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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/21/15

3 Up

1. Max Scherzer - We'll let the Jose Tabata hit-by-pitch slide, although, yes, I believe he could have gotten out of the way. Regardless, Mad Max was super filthy and is probably the best pitcher in the world right now. A one-hitter and a no-hitter on back-to-back starts? Yup, you've earned this top spot.

2. Jay Lethal - Congrats to Lethal, a true grinder and fan of the pro wrestling business who captured his first World Title this week. Lethal is a throwback to the wrestler who truly paid his dues and earned his way to the top in a gradual and organic way. Kudos!

3. Soca River - This Slovenian River is actually really beautiful. Sometimes an uncovering like this is just needed to reinvest us in life.

3 Down

1. Charleston, SC Shooting - So sad. Oh, so sad. I'm not even sure what else to say in regards to this.

2. Racism in Dominican Republic - The issues between Haiti and the Dominican Republic are well known. However, lately, the rampant racism and beating of Haitians in the DR is just another form of racism being brought to the forefront in today's world. Some are linking it to "deportations" and some have gone to the other extreme to call it "racial cleansing", but the truth is somewhere in the middle and it's still wrong.

3. Donald Trump - Wow, dude. That speec...err, rant...err whatever, was so bad it was entertaining. Sadly, Trump has no clue, and probably won't appeal to anyone other than the 1 percent in America.

1 Weird

1. Rachel Dolezal - She needs help. I'm sorry, does anyone want to just be themselves, anymore?

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3 Up
1. Boy w/Double Hand Transplant - This is an amazing story! Not only is the young man the first to receive a double hand transplant, but he has functioning mobility in both hands. Better yet - he can now swing a bat! How cool is that?! And even better, what does this mean for others in the future? So cool. 
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Dope Sports Threads - 2017 MLB All-Star Break

You knew I had to post on everything aesthetic during the MLB All-Star Break festivities. I just had to! Yes, I am a nerd for this stuff - always have been, always will be. And unlike some baseball fans, the All-Star Break is still must-see for me. I enjoy the Home Run Derby. I enjoy the All-Star Game. I appreciate seeing the guys enjoy the game that I love as well.

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