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Lil Tecca × Aminé – Gametime

Representing a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Republic Records, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Xbox present the music video for “Gametime” by Lil Tecca and Aminé—from the Space Jam: A New Legacy Official Soundtrack. Watch the music video for “Gametime”—HERE.

In celebration of the upcoming film, Xbox invited fans from around the world to submit their ideas for an original Space Jam: A New Legacy–themed video game. The result is “Space Jam: A New Legacy – The Game,” a basketball beat ‘em up reminiscent of classic arcade games of the ‘90’s.

For the “Gametime” music video, Xbox animated Lil Tecca into the newest member of the Tune Squad as a character in the arcade-style game, on-screen. During a key sequence, the multi-platinum New York rapper faces the Goon Squad alongside none other than basketball superstar, LeBron James. In addition to “Space Jam: A New Legacy – The Game,” the music video showcases an exclusive Tune Squad Xbox Wireless Controller and a custom Bugs Bunny Xbox Series S Console. The integration marks a full circle moment for Tecca who started rapping and honing his craft while on Xbox Live. 

“Ten years ago if you told me I’d be in an Xbox game with the G.O.A.T. himself, I wouldn’t believe it,” commented Tecca. “This is the biggest dream come true, and I’m so thankful Bron, Xbox, and Space Jam: A New Legacy invited me to the party.”

“We’ve got a rap superstar, an iconic film franchise, and the greatest athlete of this generation in one video,” added Marcos Waltenberg, Director of Xbox Global Partnerships. “We’ve never done anything of this magnitude between sports, music, film, and video games. It’s a watershed moment for Xbox, and we’re honored to be a part of it.”

The “Space Jam: A New Legacy–The Game” launched globally on July 1 exclusively into Xbox Game Pass Perks for a limited time. The game will be available free-to-play for all fans through the Microsoft Store on Xbox on Thursday, July 15.

The Space Jam: A New Legacy Official Soundtrack arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on July 9, 2021. Listen to the soundtrack HERE! Check out the full tracklisting below.

Tracklisting

  1. Lil Baby + Kirk Franklin – “We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy)”
  2. 24kGoldn – “Control The World” [feat. Lil Wayne]
  3. Chance the Rapper – “See Me Fly” [feat. John Legend & Symba]
  4. Saweetie – “Hoops” [feat. Salt-N-Pepa & Kash Doll]
  5. Lil Uzi Vert – “Pump Up The Jam”
  6. SAINt JHN – “Just For Me” [feat. SZA]
  7. John Legend – “Crowd Go Crazy”
  8. Jonas Brothers – “Mercy”
  9. Lil Tecca & Aminé – “Gametime”
  10. Dame D.O.L.L.A., G-Eazy, P-Lo & White Dave – “About That Time”
  11. BROCKHAMPTON – “MVP”
  12. Cordae & DUCKWRTH – “Settle The Score”
  13. Big Freedia – “Goin Looney”
  14. Joyner Lucas – “Shoot My Shot”
  15. Leon Bridges – “My Guy”
  16. Anthony Ramos – “The Best”
illustration by Samantha Miduri for use by 360 Magazine

Ash Barty Conquers Wimbledon!

Rado ambassador Ash Barty’s star is rising higher and higher. In an interview last year with ABC News she was quoted: “One day I would love to be the champion here, it’s a dream”. That dream became reality on Saturday when she defeated Karolina Pliskova in the final of the oldest and most prestigious Grand Slam tournament – Wimbledon. 

Even before her latest exploit, the 2021 season has been a terrific one for the Australian tennis star. Ranked World Number 1 since June 2019, she has already added three more singles titles to her impressive personal record. After her win at the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne in February, she claimed the title at the Miami Open (WTA 1000) in March and won both singles and doubles titles at the Porsche Grand Prix Cup in Stuttgart. With her second Grand Slam title (after Roland Garros in 2019), she consolidated her Number 1 position in an impressive way. 

According to Ash’s childhood coach, she picked up her first racquet at the age of 4 and hit the first ball he tossed to her right back to him. A Junior Wimbledon Champion at 15 and three-time Grand Slam Doubles finalist at 17, Ash became Australia’s highest-ranked player at 21 and the World Number 1 at just 23. In addition to her 12 career singles titles, Ash has won 11 career doubles titles, playing with different partners. Now 25 years of age, she enjoys a well-earned reputation as one of the WTA’s most dynamic and talented players. 

Ash Barty’s Rado connection goes back to 2017 when she joined the Swiss watchmaker’s YoungStar programme. With Rado, she shares an abiding love of the game, unwavering determination, and a passion for endlessly inventive and creative play. Ash also enjoys the design aspect of the relationship and worked with Rado designers to develop the look of the Rado HyperChrome Ash Barty Limited Edition. After this off-court experience she said: “As a watch lover, I enjoyed working on the design and helping the team create this beautiful piece. I love it!” And so, apparently, do her friends and fans: Ash and Rado have started work on a second Limited Edition Rado that will carry her name. 

Ash Barty has renewed her association with the brand and serves today as an ambassador for Rado, which stands with tennis fans everywhere in taking pride in her achievements and stature as one of the greatest players in the game. 

Rado has been a committed supporter of tennis and sponsor of international tournaments for close to 40 years and is the Official Timekeeper for a range of high-profile tournaments around the world.

Rado HyperChrome Ashleigh Barty 2020 Limited Edition

Movement: Rado calibre R129, quartz, 7 jewels, 3 hands, date at 3 o’clock 

Case: Polished white high-tech ceramic case Stainless steel bezel with 60 diamonds, 115-120, Top Wesselton, VS-SI, full-cut, 0.390-carat Stainless steel side inserts Titanium case back with sapphire crystal Stainless steel crown Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides Water-resistant to 5 bar (50m) Case back with an engraving of Ashleigh Barty’s signature and LIMITED EDITION,  ONE OF 123 

Dial: Mother-of-pearl, silver coloured applied indexes Silver coloured printed Rado logo Hands:  Silver coloured 

Bracelet:  3-row polished white high-tech ceramic Titanium 3-fold clasp 

Dimensions: 36.0 x 41.9 x 10.4 (WxLxH in mm)

GROW.HOUSE illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

GROW.HOUSE × Cryptocurrency

Saturday Night during GROW.HOUSE’s Bitcoin 2021 party at David Grutman’s Story Nightclub, G-Eazy and Questlove were seen performing, as well as the newly launched cannabis NFT game’s newest ambassador, Fetty Wap. Paris Hilton was also in the House.

GROW.HOUSE, the First Ever NFT game to Grow Digital Cannabis and Earn Cryptocurrency. It’s a Digital Metaverse for Lovers of Cannabis, Crypto, and DeFi, Led By Social Media Pioneer, Branden Hampton, the largest independent social media publisher in the world. Hampton’s role within GROW.HOUSE is Chief Cannabis Officer.

GROW.HOUSE is a Farmville-like game, where users can grow digital cannabis, earn $GROW tokens, collect NFTs, and learn about yield farming. Within the game users can plant NFT cannabis flowers, earn $GROW tokens, and use in-game assets to beautify farms. Users can also plant cryptocurrencies in our yield farms, where they can earn yield rewards. Players can choose to work together or alone and do their part to live, play, and GROW in the Cannaverse world. The game is made for mass consumer adoption, taking the social gaming elements of Farmville and combining them with the revolutionary aspects of Yield Farming to bring DeFi to the masses in a fun gamified way.

Within GROW.HOUSE, you will see the following:

  • Grow Digital Weed and learn about Cannabis
  • It’s built on the Polygon Blockchain for fast zero-fee transactions
  • Grow the ecosystem by combining cannabis, crypto, and gaming ecosystems
  • Big brand opportunities for exposure, land, and in game tie ins
  • A unique token economy that allows players to play, earn $Grow, and yield farm
  • Opportunities to $GROW with real world partnerships for the VIP players

According to MarketWatch, user play is as follows:

  • Players start off planting flowers and helping others water their plants to earn SEED
  • SEED can be used to buy in-game assets like NFTs, which users can use to get new in-game objects or $GROW tokens
  • Players than can use $GROW to buy land, seed, or NFT’s, to use throughout the Cannaverse ecosystem
  • $GROW and other cryptocurrencies can be planted in the ground to grow Money Trees, which will earn interest similar to a savings account.
  • Players can form groups of Co-ops to help manage NFT farms together and ensure they’re getting the best rewards
Lake Placid at Chickasaw State Park in Henderson, Tennessee via Tennessee State Parks for use by 360 Magazine

Tennessee Has Great Vacation Options for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner, treat Dad to the natural wonders, thrilling adventures and southern hospitality of Tennessee. Whether he is into hiking, fishing, golfing, or cheering on his favorite team in the stands, gift Dad with the ultimate guys weekend he will never forget.

If dad is looking for some time to relax, recharge and experience some natural wonders, spend time at Fall Creek Falls where dad can spend the weekend hiking to the park’s breathtaking waterfalls, golfing away on its 18-hole golf course, swinging from tree to tree on the Canopy Challenge Course, enjoying the day on the water and much more. Join in the fun all Father’s Day weekend long with planned events at the park, including a scenic pontoon boat tour, night kayak tour, fishing for dinner, night hikes and much more. With lodging available on-site, including 30 cabins, 222 campsites and a new hotel opening this fall, it makes for the perfect outdoor weekend with dad. 

Adventure off the grid with dad this Father’s Day at the highest lodge in the eastern United States. Only accessible by hiking, LeConte Lodge is located within the Smoky Mountains National Park where its guests can enjoy breathtaking views, a quaint atmosphere and delicious family-style meals. Unplug from the world for the weekend and enjoy the spectacular sunsets and sunrises atop the mountain while basking in the sounds of nature. During dad’s stay in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, take him to visit one of the 90 historic structures housed within the park such as the Little Cataloochee Church, Barn at Mountain Farm Museum or Gregg-Cable House in Cades Cove and take the whole family on a hike along the Kephart Prong and Porters Creek Trails. 

Venture out to West Tennessee June 20 to Chickasaw State Park to explore the beauty and rolling terrain of the region. With campsite amenities and cabins to rent, spend the day diving into nature with the park’s featured activities like playing a round on its Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, paddling away on Lake Placid, swimming at the park’s beach, fishing or hiking one of the 7 trails on-site. Dad will have his summer oasis whether with friends or family. 

Tee the day off at Mirimichi Golf Course where dad can channel his inner pro golfer on their championship-inspired golf course and practice facilities. After a relaxing day of golf, head over to Old Millington Vineyard to enjoy a glass of wine and live music or stop by Barretville General Store for a mouthwatering sandwich and homemade dessert. 

Looking to score the ultimate gift for dad this year? Look no further than tickets to the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational at Memphis’ TPC Southwind. Taking place Aug. 2-8, tickets are available for purchase. Dad will be able to see some of the top golfers in the world at the championship-style golf course while enjoying a taste of Memphis at “The Pit,” featuring some of the area’s best barbecue, including Central BBQ, The Commissary, HOG WILD and The Rendezvous. There is also a special getaway package at the Peabody Memphis Hotel where guests can enjoy a one-night stay, two ground tickets, special on-site access and exclusive tournament swag. For more info, click HERE

Take a trip to the “golf capital of Tennessee” and spend the weekend at Stonehenge Golf Club at Fairfield Glade. Ranked one of the top golf courses in the state, Stonehenge is a golfer’s paradise with its pristine greens and competitive edge. Dad will not want to leave. During his stay at Fairfield Glade, dad can take advantage of not only the golf course but the trail range, tennis and pickleball courts, the marina and the three pools on property. Fairfield Glade and Stonehenge Golf Club make for the perfect summertime getaway for the whole family. 

For the dads that like to cast a line, take him to one of the best lakes in the country according to BASSMASTER, Douglas Lake. Located in Jefferson County, Douglas Lake offers up a weekend of not only fishing for crappie, bass, catfish, sunfish and more, dad can also swim among the smooth water, jet-ski, kayak, and go boating and bird watching for the day. There are also spots around the lake to pitch a tent, park your RV or even rent a cabin overlooking the water. Click HERE to learn more about cabin and boat rental and check out the latest fishing guides.

Dad can drift the day away along one of the natural wonders of the world, Reelfoot Lake, while reeling in one or more of the 50 species of fish in the lake including largemouth bass, catfish, bream and crappies. Guests can take in the beauty of west Tennessee by canoeing or kayaking along the 20-mile lake showcasing bald cypress trees while keeping a lookout for the area’s birds up high in the trees. Reelfoot Lake also offers boat cruises, deep swamp canoe trips and duck hunting trips.

For all the sport-lovin’ dads out there, Tennessee has plenty of fun. Have dad join in on the history-making debut of the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Nashville Superspeedway Sunday, June 20. This inaugural event will be filled with all the family-fun entertainment for racing lovers. Make it a weekend of racing with tickets not only to the NASCAR Cup Series race but also to the Xfinity Series June 19 and Rackley Roofing 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series June 18 all located at the Nashville Superspeedway.

Take dad out to the ballpark Father’s Day weekend with tickets to the Chattanooga Lookout vs. Tennessee Smokies baseball series. The two teams are set to play all weekend long with games June 15-20 at the Tennessee Smokies’ stadium. For more information on the upcoming series, click HERE.

filmfest via Gabrielle Archuletta for use by 360 Magazine

Alan Walker – The Aviation Movie

Billboard Music Awards nominee and diamond selling DJ/producer Alan Walker announces the release of his in-concert film The Aviation Movie on YouTube. The unique five part series, which took almost two years to create, combines footage from the Oslo Spektrum stop on Walker’s Aviation Tour and a narrative arc from the Walker cinematic universe. 

Woven in between the tracks and concert footage is a dynamic storyline from the World of Walker: after an apocalyptic event, a young woman, armed only with the AW logo, is on a journey to save the world. Along the way, she learns new skills and ultimately rebuilds society with the help of the like-minded Walker community. The film also features appearances by Walker’s collaborators Steve Aoki, Au/Ra, Isak, Iselin Solheim, Juliander, Julie Bergan, Omar Noir, Sophia Somajo, Tomine Harket, and Torine.

Walker also released The Aviation Game, an arcade-style iOS & Android mobile game developed by award winning indie studio Hello There Games. The game’s action, steering a drone through a challenging obstacle course, is directly derived from the plot of The Aviation Movie

Alan Walker explains: “Live music has obviously been on hold throughout the pandemic, and I know that I’m not the only one who misses the magic of concerts. My hope for fans who watch The Aviation Movie is for them to experience that special feeling once again and to look forward to the day when we can connect in person.”

About Alan Walker

Since the 2018 release of his debut album, Different World, containing global sensation singles like the diamond selling “Faded,” “Alone,” and “All Falls Down,” Alan Walker has played over 600 headline festival and arena shows, picked up two Norwegian Grammy wins, and earned a Billboard Music Awards nomination. Walker is the 9th most followed artist on YouTube and the 20th most followed artist on Spotify, which displays the strength of his fanbase.

Walker holds over 120 million followers and 50 billion audio and video streams to his name,  has previously teamed up with massive hit makers such as Ava Max, Noah Cyrus, and A$AP Rocky, and has produced remixes for internationally renowned artists such as Sia, Coldplay, Kygo, Bruno Mars, and Julia Michaels.

video game illustration by Gabrielle Archuleta for 360 Magazine

GAME+ RAISES COMPETITIVE GAMING STAKES

Available on iOS and Google Play, Game+ provides a safe and secure marketplace for gamers to play for money 
Today, Game+, the app that enables skill-based head-to-head gaming competition for money, officially launched. Available now to download on iOS and Google Play, Game+ offers members a secure marketplace where they can create or accept gaming challenges for money and have their winnings automatically transferred to their account.

“Video games have always been a passion of mine, are surging in popularity, and are inextricably woven into the very fabric of our culture,” said Karim Sanford, Co-Founder and President of Game+. “We built Game+ to bring a secure, on-demand, competitive marketplace to the category that enables gamers to test each other’s skills for money while removing barriers to access any winnings.”

To use the Game+ platform, upon successful identification verification, gamers will create an account and receive a Game+ Discover® prepaid card that can be used everywhere Discover is accepted – at stores, online, or to get cash at ATMs nationwide.  Members who sign up can receive 5% cashback on purchases, subject to terms and conditions.

Once members’ accounts are set up, they will be able to use the app to send challenges to friends, choose from a library of over 50 games, select the gaming console or mobile device they want to compete on, and set the amount of money they want to put on the line for the game. The game is then played and the winner reports the results to the app, which automatically transfers funds to the winners’ account. Game+ members can participate in competitions across a variety of device formats including Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, iPhone and Android.

In addition to facilitating competitive skill-based head-to-head challenges amongst friends, Game+ enables users to compete in challenges with the broader community for money. The platform currently supports dozens of popular games including FIFA, Madden, NBA 2K, Call of Duty, Fortnite, Halo, Tekken, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., and Rocket League. Members will be able to join hubs for their favorite games and create challenges. In the same way they’d challenge a friend, their game will then be shared with the community, providing industry defining, on-demand competition.

Game+ solves two of the thorniest problems in facilitating gaming for money. First, it provides a bank-level financial backend that enables payments to move quickly and safely to winners’ accounts, without excessive delays or hidden fees. And just as importantly, Game+ ensures fairness by vetting all users much as a bank would, and by creating a dispute resolution system in which judges review evidence from disputed matches to determine the winner. Game+ is a clean, trusted community where members’ funds are safe and their matches are fairly decided.

The Game+ app is certified compliant with the age verification and geolocation mandate under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA). The certification was completed earlier this year by a leading independent lab – establishing a new standard for legitimacy and trust in the space.

The Game+ app is available to download on iOS or Google Play (standard data rates may apply). You must be 18 years of age or older to create an account on Game+. Game+ is not available in Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Carolina, South Dakota, or Tennessee.

Los Angeles Dodgers Win 2020 World Series

The 2020 World Series was one that baseball fans won’t forget anytime soon. A season that struggled to get off the ground and faced a few pandemic outbreaks ended with the most difficult gauntlet of a playoff format in baseball history. 9 wins later, the two best regular season teams in baseball clashed.

The season closed in Arlington with a battle between the little team that fully embraced modern baseball analytics and a team that, well, fully embraced modern baseball analytics but had way more money.

The Tampa Bay Rays, a team with the third lowest payroll in the entire league, were expected to be a team that put pitching and defense first, and that’s exactly what they did. Even with Brandon Lowe becoming the team’s breakout star on offense, Blake Snell, Charlie Morton, Tyler Glasnow and the “stable” of arms Tampa Bay bullpen made the Rays the best team in the American League.

The Dodgers, on the other hand, were expected to be one of the greatest teams of all time. The offseason acquisition of Mookie Betts, arguably the second best player in baseball, put them in conversation with the Yankees in the late 1920s and the Big Red Machine for the best offense of all time.

Impressively enough, Mookie Betts was the only superstar on the team that wasn’t homegrown or brought to prominence by the Dodgers. Justin Turner, Max Muncy and Chris Taylor were all reclamation projects, and platoon outfielder A.J. Pollock was signed in free agency, but almost the rest of the Dodgers core, including the pitching staff, was a product of incredible scouting, drafting, developing and extending.

LA finished the season with 43 wins, a pace that would have been good for 116 in a 162 game season, which would tie the regular season record. They even seemed to get better as the year went on, with Cody Bellinger finally coming around toward the end of the season and Corey Seager emerging as the player the Dodgers hoped he’d become when he won Rookie of the Year in 2016.

The Dodgers faced little adversity in the playoffs until the National League Championship Series, going up against the Atlanta Braves. The Braves had arguably the hottest offense in baseball, complete with the likely MVP of the National League in Freddie Freeman.

While the Braves jumped out to a 2-0 series lead, something seemed to click for the Dodgers in the seventh inning of game two. They couldn’t quite overcome a 7-0 deficit, but they picked up some momentum scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and four more in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The next day the Dodgers came out swinging with 11 runs in the first inning, basically ending the game before the Braves ever had a chance to answer. Behind five strong innings from Julio Urías, the Dodgers went on to win game three by a score of 15-3.

Clayton Kershaw fed the narrative that he struggles in the playoffs in game four giving up four runs over five innings on the way to a Dodgers loss. The boys from Chavez Ravine proceeded to play near perfect baseball the rest of the way, riding their bullpen in games five and seven and Walker Buehler in game six. A missile from defending MVP Cody Bellinger in game seven was the deciding factor and the exclamation point on LA’s third NLCS victory in the last four years.

The Dodgers met the Rays in the World Series, who were coming off a game seven themselves against the Houston Astros. Again, the Rays relied on pitching and defense to get through the playoffs, but they brought the hottest player in the playoffs into the World Series in left fielder Randy Arozarena.

When accounting for adjusted salary for his time in the majors and the shortened pandemic season, Arozarena made $90,000 in 2020. For reference, the two highest paid left fielders for the Dodgers, Joc Pederson and A.J. Pollock, made more than $10 million last year. Arozarena out-homered the Pederson-Pollock duo in the 2020 playoffs ten to two.

Unfortunately for Arozarena, he was the only member of the Rays consistently hitting. Just as the Rays had done all season, it was a new guy delivering the big hit every night. Mike Brosseau did it in game five of the American League Divisional Series against the Yankees, Kevin Kiermaier came up with a few clutch hits and Manny Margot played a big role in downing the Astros, but Arozarena seemed to be the only one the Rays could consistently count on.

Game one was proof of that as the Rays were shut down by Clayton Kershaw, who set the tone to repave his playoff legacy. Kershaw went six innings in the first game of the World Series, giving up just one run before exiting. Dodgers MVPs Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts both homered on the way to an 8-3 Dodgers victory.

The Rays evened the series in game two on the back of Brandon Lowe, who hit two home runs, driving in three runs. Rays third baseman Joey Wendle drove in two more on a fourth inning double and another on a sixth inning sacrifice fly. Homers from Chris Taylor, Will Smith and Corey Seager weren’t enough for the Dodgers as Blake Snell and the Rays bullpen held off the LA offense.

Though a score of 6-2 might not seem like a punishing victory for the Dodgers, they owned game three. The Dodgers current ace, Walker Buehler went six innings, striking out ten Rays batters and giving up just one run on a Willy Adames double. The bullpen trio of Blake Treinen, Brusdar Graterol and Kenley Jansen picked up where Buehler left off, giving up one run on a Randy Arozarena home run in the ninth. The Rays sent just 31 hitters to the plate.

Game four is the game that will go down in history. When everyone looks back on the 2020 World Series, they will probably remember games four and six. It might have been the craziest game of the year, and it happened on baseball’s biggest stage.

Two lefties started the game for the Dodgers and Rays, with Julio Urías and Ryan Yarbrough on the hill, respectively. Justin Turner opened the scoring with a home run in the first inning for the second night in a row. Corey Seager homered in the third inning to put the Dodgers up 2-0, a score that would hold for one inning when Randy Arozarena launched his second home run of the World Series and his record-breaking ninth of the postseason.

Heading into the top of the sixth, the Dodgers had a 3-2 lead, which they extended on a double from utility man Kiké Hernández. That set the stage for Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe, who launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to put the Rays on top for the first time in the game.

The Dodgers answered quickly on a Joc Pederson single that scored Corey Seager and Justin Turner, giving the Dodgers a 6-5 lead. The battle was just beginning, as Kevin Kiermaier homered in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 6, only for Corey Seager to give the Dodgers the lead once again with an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning.

It was quiet until the bottom of the ninth inning, when the unlikely Rays postseason MVP Randy Arozarena stepped up the the plate with two outs and a man on first base. Arozarena worked a full count from Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, eventually drawing a walk to put runners on first and second base. That would bring up the most unlikely of heroes.

Brett Phillips didn’t even make the ALCS roster. He was with the Kansas City Royals before being traded to the Rays on Aug. 27. He originally pinch ran earlier in the game with little expectation of getting a plate appearance, but with the way Rays manager Kevin Cash uses his bench, the Rays were out of options. Phillips was going to bat.

Down to his last strike, the career .202 hitter flicked a ball into center field. Kevin Kiermaier score easily, but a bobble from Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor caused the Rays third base coach to send Arozarena to the plate in an attempt to score the winning run. Arozarena fell down on his way to the plate, which should have ended the inning.

The throw to the plate from Taylor was cut off by Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy, who relayed the ball to LA catcher Will Smith. Smith was unable to hang onto the throw, and the ball rolled to the backstop, allowing Arozarena to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. The long shot hero scored the Rays most valuable postseason player, and the sight of Arozarena pounding on home plate for the eighth run is something that will be burned in the memories of baseball fans forever.

Game five saw Clayton Kershaw take the hill once again to face Rays hard-throwing right hander Tyler Glasnow. Again, Kershaw set out to rewrite his playoff story, going five and two-thirds innings, striking out six and giving up two runs. Joc Pederson and Max Muncy both homered for the Dodgers on their way to a 4-2 victory.

Game six had the Rays up against a wall forcing them to send out their horse, Blake Snell. Randy Arozarena immediately launched a ball into the right field seats off Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin for his record tenth homer of the postseason. Snell was mowing down Dodgers hitters through five and one-thirds innings before giving up a single to catcher Austin Barnes.

The most talked about decision of the World Series came next, with Kevin Cash removing a blistering hot Snell from the game before facing Mookie Betts, who hit .208 against left-handed pitching in 2020. Right-hander Nick Anderson took the hill for the Rays, and Betts proceeded to slap a double down the left field line. A wild pitch with Corey Seager at the plate scored Barnes and advanced Betts to third, then Seager grounded a ball to first base, scoring Betts, who looked like he was out to prove he’s the best baserunner in the game this postseason.

The Dodgers went up 2-1, but for Rays fans and players, it must have felt like the score was 12-1, as the Rays couldn’t get a single thing going the rest of the game against the Dodger bullpen. Betts swatted a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning for an insurance run, and Julio Urías slammed the door over the last two and one-third to give the Dodgers their first World Series victory since 1988.

Corey Seager took home the trophy for World Series MVP, but Clayton Kershaw really stole the spotlight. The eight-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young winner and 2014 MVP Award winner picked up the first ring of his career in his tenth postseason. He was a lock for the Hall of Fame before 2020, but now he’ll get to make his induction speech wearing at least one World Series ring, and with the litany of young talent and financial resources at the fingertips of Dodgers management, he figures to eye a few more before he calls it a career.

In probably the worst story of the night, third baseman Justin Turner exited the game early because of a positive test for COVID-19. When it was announced at the conclusion of the game, it was a difficult moment for everyone who knew Turner had been with this Dodgers team the entire way. Outside of Kershaw, he might have been the most deserving of a celebration.

He even sent out a tweet thanking everyone for checking in on him and saying he could’t believe he couldn’t be out on the field to celebrate winning the World Series. The story went sour when it appeared that Turner actually did celebrate on the field, presumably placing everybody he came in contact with in danger.

The MLB released a statement saying Turner was adamant about celebrating on the field despite security officials advising him not to leave an isolated space. The story is still developing, but fans obviously voiced their discontent via social media, and it made the success of what MLB called their “bubble” to that point seem moot. While the disappointment for Turner being unable to celebrate a title that he was such a key part of is palpable, it is difficult to justify his actions exposing players, families and fans to COVID-19.

Turner, along with Pedro Baez, Kiké Hernandez, Jake McGee, Joc Pederson, Blake Treinen and Alex Wood, is set to become a free agent after not receiving a qualifying offer from the Dodgers. It is yet to be seen how this will affect him in free agency, or he could return to the Dodgers where he is already one of the organizations most beloved players.

The 2020 baseball season ended about as well as anyone who has lived through 2020 could have predicted, but baseball fans who were worried about 2020’s title feeling cheap seem to have come around to the idea that this title was equally or more trying to achieve. 60 games or 162 games, the 2020 Dodgers will go down in history.

Escape from Iron Gate Board Game

Bring your beloved Escape Room home with The Escape Game: Escape from Iron Gate board game!

By Katrina Tiktinsky

Tired of being stuck at home? Running out of new activities to do with that old stack of cards? There’s no denying we all need a taste of freedom in the middle of this pandemic. Escape rooms are shut down, but your good time shouldn’t have to be! You can now delight in your favorite brain puzzle from the comfort of your home, without sacrificing any of the fun!

Meet The Escape Game: Escape from Iron Gate.

Designed by The Escape Game company and translated into a mass retail opportunity by Goliath’s brilliant publishing team, the new stay-at-home activity will hit shelves this August and instantly revitalize your summer!

Imagine: Trapped behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit, having pleaded your case unsuccessfully to everyone from the judge to the warden, your most logical option is also the most daring… a prison break! Only one inmate from your group will make it to freedom. Which of your friends will prove the most brutal enemy? How clever and cut-throat will you play it to make your escape?

The prison break party game is broken down into four areas of a board. Moving between them, players will offer Gate Card items to the Commissary, treasures collected by completing puzzles, drawing, acting, and trading. Be the first one to pass through the Final Gate, and you’ve got your sweet sweet freedom! You’ll be so thrilled you’ll forget you’re on your couch!

This is no typical boredom fix; you’ll never get tired of playing The Escape Game! Variety in gameplay means you’ve got endless ways to play, and no two nights will feel the same. Designed for 3-8 players, ages 13 and up, this is the perfect activity for a group game night. Round up your family and (socially distanced) friends to play away the quarantine blues.

Watch the Escape from Iron Gate tutorial HERE.

Banana illustration by Mina Tocalini

Chiquita Fitness Stickers

Chiquita is getting ready, set, go for a special edition of our iconic Blue Sticker for everyone out there who is bananas about fitness! Thanks to the incredible success of our 2019 campaign, this summer we are preparing three new fantastic fitness challenges, with 12 brand-new stickers to collect.

The three challenges relate to three varieties of exercise – warm up, to prepare your body for a workout; home workout, a full routine of easy exercise for those who are now used to having a daily exercise routine at home; and mindfulness, great ways to relax after the workout session (or a shortcut for anyone who prefers their exercise in small doses!). There will be three videos available to explain each of the three exercises.

The Fitness stickers will be accompanied by six special fitness recipes, dedicated to each of the challenges. You can take part in Chiquita’s new online game: A ‘Match It’ challenge that asks participants to identify the exercise that the happy banana is performing, and match it to the coinciding exercise. Match 8 stickers and you’ll have the opportunity to win some great prizes from Chiquita’s sports swag.

Chiquita bananas provide the best taste and quality, and when it comes to fitness, they really are a power fruit. Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals such as B2 that helps maintain the body’s energy supply, they are an excellent component for a fitness-focused diet. Bananas are also ideal for fitness enthusiasts because they contain fructose, a good and natural sugar. When fructose is combined with a generous helping of fiber, the sugars are slowly digested and absorbed, preventing a “sugar rush” and guaranteeing sustainable energy.

The soluble fiber in bananas also helps to drive down bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Rich in potassium and low in sodium, bananas can help you to sleep soundly and protect against heart attack and stroke.

The goodness in our bananas makes them the perfect ally in the search for a healthy, nutritious and delicious diet. and You can find a wide range of mouthwatering, nutrient-dense recipes on our website. Chiquita bananas can be used in many ways and for many different occasions, either by themselves as an after-exercise snack, or as part of a delicious cake, muffin, pancake or bread.

The fitness stickers will start arriving in stores this summer, with North America receiving them at the beginning of July, followed by Europe and the rest of the world. Don’t forget to join in for the fun to begin! Make sure to follow us on Instagram for many surprises, giveaways and who knows.. some #ChiquitaChallenges.

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