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Moment In History: What happened on July 4, 2016?

Happy Fourth of July everyone! Whether you take this holiday to spend the day with family, watch some fireworks, or even, not watch any fireworks — the date of July 4, 2016 all remains close to our hearts for one reason or another.

Let’s break down the Top 5 moments from five years ago:

Pitbull Sings in Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

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As one of the headliners in Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular show, Pitbull set the night with “Messin Around” (non-popular song) and “Don’t Stop The Party (extremely popular song).”

Excellent performance by Mr. Worldwide, but as news about the event surfaced — it turns out he pre-recorded the event two weeks beforehand. I guess it could have been worse. Take notes Mariah Carey.

Sergio Rodriguez Signs with 76ers

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Do you remember Spanish Chocolate? Yes, that’s his actual nickname.

Rodriguez’s signing with Philadelphia came as a bit of a shock at the time, debatably the biggest of the day in fact. The then 30-year-old guard’s days in the NBA seemed numbered a six-year hiatus from the league, the belief was he’d finish out his career in Europe. Although Rodriguez hasn’t put the jersey up just yet, barring a miracle, it is expected he’ll retire outside of the NBA.

This move the time was considered a solid pickup as on a one-year, $8 million contract — Rodriguez had a fairly big price tag, but the veteran experience was pictured to be a worthwhile investment.

Rodriguez was indeed that, sourcing a then depleted backcourt with decorated play as he went on the average 7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 5.1 assists in his 68 appearances, he even started in 30 contests.

Sergio would return to Europe following this season, but it makes you wonder… What other overseas players would contribute in the NBA?

Anthony Randolph has the answer.

Kevin Owens Takes Pie to the Face on Monday Night RAW

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The last time I watched the WWE, Ray Mysterio and the Undertaker headlined events — I also thought the fights weren’t scripted…

Even despite that, who doesn’t love good acting, a hot dog, and pie to someone’s face?

Probably Kevin Owens.

After Owens’ flare up appeared on Monday Night RAW, fans’ next thoughts were to hunt down this pie-throwing perpetrator. Five years later, not even Kevin Owens knows who did it (though he blames Vince McMahon.)

Even to the present day, WWE fans are still doing their own digging as to who threw this desert at Owens’ face.

As of four weeks ago, the common consensus to who the pie assailant is lies on the shoulders of Sami Zane. This may just ride along conspiracy theory lines though.

Joey Chestnut Regains the Title

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When you think of a G.O.A.T in the sports world, chances are you think to the tune of Babe Ruth, Lionel Messi, Michael Phelps, LeBron James, or perhaps Michael Jordan.

Let me introduce you to the real G.O.A.T. — Joey Chestnut.

We all know the story with Joey, he literally has a 30 for 30 episode, and it’s extremely good too.

Joey Chestnut entered the 2016 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest with a chip on shoulder. After pulling a shocking upset over Takeru Kobayashi in 2007, Chestnut rose from underdog to a household name after defending his belt for eight-straight years. That all came crumbling apart on July 4, 2015 as Chestnut faltered to Matt Stonie 62-60 in one of the most heroic finishes in the contest’s history.

Entering his buffet of hot dogs and water cups, Chestnut got right back into his rhythm for 2016. By the final buzzer, Chestnut had consumer 70 hot dogs and set a new record for the contest. Stonie ate just 53 hot dogs.

Five years later, and Joey Chestnut has continued to stay in the game.

Celtics Defeat 76ers in Summer League Opener

Jaylen Brown impresses in Celtics' summer league victory - The Boston Globe
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Crazy how different the NBA season works now, huh.

This game saw the opening debuts between No. 1 and No. 3 picks Ben Simmons and Jaylen Brown lay their bodies out on the line, but their co-stars helped to steal the show.

On the Celtics’ side, Brown touched feathers with guards Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter to form the Beantown Splash Brothers as Rozier, Hunter, and Brown finished with 18, 17, and 16 points respectfully. Even Abdel Nader chipped in with 2 points of his own.

Brad Steven’s up-tempo offense helped roll out an 11-of-22 night from three, and a 29-of-39 performance at the charity stripe. On his own, Jaylen Brown shot 11-of-17 at the line.

Boston’s sharpshooting coupled with a trio of wet whistles set the groundwork for the Celtics to trump the 76ers 102-94.

On the 76ers side, they swindled their way into 39 free throws of their own (making 32), but a paltry 6-of-24 night from three walled them off from any success.

The bright spot. Simmons impressed with 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists while Alex Caruso strolled in for 2 points.

Those totals were no match for the game’s leading scorer however, that man was Christian Wood who ironed out 20 points in 15 minutes.

They released Wood for Sonny Weems by the way. SONNY WEEMS!

There was also a story about this “Kevin Durant” guy? I’ve never heard of him.

Happy Fourth of July everyone!

The site will be back up to par with the latest Thunder news tomorrow!

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