Extreme Urban Sports: That Can Get You Arrested

Youngsters, particularly teens today live for the adrenaline rush and find out new ways to satisfy their cravings for some fun. For this, they will jump into any sport that will give them even the slightest vibe of fun and scary. Urban sports are the new trend; they are not the usual basketball or skateboarding in the urban areas; these are more towards extreme sporting. Some are in it for a meager amount of cash and others just for the adrenaline rush. But, what fun is it to get behind bars for a sport. Surprised… right!

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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, let’s take a look at five things to watch during the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

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Sports Bank Founder to Give Talk at Fulbright Alumni Conference at Univ. of Arkansas

Building Bridges: The Fulbright Legacy and the Future of International Exchange” will be taking place next weekend, May 17 to 19, 2019 in Fayetteville, Arkansas and I will be on hand, hosting a round table on the state of journalism in the world today.

Hosted by the German-American Fulbright Commission, in partnership with the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, it’s a chance to discuss the Fulbright legacy and alma mater and reconnect with the Fulbright community. As a Fulbright alumni myself, I will be leading and moderating a World Café on Saturday, May 18, from 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm. The details are as follows.

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Martellus Bennett on How the NFL Discourages Individuality, Free-Thought (Exclusive)

During his NFL career, Martellus Bennett scored more than 30 touchdowns, accrued more than 4,500 receiving yards, won a Super Bowl with the 2016 New England Patriots and earned a Pro Bowl berth with the 2014 Chicago Bears.

Not bad for artist and writer. Bennett was in town last week to do a public reading of his new children’s book “Dear Black Boy,” at Open Books, a literacy non-profit in the west loop. A major point he emphatically made, over and over again, is that creating art and literature is more fun than sports. 

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Chewbacca to Throw Out First Ball at Cubs Second Home Game this Season

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The Chicago Cubs are off to a dreadful 1-4 start this season, bad enough to be tied with division rival Cincinnati for the worst in the National League. Only the L.A. Angels, who have started the season 1-5, have a worse record in all of baseball. That’s the bad news.

The good news? Chewbacca is coming to town! Yes, everyone’s favorite wookie, hailing from the planet Endor, will throw out the first ball for the Cubs’ second home game of the season. Or at least the guy who plays Chewbacca, in the new trilogy, not Peter Mayhew from the classic trilogy, will be doing so.

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April Set To Be Bumper Month for Sports Fans

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A quick look at the sporting line-up in April should get sports and betting fans excited. From the last day of March when Liverpool hosted Tottenham Hotspur in what proved to be a crucial game for both clubs, through to the beginning of May when the snooker World Championships reaches its climax, there is a veritable feast of delicious sporting action. Here is just a taste of what to expect.

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World Series of Poker Celebrates Golden Anniversary in 2019

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The World Series of Poker, which commences on May 29th and runs until July 16th, turns 50 this year. Yes, the ultimate pinnacle and pantheon for poker players everywhere on Earth celebrates its golden anniversary at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas; where it’s been staged every year since 2005.

It’s all capped off by the 2019 World Series of Poker main event- the poker’s world championship, which runs from July 3rd until the final day on July 16th. For those who can’t make it to Vegas, the ESPN family of networks will televise portions of it, every single night of the event’s duration.

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Comedian Lindsay Glazer on Scottie Pippen’s “Evolving” M.J. vs Lebron Stances

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Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen has been retired for over a decade, but in 2019 he’s just as relevant as ever. The new year has seen Pippen consistently in the headlines for a host of different reasons. Last month he gave his take on Duke freshman and NBA super-prospect Zion Williamson, suggesting the blue chip frosh ditch the Blue Devils in midseason to start preparing for the NBA Draft.

This was before the Nike shoe fail incident leading to Williamson’s minor injury, so let’s give Pippen some credit on that one. Last week saw Pippen trending again as he “evolved” his opinion on the ultra-stale Michael Jordan vs. Lebron James “debate” for the umpteenth time. We asked comedian Lindsay Glazer (Woloshin) for her take on that news story, and a couple more Scottie Pippen related topics.

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Curling Makes Winter Suck Less, but it’s Also Harder than You Think

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With curling there are two cliches that always accompany the two week period in which we see actual mainstream interest in the sport every four years. The first is “oh, it’s not really a sport.” The second is “oh, I can do that, anybody can, we could all be winter olympic athletes.”

First off, it’s worth noting that the curling I participated in is not really curling at all. I went to Kaiser Tiger, an establishment located at the west end of the SoDaSoPa (for our South Park viewing readers) that is Randolph Street in the west loop. There may or may not be other Chicago bars that offer curling, I just know that KT is the current leader in this niche.

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Chicago Cubs Partner with Vile Sinclair to Launch their Own Network

On one level, this makes perfect sense. Sinclair Broadcast Group, a vile machine that pumps out MAGA propaganda, is partnering with the Chicago Cubs, a franchise owned by a family with, well you already know what Papa Ricketts is all about.

Just in case you forgot about Joe Ricketts’ donations to Donald Trump, he reminded you who he is in the recent leaked emails showcasing his bigotry and Islamophobia. At 6 a.m. central time this morning (because hey, let’s make sure everybody in Chicago starts their hump day with this news), the long discussed Cubs Network plans were finally made official.

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Revisiting “Let’s Ram It,” the L.A. Rams Sexually Suggestive 1986 Music Video

With the Los Angeles Rams now back in the Super Bowl, it’s the perfect time to revisit their 1986 music video “Let’s Ram It,” which didn’t exactly specialize in the art of subtlety.

Remember, when the L.A. Rams recorded this monstrosity it was a very different time and political climate. When the Rams moved back to L.A. a couple of years ago, the internet’s virtual time capsule was dug up and “Let’s Ram it” was written about in several different publications.  [Read more…]

Why Football Teams are so Keen to Get Involved with Esports

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By Joseph Connolly

Ever since competitive gaming came on the scene, it has been widely treated with suspicion by the traditional sporting world. Many commentators stated that it was little more than a sedentary activity, and had little to do with sporting excellence. Despite these reservations, it seems that a growing number of football clubs and players are keen to get involved with the esports phenomenon.

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