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On this date five years ago, Steve McNair's life was tragically cut short by a murder-suicideHe may be gone, but he will never be forgotten by NFL fans.

McNair put together a fantastic 13-year career in the NFL. He played for two franchises, the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens, during his career.

Throughout his career, McNair was one of the best quarterbacks in the league. The mobile quarterback made three Pro Bowls and shared the 2003 NFL Most Valuable Player award with Peyton Manning.

Although McNair never won a Super Bowl, he led his team to the playoffs five times. Of course, he was the quarterback for the Titans in the dramatic 1999 Super Bowl.

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If you are going to use body paint as a fan, you might as well go all out.

One Brazil fan took things to the next level for Brazil's match against Colombia in the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Neymar may get the most attention, but this fan is all about Hulk.

As it turns out, there was another pretty big Hulk fan in the stadium:

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The 2013-14 NBA season may be over, but Benny the Bull is still going strong.

The Chicago Bulls mascot showed up to a Fourth of July parade in style. Here's how Benny the Bull described the scene:

Nothing says "'Merica" like a mascot rocking out with a giant United States flag.

[Benny the Bull]

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Although this great save didn't happen July 4, today is a great day to look back at one of the most patriotic acts to happen on the diamond in Major League Baseball history.

On April 25, 1976, which was the year of the United States' bicentennial, the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. In the middle of the fourth inning, two people ran onto the field. They didn't do it to interact with the players; they did it to protest.

The two fans had placed an American flag on the ground with the intention of burning it, but luckily, Cubs outfielder Rick Monday was there to save the day.

A few years ago, Monday talked to MLB.com's Ben Platt about what was going through his head at the time.

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Donte Whitner spent the first five seasons of his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills, but now the Cleveland Browns safety is having some fun at his former team's expense.

On Thursday night, Whitner sent out a pair of tweets to troll Buffalo fans:

Given all of the rumors circulating about the franchise's uncertain future in Buffalo, that was sure to rile up Bills fans and former players.

Whitner recently got into a Twitter spat with former Bills linebacker Darryl Talley and his wife, Janine. Here's how it started:

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In one of the most romantic developments to ever occur at a competitive food-eating event, American hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut proposed to his girlfriend onstage at the 2014 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Chestnut bent the knee at an unexpected but highly appropriate time, asking the young lady for her hand in front of a packed Fourth of July crowd at Coney Island.

She said yes.

Is asking someone to marry you at a hot dog eating contest the most American proposal of all time? 

Yes. Yes it is. 

 

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President Barack Obama kicked off his weekly address to the nation Friday morning with a few words for Tim Howard and the U.S. men's national soccer team.

According to Jonathan Topaz of Politico, the president's opening statement congratulated the team for its strong showing at the 2014 World Cup.

"I want to begin today by saying a special word to the U.S. men's soccer team, who represented America so well the past few weeks," Obama said. "We are so proud of you. You've got a lot of new believers."

President Obama went on to single out Howard, whose 16 saves in the USMNT's loss to Belgium set a new World Cup record. The president claimed he was abreast of the mounting "We the People" petitions on the White House website asking for the Obama administration to bestow various honors on the U.S. keeper.

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Following a controversial replay ruling that resulted in a second-inning run for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Oakland Athletics decided to play the rest of Thursday night's game under official protest. 

The team's official Twitter account confirmed the bizarre news: 

However, the A's did win the game 4-1, making the protest a moot point in the end.

The Jays had loaded the bases with one out in the top of the second inning when Anthony Gose stepped to the plate. He hit a ground ball to first baseman Nate Freiman, and then all hell broke loose. Kind of:

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When you find out that you will have a chance to live out your dream, it's tough to contain your emotions.

Kiwi Gardner is a perfect example of how great news can lead to an emotional reaction.

After Santa Cruz general manager Kirk Lacob informed him that he was going to get a chance to play with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Summer League, Gardner was overcome with joy. He was so happy that he almost tackled Lacob.  

Some players may not fully appreciate the opportunity to play basketball for a living, but there is no doubt that Gardner is just happy that he is getting a shot.

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The L.A. Galaxy are taking to social media in order to promote their players for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game in Portland, Oregon.

The team went for the hipster look by putting its players in flannel and, in the case of Landon Donovan, a lumberjack outfit. (Portland is the home of the Timbers.)

Not only did the Galaxy give their players a makeover, but they also put together a fascinating list of facts as to why striker Robbie Keane should play in the game:

That list should be enough to convince some fans to send votes Keane's way.