Apologies for being M-I-A recently. The dog days of summer have set in, which usually means that the world of pop culture tends to come to a pause for a bit. Until two weeks ago, that is.
Confession time: I have been passionately glued to either my TV, computer, or iPad the last two weeks for a reason that only comes every four years. That’s right; I have World Cup fever, which there is no cure for.
The World Cup has taken over the world in the last two weeks, an event that has both celebs and their fans cheering on their favorites as they play for the ultimate glory of being declared the champions of the world. Brackets were made, parties have been thrown, bars have never been busier, and Twitter has been buzzing with the excitement of this momentous sporting event.
Quick history lesson: The 19 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different national teams. Brazil have won it five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. The other World Cup winners are Italy, with four titles; West Germany, with three titles; Argentina and inaugural winners Uruguay, with two titles each; and England, France, and Spain, with one title each.
Here’s another fun fact about the World Cup that does not make me feel quite so guilty for being slightly obsessed with it: it is the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games.
As far as brackets are concerned, mine went down in flames (Gracias, España) but that hasn’t deterred me from cheering my faves, Team Brazil, as they try to be the victors as the hosts of tournament.
Not a footballer? Not a problem as the sports world has another event that just started this week.
Wimbledon has arrived for all you tennis fanatics (myself included), an event that also unites the pop culture aficionados. It is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and widely considered the most prestigious. The tournament has been held at the All England Club in London since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments (Majors), the others being the Australian Open, the French Open (Roland Garros) and the US Open. Wimbledon is the only Major still played on grass, the game’s original surface, which gave the game its original name of “lawn tennis”.
The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July, culminating with the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Final, scheduled for the second Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Last year, history was made when Andy Murray won the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, becoming the first British man to do so since Fred Perry, 77 years previously.
Will history be made this year at these two international sporting events? Who knows? The only thing that can be certain is that I, along with the rest of the world, will be watching them with great fervor and admiration for all who compete in them.
Until next time!
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