FIFA World Cup
Will the Germans or the Uruguayans(?) come home with third place? Why do I love the German national anthem so much?
Wow! of all the problems to have... yes, now scientists have now proven that the Jabulani soccer ball being used at the World Cup is "too perfect".
Yup, you read correctly, "too perfect".
So I came across this website that allows you to input your own first name, last name and number and it generates what your Brazilian soccer jersey would look like.
So of course I decided to have some fun and see what some of Michigan's best athletes would look like in the World Cup. Some of them are pretty hilarious. Enjoy!
- Zack Novak - ZSON
- Darius Morris - MORRALDO
- Stu Douglass - STAO
- Evan Smotrycz - EVUNDO
- Denard Robinson - DENSON
- Tate Forcier - TATINHO DA COSTA
- Mike Martin - MIKILDO
- Steve Schilling - SHILLACA PERES
- Martavious Odoms - CLAUDIO ODEIRO
- Craig Roh - RAO
- Roy Roundtree - ROUNDTREUNDO
- Vincent Smith - SMEZO
- Fitzgerald Toussaint - FITZGERINHO PAU
And just for fun:
- Rich Rodriguez - RODRIGUISCO
- John Beilein - BEILEITO
- Charles Woodson - WOODSSON
- Desmond Howard - DESMISCO
- Jalen Rose - ROSITO
- Chris Webber - WENBBINHOSA
- Cazzie Russell - CAZZIISCO
- Glen Rice - GLAO
- Zia Combs - CINHO
Add any others you can come up with!
So last day before the Round of 16.
First game is the much anticipated Brazil vs. Portugal. Both teams are top 5 in FIFA rankings and both have looked good. Both teams are essentially in the next round so the outcome is more about seeding.
The 2nd morning game is North Korea Ivory Coast. Sadly Ivory Coast would need a Portugal loss and to make up like 9 points in goal diff to pass to the next round.
In the afternoon we start with Chile and Spain, both very good teams (Chile was #2 in the CONMEBOL conference). Spain needs a win as they currently sit tied with Switzerland with 3 points (and up 1 on goal difference). Chile needs at least a tie to pass first. If they lose then it all depends on the other game. If the Swiss beat Honduras and Spain wins you would have a 3 way tie with 6 points and it'll come down to goal difference.
Help me understand how allotments for each region is chosen. Or more to the point, how will this world cup results change the allotments for the next world cup? Does that fact that France and Italy bowed out so horribly cut down on the amount of European allotments next time around. South America has been kicking butts, does this mean they will get more slots in four years? If the U.S. and Mexico keep winning, does North Central America get more than three teams in the tournament? How does it work? Thanks
USA!! With a win over Algeria today, the U.S. is through to the 2nd round, and won their pool for the first time since 1930 (that's right, kids, the Hoover Administration). Our 2nd round opponent for Saturday's 2:30pm matchup will be the 2nd place team in Group D, which will depend on the outcome of this afternoon's games. IF:
GER > GHA, SER > AUS, then the U.S. plays Serbia (unless Serbia scores 3 more goals than Germany).
GER > GHA, SER = AUS, then the U.S. plays either Ghana or Serbia, depending on the goal differential of the GER/GHA game.
GER > GHA, AUS > SER, then the U.S. plays Ghana (unless the amount GHA loses by and the amount AUS wins by total 5 goals or more).
GER = GHA, SER > AUS, then the U.S. plays Ghana.
GER = GHA, SER = AUS, then the U.S. plays Germany (unless Serbia scores 3 more goals than Germany).
GER = GHA, AUS > SER, then the U.S. plays Germany (unless the amount Australia wins by totals 7 goals or more).
GHA > GER, SER > AUS, then the U.S. plays Serbia.
GHA > GER, SER = AUS, then the U.S. plays Serbia.
GHA > GER, AUS > SER, then the U.S. plays Australia.
Assuming all teams are equal, the U.S. has roughly a 38.9% chance of playing Serbia, a 27.8% chance of playing Ghana, a 22.2% chance of playing Germany and an 11.1% chance of playing Australia (barring huge goal differential swings this afternoon).
A U.S. win in the 2nd round would mean facing the winner of Uraguay and
Mexico South Korea for the right to the Semifinals, a truly wonderful draw for Team USA.
Don't Tread On Us!!!