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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Marcus Rashford Pays Tribute to Manchester Arena Bombing Victims

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On the one year anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford provided a message for the families of the victims, and his hometown. On May 22, 2017, 22 lives were lost and hundreds were injured when a terrorist detonated a bomb at the arena during an Ariana Grande concert.

On Tuesday morning, Rashford posted a message to his official Instagram account, which has approximately 4.6 million followers. It listed the names and ages of every victim, below the “worker bee” symbol that is synonymous with paying tribute to those who were lost in the bombing.

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Roman Abramovich in Limbo as Chelsea Owner’s UK Visa Renewal Delayed

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In case you were wondering why Chelsea Owner Roman Abramovich did not attend Chelsea’s FA Cup final win over Manchester United in London yesterday, it’s because he cannot legally enter the country right now. His United Kingdom visa expired in April, and according to multiple reports, he’s experiencing a delay in renewal.

It is the policy of the government agency that handles processing visas to not comment on reasons for delay. However, given that Abramovich is now based in London, is Britain’s 13th richest man according to the Sunday Times with £9.3bn, and tensions escalating between Great Britain and Ambramovich’s native Russia, this is obviously a major news development.

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Meghan Markle Prince Harry Wedding Shouldn’t Be Publicly Funded

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Absolutely no one, outside family and friends of the couple, SHOULD CARE about Saturday’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but unfortunately that train has long left the station. The Royal Wedding as a “news story” is the biggest nothing burger of all nothing burgers, but what can you do? This endeavor, for some reason, is considered worth paying attention to by millions of people all around the world, who have never met Harry or Meghan.
Meghan Markle, today, is now one of the world’s most famous people. The Northwestern grad who played annoying characters and really bad television shows has truly come a very long way. In 2013, when College Gameday came to NU and Markle was referenced in signs, as Rachel Markle, we were all like “who?”

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Shoeless Joe Jackson: New Sports Betting Laws Could Change His Legacy

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On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal anti-sports gambling law, which now gives states the right to allow betting on sports. The Supreme Court’s opinion on Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association determined the federal ban on sports wagering, as established by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) to be unconstitutional, which now paves the way for the legalization of sports betting in all 50 states.

In other words, this is a seismic event, and the sports gaming industry is about to boom once again. People will be wagering everywhere, including on the world wide web, and thus, online casino reviews will be seeing an increase in traffic. These are indeed exciting times for all topics relating to sports gaming. 

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Cinco de Mayo No Fiesta for Chicago Fire; Atlanta United Cruise

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All the ingredients were there to provide a special night for the Chicago Fire: Cinco de Mayo falling on a Saturday, a late night kickoff in summer weather (when the very preceding Chicago Fire home game was hard core winter weather), and the best team in Major League Soccer (Atlanta United) coming to town.

Atlanta came in to this match second in the MLS in points this season, but the only team ahead of them, NYCFC, has played two more matches. This could have been a statement game for the Fire, and a fiesta grande for their seguidores y fanaticos, but they couldn’t capitalize, as the 15,024 in attendance (many of which were outfitted with festive holiday accoutrements) at Toyota Park saw United take all three points, winning 2-1.

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Babe Ruth Called Shot Home Run at Wrigley Field Bat Up for Sale

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It’s one of the most debated moments in baseball and Wrigley Field history – Babe Ruth’s “called shot” home run off Charlie Root in the 1932 World Series. Now you can own a piece of national past time history as the bat Ruth used for that legendary homer is now up for auction. What do you get the New York Yankees, or even Chicago Cubs, or general baseball fan that has everything?

Well, if you’re looking to gift something like this, then you are obviously a 1%er. The current bid, with five days to go at Robert Edward Auction, is $60,000. It opened at $25,000 and could easily go for over $250,000.

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Babe Ruth to White Sox for $16,000? Charles Comiskey said No in 1914

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Chicago White Sox founding patriarch Charles Comiskey passed up the opportunity to sign Babe Ruth for $16,000 (about $400,000 in today’s money) in 1914, and the letter verifying this offer is now up for auction. A very historical scrapbook from 1909-1914 contains 41 letters and 54 telegrams sent by former Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey to team scout George Mills is now available to the highest bidder at Robert Edward Auctions.

The online auction runs until May 6th, and the current SMR value for a Charles Comiskey signed letter is $1,500. However, the scrapbook’s historical value, especially with regard to the Ruth telegrams, cannot be quantified, as this same scrapbook sold at auction for $16,500 five years ago. Interestingly enough for $500 more than what Babe Ruth himself was offered.

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Jurgen Klopp Brutally Criticizes Brexit: “Makes No Sense At All”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made outspoken public criticisms of Brexit (Great Britain’s voting to leave the European Union) before, on more than one occasion, but today he kicked that up another notch.

When the Reds boss first heard about Brexit in June 2016, he thought that Britain exiting Europe meant that the England national team had been eliminated from the European championships.That’s how shocked he was to hear that the Brexit voted actually passed, because the concept of it made no sense to him.

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Loyola Basketball: Progressive Past Makes Ramblers Likable Today

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The Loyola basketball program is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since Marty McFly and Doc Brown were time traveling. Yes, until now, 1985 was the most recent season that the Ramblers dancing in March Madness. The Missouri Valley Conference regular season and conference tournament champions are likely to land on the #12 or #11 line come this Selection Sunday, and make thus make the perfect trendy #12 over #5 upset prediction in your bracket.

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Old Trafford Holds Munich Air Disaster Commemoration Service (Video)

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Today marked the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, and with it a commemoration service was held at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Sir Bobby Charlton, who survived the plane crash that took 23 lives was in attendance, as was club legend of all club legends Sir Alex Ferguson, the current Manchester United first-team squad and manager Jose Mourinho.

Just an hour ago, The Guardian published this minute long video footage of today’s service from Old Trafford, embedded from YouTube below:

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Dumbest and Worst Olympics Event Ever: 1904 St. Louis Marathon

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Another Olympics commences the day after tomorrow, prompting us to ask- what was THE WORST and STUPIDEST Olympics event of all time?

It’s a tough question to answer because the International Olympic Committee is notorious for being a cesspool of corruption and the results of their grifting have often been pretty ugly. For argument’s sake though, we’ll go with the marathon in the 1904 St. Louis Summer Olympics. First of all, it was an Olympiad held in a city that never should have hosted an Olympics, and the right to host the games was stolen away from a rival city, one that St. Louisians often have an inferiority complex towards.

Secondly, the race was run as an extremely sinister social experiment, in which the runners were treated as human guinea pigs. It was pure evil what happened here from an infrastructure standpoint.

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