None. If you are a good person (I was!), you watched both World Cup games yesterday. Here are the results:
The Belgians simply couldn’t do much against Argentina, and, after the Argentinian goal in the first half, the team held back, with Messi largely playing a defensive role. His passes, though, were superb, and he had a wonderful one-on-one chance to score in the last few minutes, foiled by a savvy Belgium keeper.
The Netherlands/Costa Rica match was exciting, with the Dutch dominating almost all the way, but being unable to score despite several chances. Kudos to the Costa Rican keeper, who made many saves. It went into overtime and even after that was still tied nil/nil, and so was settled (again, in an unsatisfactory way, to me at least) by penalty kicks. I know some readers feel that those kicks do demonstrate skills, and they’re right, but I feel that a game settled on kicks leaves something wanting.
Here are the video highlights of the Argentina/Belgium game (click on the screenshot of the only goal):
And of the Costa Rica/Netherlands game:
We get a break now. On Tuesday Brazil plays Germany, on Wednesday Netherlands plays Argentina, and the final is a week from today: Sunday, July 13, at 2 p.m. Chicago time. My team is Argentina!
There are still, I’m told, 46 people still eligible for the prize in the WEIT guess-the-winner contest. That will diminish next week, of course, but I’m surprised at how many people are still in contention. There will be only one winner: the person who guesses both teams in the final, as well as the score. The first person to get it gets the special book. If nobody gets that, a special algorithm will be applied.
Now let’s all get back to work for two days!