Saturday, June 12, 2010

It's so on

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USA vs England

The Stars and Stripes vs the Three Lions

The team that pantsed the other once in 1950 vs the team that has done it nearly every other occasion

Personally, I don't think the US has anything to lose.  (Well, aside from the game and a few points in the group standing....)  Any smart person would bet on England.  Worldwide and here in Germany there's pretty much zero expectations for the US to win this game.  And there's still two more games to play after this one.  But a shocking upset would certainly trigger a national disaster in England,  much like Rooney's nightmare scenario in the Nike commercial.

Here's the commercial, although I advise reading this article first which breaks down all the hyper editing and explains the scenarios for those not in the know.  Truly one of the coolest commercials to appear this year.  Look for the cameo appearance by a few US players.

Here's a couple of interesting predictions.  One is a rather sarcastic look at forecasting the US's chances.  I quite agree with his Rooney strategy.  The other features multiple predictions for the US team's overall performance in the tournament by different writers.  It seems like 80% of these people pick the same fate: US is knocked out by Germany.  *Sigh*  Here's two final previews of the game.

It is less than 10 hours til kickoff.  Hopefully I can contain myself.  And not get my ass kicked at some Irish pub later.

Prediction time.  My heart says US wins 2-1.  My brain says otherwise.  England puts an end to my enthusiasm with a 3-1 victory.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, Phillip, I can't believe you're rambling on like this. Is anyone listening? Can't we just take over a couple of outdoor tables at a cafe or restaurant and order lots of food? It's not going to rain! L