Life on the NBA All-Star Party D List, and Other Silliness (Podcast)

The NBA All-Star Game, for the first time since 1988, roared through the Windy City, my hometown of Chicago, a couple weeks ago. And I was heavily involved…covering some of the periphery events, red carpets and D List celebrity events. It was a whirlwind few days, a crazy weekend of ridiculous over-scheduling. And we chronicled it all for “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” #16, which is embedded for your listening pleasure below.

There were numerous celebrities and celebrity handlers, all of which took themselves way too seriously…to laughable proportions. Even more laughable was all the corporatespeak and buzzwords, from all those handlers and PR people. So let’s get transformative and empowering, as we meet up at the brand house for the activation, a place where your brand comes alive with deliverables that embody the core competencies! Synergy!

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Andrew Bogut Points Out Sex Problem at Tokyo Olympic Athletes Village

Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut

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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Four Exclusive Services You Can Have at the South Point Hotel

South Point Hotel comprises facilities that you will not want to miss. Some exclusive attractions will appeal to every visitor.

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Why You Should Buy A Beach Cruiser This Year

Beach cruisers are great bikes if you want a durable, comfortable bike with wide balloon tires that will easily move on flat and smooth terrains without getting punctures. As the name says, you can ride it on the beach due to its wide tires.

So, if you want to take leisure rides, exercise or run errands, this is the bike to use.

Here is more on why you should buy a beach cruiser this year.

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33 “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” Commuter/Geography Plot Holes, Mistakes

The 1987 John Hughes holiday classic “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” is considered by many to be the best Thanksgiving movie of all time. Many families, including my own, screen the ’80s film at family gatherings this week, and in some cases, those watch parties involve pointing out all the glaring plot holes. Such is the case in my family, which includes several engineers, a few pilots and other assorted non-stupid people.

Throw in a fact-finding journalist, in a holiday environment where the bourbon is free-flowing, and now you’ve got another layer added to this timeless tale of commuter headaches on steroids. PT&A is a story of extremist Murphy’s Law (“everything that can go wrong, will go wrong”), or basically taking American Airlines, anywhere, at any time. Hey oh!

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Great Value Algarve Golf Holidays


 Take a sneak peek at some of quality experiences that the Algarve has to offer. From immaculate beaches and traditional Portuguese cuisine, to some of the best golf courses in Europe, Algarve is at hand to provide a truly remarkable Algarve Golf Holiday. The Local hotspots of Vilamoura and Albufeira have proved particularly popular among groups, with legendary nightlife and beautiful beaches in abundance.

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Five Best Things to Do on a Boring Weekend in Indiana


Located in Midwestern America, Indiana embodies the heart and culture of American society. Home to busy cities and small towns, it is a combination of modern architecture as well as refreshing natural phenomenons that have the ability to take anyone’s breath away.

Whether you have been living in Indiana for a very long time, or are there for a holiday, you might be looking for some fun and exciting things to do. From going on a hike in mysterious forests to heading out into the prairie on the back of a horse, or experiencing art in museums and performing centers, Indiana has something in store for everyone.

So, for all you fun-loving folks out there, here are five things you can do on the weekend in Indiana.

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AVP Provides Final Chance to See Beach Volleyball Olympians Before Tokyo 2020

The AVP Gold Series Championships of beach volleyball hits Chicago this weekend and it’s all about last chances. As it’s Labor Day weekend, it’s the unofficial end of summer (and as every single automobile commercial on television will tell you, summer’s here but it’s over soon), as the beaches and pools will soon close.

And with the 2020 Olympics taking place in Tokyo next summer, this is your final chance to see Olympic beach volleyball in person. Chicago may not be known for beaches first and foremost (as summer here is notoriously short), but the second city has actually hosted more beach volleyball championships than any other city outside the state of California.

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West Ham Supporters in Shanghai Show How Fandom Transcends Boundaries


In the old paradigm, what sports team you rooted for was dictated by your geographic location, where you grew up and what your family was into.

In today’s day and age, it’s more up to the individual to decide and fandom transcends the barriers of times zones, national boundaries, culture and language. All you need is the will to find a way to watch the team’s games and the interest in keeping up on what’s going on with the club.

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Why People in New Zealand Are Willing To Go Into Debt In Order To Be Able To Go On Holiday


New Zealand is an island country found on in the southwest region of the Pacific Ocean. This country is well known for its geographical beauty where it holds on the best beaches, mountains, and its popular Maori culture. This makes it the best state that you would wish to have time with your family. However, many are wondering how to tour around while you are broke. You are not always guaranteed to have enough funds for traveling. New Zealand has made it easy for people to visit regardless of their financial status. Here is why people are willing to go into debt to be able to go on holiday:

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Time to Rethink Black Sox Legacy Amid Field of Dreams Game


Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the rest of his teammates banned from baseball due to the Black Sox scandal, are not in the Hall of Fame, but they do have a strong presence in Cooperstown.

On the main level of the baseball hall of fame, you’ll see prominent photos of Shoeless Joe, the 1919 Chicago White Sox, and various artifacts relating to the team and the scandal. The hall has ace pitcher Eddie Cicotte’s pocket watch, manager Kid Gleason’s jersey and the very first ball thrown in the World Series on display.

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Chicago Cubs Fan Guide to Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown

Sometimes for better, often for worse, the Chicago Cubs have a very prominent place in baseball history. This is undeniable, as they are one of the sport’s biggest brands, and their imprint at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York  is expectedly massive.

Let’s take a look at what Cubs fans need to see and experience when they visit the Hall of Fame. First though a little history about why the museum is located where it is.

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