Meghan Markle, Prince Harry “Financial Independence” an Impossible Myth

It’s certainly very commendable and admirable that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are leaving the British royal family. The concept of a monarchy (even though they have long had no actual political power in Great Britain) is a remnant of the Feudalistic era.

It’s kind of silly that the charade of royalty continues today, but that’s another topic for another time and space. The Duchess and Duke of Sussex are doing the right thing by leaving this anachronistic non-sense behind, but the idea of doing it for “financial independence?” Please. Their heart is in the right place, but c’mon, don’t insult our intelligence. The very concept is legitimately impossible right now, and we’ll delve into why.

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Heatstroke a Concern for Tokyo 2020 Athletes, Doctors Warn

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are scheduled to begin on July 24th, right in the middle of the harsh Japanese summer. Plane tickets are already being purchased alongside hotel rooms from fans all over the world. The whole event is predicted to be an amazing success by most analysts and sports business experts.

However, the doctors in charge of overseeing the health of both the athletes and the spectators are issuing warnings about the health problems prolonged sun exposure can cause in the country.

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Andrew Bogut Points Out Sex Problem at Tokyo Olympic Athletes Village

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It’s not a secret that the athletes’ villages at every Olympics games are a hot-bed of sexual activity. You have a lot of young people, from all over the world (and likely never to see one another again) in peak physical condition, having just completed a competition with the highest of stakes. It’s the culmination of an event they’ve been training their whole lives (often missing out on socializing) for, and once it’s done the time arrives to blow off some teams.

The Olympics organizers know this, they’re well aware of the sex games that take place every four years (well, now every two). They distributed about 450,000 condoms at the Rio summer Olympics in 2016. The International Olympic Committee has a stated position of encouraging the 10,500 athletes and staff to practice safe sex.

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Mat Ryan Pledges Donations to Help Fight Australian Bushfires

The horror of the Australian bushfires is making headlines all over the world right now. As the casualties continue to mount, with more people and animals lost by the hour, one star Aussie athlete has made a pledge to help those trying to put the fires out, and end the death and destruction.

“In light of the devastation caused by the bushfires back home, I’m donating 500 Australian dollars for every registered save by all premier league goalkeepers across every premier league fixture for this weekend,” tweeted Brighton & Hove goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

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Paul Pogba Makes, Distributes Wristbands to Help Fight Racism

Regardless of what you think of Paul Pogba, you got to support him on this initiative. While the Frenchman is indeed a polarizing figure, even his detractors have to acknowledge what a great and important thing he’s doing here.

Amid a wave of ugly racist incidents hurting the beautiful game, Pogba produced and handed out wrist-bands emblazoned with messages that say no to racism. Pogba, a victim of racial abuse himself back in August, has seen his teammates Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Fred all suffer the same fate this season.

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Revisiting the Worst of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics on the 23rd Anniversary

Update: with the Richard Jewell biopic set to be released next weekend, we brought this podcast from the summer back to the top of the feed.

Happy 23rd anniversary of the start of the 1996 Summer Atlanta Olympics. To mark this occasion, we covered the most recent summer Olympiad staged in the United States on the latest episode of the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on the SB Nation/Vox Media/Hammer and Rails Podcast Network.

The Atlanta Olympics are infamous for the bombing, how the media ruined the life of Richard Jewell, the hero from that deplorable bombing, crass commercialization and events being staged at arguably the most racist location on Earth, Stone Mountain.

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Suspension of Cardinals DB Josh Shaw Prompts a Bigger Discussion

The NFL suspension of Arizona Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw prompts a really big discussion because sports gambling is mainstream now! Talk of spreads, money lines, over-unders, bad beats, and more is ubiquitous. If you want free expert NFL picks for each and every Sunday, you can place a bet legally now in 13 states. 42 of the 50 United States either have legal sports betting, or are currently in the process of working towards it.

Ever since May 14, 2018, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that had rendered sports wagering unconstitutional, it’s been a brave new world. 

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Six Reasons to Take Up Swimming Laps

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Do you know that swimming is the fourth most popular sport in the US? It’s also evident that people enjoy exercising on the water in addition to land.

But what happens if you live far from any water body? How do you exercise? Well, the solution lies in installing a swimming lap lane.

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Progressive NBA Needs to Finally Distance Itself from Charles Barkley

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As Maya Angelou famously said: “When People Show You Who They Are, Believe Them.” The National Basketball Association doesn’t seem to understand this lesson when it comes to Charles Barkley however. Or they have learned, but don’t really care. He’s repeatedly shown himself to be a social dinosaur, but the NBA seems to be okay with it.

That’s strange given how it’s most the progressive sports league on the planet. The association is a place where some of the most successful figures are also the most out-spoken and forward thinking. Guys like Steve Kerr, Gregg Poppovich, Steve Nash, Stan Van Gundy, the list goes on.

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New York Behind Neighbor New Jersey in Legal Sports Gaming Revenue

For generations of New Yorkers, the idea of gambling was synonymous with taking a trip across the river and down the coast to Atlantic City, New Jersey.

More brand awareness was built with the Garden State, rather than Gotham, and that’s probably having an impact on why New Jersey is so far ahead of New York right now in the legal sports gambling trade. When it comes to gambling in New York, the upstate region, specifically Saratoga, is where the natural association comes.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot Aims to Make Soldier Field Year Round Destination

On the 22nd anniversary of the founding of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, and the 148th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Chicago Fire, the club held a media and fan event at Soldier Field. The club will call the building home again next season, much like they did in 1998-2001 and 2003-2005.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was in attendance yesterday, and she’s excited for what lies ahead for both the team and the lakefront venue.

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VIDEO: First ever “Black Sox,” White Sox-Reds Series footage emerges

Editor’s note: re-publishing this from May 2014 as the centennial of the 1919 World Series approaches on Tuesday. 

The Black Sox are one of the most compelling stories in Chicago sports history. The eight members of the Chicago White Sox ex-communicated from baseball forever for throwing the Cincinnati Reds comprise as intriguing and multi-layered scandals as you’ll find anywhere in sports history.

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