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Why Your Customary Free Taco Bell Is In Jeopardy This World Series

For the third consecutive year, Taco Bell is doing a promotion where everyone in the U.S. gets a free taco if there is a stolen base in the World Series. The promotion has usually been money, as stolen bases have always been essential to baseball, and it’s almost a certainty that we’ll all be able to cash in on their offer.

This year’s a little different, though, as the four teams fighting for a shot at a World Series appearance aren’t, well, very fast.

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Take the Houston Astros and New York Yankees for example — both are trying to get to the World Series, and in 12 combined 2017 playoff games (as of this writing), they’ve only mustered out a total of 2 stolen bases between them.

On the other side of the playoffs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs do have 8 stolen bases between them during the 2017 playoffs, but most come from the Dodgers, who were almost gifted every single stolen base.

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OK, enough baseball stats. Let’s get to what you really care about — free tacos. All those stolen base stats were to show that stolen bases have been few and far in between this postseason, which brings up the real possibility that there could be zero stolen bases this World Series, meaning zero free Taco Bell tacos for us.

For comparison, the 2016 World Series between the Cubs and the Cleveland Indians saw a total of 12 stolen bases, which is more than the the four remaining teams COMBINED.

Your best bet would be to root for the Dodgers, as they’ve had the most stolen bases (5) between the four remaining teams, but again, we might be very disappointed this year, and might not “steal” ourselves free Taco Bell, as has become customary over the last two seasons.

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Watch This Grandpa Crack Open a 32-Year-Old Beer After The Cubs’ Win

Baseball is full of traditions and superstitions. It’s one of the sweet, old school parts of the game that still remains. The Chicago Cubs and their fans might be the most traditional and superstitious of them all, and since their World Series victory last nigth, it’s all been coming out in full force.

Case in point, this grandpa who had a beer chilling in his fridge for 32 years, waiting for a Cubs victory before he let out its expired contents into a mug.

A tweet sent out by Chicagoan Grace Johnson shows her grandpa finally cracking open the 32-year-old Coors can he’d been saving for this very special occasion.

He probably should have saved a wine though, because the beer apparently smelled terrible, as you’d expect from an old beer.

You can hear his son joke around in the video, saying, “I think you should drink it and die a happy man.”

Thankfully he didn’t, and now he can throw in another shitty beer in his fridge until the Cubs’ next win, which might take another 100 years, with their luck. But who believes in that stuff anyway, right?


It’s Time To Call Out The Chicago Cubs For Stealing This Food Blogger’s Recipe

The world of Internet food creations is a deliciously beautiful, creative, fucked up and incestuous cess pool of stolen ideas. Today, the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field and by association, Giordano’s (“Chicago’s Best Pizza”) have joined the ranks of those pillaging and raping online food creators.

Popular food blogger and food troll, The Vulgar Chef, created a recipe paying homage to the Chicago-style hot dog and the Chicago deep dish pizza and uploaded his to his YouTube account on June 12, 2016.

His creation was aptly titled the, “Chicago Dog Deep Dish Pizza.”

VULGAR_CHEF_TWEETTake a bit of this bread recipe, a dash of this photography angle, swap out one ingredient for another, and there you have it, something completely original.

Now, in celebration of National Hot Dog Month at Wrigley Field, Giordano’s Pizza and Vienna Beef claim to have collaborated on a near replica of the Vulgar Chef Chicago-Style hot dog deep dish pizza that is now being sold at Wrigley Field from July 15 to July 20.

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This is a very specific, outside-the-box food concept that just seems too unique to be coincidental. The Vulgar Chef addressed this on his blog.

“And now the Cubs want to run a train on ol’ KyKy because they haven’t won a World Series in about 300 years and are looking to pull out a fucking “W”. According to Eater Chicago, NBC Chicago, Sports Illustrated, ThePostGame, USA Today, AOL, and a handful of other cunts, this years main attraction at Wrigley Field – other than watching the train wreck that is the Cubs franchise – will be none other than a Deep Dish Chicago Dog Pizza….a recipe I dropped a month and a half ago.” — The Vulgar Chef

The Vulgar Chef’s version is made with a bed of cheese-fries, handmade pizza dough, topped with mustard, tomatoes, sport peppers, relish and pickles. He commented in the description box, “My apologies for the lack of onion and poppy seeds, but at least I have the neon relish and sport peppers.”

We reached out to Henson Consulting, Giordano’s public relations representation, to see if anyone would comment on the similarities between The Vulgar Chef’s Chicago Style and Wrigley Field’s new celebratory menu item.

The representative responding to our inquiry gave us the most boilerplate response you could ask for.


However, this isn’t the first instance of recipe plagiarism that the Vulgar Chef has experienced. Nope, not even the first time this year.

The Vulgar Chef’s version of Mac N’ Cheetos was something that Burger King broke the internet with a few weeks ago. The Vulgar Chef created Mac N’ Cheetos and uploaded his YouTube video on September 30, 2015. Burger King’s released their version nearly a year later, on June 27, 2016

In a world where Facebook was essentially created through a case of stolen intellectual property — at least the Winklevoss twins had a paper trail — there’s little people like the Vulgar Chef can do to protect themselves against multi-billion dollar companies stealing their original ideas for marginal gains.

Last year, the Houston Astros introduced a fried chicken and waffle cone, a concept that was first created in 2012 by another food blogger, Nick Chipman of Dude Foods. While the waffle chicken cone was not an exact replica, Chipman threw shade toward the Astros when he said, “…any chicken and waffle type dish needs to be served with syrup, not honey mustard.”

Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that we can at least condemn Wrigley Field, The Cubs and by association Giordano’s Pizza to the bottom-feeding ranks of corporate analytic junkies. They join the likes of Burger King, who seem oblivious, or at least semi-allergic to Google searches, where they’d discover their ‘Amazingly creative and original way to bring in foodies,’ has already been created by someone else.

Maybe then, it isn’t ironic that the Vulgar Chef’s trademark is, “#EatLikeShit.”