Is there a better holiday on the sports calendar than Memorial Day?


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Sure, some sports are back. But “sports” as we know them are largely still on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. Today is Day 75 without sports. ⚾️🏀🏒🎾

Memorial Day and sports certainly go hand-in-hand, with so many events packed into the course of the three-day weekend. Come to think of it, the variety of sports we have on a typical Memorial Day might just make it the best holiday on the sports calendar.

Of course, we did have one glimpse of normalcy in auto racing Sunday with the running of NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte. But it wasn’t quite the same without the Monaco Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500 getting our engines revved earlier in the day. 

MLB would be approaching the end of the first third of the regular season. The standings on Memorial Day are often seen as a precursor to how they’ll eventually look. In 2019, four of the six eventual division winners (the Yankees, Twins, Astros and Dodgers) were in first place on Memorial Day. (Meanwhile,…

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