World Cup Gameday 1 Review (and Predictions)

The beauty of a tournament so short like the World Cup is that while at first, and only then, there is room for second chances, not every team will react similarly to the inevitable hiccup. Croatia and Cameroon, Greece and Japan, Uruguay and England, Ecuador and Honduras, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana and Portugal, andĀ Algeria have all lost their openers. Some by the slightest margin allowable and others beyond a reasonable recovery. The two I left out, Spain and Australia, are both eliminated. I figured Spain was too shocked to mount a bounceback win because a breakdown in morale usually follows a categorical defeat. Their companion in misery in the group, Australia, unanimously unfancied from the start, always had a better chance to recover. And it showed in how it traded leads in its elimination loss. Continue reading “World Cup Gameday 1 Review (and Predictions)”

World Cup 2014: a Malaprop’s Guide

Group A
Brazil
In theory these guys can draft from a pool of a million prospects for every position on the field, and for the most part it has reaped them much success in practice. On defense they have Thiago Silva, who also chips in on offense. But his main gig is the MMA. So look for them to beat teams into submission at some point. Continue reading “World Cup 2014: a Malaprop’s Guide”