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Former Detroit Tiger Denny McLain Offers Up Of Baseball Memorabilia From His Personal Collection

An opportunity to own items from former Detroit Tiger’s baseball legend Dennis “Denny” McLain, including rare sports memorabilia from his personal sports memorabilia collection as he prepares to downsize, will take place during a 3-day estate sale at his home in Wixom, Michigan. Presented by Aaron’s Estate Sales, the Estate of Dennis McLain sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 through Sunday, Oct. 4.

For decades the name Denny McLain has been synonymous with excellence in the sports field. His 1968 World Series win for the Tigers secured his legacy, awarding him the Cy Young Award, as well as the American League MVP, unseating Dizzy Dean to become Major League Baseball’s first 30-game winner since 1934 – a feat accomplished by only 11 players in the 20th century.

McLain’s impressive collection of sports memorabilia dates back largely to the 1930s through the 1970s. Fans and sports collectors alike can add a permanent piece to their own collection, including:

Framed, 1968 Detroit Tigers baseball card collection
Framed, Jerome Herman Dean Time magazine cover and signed autograph
Framed Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle signed photograph
Framed Don Russ Hall of Fame Diamond King Hank Aaron puzzle, signed by Hank Aaron
Framed, Mickey Lolich signed 1968 baseball card
Denny McLain signed baseball gloves, license plate and more
Items are still being catalogued so there is more to come, including many items from the 1968 World Series.

McLain will live stream his “No Filter Sports” podcast show with Eli Zaret and Bob Page from his home throughout the sale and autograph purchased items for $25 per item. Those looking to “get in the game” in advance of the general public can purchase a ticket to the Dennis McLain Estate Sale VIP Day, taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. The cost of the VIP Day is $400, and it includes a one year VIP membership to Aaron’s Estate Sales. This new program includes early access to every Aaron’s estate sale for a year, video walk-throughs before sales and access to a private, VIP-only Facebook group.


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Injuries Rack Up in The NFL Ahead of Week 3

Injuries to key players, an inescapable part of any NFL season are beginning to have a significant effect on the game odds ahead of the NFL’s third week, according to TheLines, which tracks odds in U.S. regulated sports betting markets. In fact, at least 15 starters or key role players left games early on Sunday alone, and that is reverberating through Week 3’s lines.

“Injuries are a key component to any in-season betting line, but it seems like we’ve had a season’s worth of key injuries already,” said Brett Collson, lead analyst for TheLines.com. “This should be a particularly interesting week with so many star players falling on Sunday. Week 3’s lines have the potential to move significantly as we learn more about the severity of each injury.”

The San Francisco 49ers, who have suffered multiple injuries to star players during their 1-1 start to the season, are a prime example. The reigning NFC champions opened the season as a consensus +900 pick to win the Super Bowl, one of three betting favorites and the top pick among NFC teams. But after injuries to stars George Kittle, Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert, and Nick Bosa, the odds have shifted, even after cruising to a 31-13-win Sunday over the New York Jets.

As of Monday morning, the 49ers were being offered as low as +2500 by BetMGM to win the Super Bowl. And a consensus of the nation’s largest legal online sportsbooks — including FanDuel, DraftKings, PointsBet, SugarHouse, and BetMGM — places the 49ers at +2000, which moves them into the longshot category. For Week 3, San Francisco sits as a consensus 4.5-point favorite in its road game against the New York Giants — who themselves have suffered injuries to Saquan Barkley and Sterling Shepard — after opening as a 7-point favorite.


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Chase Elliott to Make Final 2020 NASCAR Appearance

The No. 9 UniFirst Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, driven by NASCAR’s most popular driver, Chase Elliott, will make its third and final appearance of the 2020 season at the South Point 400 on Sunday, September 27, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fourth race of the Cup Series playoffs will begin at 7 p.m. EST and will be televised on NBC Sports Network.

UniFirst Corporation (NYSE: UNF), a North American leader in providing customized work uniform programs, corporate attire, and facility service products, is serving as the primary sponsor of the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports team for select races during the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Elliott last piloted the No. 9 UniFirst Chevy at the NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in July, taking home the checkered flag and the $1 million grand prize. Prior to that, the UniFirst Chevrolet made its 2020 debut on March 8 at Phoenix Raceway, with Elliott starting from the pole position and leading 93 laps en route to a top-10 finish.

Elliott completed the best regular season of his NASCAR Cup Series career in 2020, earning wins at Charlotte on May 28 and the DAYTONA Road Course on August 16, in addition to his win at the All-Star Race exhibition at Bristol. He ultimately finished the regular season with six stage wins and 10 top-five finishes. Elliott is currently placed fifth in the NASCAR Cup Series playoff standings with 3,021 points as the series heads to Las Vegas to kick off the Round of 12.

“We’re looking forward to getting the UniFirst Chevy back on track at Las Vegas,” Elliott said. “Vegas is a track that that went pretty well for us earlier this season. Obviously, a lot has changed since then, but we’re ready to go. With this race being the first in the Round of 12, it’s important that we run well and get the green and white UniFirst Chevy up front on Sunday.”

The South Point 400 serves as the fourth race of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs and the first race in the Round of 12. Elliott led 70 laps and picked up two stage wins during his last visit to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in February. And, in 2019, he collected a fourth-place finish in September and a ninth-place result in March at the 1.5 mile track.

“Chase has provided UniFirst – our 14,000 employee Team Partners and our two million uniform wearers – with so much excitement during the entire 2020 campaign,” said Adam Soreff, director of marketing and communications for UniFirst. “It’s only appropriate that our partnership culminates with this key postseason race. We can’t wait to see what Chase has in store this Sunday while piloting our No. 9 UniFirst Chevy.”

The 2020 NASCAR season marks the fourth year of UniFirst’s multi-year partnership with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports. UniFirst is the Official Workwear Provider of Hendrick Motorsports, supplying work clothing and uniforms to the team, as well as to its sister company, Hendrick Automotive Group, the largest privately held retail automotive organization in the United States.


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Anto Garabet to Host Series “The Lab” for Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team has announced talent for its multi-platform digital programming – Unfiltered, which will bring fans behind the scenes of the organization, providing a look into the lives of the franchise’s players, coaches and staff. Among those coming onboard is Washington Football fan and gaming and content curator, Anto Garabet (@AntoDaBoss on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter), who boasts more than 1.1 million subscribers to his YouTube channel and will host “The Lab,” which will give team players, gamers and fans the opportunity to play, interact and learn how to dominate the video game landscape.

Unfiltered will connect with fans through more areas of interest than ever before. Julie Donaldson, Senior Vice President of Media and Content and host of the team’s in-game radio broadcast crew, will invite viewers to banter with her and her guests as they break down the X’s and O’s via “The Game.” In “The Legacy,” Washington Super Bowl XVII champion, Doc Walker, will trade stories from the field, the locker room and beyond, alongside a rotating cast of legends. On “The Beat,” former WJLA-ABC 7 sports reporter, Chip Brierre, will be joined by local and national journalists and media personalities and beat journalists from the city of Washington’s upcoming opponent weekly to preview the matchup. Maryland native and host of Fox Sports Radio “Listen In with KNN,” Kelsey Nicole Nelson will showcase the lighter side of the game through the lens of pop culture on “The Life” and will blend music and fashion on “The Fit,” which will go inside players’ wardrobes, review sneaker drops, debut clothing line collaborations and cover new Washington Football Team gear.

“Football players are so much more than athletes that we watch and cheer on,” said Donaldson. “Unfiltered will go deeper on the team and season than ever before and will show our fans more sides of the people who put on the burgundy and gold uniforms each gameday as we bring fans the connection to the team they’ve been craving.”

Anto Garabet added, “It’s no surprise to me that the team I’ve loved my entire life is also on the cutting edge on the media front, giving us fans more access. Gaming is such a ubiquitous part of culture now. I can’t wait to put together matchups we never thought we’d see and find out how players and the fanbase compete on the virtual gridiron against experienced gamers.”


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NFL Legend Deion Sanders Issue a $1M Challenge to Support NFL PLAY 60

Subway® restaurants, the Official Sandwich Sponsor of the NFL is bringing players and fans together through a friendly competition to get them dancing on-the-field and on social to raise money for a worthy cause. With choreography led by NFL legend and notorious high-stepper, Deion “Primetime” Sanders, Subway dubbed his iconic two-step the “Footlong Shuffle” to benefit the NFL PLAY 60 youth health and wellness programs.

Today, Sanders will demonstrate the official moves of the Footlong Shuffle on his Twitter and Instagram pages (@DeionSanders), and then, Sanders and Subway are challenging select players to celebrate big game moments with an on-the-field Footlong Shuffle. For every on-the-field Footlong Shuffle performed by an NFL player this football season, Subway will donate $50,000 to NFL PLAY 60 programs, up to $1 million*.

“When I was headed to the endzone, I would break out my signature high step,” said Sanders. “Big time plays deserve a celebration and even more so when they benefit a good cause like NFL PLAY 60 programs. I’m excited to help teach the new cats a little something about smooth moves with the Footlong Shuffle and see them try to recreate it on the field.”

The Footlong Shuffle is the latest example of engaging ways fans can turn football season into Footlong Season™. In October, Subway will encourage football and sandwich fans to share their own version of the Footlong Shuffle on social and will make an additional donation on behalf of each participant*.

“Our guests and athletes of all ages come to Subway when they want to make better choices to fuel their days and their play. Expanding our long-term partnership with the NFL by supporting the NFL PLAY 60 commitment fits perfectly with what Subway represents as a brand that offers better-for-you choices,” said Carrie Walsh, Chief Marketing Officer of Subway. “We are excited to see the players and fans do the Footlong Shuffle to celebrate their big moments, and to join PLAY 60 to help create active and healthier generations for years to come.”

All funds raised through the Footlong Shuffle will support NFL PLAY 60 programs. NFL PLAY 60 is the NFL’s national youth health and wellness program that encourages kids to get physically active for at least 60 minutes a day.

Starting in October, Subway will be supporting Fuel Up to Play 60, a leading national in-school health and wellness program co-created by the NFL and National Dairy Council, to support two local initiatives**.

To support Fuel Up to Play 60, Subway will collect donations in restaurant to help the one in four children who are facing food insecurity. In addition, as part of the 60¢ 6-Inch Sundays Program at participating restaurants, the Fuel Up to Play 60 team will provide parents and students activity logs through participating schools to track eating habits and physical activity. When a student or parent comes into a Subway restaurant and shows their completed Fuel Up to PLAY 60 activity log on Sundays they will earn a 60 cent 6-inch sandwich, when they purchase a separate meal. The tracker can either be shown on a print-out or through the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Zone app.

These local initiatives will help schools meet their wellness goals by encouraging youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day all Footlong Season™ long. As part of the initiatives, Subway restaurants will be supporting students in 73,000 schools across the United States.


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