In recent years, some of the biggest sports headlines generated on the Fourth of July have been about the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. But there have been plenty of memorable moments outside the realm of competitive eating while America celebrates its independence, including Lou Gehrig's famous "Luckiest Man" speech:

Even as the FIFA scandal continues to unfold, plans for a feature film about it are underway. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have been pegged as producers for the story that centers around Chuck Blazer, the American soccer executive who secretly helped build the case by working with federal investigators. Blazer entered a guilty plea for his part in the corruption case and decided to play ball by going undercover.

There were plenty of FIFA officials who allegedly got rich from these schemes, and although Sepp Blatter wasn't indicted, the group's president remains in the eyes of the public as the biggest villain. Having a memorable villain is one of the keys to box-office success, so here are some suggestions for actors who could handle the Blatter role:

By Katie Rosenbrock
TheActiveTimes.com

When it comes to choosing the perfect place for a camping trip, the U.S. has no shortage of scenic and adventurous campgrounds to choose from.

But according to a rather large group of avid, adventurers, the best campgrounds of all can be found within the country's national parks.

Yonder, a community-based mobile app designed to inspire outdoor adventure, recently surveyed more than 300,000 outdoor enthusiasts about their favorite places to camp. The results: Although participants were free to choose any U.S. campground as their favorite, national park campgrounds ultimately stole the entire show.

"Camping at a national park is different from camping at other places because of the diversity of experience,” says Emily Boyd, director of strategic partnerships for Yonder and a former park ranger at a national historic park. “You can get lost in the backcountry for weeks on end or park your RV within walking distance from attractions. The National Park Service (NPS) is uniquely positioned to serve all types of outdoor adventurers, including people of all ages and varying levels of experience."

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Essentially, national park campgrounds offer some of the most unique camping experiences in the country. And, as Boyd points out, since opportunities within the parks are sometimes limited (e.g., many national park campgrounds require reservations that are hard to score) these camping trips are often once in a lifetime experiences.

"National Parks are truly one-of-a-kind places to visit and camping offers a unique opportunity to experience protected places,” Boyd said. “[ Camping in the parks] offers the opportunity to be fully immersed in the experience and connect with the park after the busy chaos of day visitors."

Curious which parks were voted best for setting up camp? The following U.S. national parks were voted the 10 best for truly incredible camping adventures.

LeBron James came close to winning another NBA MVP this season, but fell short to Stephen Curry in the voting. But he's already in a prestigious category.

James has won MVP awards with two different teams, a feat only done by 10 men in the four major sports. Here's the list:

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By Joanna Fantozzi
The Daily Meal

Even if you’re not a baseball fan, one of America’s greatest pastimes is going to the ballpark in the middle of the summer. Between the crack of the bat, the roaring crowds, and the stadium workers hawking beer, it’s the perfect way to spend time with friends or family, no matter which team you’re rooting for.

Undeniably one of the highlights of going to the game is eating ballpark snacks. After all, the song does say, "Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack." But you may want to consider instead bringing your own food from home, because the calorie counts of classic ballpark snacks, from hot dogs and chili cheese fries to beer and salty peanuts, really do add up.

Ballpark snacks have definitely evolved since "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" was written in the early twentieth century. Nowadays, major and minor league baseball teams seem to be taking their munchies to new heights with highly caloric foods. Take, for example, the Diamondbacks’ churro-stuffed doughnut or the bacon-topped hot dog with a Krispy Kreme bun you can get at the Kansas City Royals’ minor league team’s games.

We calculated the calorie counts of popular ballpark eats, so if you want to enjoy the game without going overboard, you’ll be covered.

By Diana Gerstacker
TheActiveTimes.com

You've saved up your hard-earned money and vacation time, now it all comes down to this; where are you going to go?

Maybe you should opt for the always-popular beach vacation, or you might, instead choose the often overlooked mountain town, but if you’re really looking to satisfy your appetite for adventure, you'll need a truly thrilling destination.

A big part of the excitement of travel is going somewhere you've never been, so consider branching out this summer with one of our top destinations. As the weather heats up, it's time to make a decision. We’ve outlined 10 of the most adventurous destinations, sure to please any outdoor adventurer.

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