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When the pandemic curtailed travel for Roseville residents Amy McPartlin and Susan Rogers, it also left them without one of their favorite creative outlets.

Susan Rogers, right, and Amy McPartlin center, pose with a local woman and a llama in the Sacred Valley in Peru. (Courtesy of You Me Food Review)

The duo, better known on Facebook as “You Me Food Review,” would review oddball snacks and other foods in short, funny videos.

“We would make videos from the tour bus of candy and soda we were eating in other countries,” McPartlin said. “Our friends loved them.”

Their last trip before the pandemic, in January 2020, was to Argentina.

A video of them eating a multi-course meal from the trip shows McPartlin, let’s say, not enjoying, a trout tartare. Funny captions on the video tell the viewer that she always makes “that face” when eating seafood.

But the piece de resistance is when they are served blood sausage.

“I don’t know if I can do it,” Rogers says, in Minnesota-accented deadpan, to the camera.

Their dour faces as they gamely chew the meat — while trying not to gag — are priceless.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be,” McPartlin chirps after taking a sip of water.

“I don’t understand it,” Rogers says, shaking her head.

When they returned from this epic adventure to pandemic lockdowns, it was quite a shock.

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Amy McPartlin, left, and Susan Rogers, right, on a boat in the Mekong River in Vietnam. (Courtesy of You Me Food Review)

“At first, we tried to replicate what we did on our trip by getting weird things from grocery stores,” McPartlin said.

But eventually, the pair, who work with food in different ways — McPartlin as a manager at Trader Joe’s and Rogers as a cook at M Health Fairview — decided to turn their attention to mom-and-pop-owned local restaurants.

“We decided we wanted to help small businesses,” Rogers said. “It became our mission. We just wanted to try to get people to go get takeout.”

They’ve amassed more than 250 videos now, mostly reviews of locally owned eateries and foods from the Minnesota State Fair. When I met them for lunch at Original Mediterranean Grill — brilliantly OMG for short — one of the owners confirmed that their video review helped drive business to the out-of-the-way New Brighton restaurant.

Rogers and McPartlin, who have known each other for nearly a quarter of a century, don’t consider themselves experts — in fact, they often do little to describe the food other than to say it’s delicious. They also ask lots of questions about what they’re eating, particularly if it’s a foreign food. McPartlin, who edits the videos, helpfully adds Googled factoids to the screen when they are needed.

“We’re not foodies. We don’t know anything,” McPartlin said, pointing to her lunch. “I have no idea what I’m tasting here; I just know it’s yummy.”

Viewers don’t seem to care that McPartlin and Rogers aren’t describing every bite in-depth. Lisa Scott, a co-worker of Rogers who is listed as a “Top Fan” on Facebook, said it’s the goofiness of their relationship that keeps her coming back.

“Every time they turn on the camera, I know it’s going to be like watching a comedy show with some of the quirky things they say to each other,” Scott said. “For example, in one video I watched, Susan was coughing and Amy says, ‘Get yourself together,’ with the best facial expression behind it, and I laughed so hard I was crying tears.”

The fact that McPartlin and Rogers have known each other so long is definitely apparent in the videos, especially when they good-naturedly chide one another for their eating habits or dribbling sauce down their chins. McPartlin is the pickier of the two, making faces when she tastes seafood and vinegar, and disliking food that’s too spicy.

They don’t talk just about what they’re eating — they discuss current events, the weather, even their quirky hobbies.

For instance, they spent a whole summer micro fishing, which is trying to catch the smallest fish possible. Turns out, they weren’t very good at it, so they switched to magnet fishing, which involves using a sizable magnet attached to a rod, sort of like a fishing pole, to pull things up from the bottom of Minnesota’s copious lakes. They even found a gun one time, and the story of them trying to turn it in to police is beyond hilarious.

“You’re apparently not supposed to walk into a police station with a gun,” Rogers said.

Currently, they’re all about hunting agates.

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In a photo taken before the duo started making videos, Susan Rogers, left, and Amy McPartlin, right, try guinea pig in Cuzco, Peru. (Courtesy of You Me Food Review)

“The best place to find agates is not on the beach,” McPartlin said. “It’s on the gravel roads away from the beach.”

“Hush!” Rogers said. “You’re giving away our secrets!”

The videos get anywhere from 100 views to a few thousand — representing the fickle nature of social media. Their most-watched video is a review of El Salvadoran restaurant Don Goyo in Columbia Heights with 2,300 views.

“They have a tight community, I think,” Rogers said. “It just depends on how many times it gets shared.”

They started out posting the videos on YouTube, but migrated the operation over to Facebook after McPartlin had to moderate some particularly nasty comments on their earlier clips.

Maybe it’s the Minnesota Nice in them, but the pair generally won’t post a review of a place they don’t like.

“An experience would have to be astoundingly bad for us to say something negative on video,” McPartlin said.

There’s one exception, though. The ladies decided, after seeing a video this past winter of 40 people fighting over steak at the Golden Corral, that they would visit a location of the buffet-based chain and see what all the fuss was about.

Their three-part video depicts the pair eating their way through the buffet and ends with them trying that golden steak.

Rogers starts out saying she might be willing to fight for the steak, but things go downhill when McPartlin encounters what she says is a “textural issue” and has to spit the meat into a napkin.

As she is attempting to chew the meat, a caption over the video describes the conundrum: “Minnesotan panic: They’re never supposed to know you’re disappointed. At least not directly.”

In their signature upbeat fashion, they move on pretty quickly from the steak disappointment and get some ice cream.

Watch: Watch the reviews at “You Me Food Review” on YouTube or on Facebook at Facebook.com/YouMeFoodReview.

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The Yankees got three home runs Saturday to beat the Red Sox 7-5 at Yankee Stadium, but the sold-out crowd of 47,611 left the ballpark disappointed. For the fourth straight game, the Bombers’ slugger Aaron Judge did not hit a home run, remaining one away from tying the 61 year old American League and franchise record of 61.

With homers from Gleyber Torres, Oswaldo Cabrera and Anthony Rizzo, the Yankees (93-58) won their sixth straight game and closed within three games of clinching the AL East division title.

For the first time since he hit his 60th home run of the season, Judge was challenged by a pitcher. Nick Pivetta went at him with three fastballs in the first inning, striking him out. In the third, Pivetta came with three fastballs, dropped in a knuckle curve and then got him to fly out to center on another fastball. In the fifth, Pivetta was a little more cautious but did challenge him with a 2-1 fastball down the middle which the slugger was late on and fouled off.

They battled to a full count before Judge walked after seven pitches. In the seventh, with the shadows over home plate making it even harder for the hitters to see, John Schreiber used his sinker to set up his slider to battle back from 2-0 to 2-2. Judge fouled off two hanging sliders before John Schreiber got him on a checked swing at a 93-mile-an-hour fastball. That was the first time in this stretch of waiting that Judge showed any emotions. He muttered to himself as he started walking back and waved his hand dismissively at first base umpire Chris Conroy who had called him out on the checked swing.

It has been 18 late appearances since Judge hit No. 60 on Tuesday night.

As careful as Schreiber was with Judge, he gave Rizzo an 88-mile-an-hour changeup to hammer. The 434-foot, two-run shot gave the Yankees a 7-5 lead. Rizzo’s tied his career-high with his 32nd home run of the season, the fourth time he’s reached that number in his career. He also hit 32 home runs in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Torres hit his 24th home run of the season in the first and Cabrera hit his fourth big league homer in the fourth, a two-run shot to right field. He also scored on Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s single in the second. Josh Donaldson singled in Kyle Higashioka in the fifth.

Domingo German gave up a two-run home run to Triston Casas and a solo shot to Reese McGuire in the second and that was it. He struck out five and walked one over five innings.

Zack Britton, making his first big league appearance since Aug. 19, 2021, after having Tommy John surgery, looked rusty, walking three, including a walk with the bases loaded to give up a run, and leaving having just recorded one out in the sixth. Lou Trevino came into strand Britton’s runners and get the Yankees out of the sixth having allowed just that one run and preserving the 5-4 lead.

Lucas Luetge gave up an RBI single to Alex Verdugo after Xander Bogaerts’ slow-rolling grounder had Josh Donaldson sliding on the ground to extend the inning.

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Column: Aaron Judge’s ‘clean’ pursuit of the HR mark can’t match the hype of the 1998 Sammy Sosa-Mark McGwire race

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Column: Aaron Judge’s ‘Clean’ Pursuit Of The Hr Mark Can’t Match The Hype Of The 1998 Sammy Sosa-Mark Mcgwire Race
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Before a game at old Busch Stadium in September 1998, St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire declined to speak at a news conference about his pursuit of Roger Maris’ home run record, stiffing hundreds of media members.

Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa, who then was on McGwire’s heels in the great home run race, happily sat down with a dozen reporters in Pittsburgh the next day and answered question after question about his pursuit of Maris.

Sosa told reporters McGwire should be pardoned for stiffing them, saying he was simply more comfortable dealing with the media than his nemesis.

“I’m a little more Rico Suave,” Sosa said, referring to a 1990 song.

Twenty-four years later, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge didn’t have to worry about handling the media crush as he chased Maris American League record of 61 home runs.

Judge normally doesn’t do pregame interviews, and a Yankees media relations staffer ended the slugger’s postgame session after 2 minutes, 15 seconds following Thursday’s homerless game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

It’s a different world for the media — and for baseball.

While dozens of reporters from around the nation followed McGwire and Sosa around the country in September 1998, only a few national media members have been in New York chronicling Judge’s chase.

Fewer newspapers, tighter budgets and the dwindling of the species commonly known as the “national baseball writer” have made Judge’s life easier as he attempts to make history.

“I haven’t seen many people who aren’t usually here,” New York Times baseball columnist Tyler Kepner told me, pointing to a handful of national reporters on hand for Thursday’s game. “It’s not really an overflow crowd, and I can’t imagine that it wears at all on Judge.”

Like many star players, Judge generally doesn’t make himself available at his locker before games, saving himself the aggravation of talking about the record. He’s very genial when he does speak, but Judge’s postgame sessions at his locker don’t last long because he doesn’t say a lot, in the tradition of Yankees icon Derek Jeter.

Sosa had a lot to say and at the time enjoyed speaking with the media. That would change by 2004, but in September 1998 he was so in demand the TV crews crowded out print reporters who had covered him and the Cubs all season.

After one on-field scrum led to some elbowing between TV cameramen and print reporters, I asked Sosa if he knew who voted for the Most Valuable Player award. Naturally, he had no idea.

“The writers,” I said. “The guys who can’t get close enough to hear you because of the TV cameras.”

Sosa made a deal to hold a separate pregame interview session with the writers after his TV interviews. Everyone was happy — except for some of his teammates who tired of the distraction during a tense wild-card race.

Of course the 1998 home run race later was discredited when McGwire and Sosa were alleged to have used performance-enhancing drugs, which McGwire later admitted to. Neither has made it to the Baseball Hall of Fame despite their historic home run totals. But McGwire’s 70 homers in 1998 remained the record until Barry Bonds broke it with 73 in 2001. There are no asterisks, even as all three have been tarred as cheaters.

Judge still considers Bonds’ mark legit, no matter how it was accomplished.

“Seventy-three is the record,” he told Sports Illustrated reporter Tom Verducci. “In my book. No matter what people want to say about that era of baseball, for me, they went out there and hit 73 homers and (McGwire hit) 70 homers, and that to me is what the record is.

“The AL record is 61, so that is one I can try to go after. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it’s been a fun year so far.”

MLB is hoping Judge’s “clean” pursuit of the hallowed 61 mark can bring back the best parts of the drama of the 1998 race without the baggage of PEDs allegations.

Judge is one of the game’s most popular players for the game’s most iconic franchise and playing in the media center of the world. Throw in the Boston Red Sox as an opponent and it’s Commissioner Rob Manfred’s wildest dream come true.

Thursday’s game, in which Judge hit a long flyout to center, was televised nationally on Fox Sports, while Friday’s game streamed on Apple Plus, which annoyed Yankees fans to no end. Saturday’s game aired nationally on MLB Network, while Sunday’s Yankees-Red Sox game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

The ratings no doubt will pale in comparison with the day McGwire broke Maris record with his 62nd home run on Sept. 8, 1998. Fox preempted the season premiere of “King of the Hill” and a new show called “Costello” to air the Cubs-Cardinals game and was rewarded with 43.1 million viewers, making it the highest-rated regular-season game in 16 years.

Those numbers are unreachable in the current TV stratosphere. The 2021 World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros averaged only 11.75 million viewers, with the decisive game Game 6 drawing 14.3 million.

Last year’s Field of Dreams game between the Yankees and Chicago White Sox had nearly six million viewers, which MLB announced was its most watched regular-season game since 1998. Tim Anderson’s walk-off home run into the corn could be seen by more viewers than Judge’s historic moment.

Whoever serves up the 62nd home run will have a place in baseball history, just as former Cubs Steve Trachsel, who served up McGwire’s record-breaking 62nd homer on that memorable night in 1998 and then watched Sosa and his teammates celebrate in a bizarre spectacle.

“There is no joy involved in it for me,” Trachsel said after the 6-3 loss.

Trachsel seemingly stood at his locker forever afterward, answering redundant questions about serving up the biggest home run of all time. Not because he enjoyed it, but because the moment required his input for history’s sake.

It’s a new world now.

Maybe everyone can just tweet a reaction.

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Meet the ‘corn kid,’ the 7-year-old who went viral for loving on his favorite food

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Tiktok Sensation Tariq, 7, Known For Expressing His Love Of Corn During An Interview With Recess Therapy, An Internet Show Which Features Spontaneous Interviews With Children In New York City, At Domino Park In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, On Sept. 16, 2022. After Going Viral This Summer, It'S Back To Business As Usual: Elementary School. (Ok Mccausland/The New York Times)
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NEW YORK — “It’s corn!”

With just two words about his favorite food, Tariq captivated millions.

“For me, I really like corn,” he says in a now-viral video, which has been watched more than 5 million times on YouTube. Tariq describes corn as “a big lump with knobs,” noting, “It has the juice.” “I can’t imagine a more beautiful thing,” he says.

Perhaps you’ve heard the jingle, or know him as “Corn Kid.” Offline, Tariq just started second grade, where his slightly-too-young-for-TikTok classmates have no idea he spent the past few weeks of summer becoming an internet sensation.

He likes recess and also math. (The latter, he rationalized using the uncomplicated wisdom that comes with being 7: “Because, like, I’m good at math,” he explained.) He has three sisters, each counted aloud the fingers of one hand. His favorite color is “all the colors,” his ideal adventure would be a visit to a humongous water park and he is not a fan of flying insects, like the ones buzzing around the beekeeping hives in Domino Park on the Brooklyn waterfront, where he had just settled into a chair to discuss his recent brush with internet fame.

TikTok sensation Tariq, 7, known for expressing his love of corn during an interview with Recess Therapy, an internet show which features spontaneous interviews with children in New York City, at Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Sept. 16, 2022. After going viral this summer, it’s back to business as usual: elementary school. (OK McCausland/The New York Times)

Several shrieks from both reporter and subject later, we relocated. “I didn’t actually walk into him, he walked into me,” Tariq, safely away from the bees, said of his star-making chance encounter with Julian Shapiro-Barnum, the host of the internet show “Recess Therapy,” which features Shapiro-Barnum’s spontaneous interviews with children in New York City.

Tariq was with one of his older sisters and his grandmother at Smorgasburg, a weekly food festival in Prospect Park, when Shapiro-Barnum approached him for an interview this summer. On that particular day, Shapiro-Barnum, whom Tariq calls Mr. Julian, was working on an episode about favorite things.

The answer for Tariq was simple and, conveniently, already at hand: an ear of roasted corn.

In the video, Shapiro-Barnum has edited crunching sounds over each time Tariq takes a bite for dramatic effect. “I hope you have a corntastic day,” Tariq says. Beside him, his grandmother is unable to control her giggles. “What? It’s just a pun about corn.” Crunch!

“A pun is like something you make up to make people laugh,” Tariq later explained when asked to define a pun.

A missing front tooth, Tariq said, makes it slightly more difficult to eat his beloved starchy vegetable, but he remains undeterred. The tooth fairy did not come when it fell out, he said. “She ditched me. She thinks I have a horrible family.” Tariq’s mother, Jessica, sitting next to her son, feigned a gasp and laughed.

Tiktok Sensation Tariq, 7, Known For Expressing His Love Of Corn During An Interview With Recess Therapy, An Internet Show Which Features Spontaneous Interviews With Children In New York City, At Domino Park In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, On Sept. 16, 2022. After Going Viral This Summer, It'S Back To Business As Usual: Elementary School. (Ok Mccausland/The New York Times)
TikTok sensation Tariq, 7, known for expressing his love of corn during an interview with Recess Therapy, an internet show which features spontaneous interviews with children in New York City, at Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Sept. 16, 2022. After going viral this summer, it’s back to business as usual: elementary school. (OK McCausland/The New York Times)

Tariq’s tooth fairy theories aside, his family actually appears to have done the impossible: maintaining a semblance of normalcy, safety and fun for Tariq while he runs out his fame clock. (Tariq’s family asked that they be identified by only their first names, in an effort to maintain their privacy.)

The Recess Therapy interview had gone international before Jessica, 33, even found out her son was going viral. “I got a message with a video from Europe and they’re like, ‘Isn’t this Tariq?’ ” Jessica said of a message she received from cousins overseas. “They’re like, ‘He’s on TikTok!’ ”

This puzzled Jessica, who, at the time, did not use the app. (She said her daughter had messaged her to make sure it was OK that Tariq spoke with Shapiro-Barnum in the park.) Texts, links and emails started flooding in from friends and strangers from around the world. “And then I realized that, ‘Oh, my God, my son is all over the internet,’ ” she said.

Bookers from television shows started reaching out. The family quickly found a lawyer. Tariq met him once via Zoom, his mother said, but he did not recall the meeting.

He did recall a trip to Los Angeles for the premiere of “Pinocchio.” An interviewer on the red carpet asked if Tariq was excited to meet Tom Hanks. “Who’s Tom Hanks?” Tariq replied. On “The Drew Barrymore Show,” Tariq sampled various corn-based foods: baby corn, corn soda, dessert corn and Quorn, a meat-substitute brand for which Barrymore is chief mom officer.

Tiktok Sensation Tariq, 7, Known For Expressing His Love Of Corn During An Interview With Recess Therapy, An Internet Show Which Features Spontaneous Interviews With Children In New York City, At Domino Park In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, On Sept. 16, 2022. After Going Viral This Summer, It'S Back To Business As Usual: Elementary School. (Ok Mccausland/The New York Times)
TikTok sensation Tariq, 7, known for expressing his love of corn during an interview with Recess Therapy, an internet show which features spontaneous interviews with children in New York City, at Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Sept. 16, 2022. After going viral this summer, it’s back to business as usual: elementary school. (OK McCausland/The New York Times)

Online, the “Recess Therapy” video exploded like kernels in a pot of hot oil. It was the perfect recipe for virality: one part cute kid plus one part delicious food, with a healthy sprinkling of catchy sound bites, perfect for interpolating.

That was exactly what Michael Gregory did when he turned Tariq’s interview into a song on TikTok. Gregory is a quarter of the Gregory Brothers, a musical group that has made a name for itself transforming viral videos into catchy tunes. The group’s biggest hit to date may be “Bed Intruder Song,” an Auto-Tuned interview that became YouTube’s most watched video of 2010 and charted on the Billboard Hot 100.

Sitting at a keyboard, Gregory plunks out a tune with a single finger and sings backup to Tariq. The TikTok video has been viewed 76 million times and the audio has been used by other creators on the app in more than 1 million videos.

The group then reached out to Shapiro-Barnum and Tariq to collaborate on a bigger project, creating a full-length track using footage from a follow-up interview between Shapiro-Barnum and Tariq. The song was released on Spotify and revenue is being split evenly among the three parties. Tariq is credited as both a writer and performer.

Splitting profits with the subjects of the viral videos the brothers turn into music has been part of the group’s business model since their first hit, “Double Rainbow Song,” Gregory said. “We were like, ‘This is a good chance for people that are in a viral moment to actually benefit from said viral moment.” (The group said it was coordinating with Tariq’s lawyer to help him register as a songwriter so he can receive the appropriate royalties.)

Seemingly everyone wanted to get in on Corn Kid’s moment. Actor Kevin Bacon performed an acoustic cover of the song on TikTok, strumming the strings not with a pick or his fingers but with an ear of you know what. United Airlines used the song in a TikTok video about its planes. Dunkin’ posted a Corn Kid meme on Instagram and Chips Ahoy stuffed two ears of corn into the sleeves of a cookie package to make a Twitter meme. “Look Out, Corn Kid, the Future of Your Favorite Crop Is Far From ‘Corntastic,’ ” read a Bloomberg headline from the end of August.

Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota declared Sept. 3 “Official Corn-bassador Tariq Day.” “Whereas, South Dakota is one of the top corn producers in the nation, providing nourishment to people across the globe but especially to Tariq, a 7-year-old boy who recently discovered corn was real,” reads the opening of the executive proclamation. In his capacity as official corn-bassador, Tariq and his family visited the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. The trip was sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Tourism.

“It is the size of an actual castle,” Tariq said. The Corn Palace is not literally made of corn, he noted: “It’s made of metal that looks like corn.”

Tariq also joined Cameo at the end of August, a platform that allows celebrities to record personalized video messages for fans for a fee. Since joining, he has been the most viewed profile on the platform, a representative for Cameo wrote in an email. Tariq’s current rate for a personalized video is $220. Through Cameo, he has also been hired to film brand advertisements, including a video for Chipotle that is now the company’s best-performing TikTok ever.

But with his popularity also came criticism, Jessica said. On Twitter, some users theorized that Tariq was being used by his family to make a quick buck. Others worried he would fall prey to an all too common online pattern in which young Black creators do not receive appropriate compensation and credit for their work.

“I’m not reading the negative comments,” Jessica said. “Before it was really getting to me because people were saying really mean stuff like, ‘He’s being exploited,’ ‘He’s being forced to do these things.’ But anyone that knows Tariq knows he loves the camera. He loves to talk. And this is something he always wanted.”

In fact, Jessica initially tried to keep her son away from social media. It found him anyway.

“I always used to say, ‘No, you’re not getting a YouTube channel,’ ” she said.

Jessica, Tariq and Tariq’s father discuss every opportunity that comes his way. They have been selective about what they greenlight, Jessica said, and the decision is always ultimately Tariq’s. “If he’s in the mood to do it, we give it a go. If he doesn’t really feel like doing it, I’m not going to force it,” she said. Jessica turned off his Cameo requests when school started back up to ensure Tariq could focus on his education. She said she had no plans to turn them back on any time soon.

“People on the internet are saying, ‘Oh, this family is living off of him.’ Listen, he’s well taken care of. Both of his parents work and he lives in a household with lots of love with his siblings and both parents,” Jessica said.

Jessica has taken pains to keep Tariq’s private life private. On his first day of school, she met with her son’s principal to explain his new situation and set some ground rules.

“As soon as I went to the principal, she already knew who he was,” Jessica said. “They are really respecting my wishes when it comes to his privacy. And no pictures, except for one little boo-boo that happened.” An employee at the school had asked Tariq for a selfie. “I said yes,” Tariq said, grinning.

Jessica recently granted her son’s longtime wish to join social media. With his mom’s help, Tariq set up a TikTok account that now has nearly 600,000 followers. He posts under the handle @KornBoyOfficial. Somebody posing as him was already using the name @CornKid.

Tariq hopes eventually people will stop asking him about corn. “I really want to go to the park, but I can’t until I’m done with this,” Tariq said when asked what he would rather discuss instead.

While he climbed a tall metal slide, Jessica spotted several parents who appeared to clock her son as Corn Kid. Tariq had no idea.

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Ravens LT Ronnie Stanley ruled out of Sunday’s game vs. Patriots; OLB Brandon Copeland promoted from practice squad

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Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, delaying his season debut at least another week.

Stanley (ankle) was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report after practicing Wednesday and Thursday as a limited participant. He sat out Friday’s practice with what coach John Harbaugh called a recovery day.

Stanley has yet to fully participate in a practice this season. He played in just one game last season before undergoing his second straight season-ending ankle injury.

Harbaugh said Friday that Stanley is “getting to the point where it’s kind of week-to-week, day-to-day-ish. Again, it comes back to him feeling like he’s going to be playing at his best. That’s really what it boils down to. Very sound. Very strong. He’s in great shape, maybe the best shape that I’ve seen him in some ways since he’s been here. … He’s doing really well that way. So when he feels like he’s ready to go out there and be Ronnie Stanley at his best, then he’ll be out there.”

With Stanley and Week 1 starter Ja’Wuan James (torn Achilles tendon) both unavailable, Patrick Mekari is again expected to start at left tackle.

The Ravens on Saturday also elevated outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (Gilman), whom they signed Wednesday, and wide receiver Raleigh Webb from the practice squad for Sunday’s game. The Ravens have just two full-time outside linebackers on their active roster, Odafe Oweh and Justin Houston, after losing Steven Means to a torn Achilles tendon in Week 2. Free-agent signing Jason Pierre-Paul’s deal has not yet been finalized.

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Receiver River Cracraft gets third elevation as Dolphins also call up tackle Larnel Coleman for Bills game

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Make it three elevations in three weeks for Miami Dolphins wide receiver River Cracraft.

The Dolphins announced Saturday they have elevated Cracraft and offensive tackle Larnel Coleman from the practice squad to the game-day roster for Sunday’s 1 p.m. kickoff against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium.

NFL rules in 2022 allow a team to bring up a practice-squad player three times without contractual consequences, so Miami uses its final free call-up on Cracraft and has one remaining for Coleman.

If the Dolphins want to promote the same player beyond the third occasion, they have to sign him to the active roster to be assured of keeping him. Should the team want to send him back to the practice squad yet again, it would have to release him first, making him eligible to be claimed by other clubs.

“You make these decisions every week for what’s the best thing for the football team that week in the given matchups,” coach Mike McDaniel said on Friday about a potential looming decision with Cracraft. “If we get to that point where he’s lost all that eligibility, then we have to cross that bridge.”

Cracraft, who is in his sixth NFL season, mostly on the practice squads of the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers, is coming off a Week 2 outing where he scored his first NFL regular-season touchdown. The 2-yard score early in the fourth quarter at the Baltimore Ravens sparked a comeback from down 21 points to win 42-38. Cracraft played 16 offensive snaps in Baltimore, many while Tyreek Hill was off the field dealing with cramps.

Elevating Coleman gives the Dolphins an eighth offensive lineman for Sunday against Buffalo as the team is currently carrying only seven on the active roster with starting right tackle Austin Jackson on injured reserve.

The fact Miami only elevated one lineman, like last week when Coleman got his first call-up, might bode well for three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead and his availability to play. The veteran Armstead hasn’t practiced all week, nursing a toe injury, but coach Mike McDaniel expressed confidence on Friday in being able to play him without practice.

Reserve tackle Greg Little is already filling in for Jackson at right tackle. Bringing up Coleman gives the Dolphins a tackle available off the bench. Should a tackle go down on Sunday, Miami is likely to first insert Robert Jones at either guard spot while kicking out either left guard Liam Eichenberg or right guard Robert Hunt to the respective tackle position.

With Cracraft getting a third elevation and Coleman a second, the only other Dolphins practice-squad player that has received a game promotion has been safety Verone McKinley, called up for the opener against the New England Patriots.

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Aaron Judge stuck on 60 homers as Yankees beat Red Sox 7-5

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Aaron Judge Stuck On 60 Homers As Yankees Beat Red Sox 7-5
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The Yankees got three home runs Saturday to beat the Red Sox 7-5 at Yankee Stadium, but the sold-out crowd of 47,611 left the ballpark disappointed. For the fourth straight game, the Bombers’ slugger Aaron Judge did not hit a home run, remaining one away from tying the 61 year old American League and franchise record of 61.

With homers from Gleyber Torres, Oswaldo Cabrera and Anthony Rizzo, the  Yankees (93-58) won their sixth straight game and closed within three games of clinching the AL East division title.

For the first time since he hit his 60th home run of the season, Judge was challenged by a pitcher. Nick Pivetta went at him with three fastballs in the first inning, striking him out. In the third, Pivetta came with three fastballs, dropped in a knuckle curve and then got him to fly out to center on another fastball. In the fifth, Pivetta was a little more cautious but did challenge him with a 2-1 fastball down the middle which the slugger was late on and fouled off.

They battled to a full count before Judge walked after seven pitches. In the seventh, with the shadows over home plate making it even harder for the hitters to see, John Schreiber used his sinker to set up his slider to battle back from 2-0 to 2-2. Judge fouled off two hanging sliders before John Schreiber got him on a checked swing at a 93-mile-an-hour fastball. That was the first time in this stretch of waiting that Judge showed any emotions. He muttered to himself as he started walking back and waved his hand dismissively at first base umpire Chris Conroy who had called him out on the checked swing.

It has been 18 late appearances since Judge hit No. 60 on Tuesday night.

As careful as Schreiber was with Judge, he gave Rizzo an 88-mile-an-hour changeup to hammer. The 434-foot, two-run shot gave the Yankees a 7-5 lead. Rizzo’s tied his career-high with his 32nd home run of the season, the fourth time he’s reached that number in his career. He also hit 32 home runs in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Torres hit his 24th home run of the season in the first and Cabrera hit his fourth big league homer in the fourth, a two-run shot to right field. He also scored on Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s single in the second. Josh Donaldson singled in Kyle Higashioka in the fifth.

Domingo German gave up a two-run home run to Triston Casas and a solo shot to Reese McGuire in the second and that was it. He struck out five and walked one over five innings.

Zack Britton, making his first big league appearance since Aug. 19, 2021, after having Tommy John surgery, looked rusty, walking three, including a walk with the bases loaded to give up a run, and leaving having just recorded one out in the sixth. Lou Trevino came into strand Britton’s runners and get the Yankees out of the sixth having allowed just that one run and preserving the 5-4 lead.

Lucas Luetge gave up an RBI single to Alex Verdugo after Xander Bogaerts’ slow-rolling grounder had Josh Donaldson sliding on the ground to extend the inning.

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