OMG, Costa Rica beat Italy! This is a topsy-turvy World Cup, and my favorite team, Spain, is out of the running. Here’s today’s schedule. I’ll try to catch part of the Argentina/Iran game, just to see Messi. My interest in Nigeria/Bosnia Herzegovina is minimal.
By the way, I’d strongly suggest that you read (or reread) my old interview with football announcer Seamus Malin, who’s doing part of the broadcasting in English from Brazil this month. I’m quite proud of that piece, for I got Seamus, who’s been broadcasting footie for 40 years—and has seen in person every player from Pelé to Messi—to give me his lists of the greatest retired players, the greatest active players, the greatest team, the greatest games he’d ever seen (three, actually: as a broadcaster, live as a fan, and on television), the greatest individual performance in a single game, and the greatest performance by a duo in a game. It’s the best football post ever! Oh, and Malin claimed that Messi is the greatest player he’s ever seen.
Finally, today’s Google doodle (click to see the animation), which, for once, is a bit humorous about football: