sweet tooth because delicacies are everywhere here. Interestingly, sweets are one of the most popular topics in online gambling. And the game dev company decided to follow the passion of gambling enthusiasts. If you have never played the Sweet Bonanza slot, here are some key facts about the game that you should know.

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