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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- The Harlem Globetrotters didn't actually form in Harlem; the team came together in Chicago, IL, in the 1920s, known then only as the "Globe Trotters". They were called the "New York Globe Trotters" by 1929, and given the hometown of Harlem. Yet...
There are fans — the kinds of people who have positive feelings toward something. And then there are fanatics — the kinds of people who dedicate themselves to That Thing They Love. Abe Calimag falls into the latter category; as a very passionate, very devoted fan of the Broadway show Rock of Ages, Calimag has spent an estimated $25,000 to experience it again and again.
With that $25,000, Calimag has seen Rock of Ages (in all its forms, on Broadway, on film, and in other live renditions) more than 500 times. He's seen the show across state lines, on the Great White Way, in six different countries, and on multiple cruise ships. Because he can.
People hear a number and think, 'You’re nuts! You can buy a car for that!' People have seen Bon Jovi concerts a hundred times — it’s what they enjoy. This is what I enjoy.
So... if you had $25,000, which show/band/artist/sporting event would you revisit again and again?