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06/22/2018 - 7:53pm Jalen is still the champion…

Jalen is still the champion in this area.

06/22/2018 - 12:41pm Yikes. That was ugly.

Yikes. That was ugly.

06/22/2018 - 12:37pm A tie won’t do them any good…

A tie won’t do them any good either.  Argentina must get a win to advance.

06/22/2018 - 11:46am I am a bit disappointed that…

I am a bit disappointed that only one Icelander chose to grow a Viking beard.  That should be a team requirement.

06/22/2018 - 11:19am Nigeria has literally 500…

Nigeria has literally 500 times the population of Iceland (170 million vs 330,000).  And yet it seems like anyone’s game.

06/22/2018 - 11:15am It’s incredible. Their…

It’s incredible. Their national economy must just be on hold for the moment.  

06/22/2018 - 11:06am Let’s be fair though:…

Let’s be fair though: everyone (even our American guys) will dive now and then.  Embellishing contact is part of sports in general.  If there’s a difference between Latin Americans and other players, it’s only a matter of degree.

06/21/2018 - 10:55pm Awesome sport coat.  I bet…

Awesome sport coat.  I bet Jalen approves!

06/21/2018 - 9:24pm It may lead to better soccer…

It may lead to better soccer but I just don't like to see teams get eliminated by tiebreakers.  

06/21/2018 - 8:53pm I think Lloris was in…

I think Lloris was in position to stop that shot that hit the bar, had it been on target.  Agree that something was missing in the final third for Peru.

06/21/2018 - 8:51pm I think they’ve been OK…

I think they’ve been OK defensively but their midfield has definitely been underwhelming.  Their passing has been very sloppy for a team loaded with expensive stars.

06/21/2018 - 3:39pm Wow.  Argentina really on…

Wow.  Argentina really on the ropes now.

The door opens for Iceland! 

06/21/2018 - 3:32pm Yeah, it's not hard to see…

Yeah, it's not hard to see the potential for all three teams in a group to finish with 3 points.  Fewer matches means less chance for separation.

What happens if the three teams are tied both in points and goal difference?

06/20/2018 - 2:48pm Yeah, it's not too awesome…

Yeah, it's not too awesome to watch, though I can't blame the Iranians - it makes strategic sense for them.  They'd be happy with a draw here.

If this score doesn't change, whoa - Spain would suddenly be in a must-win situation against Morocco.  That free kick by Ronaldo looms large right now.

 

06/20/2018 - 2:10pm France's low ranking was due…

France's low ranking was due to them automatically qualifying for the 2016 Euro as the host nation (so they didn't play official matches for two years before then).  This is also why Russia's current ranking is so low.  The FIFA rankings are a mess.

 

06/20/2018 - 1:09pm How did you get the star? …

How did you get the star?  Are you a former world champion at posting?

06/20/2018 - 1:08pm It's amazing how good…

It's amazing how good Uruguay is when you consider its population is a little over 3 million.  It's not just a matter of them being scrappy either - they regularly produce elite talent.

06/20/2018 - 12:51pm I tolerate him mainly…

I tolerate him mainly because he's from the Detroit area and I'm tribal that way.  Otherwise the guy's pretty useless as a commentator.

 

06/20/2018 - 12:49pm When the field goes to 48,…

When the field goes to 48, the number of African and Asian teams will increase significantly but the number of spots for European teams will increase only slightly (from 13 to 16).  So there may still be some solid European teams left out.

06/19/2018 - 4:04pm DQ the player for 90 minutes…

DQ the player for 90 minutes, and make the team play a man down for 45.

If he's disqualified at the 37th minute, then he can't enter the next match until the 37th minute, but the team can put in a substitute at the 82nd minute.

  

06/19/2018 - 3:24pm Is Hotel Putingrad at the…

Is Hotel Putingrad at the match?

06/19/2018 - 2:45pm The ref's really letting…

The ref's really letting these guys play.  Very few fouls being called.

06/19/2018 - 2:42pm To be fair, Trezeguet also…

To be fair, Trezeguet also scored the golden goal in the 2000 Euro (also against Italy).  He was a great striker for Juventus/France.

06/19/2018 - 2:23pm This is pretty intense.  A…

This is pretty intense.  A lot of action so far.

06/19/2018 - 1:57pm However you feel about…

However you feel about Russia, you have to say their national anthem is pretty badass.

06/19/2018 - 12:51pm A red card suspends you from…

A red card suspends you from the next game.

06/19/2018 - 12:47pm Hmm, Poland not out of this…

Hmm, Poland not out of this yet?

06/19/2018 - 12:43pm Top 10 team?  Here's Poland…

Top 10 team?  Here's Poland's performance this decade:

2010 World Cup - did not qualify

2012 Euro (qualified as host) - eliminated in group stage

2014 WC - did not qualify

2016 Euro - reached quarterfinal, lost on penalties to Portugal.

So, one solid Euro but otherwise nothing.

 

06/18/2018 - 4:18pm Tunisia defended pretty well…

Tunisia defended pretty well most of the day, but wow did they blow it there.  Left him totally unmarked.

06/18/2018 - 1:25pm And in 2014, they made the…

And in 2014, they made the quarters of the WC and lost 1-0 to Argentina - a decent enough tournament.

The 2016 Euro (when they lost to Wales in the quarters) is the only real basis for this reputation.  

 

06/18/2018 - 12:43pm Have you been watching…

Have you been watching soccer for four years?  Belgium didn't qualify for the 2010 WC or 2012 Euro.

06/18/2018 - 12:36pm Finally a favored team is…

Finally a favored team is playing like it.  Great second half from the Belgians.

06/18/2018 - 11:10am  my rooting interest is for…

 my rooting interest is for everyone to loose 

So your favorite part is the pre-game stretching?

06/18/2018 - 11:07am I wouldn't sell Tunisia…

I wouldn't sell Tunisia short.  It's not that easy to qualify out of Africa (only 5 spots for 50-some teams) and, like Algeria and Morocco, they have a number of players who went through the French development system.

06/17/2018 - 3:53pm But again, I wonder what…

But again, I wonder what percentage of those U.S. fans actually root for the USMNT?  

I just read recently that the most popular sports team in the United States - all sports considered - is the Mexican national soccer team.  That is mind-blowing.

06/17/2018 - 3:51pm The rankings are basically…

The rankings are basically nonsense.

06/17/2018 - 12:46pm The crowd is 80% pro-Mexico?…

The crowd is 80% pro-Mexico?  That's nuts.

I remember reading that in 2014, more international fans came from the U.S. than any other country.  I wonder how many were actually fans of the U.S. team...

06/17/2018 - 11:50am 3.0 is OK to visit, but I…

3.0 is OK to visit, but I miss the hologram feature - oops, wasn't supposed to talk about that...

06/17/2018 - 11:38am And Mexico strikes first. …

And Mexico strikes first.  Great game so far.

 

06/17/2018 - 11:34am This feels too artificial. …

This feels too artificial.  4 on 4 still would feel like actual hockey.

06/17/2018 - 11:09am This color guy's voice is so…

This color guy's voice is so nasally and downcast.  He sounds like he should be selling me discount drill bits at Lowe's, not calling a sports game.

06/16/2018 - 12:40am Also, a lot of people around…

Also, a lot of people around the country don't know the difference between U-M and MSU, so it's not great for one of the two to be a total tire fire.  It's one thing for MSU athletics to take a downturn but we don't want their school to be a mess.

 

06/15/2018 - 4:05pm Americans trying to use…

Americans trying to use British pronunciation (like pronouncing derby as "darby") is just cringe-inducing.

06/15/2018 - 3:57pm I got to watch the other two…

I got to watch the other two games but had to miss this one of course.  Ugh.  Sounds like it was amazing.

06/15/2018 - 1:07pm There is an MGoBlog 4.0 . . …

There is an MGoBlog 4.0 . . . but it's only visible to those with enough MGoPoints...

 

06/15/2018 - 12:55pm There we go.

There we go.

06/15/2018 - 12:52pm Well, this one's been a…

Well, this one's been a snoozefest (injury-fest) so far.  Can we get a dramatic finish?

06/15/2018 - 11:55am  a soar throat


You're…

 a soar throat

You're hitting a lot of high notes?

06/15/2018 - 10:07am I have my doubts about his…

I have my doubts about his health.  His injury two weeks ago looked gruesome. I thought then that he was lost for the WC.   I've been very skeptical of the reports that he somehow has healed in time.  I could see him perhaps trying to give it a go in one of these matches but he probably won't be the same player as before.

 

 

06/15/2018 - 9:50am That felt inevitable.  The…

That felt inevitable.  The Egypt D has been game but it's been under siege much of the last 10 minutes.