Soccer: ties feel like losses, and losses feel like wins
Goal Differential Muppets
And with the loss and advancement your avatar cuts down the nets
Woooooo!!!! So exciting!!! Group G looks beatable too! Most likely we see Argentina to go into the Semis!
Also! For those of us who bought tickets for the game at Michigan Stadium - there has to be a better possibility of us seeing Rooney and Ronaldo with their early exits!
This team is developing an identity and needs a nickname a la "The Azzuri" or "Three Lions."
I was thinking they could be "The Colors" as in "These colors don't run" and the whole idea of the USA being a melting pot.
Mmmmmkay, now don't neg me like you want to because you can't neg on a Muppet Thread. New rule.
Every nation in the world has a nickname. Ours is the "The Yanks" or "The Stars and Stripes"
I didn't know there was a beer called "terror". Go ahead, have some more. We've got this.
This is heresy. Muppets should be reserved exclusively for Michigan victories.
Team America puppets would be more appropriate here.
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hard to stand that ground given the way they're whoring themselves out these days. They're nearly as ubiquitous as the Kardashians.
Logged in to upvote Don. I have been tolerating soccer news on my favorite blog in the interest of, well, tolerance. But applying muppets to soccer is just too far!
Get with the times.
Survive and advance, baby.
Only one thing to say about Belgium:
I believe that we will win!
Belgium is only good for beer, waffles, chocolate and Dr. Evil. We're good at way more stuff. We got this.
It's amazing how one last minute header by Porugal changes everyone's feelings and perceptions. But either way, the US earned this. Congrats gentlemen! Rest up and be ready for Belgium.
I'm doing Deuce Face every post all day.
I'm inspired by how they played. That was an extremely entertaining match.
Yet I wasn't that inspired by today's performance. A near 2:1 edge in possession favoring Germany and it felt even worse than that since we could barely clear the ball out of our own half most of the game.
The squad manned up and kept it from turning into a Portugal-esque laugher yet we have to play like we did against Portugal if we are to have a real shot at getting past Belgium.
Let's hope Altidore comes back - we really need him!
Trying to get a report finished by Monday. Total amount written today: "The model area is centered on ". I may have to work this weekend. Totally worth it though. USA all the way.
and success in the world game. But after years of downplaying its importance worldwide and its growth nationally, you get the idea that we finally get it as a nation and why this game matters to everyone who follows it.
And so, maybe it took a foreign general with incredible optimism and a positive approach to get US out of the Group of Death, and not get perturbed by not winning against Portugal when winning time was at hand, and then being handled by Germany today. Hard to accept not winning as a means to an end, unless that means getting through to the end, which is what transpired. And because of that we ought to be proud of how thts team is maturing and progressing in this Wolrd Cup. And, of course, we do.
So, as we come up on another anniversary of our nation's independence, it is only fitting we get the extravangant gift of celebrating it with our national pride at stake with our national team turning heads internationally in a game that none of our foreign neighbors expected us to be a part of.
I am glad we advanced, but I don't get the process. We tied and lost and are better off for it. Seems pretty un-American.
Probably a good thing we have a German coach who understands these nuances.
Brian likely was posting sarcastically, but I just don't see how losing and lucking into the next round by means of point differential wizardry warrants muppets.
1938 to 1998 was a pretty dismal stretch in US soccer's performance on the world stage. We only once sniffed the knockout stage in 60 years. Now we are building a trend of players and teams that can fight for spots (and win those spots) in the final 16.
The rules for the Cup are pretty straightforward and we advanced based on those rules. That hardly seems un-American.
I'd much rather be us than a dynamic Portugal team that came out flat in game 1, or similarly a Ghana team that had their chances against us and couldn't capitalize. We move on and they don't. We're playing on Tuesday and it doesn't matter how we got there. Nobody gave us anything.
He wouldn't use Muppets ironically. And please, for the love of whichever god you do or don't choose, stop calling things "un-American".
Because if starting Davis isn't a gamble enough, not using him in the only way that he is valuable is also crazy.
Thank you Portugal, you gave us the breathing room we needed for this fixture.
Also, Omar Gonzalez, thank you for finally playing the way you did before your big pay raise. Those tackles in the box were fantastic. Best you've looked in a year at least.
I was terrified by both of them. Turned out that Gonzalez played a terrific game. And thank god Klinnsman told Zusi and Davis to switch sides. Think that's the last we see of Davis.
But I'm having a little trouble with the cognitive dissonance. Maybe I just don't get the subtleties of The Rest of the World, but the FIFA system seems to make as much sense as the BCS. "Lose and you still go to the next round (or maybe not)! Win and you won't go (or maybe you will)!"
Is it really THAT difficult to figure out a mini-round-robin tournament?
It isn't hard. People just naturally bitch about something that is foreign to them.
Teams clinch divison and conference championships because of a result in another game in every American sport. People claiming to not understand it in this situation is the real case of cognitive dissonance.
EXCELLENT point. We went to the 2005 Rose Bowl because sparty beat Wisconsin for us. I was just as happy that day.
Look at it this way: we played better against Germany than Portugal did. Both teams beat Ghana by the same score, and the two teams tied each other. By actually having a vaguely competitive game against the best team in the group we've proved we are the second best team in the group.
Look, it doesn't impact me either way. I'm going to go back to a good ol' American hate of soccer right after this month or so is over (sooner if we're out quick; unless we win the World Cup, in which case, I am DEFINITELY telling all my European colleagues how much they suck).
That really isn't how FIFA determines it though, because each team gets a crack at every other team in the round robin, so we know the outcome of the scenario: team A facing team C.
This differs from say, college football, where one team could advance to the conf champ game or playoff due to a considerably easier conference schedule on any given year.
I changed my remarks after you'd apparently read the first version. I realized after I posted what I posted that all of the teams in Group G had played one another. The games seem so far apart that I had missed the obvious.
I see that now, no worries!
The bcs is stupider
I mean isn't it the same as hockey? You still get a point if don't win in certain scenarios. The teams with the most points advance. I've never seen anyone complain in any other sport that a team advanced to another round despite not going undefeated. It's sports. You don't have to win every game if you played well enough in other games.
Think of round robin group play as the regular season in every other sport (hockey being the best example). You definitely don't have to go undefeated to go to the playoffs.
The entire first round is a single, 4-way contest. Add up the points at the end. We beat Portugal and Ghana today, it's just that they weren't in the same stadium as us.
You silly, simple-headed, stupidhead American philistine mwahahahahaha!
I did not agree with either starting 11 change, but Klinsmann sure was right about Gonazlez. I think I was right about Davis. I was also hoping Yedlin would come on sooner.
What will be interesting will be to see what happens with the line-up and formation if Jozy is back on Tuesday (and I pray he is).
Acutally, we played a pretty good game today, and the referee was no help at all. But I believe Germany is 2nd-best team in this tournament, and we were more than respectable.
Behind Brazil? I agree with you, but only with added home field advantage. France has looked elite as well, everyone else has been vulnerable at times.
Yes, behind Brazil. And yes, because of home field advantage. France has looked good, but weren't tested much in a pretty soft group.
Argentina is right up there, and then France and the Netherlands. Belgium should be in that group as well, but haven't shown it yet.
Columbia has been fantastic and now they are playing a Suarez-less Uraguay.
Given '94 debacle and subsequent program collapse (see 2 Escobars), this is a huge story that is getting very little attention.
But it's not like Colombia are lovable underdogs or anything, they're stacked and have more than rebuilt since the events of 20 years ago. They won the group, which, for a seeded team, is just taking care of business.
Although I hate ties, I understand the round robin format, so save your "stupid american" blasts. I am very glad we made it through. I am enjoying watching this team grow up and develop before our eyes. I watched this game, and I will watch the elimination games.
But no freaking way does the USMNT making it to the round of 16 earn Muppets. It's like beating Indiana or getting into the NCAA tournament as a 10 seed. Muppets are for excellence. This is not excellence, it's nice progress. We finished ahead of Ghana and Portugal. A little perspective here would be nice.
This is most definitely Muppet-worthy. It's the first time every we've advanced out of the Group Stage in two consecutive tournaments, and this time we did it in either the toughest or second-toughest group.
This is the equivalent of the Sweet 16 in March Madness.