Here’s today’s schedule. Of course everybody in the U.S. is all worked up about the game with Germany, but I have no strong feelings about it. The news last night showed a bunch of people all worked up about “Team USA,” and a lot of the bars are opening early to televise the game (it’s on at 11 a.m. in Chicago, so people will be drinking early). The Chicagoans seemed were largely deluded, many saying that the U.S. was going “all the way,” i.e., we were gonna win the whole tournament.! That is a quasi-religious feeling based on faith and not fact. But I will be watching!
We won’t have a contest this time because you’ve proven completely incompetent at picking winners! But the overall contest still stands, and I think about 50% of the guesses for the championship match are now impossible. For that one, the winner gets an autographed book with a drawing of cats playing football (in your own team’s colors).
Below are the highlights of Argentina’s 3-2 victory over Nigeria yesterday. I was glad to see Messi on form, and his two goals (one on a free kick) were gorgeous. Nigeria also played very well, and their two goals were superb as well. I learned a lesson yesterday: never go make a sandwich at the beginning of the game. It took only a few minutes, but by the time I’d returned with my food, there had already been two goals! In the U.S. you can make sandwiches at any time during a baseball or (U.S.) football game and not miss anything.
Here’s this morning’s animated Google Doodle, which is boring (click on it to see, and then on the World Cup symbol at the upper right on the next page to see the schedule):