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Fri, 14 Jul 2006 10:12:00 +0000Five days out from the Cup, and now the regular season is coming towards us like the light at the end of the tunnel.
Mon, 10 Jul 2006 19:11:00 +0000It was the best of Cups, it was the worst of Cups. It was pretty mediocre stuff at times. Some stupendous matches -- Germany-Poland, Mexico-Argentina, Germany-Italy. Some downright awful ones -- Portugal-Holland, pretty much anything involving Ukraine.
Sun, 09 Jul 2006 18:03:00 +0000It started well, finished with penalties, and took an ugly turn along the way. The Beautiful Game? More like the Moderately Pretty Were It Not For That Big Zit On Its Nose.
Sun, 09 Jul 2006 01:00:00 +0000A European tournament produces two European teams for the finals. Gone are the superpower Brazilians, the baby bull Argentinians, the flamed out Spaniards. North America and Asia left more than a week ago. Even the European powers people thought would be here, the host Germans, the young Dutch, the rich English, they're gone as well. What are left are a team haunted by scandal and a team trying to raise the dead.
Sat, 08 Jul 2006 10:34:00 +0000Hey look, it's the third place game. Perfect. I need the nap.
Fri, 07 Jul 2006 17:05:00 +0000OK, Italians and French people of Seattle -- where are you watching the game?
Thu, 06 Jul 2006 08:47:00 +0000Adidas has announced the shortlist for the Golden Ball Award (the tournament MVP): Thierry Henry (FRA)Patrick Vieira (FRA)Zinedine Zidane (FRA)Michael Ballack (GER)Miroslav Klose (GER)Gianluigi Buffon (ITA)Fabio Cannavaro (ITA)Andrea Pirlo (ITA)Gianluca Zambrotta (ITA)Maniche (POR) 3 forwards, 4 midfielders, 2 defenders, 1 goalie.
Wed, 05 Jul 2006 18:22:00 +0000Let's get the penalty out of the way. Yes, it was a little ticky-tack, but the refs have been calling it the entire Cup. Grosso's trip over the Australian player was ticky-tack, but they gave him the penalty. Shovkoskiy didn't deserve the red, but he did make enough contact in the area to warrant the penalty. I don't think you can let that trip go, incidential or not, without putting every other penalty in this tournament into question.
Tue, 04 Jul 2006 10:17:00 +0000Have you ever had one of those moments when you look at a situation and say, "You know, based on what I see, it seems like something should have happened by now but it hasn't," then a second later that something happens?
Mon, 03 Jul 2006 08:00:00 +0000And honestly, all four of them could lift the Cup on Sunday. There's no terrible team who lucked their way in. France is a surprise, but it's clear that they're peaking at the right time, and Zidane is looking like he's ten years younger than he is. Italy has shaken off the Juventus scandal and ridden the keeping of Gianluigi Buffon into the semis. Portugal has been hindered and helped by the Netherlands card-o-rama debacle, seeing some of its best players rest instead of playing through the heat and time of the England game. And Germany is playing in Germany, and Klinsmann's American-style fitness regime is helping them survive the grind.
Mon, 03 Jul 2006 07:00:00 +0000We have a partial (16 game) season ticket plan for the Mariners. My favorite sport is, without question, baseball. I had tickets for Tuesday, but I decided that the last thing the three of us need to deal with is the immense crowds and heat of a game on the Fourth. We don't have a seat for the toddler, so she squirms in our lap if there's no open seat near us.
Sun, 02 Jul 2006 02:35:00 +0000For as much as the criticism as there was of the US going into the World Cup ranked #5, it's even more telling to see how low the four semifinalists are ranked:
Sat, 01 Jul 2006 18:41:00 +0000Brazil made one costly, costly mistake, and that was the game.
Sat, 01 Jul 2006 06:47:00 +0000Yet again, England underwhelms. Yet again, they lose on penalty kicks.
Sat, 01 Jul 2006 03:39:00 +0000Having watched this one live, I can say that it was quite boring, though not nearly as brain-numbing as Ukraine-Switzerland. The problem was that Ukraine played exactly the same way they did against the Swiss -- slowly, sloppily, and blowing their chances. Italy, though, learned from their mistakes against Australia and really started playing like the world class team we all thought they wouldn't be.