Somehow, I nearly slept through this match. Well, no time to waste. Live-blogging directly from my bed, here’s Germany-Argentina.
Today’s match is one that probably a lot of people were hoping for when they saw the draw. And now that we’ve seen both teams play, we can take comfort in the fact that this won’t be just two really good teams playing soccer, but two really good teams playing really good soccer. The game’s already on, so let’s waste no time. Brazil-Netherlands.
So, we’ve got less than 12 hours before Brazil and the Netherlands kick off the World Cup quarterfinals. Let’s leave the sweating and praying to all the Brazilians and Dutch. Now’s as good a time as any to get caught up with that other kind of football, particularly the college brand, and the GREATEST TEAM IN THE NATION, THE GEOR-
A-alright. Then… the best team IN THE SOUTHEAST, THE GEO-
Yes, sir. The um, the best team in the… SEC?
MY FAVORITE TEAM. Fine, then. My favorite team. The Georgia Bulldogs.
Yes, yes, that’s FIVE days off. I know. But life got hectic for a little while, so I had to leave you to watch the games by yourself. What a terrible fate that must have been. I apologize.
But, I aim to correct my recent negligence… sort of. You see, I’m unemployed. But you already knew that. The difference now is that it’s time for me to get serious about getting off my ass and doing something, so rather than trying to write about all the matches in a day, I’m only going to cover one match a day on here and give myself two hours for something more constructive.
As the final group matches roll on, we’ve got another dual-match day. Italy play Slovakia and New Zealand face Paraguay, with all Group F teams in position to advance. Those matches have just started, and at 2:30, Group E will finalize its rankings: Denmark-Japan and Cameroon-Netherlands. The early match I’m most interested in is Italy-Slovakia. Some of those dives are can’t miss television. Plus, if Italy were to lose this match and not advance, I can’t even imagine how completely that team would implode, live, on camera. Not saying I’m hoping for it, but you know it would be entertaining.
No need for a big intro today. Only one game matters: USA-Algeria. It’s simple. If we win, we advance. All other results complicate the affair much more, so let’s just focus on the easiest route. Whatever happens between England-Slovenia, let’s just win. Here we go.
Let’s just go ahead and get it out of the way: that North Korean team ought to just stay in South Africa. After getting dismantled 7-0 by Portugal yesterday, when they head back, Dear Leader is likely to order their execution. In 6 months, the citizens of North Korea will not acknowledge their having sent a team to the World Cup, shortly before the authorities apprehend you for asking questions.
A little of that is hyperbole, sure, but you have to wonder what is going to happen to these guys. Seriously. Little scary.
Anyway, today is about football, not Kim Jong-Il. And my “coverage” (there’s got to be a better word for lazily watching and joking about) begins with Mexico-Uruguay.