Modern Day Vampires and the Bites That Don’t Turn

By now you’ve certainly all heard about the biting incident that had fans watching the FIFA World Cup at the edge of their seats. It was at the second round match during which Uruguay had to play against Colombia without Suarez’s talent that we all started missing the striker’s presence as the team lost the match to a 2-0 defeat. But was the situation correctly assessed and did Suarez receive proper punishment for his indiscretion or may he have been too severely disciplined?

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An Honest Opinion- Uruguay President expresses disapproval

There has been serious debate concerning the disciplinary measures that have been taken against Liverpool’s own Luis Suarez and even the president of Uruguay intervened in the matter, expressing his clear disapproval. While he accepted that punishment was in order, he criticized the length of the four month long ban from all football-related activities (not just training together with the Liverpool or Uruguay teams, but also accessing any football stadium throughout the period of his ban). If this weren’t enough, the Uruguay president described this suspension as a “fascist ban” that was issued by the “old sons of bitches” at FIFA. During the reception held in honor of the Uruguay team as they returned home after being defeated by Colombia, Jose Mujica was asked about his impression after the World Cup and while at first, he seemed horrified by his exaggeratedly honest answers, he refused to rectify any of his comments and encouraged journalists to publish his words.

Which Are Your Chances of Getting Bitten?

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As ridiculous as it may seem, there are people who have calculated the statistical probability of you getting bitten by Liverpool’s striker. And as luck would have it, there is a smaller chance of you being bitten by a great white shark or being struck by lightning. The New Statesman have shown that Suarez will have encountered no more than 6,160 opponents by the end of his career and as he has already bitten three of them, there is a one in around 2,000 chance that any of his future opponents might receive the same treatment. While it’s clear that you or I will not be playing against him in the foreseeable future, nothing is for certain. And since your chance of getting bitten by a shark is about one in 3.7 million, that of getting struck by lightning one in 10,000 and of being killed by a wasp or bee is one in 76,000, I would certainly not willingly choose to face him any time soon.

Current Options

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Even though he may not play or enter in any football related activities in the future four months, there may still be hope for Luis Suarez to not spend this time without training as the striker has already received a 1,200 pound/month offer to play alongside a team from Kosovo. Hijvalia has offered Suarez an opportunity to play during his ban (this is because Kosovo has not yet become a full member of FIFA and as such, the striker would be unaffected by the ban he has just received if he would decide to play for the team). Xhavit Pacolli declared that the current offer (of 25,000 pounds and a monthly salary of 1,200 pounds) is the maximum that the team can offer, but that it still gives Suarez the opportunity of playing until November when his ban comes to an end.

Football World Cup Interesting Facts

Contested by senior men’s national football teams, the Football World Cup (also known as the FIFA World Cup) is held every four years and involves 32 teams who compete for the title of World Champion.  Over the period of a month, matches are held in different venues all across the host country’s stadiums (this phase is called the Finals, seeing that there are Qualifying Phases that take place within the three years preceding the tournament).  Brazil is hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and since everyone is already crazy with matches and winners, we decided to bring you some interesting facts that might just surprise you.

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  • The 2014 Brazil World Cup will be the first ever to include Goal-Line technology. This technology involves cameras that are set up around the rim of each host stadium so that they can focus on the goal individually. Referees will receive visual signs and feel vibrations on a special watch when a goal is shot.
  • There are five world champions within the Organization Committee. Amarildo Tavares da SilvaJosé Roberto Gama de Oliveira (Bebeto)Carlos Alberto TorresMarta Vieira da SilvaRonaldo Luis Nazario de Lima and Mário Jorge Lobo Zagallo are on the Committee and were members of the Brazil team when it won in Sweden, Chile, Mexico, USA and South Korea/Japan.
  • Brazil is hosting the World Cup for the second time. It did it first back in 1950 (the fourth ever World Cup) when they build the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro (they will be reusing the stadium for this World Cup).
  • Apart from Brazil, there are 4 other countries to host the World Cup: Mexico, Italy, France, and Germany.
  • It is for the first time that two consecutive World Cups have not taken place in Europe. In 2018, the FIFA World Cup will return to Europe when Russia will be awarded the pleasure of hosting.
  • Drones and Robots are being used during the World Cup- these unmanned aircrafts will monitor crowds for defense purposes.
  • The Brazil World Cup is the most expensive up to date. As opposed to the last 5 world cups (USA $30 million, France $40 million, Japan/South Korea $5 billion, Germany $6 billion and South Africa $4 billion), the 2014 World Cup will cost as much as $16 billion.
  • At the 2014 World Cup, a paraplegic will make the first kick while he will be wearing an exoskeleton suit.
  • In Brazil, weather conditions can be extreme and it has been allowed that referees stop matches if the heat becomes too intense (especially in cities such as Manaus, Natal, Fortaleza or Recife). During such breaks, players have the possibility of hydrating themselves.
  • There are 17 songs on the official World Cup Music Album of 2014, including songs from J Lo, Pitbull, Santana& Wyclef Jean, Ricky Martin, Psirico, Shakira, Magic! Baha Men and many others.

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Weird demands have been made by each country and here are some of them :

  •                 France wanted to have 2 types of soap for each room. And soaps must be in liquid form.
  • Portugal insisted on having a console in each room as well as six security guards, two of them being in charge of the safety of Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Uruguay requested silent air conditioning
  • Algeria asked for a Quran to be found in each room
  • Ecuador wanted to have baskets with different types of bananas (Ecuadorian of course) in each room
  • England required that one of the three restaurants are kept for their exclusive use and that they have sole use of the swimming pool and gym for a few hours daily.
  • Japan wanted that all rooms have a Jacuzzi
  • Colombia asked for 15 youth players to be deemed the lucky participants in their training sessions.

 

Hilarious Sports Fail Gifs

Sports are a wondrous thing- bringing people together in peace and appreciation for the athletic achievements of some of the best competitors out there is no easy thing to do and as the entire world tunes into the Olympic games and marvels in all the events presented, it’s clear that they hold an important position in our lives. And although it might happen to us more often that we play ball with our daughter and she happens to slip and fall, such fails also happen to the most professional of athletes. We have comprised a collection of some of the most hilarious sports fail gifs and hope you will enjoy them as much as we did:

Cristiano Ronaldo and his lucky goal was for instance less his mastery and more the hesitation (and yes, ridiculous fail) of the other team’s goalkeeper:

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Don’t think that basketball isn’t also without its funny moments. In this match, for instance, Nick Young is convinced of his success and celebrates. He does it a bit too early however.

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Although there are delicious moments everywhere, gymnastics is the reigning queen when it comes to mind-boggling fails. Whether the men are those getting stuck behind the apparatus:

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Or the girls don’t manage to reach it:

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 Even those attempting parkour in gymnastics training facilities aren’t exempt from such situations.

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And remember, respecting the judges is one of the most important rule you need to know. Jumping on top of them isn’t really the way you want to go.

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Let’s not forget that gymnastics is a sport of poise, grace and balance.

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Granted, the apparatus itself should have a sturdy build. Not like this one- maybe it had just had enough.

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Even the greatest gymnasts can have a bad day. Nastia Liukin was having a really bad day here and it apparently ended with her falling flat on her face.

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Another thing that sports teach us is that giving up is never an option. No matter how many obstacles there are to overcome. Competing is more important than winning:

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Also, the referee is not God. He does fall on his holy behind from time to time.

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Not every event takes place in the same circumstances. We have tennis and that is played on a multitude of surfaces, cycling requires bicycles, and of course, any sport that is water related requires water. And we all know that things don’t stink underwater. That doesn’t mean that we don’t know they didn’t happen!

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Winning brings the team immense pleasure and such emotion needs to be shared- just be careful not to get a concussion while rejoicing.

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Hockey is also tricky business- players coming and going as they please, who can find room to get onto the ice?

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Also, remember that being in an all-male team does not mean that the rules of proper conduct change. Hands off behinds at all times!

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Diving is another sport that requires elegance, poise, extreme body control and we all know that the splash (or better said lack thereof) is what matters. As this competitor demonstrates, it is not always an achievable goal:

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Last but not least, remember. It’s not just us humans that enjoy (and fail exceptionally) at sports. So regardless of what happened yesterday, go play tomorrow as well.

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Strange Sports and Competitions- Dota2 the Newcomer Professional Sport?

We already know that football, basketball, tennis, golf, auto racing, boxing, baseball and even cricket are sports that pay big bucks if you manage to get to the top- not only because of the salary but also because of so many endorsement deals that bring in the money. Maria Sharapova for instance earns a staggering $23 million per year from endorsements, and Tiger Woods? Well he earns almost 3 times that much. So we should be encouraging our youth towards such sports if they desire fame and fortune, right? Wrong. Chinese for instance are welcoming a new contender and its name is Dota2. Yes, indeed, the Chinese have turned this game into a national e-sports tournament and they have thus recognized this game as being a sport.

But What is Dota2 Exactly?

Strange Sports and Competitions- Dota2 the Newcomer Professional Sport?

Dota2 is basically a multiplayer game originating from Blizzards’ “Defense of the Ancients” (DotA) that became free to play on Valve’s platform, Steam, in July of 2013.  Each game is independent from each other and involves two teams comprised of five players battling against one and other. The aim of the game is to destroy a building called “The Ancient” located in the opposing’s team stronghold. Each player receives a hero character that levels up, collects gold and can fight other enemy units. These heroes can perform spells (generally 4 spells per hero, although there are some heroes who may use additional spells) and can use different items that grant them other special powers.

Can One Earn Money by Playing Dota2?

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The answer is a massive YES! As ridiculous as it may sound, Valve accomplished a lot more than just ensure the transition of DotA players into Dota2 by hosting a global championship called The International back in 2011. What they did is not only create the first ever pro-gaming championship with real prize money (a grand prize of one million dollars) but also create the opportunity for actual gamer-jobs where professional players could receive endorsements, fixed salaries and a steady…well gaming job.

Valve continued to host The International as a yearly event after that, first in Cologne, Germany in 2011, then in Seattle, Washington in 2012 and in Seattle again in 2013. The International 3 (2013) had a total prize pool of over $2.8 million USD (a remarkable figure by anyone’s standards) but this figure pales in comparison to the actual prize pool (not yet a completed figure).  On June 4th 2014, the 2014 International championship had a prize pool of $8,565,627 million, due to the interactive Compendium sales (this beats the record for largest tournament in strange sports history).

The International- Winners and Expectations

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Back in 2011, the first ever championship was won by the Ukrainian based e-sports team Na’Vi (Natus Vincere) who also qualified for the finals both in 2012 and in 2013 (they were defeated by Invictus Gaming, a Chinese team in 2012 and by team Alliance, a Swedish team in 2013). But apart from these teams, there are several other excellent teams in the running.

For The International 2014, tickets were sold out in one hour after being put out for sale on the 4th of April 2014. These are the invited teams for this year’s International (apart from the 11 invited teams, there are 4 more teams determined by regional qualifiers and one extra team qualified between the runner-ups from qualifiers).

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Battling it out for a prize pool of over $8.5 million USD, check in to see who wins this major tournament taking place between the 18th and 21st of July 2014.

3 Summer Olympics Sports That Aren’t All That Famous

When we think of the summer Olympics, our minds immediately wander to track and field, cycling, swimming, tennis or soccer.  There are several sports that are longstanding Olympic challenges but haven’t really caught the public’s eye as, say, soccer has. The reasons are countless. Those reasons include the sport receiving little press, having lesser entertainment value, or just a smaller fan base.  Whatever the reason, they frankly haven’t reached the notoriety that they deserve. Since the 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, we thought a walk-through of the lesser-known sports would come just in handy. Perhaps it will raise your interest and inspire you to watch them more attentively in two years’  time.

Of course, there are many other summer Olympics sports that you might not have known about, but we will be presenting them in another list.

Recommended Article: Three Summer Olympics Sports That Aren’t All That Famous

3. Rhythmic Gymnastics

Anna Bessonova of Ukraine performs with the ribbon during the individual all-around final of the rhythmic gymnastics competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

This discipline involves gymnasts performing short routines as a team of 5 or as individual athletes with either one or two pieces of apparatus. The possible apparatuses are: ball, clubs, ribbon, hoop, rope and Free (this means that no apparatus is used). During team routines there is an allowance of 2 types of apparatuses at a time (and the gymnasts are permitted to exchange the apparatus with their team members during their appearance), in individual performances, there is just one apparatus used at a time. This sport combines elements of gymnastics, ballet and dance as well as apparatus excellence in order to create a complete sport of elegance, poise, control and talent. The winners are determined with the help of a panel of judges who note the contestants according to grades of difficulty, balance of jumps, pirouettes, pivots and other key elements.

2. Trampolining

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Trampolining is another of the underdog sports at the Olympic Games. It involves athletes having to perform acrobatics while jumping on a trampoline. The routines can become quite elaborate and incorporate jumps, tucks, straddle positions or combinations of somersaults (forward and backwards), twists and other elements. The Trampolining Federation actually belongs to the International Gymnastics Federation and therefore operates under their rules. Routines take place on regular 14 foot by 7 foot sized trampolines.  Athletes must perform 10 different skills. They must start and end on their feet and have their performance marked by judges who calculate deductions for incomplete twists, for going too far from the center of the trampoline, or for poor form.

1. Synchronized Swimming

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Although individual synchronized swimming is a thing, we will not focus our attention on that sport. Instead, we will discuss the Olympic sport that is synchronized swimming. This hybrid challenge involves the mixing of swimming, ballet, gymnastics and dance, as athletes (performing as individuals, duos, trios or teams) perform elaborate routines in the water, with music playing. This sport, in particular, requires extreme amounts of training, endurance, flexibility, strength, timing, breath control and water skills, as well as excellent team communication. Team members perform lifts (when one or two team mates act as flyers) without being allowed to touch the bottom of the pool. They dance and create water art while portraying the music their routine is centered around, which is certainly worth watching.

Did you know that there is also a synchronized swimming event for single participants? The idea is pretty simple: one swimmer has a few minutes to present her program. It sounds a bit counter-intuitive that a synchronized sport only involves one athlete, but the event has been part of the Olympic events for several years. Have you heard of any summer Olympic events that you would like to share with us? We would love to hear from you!