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If you're anything like me, then you probably know nothing about sports. Like, nothing might even be a generous descriptor. But today, you probably know something is happening — the World Series is happening, in fact. And if you don't want to be left out of the conversation, then you should figure out a way to be part of the conversation.

As someone who knows absolutely nothing about baseball, I can't give you much. But I can give you some really basic facts, and then a few silly ways to decide who you're going to root for. Ready?

What to know

  • Game 1 is tonight. It starts at 8 p.m. EST.
  • Two teams will play: Royals vs. Giants.
  • This match-up is kind of weird. Nobody predicted it.

Reasons to root for the Royals

  • They haven't even made it to the World Series since their 1985 win.
  • Their colors are blue and white, which has a nice collegiate feel to them.
  • Paul Rudd is a Royals fan.
  • You can sing Lorde's song "Royals" in your head every time you think of this team.

Reasons to root for the Giants

  • It would be really cool for them to keep up the every-other-year winning thing they've got going on. They won in 2010 and 2012.
  • Their colors are orange and black, which is like a tigers, and tigers are fun.
  • Usually when people mention the Giants, they're talking about the football team, so in a way, these guys are kind of an underdog.
  • San Francisco is probably a cool city.

It's not scientific... but you have a 50/50 chance of rooting for the winning team, so pick one and go for it. Good luck!

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