Tag: Fans (Persons)

See Olivia Rodrigo’s Fans Go Full Grunge for the Guts Tour

On Friday, just outside Palm Springs, Calif., you might have thought a strange mirage had appeared: One or two zillion tweens descended upon an arena, all wearing platform Doc Martens. Had some official communiqué been issued, at a frequency undetectable to those older than 25? Had everyone been subconsciously nudged to pair boots with fishnets […]

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Spring Training at Coachella: Can M.L.S. Cash In on Its Preseason?

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Dan Perkin and Scott Bissmeyer, work buddies on vacation, sat on metal bleachers watching the Portland Timbers play the San Jose Earthquakes in the first of four preseason Major League Soccer games that day. They had spent $125 each on V.I.P. day passes, which included food, drink and access to […]

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Why Women Outnumber Men in South Korea’s Sports Stadiums

Each time the South Korean men’s soccer team scored against Singapore during a recent 5-0 rout in a World Cup qualifier, the roar from the home crowd came largely from women, who held nearly two-thirds of the tickets to the match. In the Seoul stadium that November day, a billboard-size banner for the star striker […]

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The Queen Goes Country

Feb. 8, 2024, 11:11 a.m. ET Feb. 8, 2024, 11:11 a.m. ET Oscar Bait is The Point’s series of conversations about films nominated for the Academy Award for best picture. Today, Christopher Orr, an editor in Opinion and a former film critic, discusses “The Zone of Interest” with Annie-Rose Strasser, Opinion Audio’s executive producer. Christopher […]

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Taylor Swift’s Bittersweet Victory

Feb. 1, 2024, 3:00 p.m. ET Feb. 1, 2024, 3:00 p.m. ET Credit…Jason Mcdonald/Netflix, via Associated Press Oscar Bait is The Point’s series of conversations about films nominated for the Academy Award for best picture. Today, Christopher Orr, an editor in Opinion who was once a film critic, discusses “Maestro” with Vanessa Mobley, OpEd Editor. […]

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Madonna’s Celebration Tour Draws Fans Clad in Leather and Lace

Madonna performed at Madison Square Garden on Monday night as part of her Celebration Tour, a lavish stage spectacle devoted to her catalog of hits as the Queen of Pop. During “Like a Prayer,” she sang from a spinning carousel filled with jumbo crucifixes and shirtless men. When she performed “Vogue,” she invited Kelly Ripa […]

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Fox News to Taylor Swift: ‘Don’t Get Involved in Politics!’

Taylor Swift has not uttered a word about the 2024 presidential election. But the mere prospect that the pop superstar could endorse President Biden has sent conservatives on Fox News into conniptions. “Why would someone as popular as she is alienate your fans, the Swifties?” Jeanine Pirro said on “The Five,” before addressing the singer […]

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Wes Moore Shotguns a Beer With Baltimore Ravens Fans

It is an adage in politics that voters want to elect politicians they can see themselves sharing a beer with. If the politician in question is Gov. Wes Moore of Maryland, it turns out, voters can even shotgun one with him. Mr. Moore showed up on Sunday at a Baltimore Ravens tailgate, surrounded by exuberant […]

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Will Fanatics Upend the World of Sports Collectibles?

On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, thousands of people filed into a dated convention center near O’Hare Airport to participate in the very American pastime of buying and selling sports trading cards. The Chicago Sports Spectacular, one of the country’s biggest and oldest card shows, is like a rummage sale from the days before eBay, but […]

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For ‘Barbie’ Fans Online, a Bitterly Ironic Oscar Snub

When the 2024 Oscar nominations were announced this morning, the snubs of the two most prominent women involved in “Barbie” — the director, Greta Gerwig, and the lead actress, Margot Robbie — became the breakout story. The top-grossing film of 2023, passing the $1 billion mark worldwide, is based on the imagined life and times […]

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Netflix to Stream W.W.E.’s ‘Raw’ in $5 Billion Deal

Netflix reached a multibillion-dollar, 10-year deal for exclusive rights to W.W.E.’s flagship weekly wrestling show “Raw,” as the streaming giant broadens its offerings with more live content. The deal will bring “Raw” to Netflix starting in January 2025, Netflix and TKO Group, W.W.E.’s parent company, said in a statement. Netflix will also own the rights […]

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‘It’s a Money Day’: Detroit Businesses Are Loving the Lions’ Playoff Run

The Detroit Lions, whose roots stretch back to 1930, are just one of four N.F.L. teams to have never played in the Super Bowl. (Pop quiz: Can you guess the other three?) Before this season, the team had won only one playoff game since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. So Lions fans were justifiably delirious […]

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Want to Help the Buffalo Bills Reach the Super Bowl? Grab a Shovel.

At 2 p.m. on Friday, Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., home to the Buffalo Bills, was covered in snow. Mounds of white powder were piled high across the stadium, obscuring signs, burying seats and blocking the tunnels that lead from the locker rooms to the field. But the Bills, set to face the Kansas […]

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In Alabama, Nick Saban Leaves Behind a Legacy Beyond Football

Throughout a national era of disillusionment, institutional failure and turmoil, Alabama football, of all things, has been a machine of astonishing consistency, humming for nearly two decades at peak performance. On a flinty gospel of hard work and discipline, Nick Saban, who took over as head football coach of the University of Alabama in 2007, […]

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Quebec Still Longs for Its Lost Hockey Team, a Nationalist Symbol

When the Nordiques left Quebec nearly 30 years ago, the hockey team’s departure fueled the kind of mythologizing and nostalgia familiar to fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Nordiques’ stint in Quebec, playing there in the N.H.L. from 1979 to 1995, overlapped with the French-speaking province’s two failed attempts to secede from the rest of […]

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Look What We Made Taylor Swift Do

There’s no way of knowing what could have happened if Ms. Swift’s masters hadn’t been sold. All we know is what happened next. In early August, Ms. Swift posted a rainbow-glazed photo of a series of friendship bracelets, one of which says “PROUD” with beads in the color of the bisexual pride flag. Queer people […]

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2023 in Sports: A Record Year, Especially for Women

Records are made to be broken, the saying goes. If so, 2023 ought to go down as a record-breaking year for breaking records. The shattering happened not only on the courts, marathon courses and racetracks, but off the fields and around the game. The Formula 1 driving maestro Max Verstappen won all but three of […]

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Houston Fans Flock to See “Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé”

Fans in silver hats, pants and boots flooded movie theaters on Thursday night as they came to see Houston’s own Beyoncé on the silver screen. The premiere of her nearly three-hour concert movie, “Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé,” featuring performances and behind-the-scenes footage from her worldwide tour, had finally come to town. Movie theaters nationwide […]

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A Harvard Professor Prepares to Teach a New Subject: Taylor Swift

The syllabus is much like what one might expect from an undergraduate English course, with texts by William Wordsworth, Willa Cather and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. But there is one name on the list that might surprise budding scholars. Taylor Swift. In the spring semester, Stephanie Burt, an English professor at Harvard University, will teach a […]

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Messi Surcharge: Red Bulls, Other M.L.S. Teams to Charge More for Miami Games

A holiday deal offered by the Red Bulls soccer team includes some merchandise, like a travel mug, as well as tickets to two games, including its first home game. But there is some fine print. The Major League Soccer schedule will not be announced until the end of the year, and if it turns out […]

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Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Encounters Trouble in Brazil

Taylor Swift was welcomed to Brazil on Thursday by a projection that made the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro appear as if it were clad in a T-shirt similar to the one she wore in her “You Belong to Me” music video and was decorated with symbols from her songs. But […]

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Italy’s Giorgia Meloni Visits Tolkien Exhibition in Rome

On the opening night of Rome’s most talked-about new exhibition this week, top government ministers in sharp suits hobnobbed with Roman socialites in fur coats, and eccentric art lovers rubbed shoulders with hard-right youth group members. They all contemplated a drawing of a glam-rock Gandalf in a form-fitting wizard’s cloak, acrylic armies of orcs and […]

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Taylor Swift Reporter Faces Criticism Online

“Haters gonna hate,” Lark-Marie Antón, Gannett’s chief communications officer, wrote in an email, replying to the criticism from journalists. The spokeswoman added Mr. West’s credentials “made him the best candidate for this role.” (Mr. West, who is now based in Nashville, at a Gannett daily, The Tennessean, declined to be interviewed for this article.) April […]

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Matthew Perry Is Mourned by Friends and Colleagues

Celebrities, actors and entertainment and political leaders shared tributes to Matthew Perry, who starred on the hit television series “Friends” and died on Saturday at the age of 54. His death was confirmed by Capt. Scot Williams of the Los Angeles Police Department’s robbery-homicide division. Although there was no immediate cause of death, there was […]

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With Fans Ever More Fickle, Sports Leagues Warm to Rule Changes

Texas Rangers fans are hoping the slugger Adolis Garcia can blast the franchise to its first World Series title. Arizona supporters know the Diamondbacks need to continue being greedy on the basepaths if they’re to capture a second championship. Everyone else watching has already won, thanks to a pitch clock, bigger bases and a made-over […]

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As Users Abandon X, Sports Twitter Endures

Hours after the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros on Monday night to advance to the World Series, Adolis García, the Rangers right fielder, posted 29 shushing-face emojis on X, the social platform once known as Twitter. It was a message to the Astros fans who had booed him during his at-bats. Dozens of Rangers […]

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Fans Came Out to Celebrate the Release of “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” in Movie Theaters.

It was the night of Friday, Oct. 13, and Swifties were trading horror stories. Fans of the pop star Taylor Swift spoke of sold-out arenas and endless Ticketmaster queues. In some cases, their nightmares had come true: They had not been able to secure tickets to the singer’s Eras Tour. Those spurned fans appeared among […]

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How Ellie the Elephant, NY Liberty’s Twerking Mascot, Electrifies Barclays Center

Every mascot has its thing. Some dunk. Others flip. As for Ellie the Elephant, the mascot for the New York Liberty women’s basketball team? She twerks. Amelia Bane, 33, said she was blown away the first time she saw Ellie at a Liberty game in 2021. Ms. Bane, a video editor and a host of […]

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras Tour’ Movie Comes to Big Screen a Day Early

Sparkles, cowgirl boots and Taylor Swift souvenir popcorn buckets were the accessories for those who made it to the Thursday night movie screening of the singer’s highly anticipated film, “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour.” While the film was set to be officially released on Friday, Ms. Swift revealed with a Wednesday Instagram post that, “due […]

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How Constructed Languages Help People Find Community

The use of Klingon as shorthand for “nerd” has become such a well-worn device in pop culture and entertainment that the website TV Tropes has a page dedicated to making fun of it. This stereotype is not without merit: Klingonists are a notoriously academic bunch and tend to identify more closely with the study of […]

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