Excess weight is an actual problem, and people engage in sports exercises and follow various diets. Some facts about losing weight will surprise you. A lack of calcium in the body can lead to weight gain, the danger of loving low-fat foods, and 50 more facts about weight loss.
How to lose wight - interesting facts
Admit that you must have Googled "How to lose weight in three days" or "Keto diet." Many people have done this - come up with extra pounds and try to achieve perfection, eat nothing all day but an apple and a piece of cheese, and at two in the morning run to the refrigerator and eat three sandwiches, drinking cola. However, nutritionists believe that express diets before some important event are not rational: after all, no matter how much you throw off, during the holidays, you will probably “eat” too much, and later those extra pounds will return in double volume.
The amount eaten at dinner depends on the lighting
The brighter the light, the less you eat - German scientists came to this conclusion. The lack of light distorts the portion size (it seems smaller), and the amount consumed is more challenging to control.
15 minutes of jumping rope is equivalent to 60 minutes of running
According to biomechanics, running is a series of jumps with a relaxed phase of flight after a push. When working with a rope, the muscles of the lower leg of both legs are simultaneously contracted, and circular movements are made in the shoulder joints. This almost quadruples the load.
Everything is possible
The main rule of a good figure: is maintaining a balance of KBJU (calories, proteins, fats, carbohydrates). The balance looks like this: 50% protein, 30% fat, 20% carbohydrates for losing weight. The number of calories depends on the level of physical activity. Nutrition should be balanced and varied. Nutrient deficiencies can lead to health problems.
Fat-free foods can help you gain weight
Dairy products contain vitamins A, D, E, and K, but they are not absorbed without fat. Lipids signal the brain to be complete. If they are not in the dish, we eat much more.
Sugar is added to fat-free foods to add flavor, and these are fast carbohydrates from which you can get better.
Weight depends on the condition of the teeth
It has been proven that people with severe chewing surface wear, teeth diseases, and oral cavity gain weight twice as fast—reason: indigestion and metabolism due to insufficient chewing of food.
Short-term diets don't work
First of all, the body breaks up with water and only then - with fat cells. Slow weight loss involves a comfortable diet without starvation and stress, due to which the diet is easier to tolerate. Rapid weight loss negatively affects the work of the digestive tract and is fraught with food breakdowns and a set of extra kilos.
Overweight people have a normal metabolism
Overweight people use more energy. Each move and turn costs them a few more calories. Studies have shown that the metabolism of fat people is about the same as that of thin people.
Weight gain is a long process
Gaining weight is a long process, just like losing weight. If, after a piece of cake, the scales showed +300 grams, this is water, not fat. In the morning, the weight will return to normal. To gain, it is necessary to disturb the balance of KBJU and overeat systematically.
Aromatherapy helps you lose weight
Some aromas send satiety signals to the brain—for example, the smell of peppermint, apples, and bananas. Keep a bottle of essential oil on your desk and occasionally bring it to your nose when you get hungry. When choosing an apple or banana as a snack, try to chew it as slowly as possible to prolong the flavor.
The perfect snack - pine nuts
British scientists have found that pine nuts contribute to the production of cholecystokinin, a hormone that sends a signal of satiety. They are superior to vegetables, fruits, bread, and meat in terms of nutritional value. Bonus: pine nuts contain vitamins A, B, C, D, E, tannins, fiber, and carbohydrates.
Dog owners gain weight more slowly
Scientists at the University of Michigan have calculated that pet owners move 34% more every day! Walking the dog is a great cardio workout that triples your energy expenditure.
Sweets are allowed on a diet
For most, sweets are rewards. For this reason, they "seize" the slightest stress with sweets. Moderate consumption of sweets will not affect the figure. Opt for dark chocolate and fruits. Remember, PP pastries and naturally dried fruit sweets are no less caloric than traditional desserts. Don't get carried away!
Calcium deficiency increases appetite
Specialists from the Laval Faculty of Medicine conducted a study: they divided overweight women into two groups and offered a different diet. The basis of the menu of the first group was products with a high content of calcium, the second - with a low range. Result: a menu enriched with calcium helps lose weight several times faster.
Late dinner does not affect the figure
The rule of thumb for weight loss is that you spend more energy than you take in calories. The time of the last meal should be no later than 3 hours before bedtime. If you are a night owl, a late dinner is acceptable and indicated (people with different circadian rhythms have different metabolic patterns).
Long-term diets are ineffective
Scientists in California have proven that prolonged dieting reduces its effectiveness. To continue to lose weight, you need to diversify the menu and practice regular physical activity.
There are no harmful calorie foods
A common myth is that certain foods (celery, for example) take more calories to digest than they provide. Some vegetables and fruits help speed up the metabolism: radishes, broccoli, grapefruit, asparagus, carrots, and others. Their calorie content tends to zero. By eating fatty foods, you will not be able to lose weight!
"Liquid calories" in the account
Dieters scrupulously count every calorie, forgetting to add tea, coffee, juices. A cup of standard latte 500 ml - 256 kcal, fresh - 180! If your goal is to lose weight, drink water with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint.
Dessert time – 17.00
French nutritionist Alain Delabaud is sure that the cause of excess weight is the inability to “listen” to the body. Hormones are produced according to the daily "schedule." The peak of cortisol synthesis, which is involved in digestion, is in the morning. Therefore, Alain advises eating more fat for breakfast.
Fast carbohydrates are better absorbed by the evening - with them, the amino acid tryptophan is delivered to the brain and promotes the production of serotonin - the hormone of happiness. This protects against food breakdowns before bed. Delabeau says: "The best time for dessert: 16.00 - 17.00."
It's easier to lose weight in winter
In winter, many get better. The reason: a decrease in motor activity, not a slowdown in metabolism (another common myth!). In sub-zero temperatures, the metabolic rate increases (to generate heat), and calories are burned faster.
Men lose weight faster
Scientists have found that men lose weight twice as fast. The reason: hormones that prepare the body for pregnancy take part in regulating female metabolism. When he receives fewer calories, any incoming product is stored as a reserve, transforming into subcutaneous fatty tissue.
Sleep deprivation leads to weight gain
During sleep, the body produces leptin, a hormone that stimulates metabolism and the mechanism of hunger/satiety. Constant lack of sleep leads to its absence. Outcome: metabolic disorder.
10-minute exercise against extra kilos
Daily exercise for 10 minutes by 11% reduces cancer risk, normalizes blood pressure, and helps burn up to 300 kcal. Charging can be replaced by walking - oxygen promotes the breakdown of fat.
Legumes make the diet easier
Legumes allow you to avoid food breakdowns. The effect is achieved due to the low rate of digestion. John Sievenpiper (St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto) proved that those who eat one serving of legumes a day do not experience acute bouts of hunger during the day.
All diets are the same
This statement was made by a group of researchers led by Bradley Johnston (Canada). The researchers analyzed 48 studies in which participants followed different dietary patterns. Regardless of the diet chosen, the average weight loss was 8-9 kilograms in 6 months.
Salt and diet are incompatible
One gram of salt retains 100 grams of water. The daily dose is 10 g (corresponds to a quarter of a teaspoon). Sodium chloride (salt) is found in foods: meat, vegetables, cottage cheese, and cereals. Half of the norm enters the body with them, and no more than 5 g is left for salting dishes.
Mono-diets are dangerous
Monidiets - the use of one product (buckwheat, rice, kefir) for a certain period. Such a change in the diet gives a quick result. In a stressful situation, the body blocks all sources of fat removal, and after the end of the diet, the weight will begin to grow. On mono-diets, they lose weight due to the withdrawal of fluid and the burning of muscle mass!
Herbal teas for weight loss do not work
Most of them act as potent diuretics. You lose weight by getting rid of fluids. Constantly using herbal teas, you risk getting dysfunction of the excretory system.
Fewer calories - healthier food?
In the case of olive, linseed, and other vegetable oils, this rule does not work. Their energy value exceeds 600 kcal per 100 grams! At the same time, nutritionists recommend not giving up oils during the diet - they improve metabolism and lower cholesterol levels.
Anti-cellulite creams do not help you lose weight
All creams, ointments, and gels - fat burners give an effect in combination with the proper diet and regular physical activity. They contain essential oils that improve blood circulation but not burn fat deposits.
Fasting days are useless when losing weight
It takes the body at least 72 hours to switch to fat-burning mode. Daily fasting allows you to get rid of excess fluid. After fasting days, the weight returns with the first meal! Nutritionists say: “It is impossible to maintain a normal weight by fasting one day a week and violating the rules of PP the other 6.”
You don't have to exercise every day
Physical exercise is a must. But the body needs time to restore the muscles - take breaks. Optimal schedule: 4 times a week for 30 minutes with alternating intense, moderate, strength, and aerobic exercises. This will help burn 50 to 100 grams of fat per week.
Exercising regularly, you need to adhere to proper nutrition
Constantly visiting the gym but violating the diet, you will not lose weight. It takes 60 minutes of exercise to burn off the calories of one sandwich of white bread, butter, and cheese, while a pork patty with mashed potatoes equals 20 kilometers of running.
One-time fasting does not “switch” the body into calorie-burning mode
On fasting days, when you limit yourself to a few liters of water per day, your metabolic rate slows down. This does not happen immediately - after 60-70 hours of lack of food. When you start eating again, your metabolism slows down, and all the excess is deposited in the form of subcutaneous fat.
It is impossible to determine the fat content of food "by eye."
Vegetable and butter, margarine - "species fats," which are very high in calories. Some foods contain "hidden" lipids. For example, in a vegetable salad - 20 kcal; if you fill it with a teaspoon of olive oil, the energy value will increase to 65 kcal per 100 g. The result: a dish with 70% fat in the composition. Control it!
Weight formula: height minus 110 does not work!
The ideal weight formula was invented 100 years ago by the French anthropologist Paul Brock. Modern nutritionists are skeptical about it: it does not consider the body's individual characteristics (for example, the presence/absence of muscle mass). The BMI formula is more relevant today: weight divided by height squared. For women, the optimal figure varies from 19 to 24.
Cellulite and excess weight are not the same
Cellulite is a consequence of hormonal imbalance or water-salt metabolism. There are more reasons for excess weight: sedentary work, overeating, not maintaining the balance of KBJU, and others.
Being overweight is not related to heredity
It has been proven that being overweight is a complex phenomenon. Genetic predisposition is one of the reasons, along with hormonal changes, neurological and psychological factors. In 50% of cases, excess weight results from overeating and an unbalanced diet.
Strength training for weight loss equals cardio
Common myth: High-intensity cardio is effective for burning fat. Aerobic exercise should not be more than 20 minutes so as not to "burn" the muscles along with extra calories. Strength training is essential! The more muscles in the body, the more calories are burned at rest.
Bath and sauna do not relieve excess weight
High temperatures stimulate blood circulation but do not get rid of fat. Lipids are broken down during specific chemical reactions, and it is impossible to “evaporate” them. In the bath and sauna, weight loss is due to fluid removal. Steam rooms work in conjunction with physical activity and proper nutrition.
"Local" weight loss is a myth
You can not lose weight only in the buttocks or abdomen! Adipose tissue has nothing to do with nearby muscles. Doing exercises in one area strengthens the muscle corset, and lipids are burned everywhere.
Cutting out carbs won't help you lose weight
Weakness, irritability, lethargy, memory impairment, and insomnia result from carbohydrate-free diets. Without carbohydrates, the body goes into the saving mode, storing fat with each meal. In combination with an excess of protein, this leads to cholesterol plaques.
Mechanical impact on body fat - impossible
Slimming procedures (massage, lymphatic drainage, electrical stimulation, etc.) stimulate blood circulation and metabolism but not break down lipids. For maximum effectiveness, all types of massage should be combined with proper nutrition and cardio training.
You can eat at night
If you are a "night owl" and are not going to bed until 3 am, eat at 12! The body will have time to digest food without consequences. Sleeping on an empty stomach is the cause of insomnia and food breakdowns during the day.
Eating disorders are acceptable
Cake with fat cream will not affect the weight in any way. Nutritionists recommend pampering the body once a week to control appetite. "Reliefs" should be planned - include them in the weekly meal plan.
A weight loss plan may not work
The nutrition plan is developed individually, taking into account the organism's characteristics and physiological indicators. The diet that your friend lost weight on may not work for you due to different metabolic rates, hormonal levels, and other things.
Plant foods don't help you lose weight
Myth: A vegan diet will help you lose weight. Weight gain depends on the presence or absence of meat and animal products. Refusing the latter, the body begins to demand more carbohydrates. Result: extra weight.
Exercise doesn't make you hungry
You are feeling a little hungry after a workout is regular! This indicates an intensive work of metabolism. After the gym, you need to eat no later than 40 minutes to restore energy. Choose protein and fiber if you're looking to lose weight and slow carbs if you're gaining muscle mass.
You don't have to cut out sugar completely
In Edinburgh, scientists conducted studies that proved that a small amount of sugar in the diet contributes to weight loss. The experiment involved 60 women; they were divided into two groups. Sugar was eliminated first. The second - left, picking up an individual "dose." Weighed in two months later, the sugar group lost more pounds.
A hearty breakfast helps control weight - this is the conclusion of a group of scientists in Cambridge. By eating 50% of your daily calorie intake for breakfast, you give your body time to process them. Without “feeding” him after waking up, you risk switching your metabolism to the “fat reserve” mode.
Basketball is an Olympic sport, a sports team game with a ball, the goal of which is to throw the ball into the opponent's basket more times than the opposing team does at the set time. Each team consists of 5 field players.
The history of the emergence and development of basketball
In 1891 in the United States of America, a young teacher, a native of Canada, Dr. James Naismith, trying to "revive" gymnastics lessons, attached two fruit baskets to the railing of the balcony and offered to throw soccer balls into it. The resulting game only remotely resembled modern basketball. There was no question of any management, the players threw the ball to each other and then tried to throw it into the basket. The team that scored the most goals won.
A year later, Naismith developed the first rules of basketball. The very first matches under these rules caused their first changes.
Gradually, basketball from the United States penetrated first to the East - Japan, China, the Philippines, and then to Europe and South America. After 10 years at the Olympic Games in St. Louis, the Americans organized a demonstration tour between the teams of several cities. The Basketball Association of America (BAA) was formed in 1946. The first match under her auspices took place on November 1 of the same year in Toronto between the Toronto Huskies and New York Knickerbockers. In 1949, the association merged with the US National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association (NBA).
In 1967, the American Basketball Association was created, which for a long time tried to compete with the NBA, but merged with it 9 years later. Today, the NBA is one of the most influential and well-known professional basketball leagues in the world. The International Amateur Basketball Federation was founded in 1932. The federation includes 8 countries: Argentina, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania. Sweden, Czechoslovakia. Based on the name, it was assumed that the organization would lead only amateur basketball, however, in 1989, professional basketball players received admission to international competitions, and the word "amateur" was removed from the name. The very first international match took place in 1904, and in 1936 basketball entered the program of the Summer Olympic Games.
Basketball rules (briefly)
The rules of the game of basketball changed several times until 2004, when the final version of the rules took shape, which is considered relevant to this day. Basketball is played by two teams. Usually a team consists of 12 people, 5 of which are field players, and the rest are considered substitutes. Basketball dribbling. Athletes in possession of the ball must move around the field, hitting the floor with it. Otherwise, "carrying the ball" will be counted, and this is a violation of the rules in basketball.
Accidentally touching the ball with a body part other than the hand is not considered a foul, unlike purposeful play with the foot or fist.
A basketball game consists of 4 periods or halves, but the timing of each half (play time) varies depending on the basketball association. So, for example, in NBA a match consists of 4 halves of 12 minutes each, and in FIBA each such half lasts 10 minutes.
Short breaks are provided between periods, and between the second and third periods, the break time is increased. The ball thrown into the basket can bring a different number of points to its team. If the ball is scored during the free throw, the team earns 1 point.
If the ball is thrown from an average or close distance (closer than the 3-point line), then the team is given 2 points.
A team earns three points if the ball is scored from behind the three-point line. If in regular time both teams scored the same number of points, then a 5-minute overtime is assigned, if it ended in a draw, then the next one is assigned and so on until the winner is determined.
The 3 second rule is a rule that prohibits any player on the attacking team from being in the free throw area for more than three seconds.
The two step rule in basketball. The player is only allowed to take two steps with the ball, after which he must either shoot or pass.
The playing field for basketball has a rectangular shape and a hard surface. The surface of the site must not have any bends, cracks or any other deformations. The size of the basketball court must be 28 meters long and 15 meters wide (standard). The height of the ceiling must be at least 7 meters, and on professional sites, ceilings are raised to a height of 12 meters and above. The lighting on the field must be designed so as not to interfere with the movement of the players and must evenly cover the entire court. Until the end of the 60s, tournaments could be organized outdoors. However, now basketball games are played only in closed areas.
Limit lines. Pass along the entire perimeter of the site (2 short front lines and 2 long side lines).
Central line. It is drawn from one side line to another and at the same time it is parallel to the front lines.
The central zone is a circle (radius 1.80 m) and is located exactly in the center of the basketball field. Three-point lines are semi-circles with a radius of 6.75 m, drawn to the intersection with parallel (front) lines.
Free throw lines. The free-throw line is drawn 3.60 m long parallel to each end line so that its far edge is located at a distance of 5.80 meters from the inside edge of the end line, and its middle is on an imaginary line connecting the midpoints of both end lines.
The basketball is spherical, painted an approved shade of orange, and has a pattern of eight inlays and black stitching.
Basketball hoop and backboard dimensions
The height of the basketball hoop from the floor level is 3.05 meters (standard). The diameter of the basketball hoop ranges from 45 cm to 45.7 cm. The ring itself must be painted bright orange. A special net with a length of 40-45 cm is attached to the ring. The basketball hoop is located at a distance of 15 cm from the backboard.
The shield to which the ring is attached also has a number of important parameters. Basketball backboard size: width - 1.8 m, height - 1.05 m. Modern basketball backboards are made of tempered glass.
Refereeing in basketball
At the basketball game there are: senior referee and referee; timekeeper; Secretary; assistant secretary; operator 30 seconds.
Other interesting facts
Judge uniform: gray shirt; long black trousers; black basketball shoes.
Popularity in Europe: Basketball is the national sport in Georgia and Lithuania. Basketball is the national summer sport in Latvia, as ice hockey is the national winter sport.
Basketball in the Olympic program: Basketball became part of the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. As of 2013, gold medals in basketball have been won by: the USA - 14 times, the USSR - twice, #Argentina and Yugoslavia - once each.
The author of the idea for the game: James Naismith is a #Canadian-American sports coach who, after landing a job at Springfield College, Massachusetts, was tasked with developing a set of winter exercises that would help athletes stay fit. In his creative thinking process, Naismith laid the foundation for the game that is known today as basketball.
The original rules of the game: Recent #historical finds indicate that in the first version of Naismith's game, before throwing the ball into the basket, it had to be rolled on the floor.
The new idea that changed everything: The idea to add to the game the ability to pass the ball by throwing it in the air belongs to Lambert Will, director of the YMCA in Herkimer County, New York.
Basketball basket: The original basketball baskets had a closed bottom, so after each pitched ball, the referee had to climb a ladder and retrieve it.
Naismith rules: The first official game of basketball under Naismith's rules took place in 1892. The court was half the size of a modern basketball court and only one ball was scored during the entire game.
Dribbling in basketball: Re-hitting the ball on the floor (dribbling) was prohibited by D. Naismith's original rules.
Injury of the game: Only in the US in 2011 in hospitals 249650 ambulances were provided to children aged 12-17 who were injured while playing basketball.
American football vs basketball: Statistical studies indicate that among all sports, American football alone has more injuries than basketball.
Basketball color: The color of the ball was not always orange: in the beginning, basketball was played with a brown ball, but later it was decided to change the color of the ball to a brighter one.
Creation of the NBA: The NBA (National Basketball Association) of America was founded in 1949 by the merger of the NBL (National Basketball League) and the BAA (Basketball Association of America).
Soccer ball: Until 1929, basketball was played with an ordinary soccer ball.
Michael Jordan: Michael Jordan is considered one of the best basketball players in the world. He went down in history with a career-high 5,987 career playoff points.
The appearance of the shield: The basketball backboard was added to the hoop for a very interesting reason: some match-goers from the balconies tried to catch or throw the ball during the teams game.
Forbidden slam dunks: In 1967, slam dunking was banned, but such a spectacular part of basketball was returned and legalized again only nine years later.
Women's basketball: In 1892, women also began to play basketball, but special changes in the rules were developed for them.
Boston Celtics dominance: The Boston Celtics have won the most championship titles in the NBA (17 in total) and 7 of those titles were won in a row (from 1960 to 1966).
Most Valuable Player: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played 20 seasons in the NBA, holds the all-time scoring record. During his career, he scored 38387 points.
100 points per game: On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game. This is the highest number of points a player has scored in a single game.
Who invented the three-point shot?: The NBA only started counting three-pointers in the 1979-80 season. This idea was borrowed from the ABA (Adriatic Basketball League).
Chicago Bulls game: The Chicago Bulls have won every NBA Finals they have competed in (6 in total).
The tallest and shortest player: Most #male basketball players are at least 1.90m tall and have an average weight of 100kg. The tallest player in history is Manute Bol of Sudan at 2.31m and the shortest is Mugsy Bogz at 1.60m.
Ukraine right now. Videos and Photos posted by soldiers and civilians that captured moments of horror
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a "special operation" in Ukraine on Thursday morning, around 05:30 Moscow time. Soon, strong explosions began to resonate in several cities in Ukraine. A powerful explosion was reported near the barracks of a mechanized brigade in Odessa, two powerful explosions - in Kiev. Explosions were also reported in Kramatorsk, Nikolaev and Berdyansk.
Russia's Security Council voted on Monday (February 21st) to recognize the independence of the self-proclaimed separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, and Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin signed decrees for the independence of the two regions and sent Russian troops to parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. to ensure the maintenance of peace. The West condemned Russia's decision and said it would impose sanctions. Ukraine has called for the immediate convening of the UN Security Council.
A state of siege is introduced in Kiev and the Cherkasy region. In Kiev, it will be introduced from 22:00 to 07:00. During this period, public transport will not operate, but subway stations will be open 24 hours a day as shelters. People need to have documents with them. In the Cherkasy region, the siege will take effect between 22:00 and 6:00. During this time, traffic on the street and in other public places without special permits and certificates will be banned, which will be issued only to the employees of the enterprises, institutions and organizations that direct the activities of the region.
Russian actors, singers, TV presenters and bloggers have sent messages of solidarity in the current war situation caused by the Russian Federation's attack on Ukraine. They have called on the Kremlin authorities to stop hostilities in the country. Several Russian celebrities such as Ivan Urgant, Maxim Galkin and Ksenia Sobchak have spoken out on social media against the Russian invasion of Ukraine and called for an end to hostilities. They posted completely black images with the hashtag #NOWAR.
Belarus, a Russian ally that borders Ukraine to the north, allows tens of thousands of Russian soldiers to cross its border into Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian government.
Lukashenko recently said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had called him to inform him of his military operation against Ukraine. He said Belarus' own national forces were "not taking part in the operation".
An emergency summit of the European Union will soon take place to decide on new sanctions against Moscow.
Russia, which has started the war against Ukraine, has announced its readiness to begin negotiations with Kiev on Ukraine's neutral status (not to join NATO) and its refusal to introduce nuclear weapons into its territory. The announcement was made by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov.
Asked if Russia is now ready to talk to Ukraine's leadership on the issue, Peskov said, "If Ukraine's leadership is ready to talk about it."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Putin, but he did not answer the phone.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying announced in a press conference that his country will start importing wheat from Russia today, as Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping agreed when they met before the Games. Olympic Games since the beginning of the month.
In addition, the Chinese official refused to condemn Russia's attack on Ukraine on Thursday, saying instead that "respect for territorial sovereignty" was needed, but also that the US "fuels tensions and only the US can put out the flames." In fact, prior to this statement, the same spokesman stated: "Did the US think about the consequences when they put a country as big as Russia on the wall?"
Journalists in the international press point out that during the 90-minute conference, Chunying avoided answering 11 questions about the situation in Ukraine. In addition, journalists repeatedly insisted and asked if Beijing considered Russia's action an invasion, and the Chinese official finally replied, "Why are you obsessed with this question?"
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference that "peace on our continent has been shaken," and that "Russia is using force to try to rewrite history."
"I convened a virtual summit of NATO leaders tomorrow. This is the new normal for our security: peace cannot be taken for granted. Strategic competition is on the rise. We will deploy additional ground and air defense forces in eastern NATO, as well as naval forces. We have increased the level of training of our forces, in order to be able to face all the scenarios ", it is shown in the communiqué of the North Atlantic Alliance.
Compared to the professional championship, college basketball has fewer playoff matches, a sharper fight, and the final tournament is much faster. Even if their favorite teams don't make it to the finals, Americans still watch every game. Why? It's simple: unlike professional athletes, students do not play for money, but defend the honor of their educational institutions and just love basketball.”
A perfect explanation of the reasons for the popularity of the tournament.
"Why? It's simple: unlike professional athletes, students do not play for money, but defend the honor of their educational institutions and just love basketball.” In addition, for many, this tournament is the only chance for talented guys from less prestigious teams or the conference to prove themselves in the run-up to the NBA draft. Therefore, "Madness", in function, in many respects reminds me of the Youth Ice Hockey World Championship (MChM). The best example of this phenomenon is Kenneth Farid of Morehead State who is speaking at the Ohio Valley Conference.
Also, the tournament is of great importance for those players for whom a career in big-time sports will not go beyond the student level. The vast majority of NCAA boys and girls don't go pro. For many athletes, this is the last chance to play the real game before they become accountants, analysts or insurers and continue to play sports in amateur leagues.
What is March Madness?
First time at the annual spring tournament? March Madness is the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship featuring teams from colleges and universities across the country. In total, 68 teams will take part in the national championship, which consists of seven rounds.
Teams are assigned a seed before the tournament and are then assigned to one of the four regions within Elite 8.
When does it start?
Over the weekend, qualifying Sunday opened the tournament, with the first round officially starting on Tuesday, March 19th. After the first four games, the first round and the second round will continue from March 21 to 24. The regional semi-finals and finals will take place from 28 March. up to 31. The last four teams will compete in the Final Four on April 6, and two days later there will be a game for the championship, which will take place on April 8.
Among the 68 teams released and seeded on Sunday are Duke University, the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina and Gonzaga University, all in first place.
According to Sports Illustrated, the winners of the 32nd Division I Conference Tournament Championship are automatically entered into the tournament. Automatic betting does not take into account regular season results, only tournament wins.
The remaining 36 teams are selected by the selection committee to receive additional entries.
How to fill in a bracket?
Want to have some fun from home? Filling in the "March Madness" bracket is easy. You can print the brace directly from the NCAA website or join one of the many grid competitions online on your own or with a group.
Capital One hosts the official NCAA game, but you can also play on CBS Sports. Many experts and websites also share their favorites for the tournament, helping you build the bracket with the highest chance of success.
How can I watch it?
Got a cable? It's easy to set up like this:
Pick Sunday: Airs March 17 on CBS.
First Four: Coming to air on TruTV March 19
Rounds 1 & 2: Airing on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV March 21-24.
Semifinals and Regional Finals: Airing on CBS and TBS from March 28 to 31.
Final Four: Airing April 6 on CBS.
Championship: Airs April 8 on CBS.
If you've canceled your cable subscription, fear not, there are plenty of ways to stream the tournament too, from Hulu to CBS All Access to SlingTV.
When is the championship?
The last two teams will meet next month in the national championship on 8 April.
Why does everyone love March Madness?
Equally important are the fans' regional preferences. In many parts of the US, there are no professional teams, and local residents become attached to local student teams. It is noteworthy that some of these fans do not even have higher education. For example, the Alabama and Auburn college football teams are hugely popular in a state where there are no professional teams, and American football is the most popular sport by a wide margin. The opposite is true of the limited interest in college sports in big cities like New York.
Many will be surprised to learn that Madness has not always been the premier college basketball tournament. In the middle of the last century, the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) was much more prestigious than the NCAA tournament. For those who are more or less familiar with college basketball, yes, this is the same NIT that now has a reputation as a repechage tournament. In the 1950s, the NCAA basketball tournament began to gain prestige after the NCAA began requiring conference champions to play in their own tournaments.
Many people think college basketball (in the US) is more popular than the NBA due to the reasons given earlier. This is confirmed by television ratings.
Defense has long been forgotten in the NBA. Although it is the fault of the players, if the wrong look at the opponent is already a foul. Team game? What can be a team game in the era of "ISO" (an attack when a player one-on-one tries to beat another player). And to whom did this basketball surrender strongly? LeBron decided that his future career in show business was more important, and for the younger generation, “likes” were more important than titles. Even the stars in college basketball have to work hard to collect likes to get into the NBA first.
In addition to the 32 teams that receive an automatic invitation, the electoral committee must identify 36 teams that are worthy of a general invitation. Then you need to seed each of the teams in one of 16 pots, where the first is the best, and the sixteenth is the worst. And in the end, all these teams must be distributed among the regions in such a way that each of the regional draws is competitive.
Perhaps the most interesting part of Madness is the upsets. The best example is last year's Virginia Cavaliers upset by the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. This was the first time in tournament history that a pot 16 team beat a pot 1 team in the first round. Every year a Cinderella appears, which not only kills the overwhelming majority of the fans' bracket, but also progresses quite far in the tournament. The most notable examples are the Butler Bulldogs and the Virginia Rams Commonwealth University.
Cinderella in 2022
The Colorado team went through the out-of-conference part of the season undefeated, confidently defeating Creighton and St. Mary's along the way. The Rams may be in the top 25 seed upfront right now, but they have every opportunity to go through the regular season undefeated as the team looks to outperform all of its Mountain west conference competitors. Thus, at the moment there are only three undefeated teams. The other two are Baylor and Southern California.
Open season 2022
This year we are witnessing an extremely interesting season. There are about 35 teams in the league that are fighting for getting into the top 25 seeds and are approximately comparable in terms of level. It's also worth noting that the gradual decline of the NCAA over the past few years has meant that there are no teams left in college basketball that stand apart from the rest. First Team of the Nation rotated four times in a row in weeks 4 to 6 - Gonzaga, Duke and Purdue successively resigned as top teams, and only after the most difficult part of the out-of-conference schedule Baylor managed to stay on the first line. There are no invincibles. So the Kansas were defeated by the Daytons, and the Peru lost to the Rugters. In the March madness, there will be even more confrontations between mid-majors and favorites, and, accordingly, there will be more upsets.
Those who study in the United States are well aware that at this time of the year, university students, like most other Americans, are subject to "March Madness". This is the name of the final tournament of the national basketball championship among the teams of the First Division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). It runs from mid-March to early April.
After the Super Bowl, the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament or "March Madness" or "The Big Dance" is the most anticipated sporting event of the year. Of course, other sports (baseball) and leagues (NBA) can argue with this opinion, but it is shared by many, and in this article I argue this position.
"March Madness" is the tournament's most famous nickname, which refers to the huge number of games that were played over two weeks, a bunch of upsets and the sincere emotions of the players for whom this tournament is the best chance to prove themselves and continue their careers, and for others, this is the last chance to play their favorite game before the start of “adulthood”.
During the “March Madness” period, the Internet connection speed even drops, because so many fans watch matches online. According to the latest available data, in 2018, in-game ad revenue exceeded $1.32 billion. Last year, 97 million fans followed the tournament.
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We offer answers to the questions that are most often asked by those wishing to understand this purely American sporting event. If you go to study in the United States next year, then in March you may be rooting for your university team.
Americans are incredibly loyal to their colleges and universities. It doesn't matter whether a person just entered the university or graduated 30 years ago, he is, without any doubt, an avid fan of his university team, considers it the best and the only one that deserves the championship title.
These are exciting competitions. Compared to the professional championship, there are fewer playoff matches in the student championship, the struggle is sharper, and the final tournament is much faster. Even if their favorite teams don't make it to the finals, Americans still watch every game. Why? It's simple: unlike professional athletes, students do not play for money, but defend the honor of their educational institutions and just love basketball.
In total, more than 300 university teams play in the NCAA Division I. On Qualifying Sunday - this year it falls on March 17 - a special commission announces 68 teams that will enter the so-called men's bracket. Eight of them will play preliminary games, and the four winners will advance to the main tournament, which includes 64 teams. Another commission announces 64 teams of the women's draw.
5.Finish above you
6.This is madness?
In both the men's and women's tournaments, 32 teams advance to the final tournament as the winners of their respective conference championships. (Conferences are groupings of universities, usually organized geographically.) The selection committee names the rest of the teams based on the number of victories and how strong their rivals were. Tournament brackets are divided into four regions.
The commission "seeds" the best teams in each region under the first numbers, the next four - under the second, and so on. In the first round, the first seeded team plays the 16th seeded team, while the second seed plays the 15th seed. In other words, the strongest play the outsiders first. Teams from the middle of the grid are approximately equal in strength.
The second major reason for the huge popularity of March Madness is that no one knows for sure who will be the champion.
This spring, the men's teams of Duke University and the University of North Carolina are considered the strongest. They often claim the championship title, and they all have a glorious history. The teams of the University of Virginia and the University of Gongaz are not far behind. Stirring up interest in March Madness is the possible appearance of Cinderellas, those who have not previously achieved major success, but defeat teams that were considered invincible.
7.Gloat about it
Last year, Loyola University Chicago's men's team, seeded 11th in their region, made it to the final four. The University of Virginia team, number 1 in its region, lost in the first round to the 16th club, the University of Maryland from Baltimore (this happened for the first time in the history of the tournament). This year, the 12th seeded University of Oregon can beat the established favorites and become, as ambitious newcomers are called, “the destroyer of tournament grids”. Although the victory was predicted primarily for the number 1, Duke University, this team almost lost in the second round to the University of Central Florida, seeded 9th. In other words, everything is possible in this tournament.
As for the women's teams, the top four are the University of Louisville Cardinals, the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Baylor University Lady Bears and the Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Popular teams that have not been successful before are the Hoosiers from Indiana University and another Lady Bears from the University of Missouri.
Many will be surprised to learn that the Madness has not always been the premier college basketball tournament. In the middle of the last century, the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) was much more prestigious than the NCAA tournament. For those who are more or less familiar with college basketball, yes, this is the same NIT that now has a reputation as a repechage tournament. In the 1950s, the NCAA basketball tournament began to gain prestige after the NCAA began requiring conference champions to play in their own tournament.
“Americans are incredibly loyal to their colleges and universities. It doesn't matter whether a person just entered the university or graduated 30 years ago, he is, without any doubt, an avid fan of his university team, considers it the best and the only one that deserves the championship title.
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12.But when I do
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15.When it it
16.What’s all the brackets
17.Not what we thought
18.You get it
20.Going exactly as planned
21.Watch out for me
22.You have one
24.Sum your life
25.So it begins
28.The longer you watch March Madness
29.I call it march
30.Is here baby
31.Memes are coming
36.Picking a bracket
42.The only one
43.Not even mad
44.Just let me check
46.I have no idea
47.The best moment
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