As I said two posts down, nobody won the footie contest yesterday: nobody even guessed the outcomes, much less the scores, of all four games. Well, I’m feeling generous and will extend the contest one more day.
Below is today’s footie schedule. You have until 11 a.m. CHICAGO time to guess the winners, and the scores, of all four games. One guess per person, please. If nobody gets it right (and nobody will), the victor will be the first person to guess simply the winners of all four games. Remember to specify ties, for those count as well.
Please put your predictions on this thread; people put some prematurely on the post from last night (those will count). The winner gets a special acrylic Jerry Coyne the Cat keychain, perfect for having a squee each time you use your keys.
As the whole world knows, thanks to social media, Uruguay striker Luis Suárez (who plays for Liverpool in the UK) bit Giorgio Chiellini in his team’s victory over Italy yesterday. I’m not sure why he did it, but the guy has a problem (and Chiellini should get shots!). This is Suárez’s third biting incident. As the Telegraph reports, he’ll likely be banned from football for at least six months for this unseemly chomp:
After three incidents, it is not football’s business to put an arm round him, especially with a World Cup in full flow. The game’s duty is to protect the victim. After this, there can be no confidence that he will ever cease and desist. Even a six-month ban might not keep the flesh of defenders safe.
In 2010, at Ajax in Amsterdam, Suárez was suspended for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal on the shoulder. In April last year, he grabbed Ivanovic’s arm like a man picking a lump of meat off a barbecue and buried his teeth in the bicep. As with the Group D game here, the attack was not dealt with by match officials. Suárez was later charged by the FA with violent conduct and banned for 10 games. The disciplinary panel described his actions as “deplorable”.
Here’s a rare compilation of all three of Suáruez’s bites. There’s no doubt the guy is a gnasher:
If there’s any humor in this incident, it’s in a report, given on Tw**ter by Jamie Ross (h/t reader Jiten), that a Norwegian won big money after betting in advance that Suárez would bit somebody during the World Cup. Perhaps a Norwegian reader can translate the ticket below:
Finally, today’s Google Doodle (there are three per day); click to go to the animation, click again for the schedule and past results: