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June 13, 2006

With some perspective

I should have said congratulations to the Aussies up front. Their first world cup win and they came from a goal down to to do it. I am certainly hoping to see them surprise Brazil, and you have to fancy their chances to advance to the round of 16. Does anyone know if the various schemes would eventually put them up against England? That would be an interesting match. Is the World Cup full of ashes?

And I am sorry for calling the guy that danced in front of the screen a muppet. In hindsight, if the US had scored I would have done the same thing. Of course, I was at home for that game.

Speaking of the US, a massive downsizing in expectations is going on. I re-watched some of the match today - it is not that they were hopelessly lost, but there was absolutely NOTHING going on upfront. Reyna was amazing, but there did not really seem to be anyone else on the pitch that would step up. I criticized Japan not being able to finish, but at least they were shooting. I read somewhere that Coach Arena went with a 3-5-2 formation, but it does not matter how many strikers you have if none of them are focused on the goal.

Anyway, I mentioned a downsizing of expectations. Instead of a quarterfinal run, let's see if they can win a world cup match in Europe. They face Italy and Ghana in the next ten days, so it may be tough.

Posted by Kirk on June 13, 2006 03:42 PM


Stinky! Much better memories 4 years ago being the sole patrons of a bar watching US beat Portugal as the bartenders bought us drinks.

Posted by: Brian at June 14, 2006 08:19 AM