I find that to be a ridiculous concept. What's their next great idea, "the battle of the tracks" (split a race between two separate racetracks)?
That record time is most definitely incorrect. They ran the mile in 1:37.10. That means they would've had to run the last 1/4 in 20.84. No way! The final time came up on the screen when they were still 30 or 40 meters from the wire.
That boneheaded play by Bradley may end up costing USA their passage to the next round. With only 30 seconds to go, all he had to do was to play it safe and kill some time, but instead he inexplicably (almost as much as the goal he missed) gives the ball away to a Portuguese player. Now they'll most probably lose against Germany, then all Ghana has to do is to beat Portugal by 2 goals (or less, depending on how soundly Germany beats the USA). Against this Portugal team, that's should be no trouble for Ghana.
So England loses to Uruguay, and a post-game commentator says they are eliminated after this loss. Don't these guys know how to do math? If Italy beats both Costa Rica and Uruguay, the second qualifier is up for grabs. All England would need to do is beat Costa Rica if they lose against Italy by more than one goal, otherwise they'll have to outscore them by more than one goal and they're on to the next round.
I know both Oz and Spain are out, but the Aussies deserve to go home with at least one win. Refs do give yellow cards for diving, although I haven't seen it happen in this World Cup. They should for sure give one if a player dives in the box. Perhaps there should be a panel who reviews game videos looking for blatant dives, and fine, suspend, or institute some point-deemerit system that gets a player suspended when reaching an x number of demerit points. To prevent players from feigning injury, a player should irrevocably be ordered off the field (can't miraculously jump up and be ok just as he's being ordered off) and be forced to remain out for three minutes. That'll make them think twice before faking an injury. Some may be legitimate, but when it rains, everyone gets wet.
Someone said I was dead wrong about Chile eliminating Brazil in the next round, but after watching their last games, I'm even more convinced of that. I like Chile's team, and they may go deep. I believe, however, that The Netherlands will be the champion. I think the final may be between them and either Germany or Argentina. Australia may get a sliver of redemption against Spain. Surprise advancers in this round may be USA and S. Korea.
Moonshine Mullin :)
Spain's performance may have flattered The Netherlands, but this team is better than the one that barely missed winning it all in 2010. I think the final game will be between The Netherlands and either Germany or Argentina. The Netherlands will prevail and finally win a World Cup. Brazil? I wouldn't be surprised if Chile eliminates them in the second round.
You're right on Ashley. Regarding the comment about Secretariat and Affirmed running against only 4 other horses, what does that have to do with anything? That was not because there was any silly rule preventing newcomers from entering the race. It was simply because those were the only ones who dared challenge them. California Chrome scared no one.
Since I had already done most of the math, C. Chrome had 536 winning $2 Super tickets, and W. Strong had 356.
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