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Jun 26 2010

World Cup Day 14, Day 15, Day 16

This is what my system of just trusting FIFA rankings predicts. What I want to happen is for Uruguay to win… Landon Donovan needs to be treated like a national hero, but it probably won’t happen. He’s had most world cup appearances and goals of any male US player. US v Ghana — how heartbreaking. …

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Jun 24 2010

World Cup Day 12, Day 13

Halfway through the knockout we’ve got the following: Group A 1A: Uruguay!! 2A: Mexico! Out: S. Africa, France!! Group B 1B: Argentina 2B: S. Korea Out: Nigeria, Greece Group C 1C: USA!! 2C: England Out: Algeria, Slovenia Group D 1D: Germany 2D: Ghana Out: Serbia, Australia So, the first half of the games in the …

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Jun 21 2010

World Cup Day 9, Day 10, Day 11

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 …

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Jun 19 2010

World Cup Day 7, Day 8

So, I’m beginning to think that unless you’re from Central or South America, you’re just here to disappoint me.  And I’m not sure that that’s even right because I wasn’t impressed with Brazil.  Even the Germans, who looked unstoppable after their total destruction of Australia, have lost to a minor team.  I guess that’s the …

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Jun 17 2010

World Cup Day 5, Day 6

New Zealand v Slovakia An amazing last minute (literally) goal from New Zealand gave them their first point in the World Cup and earned them a draw with Slovakia, who’d been up since just after the half. Ivory Coast v Portugal For a scoreless match, this one was sort of interesting, though I would have …

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Jun 15 2010

World Cup: Day 4; Writing D4aD

Netherlands v Denmark Netherlands won as expected with the added bonus of a freak Denmark own goal. Japan v Cameroon Japan with an upset over Cameroon. Italy v Paraguay Italy was supposed to trounce Paraguay, and instead they ended up trailing for most of the game, and just pulling out a tie in the second …

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Jun 14 2010

World Cup: Day 2, Day 3

Halfway through the first round of group matches. Argentina v Nigeria Argentina, especially Lionel Messi, was incredibly agile and fast with the ball, but they were denied again and again by the fast and talented Nigerian goalie, Vincent Enyeama.  Any goalie less talented and Messi would have had at least one goal and possibly three. …

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Jun 11 2010

World Cup: Day 1

To give you an idea how accurate predictions are for the world cup, compare this post to what has happened today. Right now, Mexico and S. Africa are technically in the lead in Group A. Both games (Mex v S.Af, Uru v Fra) ended in ties, but since both Mexico and South Africa have scored …

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Jun 10 2010

World Cup Polls!

An important part of the World Cup is picking teams you will cheer for and, even more fun, who you will cheer against.  My own prejudices are revealed in the polls below.  The system is complicated, but basically it goes as follows. 1. Spain because they’ve never won and they’re really good this year, and …

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Jun 10 2010

World Cup: Fun with Excel

First, here’s the link to the spreadsheet on Google Docs should you want to play. Basically what I did is make a spreadsheet predicting the winners based solely on their FIFA rank.  It should be immediately noted that, in the past, FIFA rank has meant nothing.  The World Cup is high stakes game playing, and …

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