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Nashville Man Arrested For Using Stolen Skid Steer To Steal Jack Daniel’s Barrel From Bridgestone Arena, Says He Assumed They Wanted It Moved

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Sounds perfectly logical to me. A Nashville man, 47-year old Donald Bilby, was arrested early this morning after stealing a Jack Daniel's barrel from outside of Bridgestone Arena, the home of the Nashville Predators in downtown Music City. Now, before you get too excited: No, the barrel wasn't full of the ol' black label. It was a decorative barrel with the Nashville Predators logo on it located outside of the Pete & Terry's Tavern, the bar and restaurant attached to the arena that serves as a popular pregame tailgate spot for Preds fans and concertgoers. It gets even better though: Bilby used a stolen skid steer loader to swipe the barrel. According to WSMV, police were called to the arena after witnesses saw the man steal the Kubota skid steer from a nearby construction site, and then drive it to Bridgestone to steal the barrel. Once officers caught up with Bilby, he allegedly told officers that he found the skid steer in the street with the key in it and "assumed they wanted it moved." So he was really just a Good Samaritan, guys. Well apparently the contractor at the construction site told a different (more believable) story, alleging that Bilby had pulled down a fence before making off with the machinery. Bilby was reportedly unloading the barrel when officers caught up to him. Unfortunately, no good deed goes unpunished, and Bilby was arrested and charged with felony burglary, vehicle theft, property theft, and vandalism. He's currently being held at the Davidson County Jail on a $62,000 bond. https://twitter.com/WSMV/status/1803098463493660720

Post Malone Officially Announces Country Album ‘F-1 Trillion’ Dropping August 16th

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F-1 Trillion is coming SOON. After much speculation by fans that Post Malone’s country album was titled F-1 Trillion, he took to Instagram to officially announce his sixth studio album this afternoon. He also shared that it is slated to drop everywhere on August 16th, and also posted what is likely the album cover that was also featured on a Billboard in Nashville today: "Sup motherf**kas… 'F-1 Trillion' August 16th." https://www.instagram.com/p/C8X-6uNM0xb/ Post has of course been teasing, and releasing, several country songs from his forthcoming country album, and his song with Morgan Wallen “I Had Some Help” (which is the lead single) just notched a fifth straight week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He is gearing up to drop “Pour Me A Drink” with Blake Shelton this Friday, and teased another new one the other day called “She Ain’t Yours,” and I can't wait to find out what other songs made the final cut. Posty has been pictured in the studio writing with the likes of Morgan, Ernest, Luke Combs and some of Nashville's most prominent writers, which means we're likely in for some great stuff and maybe even a few surprises. Posty has teased a duet with Luke, as well as a solo classic country heartbreaker called "Never Love You Again" that I am already obsessed with. Details on a tracklist and things of that nature are still forthcoming, so stay tuned... “I Had Some Help” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QIZE708gJ4&embeds_referring_euri=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.whiskeyriff.com%2F&source_ve_path=MjM4NTE&feature=emb_title I’m so excited to hear the studio cut of this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=k-6rrrReXsA&embeds_referring_euri=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.whiskeyriff.com%2F&source_ve_path=MjM4NTE&feature=emb_title

Buffalo Bills Announce They’re Launching National Gay Flag Football League Chapter In Buffalo

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Gotta be honest, didn't even know this was a thing. Of course you probably already know that it's pride month, with social media accounts turning their pictures into a rainbow for a month to prove just how much they care about the LGBT community. But apparently the Buffalo Bills are going a step further. Today, the Bills announced that they would be sponsoring the launch of a chapter of the National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL) in Buffalo: "We are excited to join the NFL and other Clubs across the league in their support of the NGFFL. Through our sponsorship, we are looking forward to expanding the impact of the NGFFL in our community." The NGFFL apparently has been around since 2002 and has leagues in 27 other cities. According to NGFFL Commissioner Joel Horton:
"We are thrilled to bring inclusive flag football to Buffalo with the support of the Buffalo Bills. This exciting addition joins 27 other cities, and over 4,000 players, including straight allies, in the National Gay Flag Football League. Our mission is to unite the community through the spirit of competition while celebrating our diversity. By fostering an environment where everyone is welcome, we aim to build a stronger, more inclusive Buffalo. Together, with the backing of the Buffalo Bills, we are creating a space where all individuals can participate, compete, and thrive." Now of course the first thing I do these days is run to the comments, and the comments on this announcement didn't disappoint, with many having the same question I have: How do you prove your eligibility for this league? If it's the honor system, then doesn't that just mean that this league is open to everybody? And if it is, then how is that different than any other league (including the NFL)? And if it's not the honor system...well, never mind. But anyway, check out the comments for yourself:
 
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Mark Chesnutt Hospitalized After Undergoing Emergency Heart Surgery, Cancels Upcoming Shows

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Hate to hear this one. Mark Chesnutt, one of the greatest country voices of the '90s, revealed today that he was forced to undergo emergency heart surgery over the weekend, and will have to step off the road while he recovers. In a post to his social media, Chesnutt (or his team) said that he suffered an issue on Sunday, June 16 that forced him to undergo a quadruple bypass surgery, while asking for privacy during what the post calls "this difficult time of recovery." “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the cancellation of my upcoming shows. I send my love and gratitude to my family and friends, the band and fans for your understanding, prayers and support, and look forward to seeing you all again soon at a honky tonk near you.” There's no word on how long the recovery process will be, or how long Chesnutt will be off the road, but it sounds like the surgery was a success and he's on the road to recovery.
 
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Late last year, the "Too Cold At Home" singer was forced to cancel several shows after being hospitalized for undisclosed medical issues. According to a later-deleted statement issued by his team, Mark was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday evening and is now in the Critical Care Unit, where he’s currently in stable condition. The statement says that Mark is currently undergoing tests to identify the cause of his medical issues, and that further updates will be released once doctors have determined his condition. “Mark and his management team regret we have had to cancel two shows this week. Mark was admitted to the hospital Wednesday evening and is now in the Critical Care Unit in stable condition. He is receiving care and undergoing multiple tests to identify the cause of his medical issues. We would like to apologize to our fans that have always been so very supportive and hope you will keep Mark in your prayers. We will post more updates once the doctors determine his condition.” And later, he revealed that he would be taking some time off the road to focus on his health and recovery. At the time, Chesnutt said that he had experienced some “extreme health issues” due to what he calls “a battle that I’ve fought to overcome for many years on my own.” “To my family, friends, fans and the country music community… Many of you who know me well, know that I have been struggling with a battle that I’ve fought to overcome for many years on my own. Now after some extreme health issues I’ve recently experienced the time has come. The fight is over. I’ve made the decision, to take the time to get healthy. I’ll be coming off the road for the next couple of months to concentrate on getting well…..to take care of me, my family and so that I can get back out on the road, to give back to ALL of you who have shown me unconditional support, care and love throughout my entire career. I truly appreciate your heartfelt understanding in my commitment, and your sensitivity to my decision, and the privacy to allow me this time. I’ll see you when I return to the road in February. Be good to one another. Stay well. God Bless.” Here's to hoping that he can get back on the road sooner rather than later.

JJ Watt Brought To Tears Listening To Luke Combs’ “Fathers & Sons” During A Workout: “Full Blown Waterworks”

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If you haven't gotten around to listening to Luke Combs' Fathers & Sons, what have you been doing with your life? The emotional project, which in a way could be categorized as a concept album, allowed for Luke Combs to take a deep dive into fatherhood. Now that the country star is a dad himself, he went all out on "Dad Songs," exploring both the appreciation of fathers, as well as the wonderful experience of being a dad firsthand. Simply put, you better make sure you have a box of tissues ready if you plan on listening to it all the way through, if anyone still does that. There's nothing like putting on a record and digesting it front to back. It's a lost art, mostly thanks to the music industry's tendency to push singles out rather than full projects. But there are still some of us out there (DOZENS OF US!) pressing play on a full-length album, and one of those people is former NFL defensive star JJ Watt. He decided to throw the album on while he got his body right in the iron temple (worked out), and that turned out to have some adverse effects on Watt's gym session. Only because Fathers & Sons hit JJ Watt right in the feels, just like it did the rest of us: "Put on Luke's new album 'Fathers & Sons' during workout today. Not even halfway through the warmup... full blown waterworks.  Wishing my grandpa got to meet (my son) Koa. Trying to savor every moment, thinking about my dad... hits you straight in the heart. Thanks for making me cry Luke Combs." Amen, JJ Watt. Luke Combs had a former menacing football player crying at the club gym. That's how good of a songwriter Combs is, and that's how poignant the entirety of his newest album lands with listeners. The "Hurricane" singer has plenty of songs to throw on while at the gym, but Fathers & Sons might not be the right Combs project to get your fired up. It's more of a "pour a glass of bourbon and cry while looking through a photo album" vibe, as JJ Watt found out today... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgPyynCXWNs

Napping Man With Legs Hanging Out Of Tent Gets Surprise Of A Lifetime When Bear Nibbles On His Shoe

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Camping can be a very relaxing activity. Notice how I said can be. That's because when you go out in the wild to set up a campsite, you are entering into the unpredictable world of the outdoors. A tent is an easy way to get out in nature, but this video is why some people would rather opt to travel in a camper or RV. According to the story coinciding with the clip, some hikers were in the Cascade Mountains at Mount Rainer National Park and came across the tent campground. Instead of helping a man that was potentially in danger, they decided to cackle and video the situation from afar. As a bear approached a person who was laying down in their tent, presumably asleep, the people with their cameras out laughed and said: "His feet must be ripe." Yeah... and I bet his feet could have used a heads up, or an attempt to scare the bear away. That might have been appreciated. They claimed that the bear was attempting to get into the tent to find some food, but as you'll see in the footage below, the bear looked to be more interested in the man laying down than anything else. It even took a nibble of the napping man's shoe, and that was eventually enough to wake the camper. And scare the everliving sh*t out of the bear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMBTSbPH09Y Sheesh... that would be the last time I went camping in a tent. I'll tell you that much. That bear must have broken the land speed recording fleeing the scene. One second, the bear was messing with the guy's feet. The next? It was high-tailing it through the wilderness, scared to death. Even though if anyone had the right to be terrified, it was the man in his tent. He also had the right to be mad that the people who filmed this video didn't help him out more. This could have been an entirely different video, and those in the comments section made sure to point that out: "The guys filming and laughing at this are diabolical." "The fact that y’all didn’t warn him is messed up. Anything for views." "Why didn't they yell at the bear or do something?" "They are not the kind of friend that I would like to have around me." "So instead of yelling to give the man a heads up and possibly saving him from a attack you keep recording and laugh about. What a sh*tty thing to do."

NASCAR Driver Daniel Suarez Couldn’t Stop Smiling After Taking The Oath To Become A US Citizen

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You're one of us now, amigo. The driver of the #99 car for Trackhouse Racing, Daniel Suarez is one of the only full-time competitors in NASCAR from outside the United States. Suarez first started racing full-time in the United States back in 2010, and in 2016 the native of Monterrey, Mexico became the first Mexican-born driver to win a championship in a NASCAR national series when he took home the Xfinity Series championship in 2016 while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Then in 2022, he became the first driver from Mexico to win a Cup Series race when he got his first win at Sonoma Raceway. After joining Trackhouse Racing in 2021, Suarez added another Cup Series win to his resume earlier this year when he won in a thrilling finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. But now he's got another big milestone to add to his resume: He's officially a United States citizen. Suarez took his citizenship test back in April, announcing to fans that he had officially passed the exam and would very soon become an American citizen: "I passed! So that way great. It was interesting actually, having an exam. I've been out of school a long time. Having an exam, a verbal exam, it was a little interesting. This was the first time I had to study for an exam for a long time." And he also expressed his thanks not just to the fans who sent him well-wishes ahead of his exam, but also to the country that's supported him throughout his career: "Obviously this country has given me so much, and to now be doing the next step in my life is quite special. I'm from Mexico and I will always be very, very proud of my country. But the United States over the last 12 years has given me so much, and I felt like it was the right time to make that step. I just wanted to thank everyone for all your messages, for all your support, and looking forward to being a dual citizen very soon." https://twitter.com/Daniel_SuarezG/status/1785090469715661026?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1785090469715661026%7Ctwgr%5E0161c3f00045686a9627ff796c914c69e1f77855%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.whiskeyriff.com%2Fwp-admin%2Fpost-new.php Well today, Suarez officially took the oath in his home state of North Carolina to become a US citizen. NASCAR president Steve Phelps was on hand to witness the moment. And after taking the oath, Daniel couldn't stop smiling. https://twitter.com/dustinlong/status/1803151015849419100 https://twitter.com/Jordan_Bianchi/status/1803148782281896385 https://twitter.com/dustinlong/status/1803151331890229524 Congratulations Daniel on becoming a citizen, and doing it the right way. Now as a fan of Trackhouse Racing, you and Ross go out there and kick some ass this weekend in celebration. https://twitter.com/Daniel_SuarezG/status/1803143962087035280

Rare White Grizzly Bear Known As “Nakoda” Killed After Being Struck By A Vehicle On Trans-Canada Highway

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You hate to see it... Parks Canada officials have confirmed that Nakoda, the well-know, and extremely rare, white grizzly bear, was killed as a result of a traffic collision on the Trans-Canada Highway. Officially named Bear 178, she was struck by a vehicle on June 6th, less than 10 miles from Lake Louise in Banff National Parl. She was reportedly startled by a train and ran into the road. It was initially unclear if she would survive the accident. On June 8, her GPS collar sent out a "mortality signal," which means that she hadn't moved at all in 24 hours. Park officials were able to locate her and confirm that she had died as a result of her injuries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHv0_jlV7w8 Saundi Stevens, Parks Canada's wildlife management specialist, spoke on Monday.

"It is an unfortunate reality that bears that become habituated to people often have negative outcomes... the team has developed a strong fondness and connection with GBF178, and her death has been devastating for the team that was so deeply invested in trying to prevent this outcome."

Her two cubs were tragically hit and killed on the same stretch of road the day before:

"On that day, our wildlife management specialist observed Grizzly 178 along the highway several times between the incident where her cubs were struck that morning and between the time that she was herself struck later that day. In all those incidents, she never displayed any signs of distress. She wasn't running back and forth across the highway.

She was observed each and every time foraging for dandelions along the roadside in the ditch. Just a behavior that was really typical for her."

Nakoda initially went viral in 2020... RIP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gd7BhmKlMw

Incredibly Rare White Grizzly Bear Spotted In Canada

Nope, that's not a polar bear... According to CTV News, there are a total of 200 grizzly bears that roam the Banff, Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks. However, there's one specific grizzly bear that's not like the others, and it resides at Yoho National Park in eastern British Columbia, Canada. We're talking about a white grizzly bear, who the locals named Nakoda. Alberta based photographer Noel Rogers was the lucky person to film the incredibly rare scene, as you can see the white grizzly roaming freely among the snow-filled park, at the Canadian Rockies near Lake O'Hara. Rogers said in the caption of the video: "She startled me, and at first I thought she was a mountain goat because of the off-white coloring. Then she moved her head, gave a few sniffs, and continued along the trail." According to the Toronto Star, the white grizzly is basically unheard of, as almost all grizzlies are brown or black, but can vary in the lightness of the color. However, the idea of "white grizzlies" is nearly non-existent. Needless to say, the photographer who caught this miraculous footage found a diamond in the rough. Check it out:

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Morgan Wade Dropping Fourth Song From ‘Obsessed’ This Friday, “Moth To A Flame”

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She doesn't miss. Morgan Wade is gearing up to release her third studio album Obsessed in August, and she announced on Instagram this afternoon that "Moth to a Flame" will be out everywhere this Friday, June 21st. The beautifully honest song finds her relishing in the fact that she finally found a significant other who chooses to stay every day, as opposed to her usual heartbreak over the end of a relationship. Per the usual, it features some gorgeous poetry and lyricism, where Morgan notes that it’s such a joy to finally be able to write about “the one that chose to stay” and not “the ones that got away.” I just love that play on words: “Turn down the music, All I wanna hear is you say my name, I swore off the hard stuff, But you sent a fire through my veins, And I wrote all the songs about the ones, That got away, Thank God I could finally write the song about the one, That chose to stay” So far, we’ve heard “2AM in London,” “Halloween” and “Time to Love, Time to Kill” from the Obsessed tracklist, but this might already be my favorite: "I didn’t want to wait for my new album on August 16th to release this song - so I’m dropping it early! 'Moth To A Flame' is available this Friday." https://www.instagram.com/p/C8Xkb8bvxxY/ Morgan previously played a gorgeous acoustic version during an acoustic set at the Country Music Hall of Fame as part of their Live! At The Hall series a little while back: https://youtu.be/qF7gddPz-Xs?t=1695 Obsessed is a solo-written, 14-track album that was produced by Morgan’s touring guitarist Clint Wells, and it's due out everywhere on August 16th. Obsessed tracklist: 1. Total Control 2. Department Store 3. Time to Love, Time to Kill 4. Obsessed 5. Juliet 6. 2AM in London 7. Hansel and Gretel 8. Spin 9. Reality 10. Walked on Water (feat. Kesha) 11. Halloween 12. Crossing State Lines 13. Moth to a Flame 14. Deconstruction "Halloween" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTOAjVlFBz0&embeds_referring_euri=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.whiskeyriff.com%2F&source_ve_path=MjM4NTE&feature=emb_title "2AM in London" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29CF4BHT8BM

Kyle Busch Opens The Door To Leaving Richard Childress Racing With Surprising Comments: “Anything Is Possible”

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As if this Silly Season could get any more wild... We're not even halfway through the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season and there's already been a ton of movement among driver and team lineups for next season. Of course the biggest shoe to drop so far was that Stewart-Haas Racing would be shutting down at the end of 2024, leaving four drivers - Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, Josh Berry and Ryan Preece - looking for rides for 2025. That also means that four charters are up for grabs for teams looking to expand, with Front Row Motorsports already buying one of those and the other three still on the market (though Trackhouse Racing and 23XI Racing are rumored to be landing spots for two of those three). And speaking of Front Row Motorsports, they're going to have not just the one but TWO seats to fill after Michael McDowell announced earlier this year that he would be leaving the team at the end of the season and joining Spire Motorsports. It's also expected that Wood Brothers Racing will choose to make a driver change at the end of 2024, parting ways with Harrison Burton after two lackluster (to put it nicely) seasons. Then, when we thought we had an idea of all of the open rides for next season, Martin Truex Jr. came along and announced his retirement, leaving a top ride open at Joe Gibbs Racing. It's heavily rumored that Chase Briscoe will be moving to JGR to fill the seat vacated by Truex, after the original rumors were that he would be moving to Wood Brothers to take over the #21 car. And now, with Briscoe (reportedly) off the market, Justin Haley is now rumored to be the frontrunner for the Wood Brothers ride, meaning that yet another ride would be open if Haley left the #51 car and Rick Ware Racing. Got all that? Well just as the pieces seemed like they were starting to fall into place, Kyle Busch came along and shook things up yet again. (Imagine that). Busch left Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the 2022 season and signed with Richard Childress Racing, a move that saw quite a bit of success in their first season together. But this year, things haven't been going so great over at RCR, either for Busch or his teammate Austin Dillon. Busch is sitting in the final playoff spot right now, and has just two top-5 finishes this year. And in a candid moment during his fight with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at the All-Star Race last month, Busch let his frustration with his team and performance show: "I suck just as bad as you." Sounds like Busch isn't exactly happy with how things are going right now, which isn't really a surprise. But is it bad enough that he'll be looking for a new ride next season? Something that would have sounded ridiculous a few months ago became a very real possibility this weekend when Busch opened the door to making a move, either back to Joe Gibbs Racing or elsewhere, during some comments about his future: "I would say anything is possible, always. Certainly if I was welcomed I would go back. If Hendrick welcomed me back I would go back. But right now I'm at RCR with my group of guys and the deal that I have right now in place, so we're trying to work and build this program and make RCR great again." https://twitter.com/bobpockrass/status/1802062235948196207 Of course any driver in the Cup Series would probably like to go to JGR and Hendrick, which are currently the top two teams and consistent championship contenders. But it's interesting that Busch is openly expressing interest (or at least willingness) to return to the two former teams that he's driven for in the Cup Series while still under contract with Childress. But Busch also said that as things stand right now, he plans on being back with RCR next season - and he also confirmed that his contract prevents him from talking with other teams while he's signed with Childress. I guess we'll have to see if it's just frustration with his performance from Kyle, or whether he's really looking to find a new home for next season. I wouldn't put money on it right now, but then again I didn't even think it was a possibility a couple months ago, so who knows...

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