We're in the midst of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20
! You know, that giant international cricket tournament you've never heard of.
Well, it's actually Twenty20 cricket, a short form of regular cricket that takes about three hours to play. And thank Christ we're talking short form, because standard, or "First-Class
," cricket takes about three to five days to play. Ain't nobody got time for that
! The Twenty20 tournament features 16 teams/countries, with play running from March 8th to April 3rd. Sri Lanka is the defending champion, although tournament host India is favored
to take it all this year. Not that you would know it by their opening game yesterday against New Zealand, who hilariously blew out India by 47 runs
The United States isn't participating because our cricket is called baseball, but there's still plenty of intrigue to be found here. For example, Pakistani team captain Shahid Afridi was accused of "committing treason
" because he said he enjoyed playing in India more than his home country. The investigation into his comments are still ongoing, but his remarks are perceived as "insensitive" enough to make his "life vulnerable." If someone getting potentially stoned to death for high treason isn't considered good old-fashioned sports entertainment, we don't want to know what is.