World Cup Open Thread (Early Game Edition)

Submitted by MGoShoe on June 12th, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Today is the day for the highly anticipated match between the USMNT Yanks and the Three Lions of England live on ABC from Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa.  The vuvuzelas are already out in force for South Korea - Greece where the South Koreans struck early and lead 1-0 as we go to halftime. 

For your handy reference, today's schedule:

 

South Korea

vs.

Greece

ESPN

Now

Argentina

vs.

Nigeria

ESPN

10:00 am EDT

England

vs.

United States

ABC

2:30 pm EDT

Inspired by this post by user Court Wenley, I bring you the Dodge Challenger commercial that just started to air and will be featured in this afternoon's broadcast. 

Here's a couple of things America got right.  Cars...and freedom. 

This is probably Ricky Stanzi's favorite commercial.  Besides the fact that the battle appears to be taking place in the Mountain West, I'm kind of partial to it as well.

Now on to your comments and observations on today's matches.

Comments

MGoShoe

June 12th, 2010 at 8:48 AM ^

...Brian's front page commentary:

Look: the World Cup comes once every four years and, unlike that other quadrennial mega sporting event, never takes time out to talk to you about polar bears. I'm going to blog about the USMNT on the front page. If this annoys you, I cannot help it.

...there will be these open threads on MGoBoard and they won't be OT (unless a mod tells me different).

Not only that, but this post features an awesome commercial showing the Father of Our Country driving a freaking Dodge Challenger into battle against the Redcoats.  Are you telling me that the American auto industry and the Continental Army are OT?  If so, may I see your passport please?

MGoShoe

June 12th, 2010 at 8:56 AM ^

...backpass to the Greek GK.  He barely gets a foot on it and clears.  Then the Greeks achieve the second and third shots of the games. 

PIJER

June 12th, 2010 at 8:56 AM ^

Greece has been sloppy and uninspired from the beginning. They may not be as good as South Korea, but it sucks to come to the largest stage and completely lay an egg.

MGoShoe

June 12th, 2010 at 9:16 AM ^

...can hope for now is a late goal to reduce their goal differential hole.  Doesn't look like it will happen.  They'll have to do much better against Nigeria.

MGoShoe

June 12th, 2010 at 10:50 AM ^

...free kick for Arg as Messi is fouled just outside the area.

Veron's shot goes sailing.

The game goes to halftime with Argentina leading 1-0.

formerlyanonymous

June 12th, 2010 at 10:58 AM ^

Nigeria just can't get the ball out of their own end. Their passing in the box is also really rough. They've had two scoring chances thwarted by non-crisp passing on crosses. I feel like Argentina is about to blow this thing open.

jamiemac

June 12th, 2010 at 10:59 AM ^

The Greeks did not save Greece the way MSU saved Detroit

And, through the first games in two pools, the longshots in each are tied for first place

very interesting.

also, we should also start a new thread for the USA/England when it comes to that. You guys alright with that?