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Major Onsales This Week: NFL, Ringling Bros. Circus

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NFL

Three NFL teams have onsales this weekend and in the coming few days. The Tennesee Titans have onsales today, the Cincinnati Bengals have games on sale tomorrow, and the New York Giants have onsales this coming Wednesday.
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Ringling Bros Circus

The Ringling Bros. circus has onsales throughout the coming week for shows in Sacramento, CA, and Wichita Falls, TX.
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Disney on Ice

The Disney on Ice show Dare to Dream has onsales for Milwaukee, WI today and Fresno, CA on Thursday.
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Grateful Dead

Legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor will be hitting the road this summer in support of his most recent album release on June 16, Before This World. Before This World, which features contributions from artists Yo-Yo Ma and Sting, was Taylor's first batch of new songs in 13 years, as his 2002 album, October Road, had stood as his most recent album until now.

James Taylor’s tour will kick off on July 2 in Allentown, PA. Although the tour is roughly just a month long and stays mostly around the east coast, the Massachusetts native has some major dates in store, including Boston's Fenway Park on August 6 with Bonnie Raitt. Massachusetts fans should get excited; Taylor is set to sing his new track, "Angels of Fenway," which is a song about the Boston Red Sox's legendary comeback to win the American League Championship Series in 2004 against the New York Yankees.

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What's in a Name? Celebrtiy Names: Revamped

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Billy JoelWe know some of our favorite musicians, actors, politicos, and… Kardashians by their well-worn monikers. From super stars to the super-desperate, we have clear ideas about our celebrities based on their famous names. Often, those are actually famous nicknames, not just stage names. For instance, would you get as excited if William Joel was playing Madison Square Garden? (Gwyneth Paltrow seems to call him “William,” but, um, maybe he saves his given name for when he’s fitting in with the hoi-polloi in The Hamptons?) We threw together a list of our favorite famous folks who just don’t sound as compelling if we switch up the names by which we all know them so well.

  • William (Bradley) Pitt just doesn’t stand out like Brad Pitt. Even better? Billy Pitt. I feel like Billy Pitt would own a questionable auto parts shop in the Midwest.
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Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead are set to play five symbolic shows: two where they began, and three to mark their end. This weekend the band will kick off the first two of five shows on their 50th anniversary tour, “Fare Thee Well,” in their hometown of Santa Clara, California. The California dates at Levi’s Stadium were added to their original three farewell shows set, July 3-5, at Soldier Field in Chicago, which The Dead announced earlier this year. Additionally, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will join the original members of The Grateful Dead on stage. Bob Weir, 67; Phil Lesh, 74; Mickey Hart, 71; and Bill Kreutzmann, 68 make up the “core four,” and are the last surviving members of the band.

The Dead's last performance with frontman Jerry Garcia, who died in August 1995, was at Soldier Field on July 9, 1995. Fittingly enough, The Grateful Dead’s final shows in Chicago are slated to be their last ever, and they’ve chosen the same 55,000-seat capacity venue as their send-off. Despite huge demand, The Dead has said that this tour will be their last run as a band, and to no surprise, tickets are long sold out because of it.

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WTW: Pete Rose Gambled on Baseball as a Player

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It was 26 years ago all-time MLB career hits leader and 17-time All-Star Pete Rose was banished from professional baseball for partaking in the sport’s greatest sin: gambling on the game. Although he would deny this allegation for 15 years, it was proven that Rose bet on the Cincinnati Reds between 1987 and 1989, while he was the team’s manager. Everything was laid out in the Dowd Report, a 225-page document prepared by lawyer John M. Dowd at the request of then MLB Commissioner, Bart Giamatti. The document included alleged betting records, bank records, telephone records, and transcripts from witnesses. Though Rose eventually admitted to gambling while he was the Red’s manager, he always denied he bet on games while he was a player, even as recently as this April when he stated on Michael Kay’s ESPN radio show, “[I] never bet as a player: That’s a fact.”

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