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“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out to the crowd …”
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack … it’s time for Major League Baseball’s 85th annual Midsummer Classic!
The festivities kick off at Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Twins, on Friday, July 11, with All-Star Fan Fest. Whether you wanna scoop up a 2014 All-Star jersey of your favorite player, or take part in a clinic hosted by some of baseball’s top coaches and players, this one-stop-shop is the perfect place for any baseball fanatic.
The actual baseball begins on Sunday, July 13, with the MLB Futures Game. The Futures Game shows how truly deep the MLB pipelines run, when up-and-coming stars from all over the globe, from every MLB farm team (minor league), are divided into 2 teams — US vs. The World — to showcase their skills and claim bragging rights for the future of baseball. READ MORE
Photography by André Maceira
When you think of Brazil, do you think of cowboys in wide-brimmed hats and red neck kerchiefs, verdant canyons and apple strudel? Didn’t think so.
These things happen to be as Brazilian as a pulsating samba beat; Technicolor carnival costumes and intoxicatingly beautiful beaches, and you can find them in the country’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, which is getting ready for its star turn during the 2014 World Cup.
The region will reveal a side of Brazil that few know with culture and customs traced back to fiercely independent gauchos, along with determined Portuguese, Spanish, German and Italian settlers. These customs show up mostly in the region’s foods. There’s chimarrao, the evra mate tea sipped from a communal cup called a cuia; galeterias, restaurants serving the pastas, polenta and grilled chicken of Italian immigrants; and café colonial, serving plate after plate of German-inspired dishes, including strudel. And then, there is churrasco, the gaucho parade of grilled beef, pork and chicken, probably Rio Grande do Sul’s most well-known export. READ MORE
Hold on to your seats cowboys, Arlington, TX, located just outside Dallas, is being invaded by 2 of college basketball’s most storied, blue-blood programs in the nation. With a 9:10|8:10c tip off in the first-ever cats vs. dogs National Championship game, the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky will square off against the University of Connecticut Huskies for a chance to be crowned college basketball royalty — national champions.
Everyone knows the saying “everything’s bigger in Texas,” and no statement could ring more true for tonight on the eve of college basketball’s biggest game. After shattering the attendance record for a Final Four tournament this past Saturday with 79,444 fans, don’t expect that record to stay intact much longer — Dallas is about to see a lot more fans in blue. READ MORE
From Alaskan cuisine to winter sports events and hotel restorations, escape to Alaska with Andrew Zimmern, Adam Richman and Anthony Melchiorri this Sunday on Travel Channel from 2|1c to 7|6c READ MORE
Have you filled out your bracket yet? The field of 68 is officially down to 64 as the real March Madness tips off today. In just a little more than 2 weeks of basketball mayhem, 64 teams will vie to be crowned National Champion. With so much parity among the 4 regions of this year’s tournament, upsets are sure to abound, so let the games begin!
From Bryce Drew’s buzzer-beating game winner for Valparaiso in 1998 to number 1 seed Kansas falling to 9th-seeded Northern Iowa in 2010, anything can happen. Whether you’re from one of the best college basketball towns in the country, like Lexington, KY, or you’re a small-town guy with big-hoops dreams, head to one of college basketball’s greatest venues to be on hand for this year’s best games and biggest upsets. If there’s one thing you can always count on the NCAA men’s tournament for, it’s that it won’t disappoint the fans.
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Break out the peanuts and cracker jacks, Major League Baseball is back! And in an attempt to bring baseball’s international popularity to new heights, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers will kick off the 2014 MLB season with an opening series in Sydney. These games on March 22 and 23rd will mark the first time the MLB season has started abroad.
For the rest of the league, however, Opening Day (and night) will commence on March 30-31, where the other 28 teams will begin their grueling, 162-game schedule, all with the hopes of being crowned World Series champion in 7 months.
As you get ready to hit the road for your own Opening Day experience, don’t miss our choices for baseball’s greatest stadiums, from Baltimore’s beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards to the world-famous Fenway Park in Boston. And while the whole world gets ready for another unbelievable season, check out some of the tasty ballpark treats that will be stocking the shelves across America’s stadiums as you gear up for Opening Day 2014.
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For more than a century, baseball spring training was strictly a professional endeavor — a time for athletes to shake the cobwebs of winter and prepare for the 6-month season that starts every April.
But that was before towns and teams discovered they could add to their coffers by persuading snow-weary fans to buy tickets, food, souvenirs in intimate ballparks where autographs are as common as hot dogs.
The 30 big-league teams, evenly divided between Florida and Arizona, spend March playing meaningless exhibition games that count only in the minds of managers who need to reduce rosters to 25 players by Opening Day. Newspapers print won-lost records and “standings” from the Grapefruit League and Cactus League, respectively, but few fans notice.
They’re more concerned with the play of red-hot rookies or rehabbing veterans whose spring performances can influence the pending pennant races.
Spring training is simply a baseball hors d’oeuvre. Established players rarely play more than a few innings and often skip road games; virtually all games are played on natural grass in daylight; and schedules are determined by geographic proximity rather than league rivalry.
If history serves as an accurate barometer, spring training was a cool topic even before it became a hot travel destination. Here are a few of the reasons: READ MORE
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This weekend, MetLife Stadium, located a short distance from New York City, will host the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos in one of the largest sporting events of the year – Super Bowl XLVIII.
Football fanatics and tourists alike will flock to NYC, and even if you’re not one of the lucky fans going to the game, the city is a great place to get your fix of tailgating food favorites – from hot dogs and burgers to pizza and sandwiches, NYC is chock-full of places to eat the day of the big game. To help you choose, we’ve picked out a few of NYC’s best eateries, all of which will be featured in our Food Paradise episodes scheduled to air on Sunday: READ MORE
Championship weekend is finally here, and the NFL’s magnifying glass is situated squarely on 2 very different cities: Denver, CO, and Seattle, WA.
In the first epic showdown of the weekend, 2 legends at the quarterback position, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, go head-to-head in the playoffs for the 4th time in their careers. And with Manning no longer a Colt, the rivalry remains, but the location has changed. For those attending Sunday’s game, there are a plethora of activities, hotels and restaurants to enjoy in the Mile High City. READ MORE
Heading into Pasadena, CA, for the big game? Before Florida State University and Auburn University step foot inside The Rose Bowl for tonight’s Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship, don’t miss out on all the great restaurants, bars, hotels and attractions in and around the City of Roses.
If you’re looking for an all-American dining experience in Pasadena, look no further then Pie n’ Burger, a classic burger joint that celebrates the American traditions of burgers and pie. Not in the mood for pie? No problem! Head to Pasadena’s favorite ice cream parlor, Fair Oaks Pharmacy, famous for its simple ice cream sundaes, lime rickeys and milkshakes. And after all that eating, burn off some calories with a walk down the road to stop by The Norton Simon Museum and check out the 5 must-see pieces at the museum named for a man and his money.
When I’m traveling to Pasadena, my favorite place to stay is just 20 minutes away, in the City of Angels: Los Angeles. For a classy place to stay, check out our picks for some of the city’s most romantic hotels. Also, when staying in LA, there are so many activities and restaurants that are sure to get your heart racing and your tummy growling. Don’t miss out on some of the simple, low-budget activities in the city, as well as some of LA’s most mouthwatering meals on wheels.
And for a little more family fun after the big game, a short, 45-minute drive down the I-5 from Pasadena will land you in Anaheim, home to Disneyland, beaches, hotels, restaurants and more.