Sunday, June 27, 2010

World Cup Fever! Catch it! (WARNING: may cause spousal irritation)

Match Day 17- Rapid fire reaction...

Meine Damen und Herren, alle an Bord des Zuges Schmerzen. Translated for English: Ladies and Gentlemen, all aboard the pain train.

At the end of the first half, I thought this game was going to end only with wild controversy about the English goal that crossed the goal line by a country mile and never got called. Then Germany went and busted the thing wide open with a couple of laser precise counter attacks. They just look scary good. You want to know what is even scarier? Germany is the youngest team in the tournament. Yep, almost the whole team, except for possibly Miroslav Klose will be back in four years and will probably be better.

I think Miroslav Klose still has three more goals to go before he takes the overall World Cup scoring lead from Ronaldo (not that Ronaldo, the Brazilian Ronaldo from 1998). I need to double check. Wow, I don't envy Mexico or Argentina going up against them.


  1. Slow. Sluggish. Unfit. Unimaginative. Tense.


    After John Terry's poor defense of a goal kick allowing Klose to score the first German goal, it was a nightmare at light speed for England. Speed was one of the huge factors that decided this game. England's defense could not keep up with the ultra-fit German boys. Upson was late defending on both breakaways in the 2nd half, exhausted and without a decent substitution on the bench (could you imagine Garragher in there today?) In a way, it's good that Germany won by a large margin so that talk would not center around the disallowed goal. Germany still won the 2nd half 2-0 and did not really even press during the final 20 minutes of the game. I'm just glad it didn't get ugly towards the end. The English could have lost their composure. Rooney could have pulled a Rooney of Old. After all the press and media and commercial endorsements, Rooney was pretty much a non-factor in this World Cup. England is deservedly going home.

    Now the World looks forward to Germany vs. Argentina next Saturday. But first the Argentines must get past Mexico. I'm going to revel in the spirit of my Mexican-American friends for the next couple of hours and try to BELIEVE that this young, spirited, creative Mexican team can score on Argentina. It's the Mexican defense and goaltender who must be prepared for a barrage of Jabulani. Good luck, Mexico. Nothing is written.

  2. The match officiating was a joke, and whilst we will never know what would have happened, lets be honest, the Germans were far superior to the English. Looks like being the exact same story with the Argies.