Monday, August 31, 2015

German Soccer Fans Welcome Refugees Amid Ongoing Crisis


As Europe faces the challenge of a wave of migration across its borders, with people fleeing violent conflict and terrorism looking for a better life, German soccer fans have welcomed refugees with open arms.  


Germany is struggling to deal with the ongoing and overwhelming refugee crisis, and Chancellor Angela Merkel has called the influx the biggest issue the European Union faces. An estimated 800,0000 migrants are expected to cross the German border this year, a more than four-fold increase from last year, according to Reuters.


A tear-jerking interaction between Merkel and a young Palestinian went viral in early July after the country's leader told the girl Germany "can't cope" with all of the refugees.





But there is hope. Following a string of violent anti-migrant protests, German soccer team Borussia Dortmund invited some 220 refugees to a Europa League game last Thursday. In a surprising moment of acceptance, thousands of German soccer fans showed their support for the refugees by holding up banners that urged their fellow citizens to stop racism and welcome those in need. 


Thousands also gathered in Dresden last weekend and carried banners in support of the refugees. Marchers held a large banner that read "prevent the pogroms of tomorrow today."






Germany has seen a sharp spike in xenophobic attacks in recent weeks against migrants, many of whom are escaping war and political persecution in the Middle East and Africa and face a harsh and often deadly journey across the Mediterranean Sea. More than 2,500 have died this year.  


Merkel last week announced a "no tolerance" policy in response to xenophobic violence, after she visited asylum shelters in the eastern German town of Heidenau. Anti-immigration protesters waved signs at the chancellor that read "Volksverraeter," or "traitor" in English.  


H/T Quartz


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Escaped Wiener Dog WILL NOT BE STOPPED!



It's not whether you wiener lose. It's how you play the game. And if you've got dogged determination, you're a wiener no matter what.


Just check out this wiener dog race held by the El Paso Chihuahuas on Saturday night. Most of the Dachshunds ran for the finish line. But one determined little doggy made a break for it -- eluding would-be captors, including some of the players, as he took a tour of the ballpark.





The Chihuahuas are a AAA affiliate of the San Diego Padres.


(h/t Jezebel)



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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Oregon Ducks Mascot Blows Glitter, Mocks Sorority Recruitment Videos


Do you ever watch those sorority recruitment videos and think to yourself, "This is nice, but what would it be like if a 6-foot-tall duck with a Nike-sponsored jersey was doing all of these random, playful things?"


The University of Oregon has answered.


The Oregon Ducks mascot Puddles starred in an "Autzen Stadium Recruitment Video" that largely rips on the University of Alabama Alpha Phi sorority recruitment video, which was controversial for having too many bikinis, or something. Since Puddles isn't wearing any bottoms in this video, it will clearly be controversial too.






You can go back and watch the original Alabama Alpha Phi video here if you want. Unless seeing a giant duck make the "shh" sign hasn't weirded you out too much.




[h/t BroBible]

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

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Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah Upset At Saratoga Springs



SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah came up short in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes on Saturday, losing to Keen Ice by three-quarters of a length before a sold-out and stunned crowd at Saratoga Race Course.


American Pharoah came into the race as the overwhelming favorite, but the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years lost the lead entering the far turn.


He pulled closer to Keen Ice entering the stretch but was unable to muster the extra energy he usually finds to overtake the powerful final run of the 16-1 long shot.


The upset solidified Saratoga's reputation as the "Graveyard of Favorites." Only one of 12 Triple Crown winners has been able to go on and win the Travers — Whirlaway in 1941.



 


 The upset solidified Saratoga's reputation as the "Graveyard of Favorites." Only one of 12 Triple Crown winners has been able to go on and win the Travers.


Keen Ice, trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Javier Castellano, won by three-quarters of a length. American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, had won eight straight races coming into the Travers, including the Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2.


 

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