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06-15-2010, 06:50 AM #1
Three Things We Learned Today
1. Tim Howard is made of a flexible, agile type of steel
American keeper Tim Howard -- who was named the Man of the Match after Saturday's 1-1 draw with England, during which he was speared in the ribs by Emile Heskey -- is expected to be available to play for the United States against Slovenia on Friday, according to U.S. Soccer. Translation: He'll probably play for the United States against Slovenia on Friday. Which means the United States has a chance to win against Slovenia on Friday.
2. African optimism is fading
With Cameroon's semisurprising 1-0 loss to the Japanese today, African teams have scored exactly two goals in five games. Nigeria and Algeria also lost 1-0 in their opening matches, and South Africa played Mexico to a 1-1 tie. Only Ghana has won so far -- 1-0 over Serbia on a penalty shot -- leaving continental hopes for Africa's first World Cup semifinal berth not dashed, but not looking exactly like destiny, either.
3. If history repeats …
The last time Italy played as the defending World Cup champion -- in Mexico in 1986 -- the Azzurri opened with a 1-1 tie against Bulgaria. Today, it was the same result against Paraguay. In 1986, Italy failed to advance past the round of 16. This year …?
Three Things to Watch for Tomorrow
1. Who dies first in the Group of Death?
Group G -- the group that terrifies every other group with its gnashing, sharp teeth and long, pointy claws -- finally gets let out of its cage. In Port Elizabeth, Cristiano Ronaldo and 10 other Portuguese guys will take on the Ivory Coast and maybe, possibly, one-armed Didier Drogba. Then perennial favorite Brazil will play North Korea in Johannesburg. Speculation is rampant that North Korea, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, will employ its vaunted 8-1-1 formation to prevent a rout -- and corporal (or capital?) punishment upon its return home.
2. Will New Zealand perform a haka?
It's scary when the Kiwi rugby team performs the traditional chest-slapping, tongue-wagging Maori war dance. If the Kiwi soccer team performs one before tomorrow's game against Slovakia? Not so much.
3. Will the vuvuzelas be silenced?
Despite an emphatic tweet from FIFA's Sepp Blatter -- "Would you want to see a ban on the fan traditions in your country?" -- debate will continue to rage over the plastic horns that have turned World Cup games into the aural equivalent of a killer bee attack. The maker of the horns, Masincedane Sport, announced that it's come out with a new version that's 20 decibels quieter than the previous incarnation. That means it will reach "only" 107 decibels, not much louder than the continued howls of protest from deafened Europeans....being a human...
06-15-2010, 06:59 AM #2
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tim howard was like that since he played b4 in manchester utdsorry dude .... Hash