Many know the World Cup, here's some likely unknowns of it.

10 Interesting Facts About the World Cup You Didn't Know Until Now

The World Cup is here, and many are very excited to cheer on their respective countries. Here's some interesting facts you probably don't know from this 88-year tradition of world competitive football.


The World Cup comes every four years where year-round qualified teams compete for the heavily-regarded, best football nation in the world.

Yes, most countries call soccer, football – on the contrary to the football we play in the United States. Since the tournament's inception in 1930, it's certain that a variety of records, strange facts, and most importantly erroneous experiences occurred over the 88-year history of qualifying matches and tournaments. While not everyone is a fan of soccer, sport trivia and facts can certainly be enjoyable.

With the first round of matches well underway, here's top interesting facts about this 88-year old world tournament of soccer, the World Cup.

1. Brazil and Italy are the most successful countries in the tournament with six (Brazil) and four (Italy) titles as best in the world.

2. Italy, however, did not qualify for the 2018 games for the first time since 1958. And Italy, for the powerhouse football country it is, was quite a shocker to the football world. In fact, I think it's flat out sad they didn't make the tournament. For the US Men's, well, let's not get into how I feel about them.

3. The world cup began in 1930 and has only not had a winner in two specific years (1942 and 1946) due to World War II.

4. The 2018 World Cup is the first to ever be hosted in Eastern Europe, while it's the eleventh time to be hosted in Europe.

5. Iceland and Panama make their debut appearances to the 2018 tournament. And, Iceland tied heavily cheered for, Argentina, in their opening match – quite the shocker and upset if you ask me.

6. Miroslav Klose of Germany has scored the most goals ever in the World Cup tournament with a total of 16 goals over 24 games. This was also the year that Germany won the tournament in 2014.

7. This year's tournament has already tallied as many "own goals" as the entire tournament in Brazil from 2014. It is also one goal away for the record of most "own goals" which was from the 1998 tournament with a total of six. CBS Sports

8. This one is probably my favorite. Fans from England (boozin' in the streets illegally) are staying in prison and detention cells which have been remodeled with nicer toilets, special desserts, and football pitches.

9. The most amount of total goals scored in a game was between Russia and the Solomon Islands in 2008 with 33 goals. "Are those nets regulation sized or WHAT?"

10. Poland and Columbia are two of the top most passionate fans in the world with Colombia's fans in the millions and Poland as an up-and-coming young squad expected for great heights in 2018. These countries are ironically in the same pool and have already lost a game each.

Now get out there, put a match on your television or go to a nearby pub, bar and watch a match with some friends. Football is in the air and to be shared with many friends and family all over the globe!

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25 Baseball Puns Every Fan Should Know

You're sure to be a big hit with these in your glove.

You’re sure to have a ball with these puns! They will leave you in stitches!

1. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

2. I’m an umpire. Now give me your number so I can make the call!

3. Why did the police officer go to the baseball game?... Someone stole second base!

4. Why was Cinderella so bad at baseball?... She had a pumpkin for a coach!

5. Ok, strike that.

6. Cinderella was so bad… she was eventually kicked off the baseball team for running away from the ball.

7. Which animal is best at baseball?... The bat!

8. The reason baseball games are at night is because bats sleep during the day!

9. Keep calm… I’m an outfielder. I’ll catch you!

10. Which baseball player holds water?... The pitcher!

11. I think I glove you!

12. What did the baseball glove say to the ball?... “Catch ya later!”

13. If you sing while playing baseball you may not get a good pitch.

14. Why don’t baseball players join unions?... Because they don’t like to be called out on strikes!

15. Never hit the ump… The Umpire Strikes Back.

16. Are you in the on deck circle? Because you’re up next (to date me)!

17. Why is it always so windy at Candlestick Park?... Because of all the Giant Fans!

18. Your pitch must have hit me because I’m feeling a little faint!

19. I hope you’re a good catcher because I’m starting to fall for you.

20. Did you hear the joke about the pop fly?... Forget it. It’s way over your head.

21. Baseball players who get three strikes. They deserve a shout “out”!

22. I’m falling in glove with you!

23. What’s the difference between a rain barrel and a bad fielder?... One catches drops and the other drops catches.

24. Are you in the outfield? Because you’re an angel!

25. I like baseball so much more than football. It’s just a batter game!

Well, there you have ‘em baseball fans… With these puns in your glove, you’re sure to be a big hit! Maybe you’ll score a home run!

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Andy Ruiz Jr. May Not Look Like The Typical Boxer, But It Doesn't Make His Victory Any Less Deserved

Andy Ruiz Jr. just proved that dreams can come true.


On June 1, boxing fans witnessed something special as Andy 'Destroyer' Ruiz Jr. defeated Anthony Joshua via TKO after going seven rounds in the ring at Madison Square Garden in New York City to become the first ever Mexican-American heavyweight champion of the world. Ruiz Jr. (33-1) was a heavy underdog (+1100) heading into the match-up with Joshua (22-1) but ultimately flipped the script to hand the British fighter his first professional loss ever. Surely the fight will go down as one of the greatest moments in sports history.

Some members of the media and fans have been quick to label the fight as a 'fluke' and 'rigged' which in the end is no surprise to me. That always happens in the sports world. Many did not believe we would get this result yet failed to remember the one rule of sports -- expect the unexpected. Over the past week, I've been coming to the defense of Ruiz Jr. in the wake of others choosing to call him a joke.

I was shocked and surprised to hear two of my favorite sports analysts, Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe, make fun of Ruiz Jr. and frame him as just a guy that looked like 'Butterbean.' When I viewed their tweets on social media it honestly made me upset. Sure, Ruiz Jr. may not have fit the mold of what a professional boxer should look like, but they simply should not have just judged a book by its cover.

Personally, I thought it was disrespectful for Smith and Sharpe to throw shade at Ruiz Jr. in the way they did. I felt like they should have done a better job of acknowledging the winner considering the result of the match. Yet choosing to bash someone because of their physical composition appeared like a low blow. The very foundation of sports allows people of all shapes, sizes, genders, races, and backgrounds to compete -- that's why most people follow them in the first place.

Smith was open behind his reasoning for his tweets in which I'd like to shed some light on. Smith was upset about how boxing time after time contains elements of corruption with fans having to wait years until promoters schedule big fights. He along with other followers of the sport were looking forward to the highly anticipated yet potential future match-up between Joshua and fellow heavyweight Deontay Wilder. Smith believes that by Ruiz Jr. beating Joshua it essentially diminished the chances of that fight ever happening with the same amount of buildup, but that still doesn't provide any excuse for mocking the new heavyweight champ.

Ruiz Jr. was there for a reason and ultimately seized the opportunity that was right in front of him -- that's not his fault for getting the job done. Just because someone doesn't look like the part doesn't mean they don't possess the same qualities and characteristics as their counterparts. The following pair of videos display the amount of talent Ruiz Jr. does have in the ring. Even fellow boxer Canelo Alvarez and former UFC lightweight/featherweight champion Conor McGregor acknowledge that and have come out to say something on their behalf.

Unfortunately, I don't expect much to change because most will stand their ground and continue to behave the same way. All I'm saying is I did not enjoy some of the top figures within sports media stereotyping Ruiz Jr. based on his looks. I would think that we would be better than that and recognize that anyone can accomplish something great in this world. It all just starts with a simple dream.

I understand and respect other people's takes on this subject, maybe I'm looking into things deeper than what they are, but it struck a chord with me and I felt the need to say something about it.

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