So, the most important things we’ve learned in the last three days are.
1. Portugal kicked North Korea’s ass hardcore, and probably could’ve gotten more goals if it’d been more on target.
2. Spain seems to have regained its footing, its next game against Chile is important, but if they continue to play solidly they may still be in this
3. Brazil is definitely in, Portugal is probably in — their game is going to be fun to watch
4. Italy is not quite as embarrassing as France, but close
5. Netherlands is definitely in, Cameroon is definitely out
So, the last round of games is upon us. They’re going to be two at a time, so a two hour stretch of time is going to determine who moves on of the four of each group. North Korea and Cameroon are the only teams that are for sure out, and Argentina, Brazil and Netherlands are the only ones definitely in, so it’s 27 teams fighting for 13 spots.
Nate Silver gives odds!
So, I’m not a sports person generally, and I’m not even a football/soccer fan regularly, but I really love the World Cup. I mean, I like soccer, I’ll watch it, but something about the countries competing against each other is really cool, and it’s all in the same sport and not as lame as the Olympics. It’s probably because I actually played soccer, and was still playing soccer when this happened:
So it’s the one sport that the ladies in the US are better at than the men. We’ve won the Women’s World Cup twice, and never placed below third. The boys haven’t done so well. Right now we’re ranked 14th, which is to say we’ll probably get through the first round (weak bracket) but we’re probably not going to do well.
Anyway, the point of this post is that the schedule is up at ESPN and they’re going to air every game live. Most of the games will also be on their website, which I have to figure out how to get to actually play on my computer. It’s vaguely complicated. They are, of course, not showing the finale online.
My favorite news: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2010/default.stm
Numbers for the Nate Silver in us all: http://www.worldcuppredictions.org/
I really like that last site. It’s got the odds listed as follows:
Ivory Coast (26.00)