Meghan Markle Becomes Hero to Italy Fans in Euro 2020 Final

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Can’t say I saw this one coming, but it is true that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. As you’ll recall earlier this year Meghan Markle, who made a Brexit from the British Royal Family, pointed out just how epidemic racism is in the United Kingdom.

Markle opened up about the racism that is omni-present within the Palace itself, and as you might have guessed, the royals were in denial about it. As Italy took on England in the Euro 2020 they embraced Markle as one of their own, and if watched the match yesterday with Italy fans, it was not uncommon to hear one of them dedicate their victory to Meghan Markle.

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New Northwestern A.D. Derrick Gragg Helped Create Tulsa Legacy Game

Northwestern announced their new Athletic Director yesterday, Dr. Derrick Gragg, the NCAA’s senior vice president for inclusion, education and community engagement. The former Eastern Michigan and Tulsa AD assumes his new position on July 1.

Gragg has a long list of achievements, and his hire is very timely for a multitude of reasons, but perhaps of particular relevance and poignance is the fact that he helped conceptualize the Tulsa Legacy Game, designed to pay tribute to the survivors and descendants of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, widely recognized as one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history. The first Tulsa Legacy Game took place last year, and as May turned to June, the centennial of the Tulsa massacre was observed.

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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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Members of Illini Baseball Squad Embracing Cryptocurrency Craze

Bitcoin. Dogecoin. Ethereum. The cryptocurrency craze is currently sweeping the nation, and it’s absolutely huge among college kids. This past weekend, Doge true believer and advocate Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live, and by doing so took general interest in crypto to new heights.

This comes on the heels of the NFL Draft, where the first overall pick, Trevor Lawrence, partnered with an app that paid his signing bonus entirely in crypto. Zoomers are really into it, and that includes family members of mine who are currently enrolled at the University of Illinois; as well as their friends.

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Yankees 3B Coach Phil Nevin Has Covid-19 ‘Breakthrough’ Positive

Fully vaccinated New York Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin has tested positive for Covid-19. This is what is known as a “breakthough positive” case. While the vaccines all have a very high efficacy rate, they’re not 100%, so these things do happen.

Nevin, who began his professional baseball career as the first overall pick in the 1992 MLB Draft, is currently in isolation while the team continues contact tracing. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the tracing doesn’t involve any players, and he expects the game tonight at the Tampa Bay Rays to go on as scheduled.

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Northwestern A.D. Hire Met with Strong Backlash, Planned Protests

When it comes to the Northwestern Athletic Director position, post Dr. Jim Phillips, indeed what a long, strange trip it’s been. After Philips left to become ACC Commissioner, the A.D. search received only a minimal amount of media coverage, and the school did a great job of keeping information from leaking out.

And despite the search dragging on for multiple months, NU decided to just go in house, and promote Mike Polisky, Northwestern’s deputy athletic director for external affairs since June 2010. Phillips, having been passed over for the Big Ten Commissioner job that he had strongly desired, took the ACC gig in December, and completed his term at NU in February.

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Ronaldo Rape Accuser Kathryn Mayorga Demanding £56M in Damages

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Kathryn Mayorga, the woman accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009 has now set a  demands. According to court documents released this week, the former model and schoolteacher from Henderson, Nevada is seeking £56million ($77.4m, 64.5 EUR) in punitive damages.

Ronaldo has strongly and consistently denied the serious allegations against him. The case became public knowledge in October of 2018, when it was reopened at the request of Mayorga’s attorney. In July of 2019, a judge ruled that Ronaldo would not face criminal charges.

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Yankees, White Sox Set Great MLB Example Regarding COVID Vaccine

As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to rollout across the country, some Major League Baseball teams are doing a much better job with the process than others. Obviously, MLB players, for the most part, are not typically in the categories and demographic classifications that are high risk, and therefore prioritized in the rollout.

However, at this stage in the game, most states have opened up or will soon open up to all adults, regardless of health or employment status. And while we don’t have time to go team when it comes spotlighting who’s doing right, who’s doiing wrong and who is a mixed bag. Let’s start with the New York Yankees, who are on the right side of history here.

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Cubs Detail COVID Safety Protocols at the Ballpark this Season

Are you ready to return to the Friendly Confines, Chicago Cubs fans? If so, you better stay safe, wear a mask and keep your social distancing up. Tomorrow is opening day at Wrigley Field, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and weather wise, it’s going to be a character builder.

The forecast calls for an air temperature of right about freezing (33 degrees F) around the time of first pitch. If you’re getting up early to “pregame,” you’ll “tailgate” in temps that hover around the mid to high 20s, so bundle up! It’s going to be nasty.

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Arsenal Midfielder Martin Odegaard Takes Part in Norway’s Qatar Protest

The Norway national team has stood up and made their voice heard, advocating for greater human rights in the leadup World Cup 2022 Qatar.

Ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar last night, the Norwegian team, including Arsenal (on loan from Real Madrid) attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard and Borussia Dortmund scoring sensation Erling Haaland, lined up before kickoff wearing T-shirts over their national-team jerseys that had the message “HUMAN RIGHTS” followed by “Respect on and off the pitch.”

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Consulting Psychics: Why People Are Obsessed With Fortune Telling

Several people turn to psychics, or those with heightened sensory capabilities, for various reasons. If you have even consulted a psychic before and you garnered a positive experience from it, then you are most likely to understand why some simply turn to psychics to help them make major decisions in their lives. This article lists down some of the reasons why people heavily rely on fortune-telling.

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