Virtual Shame Feels a Lot Better

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Fans who cannot bear to attend games of the Korea Baseball Organization’s last place team, the Hanwha Eagles, can have a robot with their own avatar stand in for them to cheer on the losing team. Called “Fanbots,” these mechanical motivators are used to start rallys and get the real live attendees to do the wave, or as it’s apparently known outside of North America, the “Mexican Wave.”

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Morning Dose of French Wheelies

A fan joins in the fun on the last leg of the Tour de France

Challenging Runners at Every Turn

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In a grand example of quick and shoddy Chinese construction, sports officials in Tonghe County in Northeastern China had 90-degree corners painted on the running track of their newly refurbished stadium. When asked about the mistake, one commented “In order to get it ready for the leaders, we painted it like that… we think it is ugly too but if the leaders don’t ask us to change it, what are we supposed to do?”

Large Men in Tights

Ridiculous promo shots from the golden era of the WWF.

From the archives of Sharpshooter Collectibes

Printables

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A Tiny Club’s Uneasy Rise by Raphael Minder

Eibar, a small soccer team with a 5,250 seat stadium is entering Spain’s top division, La Liga. And it’s been a pain in the ass.

Photograph by Markel Redondo for The New York Times

Chest Like a Backboard

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The Dunk Hole‘ tee by Andy Dawes is a conceptual swish

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The Perks of Eating at the MLB All-Star Game

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For the fan, a baseball game is as much about the hang out as it is about the game. Those lucky enough to be in attendance at tonight’s All-Star game in Minneapolis will have the opportunity to watch the best players in action and eat some terribly good food while doing it. In addition to pouring beers for themselves in the new self-serve draft machines, fans at Target Field can select from an array of new food including: Lobster Corn Dogs, a 1 lb Hangover Burger (10 ounces of ground beef, six ounces of ground bacon, fried egg & fried onions), and a Footlong BratDog (a hot dog inside of a bratwurst that’s been wrapped in bacon and covered with sauerkraut and onions). Chances are those who indulge in the offerings will have trouble leaving their seats afterwards, but hey, there’s a game happening anyway.
 
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Lunchtime Laughter

World Cup Recycling

Printables

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Lance Armstrong in Purgatory: The After-Life by Joel H. Richardsoon

After a great fall, what do we remember? We remember the cheating, and the lies. We remember the cult of personality that we eagerly embraced, and then felt betrayed by. But what of the man who fell? What about the work he didn’t cheat at? What about the 16 years Lance Armstrong spent building a global cancer advocacy? Did it matter? Does it still? Does it matter that Livestrong, the foundation that kicked him out, now wants him back? Do we care what happens to the great work a man has done, after a great fall?

25 Grams: Bill McRight

25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.

Bill McRight is a Los Angeles-based artist. This selection is from his #hoopdreams project which honors the memory of the late, great Justin Van Hoy.

He can be followed on instagram at @bill_mcright

Does It Take a Screwball to Throw a Screwball?

The NY Times takes a look at this baseball pitch on the verge of extinction

Social Media as a Sport

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The Hashtag World Cup tracks social media mentions of the teams playing in real time to see which country wins in the social space.

There’s Nothing Quite Like Marina Abramović’s Take on the World Cup

Work Relation 2014

The Most Confused of Them All

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Brazilians of German descent in Blumenau, Brazil’s ‘German’ city—and host to the world’s second largest Oktoberfest—couldn’t figure out who to root for in the day’s earlier slaughter… so they shrugged and drank more beer.

Team Hungry

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Combining the love of pizza and soccer, Alex Kidd has created the Golden Slice Jersey

Never Saw It…

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The “M” and “B” in the Milwaukee Brewers old logo

Printables

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Embedded With Adidas’ Social Media Team at the World Cup in Rio by Julie Ruvolo

Striving to Be the Most Talked-About Brand At the Tournament

$26,500

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The price paid at a ‘Mantiques’ auction for the original micro mini dress and tennis racket from the world famous 1977 poster, The Tennis Girl. Reaching more than 7 times the high estimate, a 1979 edition of the often imitated poster was included in the curious lot. The buyer remains anonymous.

Cliffed Out

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Erm… on second thought, maybe it wasn’t the smartest idea to scale this rock face without any support or climbing gear. But hey, at least I brought my cell phone! Watch the rescue of this hiker stranded on a cliff by the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team, below.

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