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The End of One Direction?

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Last week, the wildly popular boy band, One Direction announced they will begin an extended hiatus next March after the release of their fifth studio album. Although this is only rumored to be a “hiatus,” everyone (who cares about the band) is left to speculate if the four will ever reconcile. The hiatus, which will last for at least a year will give the group’s remaining members some rest and will allow them to work on their solo careers. The break also means there will be no tour in support of their upcoming album, so you better see them in concert while you have the chance!

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Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks has at least two shows on sale today for his Milwaukee, WI, stops this September. As always with Brooks, be on the lookout for more!
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Stevie Wonder

Two more November dates for Stevie Wonder's long-running current tour go on sale today and tomorrow.
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Paul McCartney

The Beatle has five shows on sale today and Monday for additional October dates on his "Out There" tour, including Detroit.
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Yard Goats unite! Best Minor League Baseball Team Names

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For those who do not know, TicketNetwork is headquartered in central Connecticut, just a few miles outside of Hartford - aka the future home of a new minor league baseball team, the Hartford Yard Goats. If you live around here, you know that the new team nickname hasn’t exactly been met with glowing reviews.

Well, all you negative people out there, I have some news for you - Yard Goats is a fantastic nickname!

Why? It's minor league baseball. Teams around the country have ridiculous nicknames, which ultimately helps with marketing their teams. Take the Yard Goats as an example; following the announcement, people across the country were talking about the team thanks to Twitter mentions from places like ESPN and Sports Illustrated. Now, Yard Goats merchandise is a hot-seller and people are genuinely interested in games next year.

And like I said, the Yard Goats are not the only team who has used awesomely strange nicknames. Here are my favorites:

Batavia Muckdogs

Affiliation: Short-Season Class-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins

I neither know where Batavia is located, nor what a Muckdog is, but who cares!

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Sir Paul McCartney kicked off his Out There tour over two years ago, and since then has put on a total of 85 concerts across the globe. Many thought McCartney’s headlining performance at this year’s Lollapalooza festival would wrap up the massive trek, however, it was recently announced that would not be the case. Over the last few days, McCartney has confirmed five more concerts that will take place this October as a continuation of the Out There tour.

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Failgating 101

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I am not, as it were, a sports "fan" in any legitimate meaning of the word. While I played numerous sports in my youth – softball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse – I cannot now say I follow any sport closely. Casual fandom is probably a stretch, even though I maintain that watching a bit of rugby or soccer is usually enjoyable. And I do love a live baseball game from time to time. All of these factors make it all the more interesting that my fiancé and I were a season ticket-holders for UConn Football up until very recently.

No one would accuse me of being a football fan in particular, unless you're talking about the type played with a round ball. I’m not even a UConn fan (though I will forever appreciate the denizens of Horse Barn Hill because I am a Connecticuttian). I am not even an alumna of UConn, though as I am from CT, about half my social circle is. And yet, there we were: ticket holders. And I have gotten really good at not necessarily faking my fandom, but nailing down the tailgating like a bloody professional. Because, let's be honest here, I am an enthusiast not of any sporting activity, but of eating and drinking outdoors with purpose. And with minimal effort, you, too, can take your weekend sports outings to tailgating success!

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