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Concert news

This morning, Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and AFI announced they are getting together this summer for the Carnivores Tour. The trio of bands will hit the road beginning August 4 with five shows at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL. The tour ends on September 19 at Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA.

See below for the U.S. dates and visit the Linkin Park page for more information on tickets.

Carnivores Tour Schedule

08/04West Palm Beach, FLCruzan Amphitheatre
08/05West Palm Beach, FLCruzan Amphitheatre
08/06West Palm Beach, FLCruzan Amphitheatre
08/07West Palm Beach, FLCruzan Amphitheatre
08/08West Palm Beach, FLCruzan Amphitheatre
08/09Tampa, FLSteinbrenner Field
08/12Charlotte, NCPNC Music Pavilion
08/13Bristow, VAJiffy Lube Live
08/15Camden, NJSusquehanna Bank Center
08/16Mansfield, MAComcast Center
08/18Holmdel, NJPNC Bank Arts Center
08/19Wantagh, NYJones Beach Amphitheatre
08/21Buffalo, NYDarien Lake PAC
08/26St. Paul, MNMinnesota St. Fair
08/29Chicago, ILFirst Midwest Bank Pavilion
08/30Detroit, MIDTE Energy Music Theatre
09/05Houston, TXCynthia Woods Pavilion
09/06Dallas, TXGexa Energy Pavilion
09/08Denver, COFiddler's Green Amphitheatre
09/10Phoenix, AZUS Airways Arena
09/11Irvine, CAVerizon Wireless Amphitheatre
09/13Quincy, WAThe Gorge
09/15Hollywood, CAHollywood Bowl
09/16San Diego, CASleep Train Amphitheatre
09/18Sacramento, CASleep Train Arena
09/19Concord, CAConcord Pavilion

9 Weird College Sports Mascots

After the recent stories about the New Orleans Pelicans and their terrifying mascots — first Pierre, then King Cake Baby — I figured now is as good a time as any to delve into some of the weirdest mascots in sports. Specifically, 9 of the most bizarre mascots in college sports... plus one more, just for fun:

#1 Blue Blob

Mascot for: Xavier University

Background: Prior to the Blue Blob, Xavier University's mascot was a musketeer — which scared little children. So the school needed another mascot, something more kid-friendly. Blue Blob was born. The university now has two mascots, D'Artagnan the Musketeer and Blue Blob. Since its creation in the 1980s, Blue Blob has made several appearances, including a controversial Playboy article. So much for kid-friendly?

Why it's weird: For starters, it's a blue blob. It's relatively harmless to look at, aside from the fact that its existence has no purpose or connection to Xavier whatsoever. What's more: the mascot has a 22-inch tongue that hangs inside of the blob's mouth — that is, until the person inside uses his or her arm to operate it. The tongue is frequently used to lick children and fans. That's weird.


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