World Cup Day 3

4 matches today in Groups C and D:

Group C - Belo Horizonte - Colombia vs. Greece. I expect Colombia to win but like the price on DRAW +340

Recife - Japan vs. Ivory Coast. I like JAPAN (PICK)

Group D- Fortaleza Uruguay -1 over Costa Rica. Will Suarez play today? In Manaus, in an Old World battle, I like England PICK over Italy. England always chokes at World Cup. I feel like something different will happen this time. But hell, Spain was my favorite.


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    World Cup, golf, tennis, baseball... (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by fishcamp on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 01:50:21 PM EST
    glad I came in early since it was way too hot and windy out there for an old guy to fish alone.  I did manage to hook a tarpon and get a few jumps before I broke him off.  It's difficult to make them eat chicken feathers with a fly rod, unhook the anchor, start the motor, and chase them down and reel while steering with your toes and butt.  

    Well, you're no spring chicken anymore. (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 01:55:35 PM EST
    But I bet you used to be able to do all that simultaneously when you were 25, and still hold a beer in your hand -- right?



    Uruguay vs Costa Rica halftime (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 02:52:46 PM EST
    No matter what happens today Uruguay wins sexiest beasts trophy.  Sometimes a girl just fails to treat men like spiritual beings having a human experience.....

    When my Dad died they mistakenly put (5.00 / 3) (#15)
    by ruffian on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 04:07:38 PM EST
    Uruguay as his place of birth on the death certificate. Probably because it is close to United States on the drop-down menu of countries.

    So I have a soft spot for my ancestral home. Go Uruguay!


    Costa Rica (none / 0) (#13)
    by Politalkix on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 03:54:58 PM EST
    Costa Rica is having a spiritual experience in the field :-). They are leading 3-1.

    Uruguay is probably out (none / 0) (#14)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 04:01:02 PM EST
    No Suarez, Pereira out.  Josh said he hoped the guy who got kicked was okay.  I said OMG he's fine.  Josh says, "Gee mom, I'm sorry your team that got all those yellow cards and that red card lost."  Yeah he is

    I'm going with Greece (none / 0) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 09:44:11 AM EST
    I think England beats Italy also


    And of course Uruguay

    You are on a roll (none / 0) (#19)
    by Politalkix on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 10:46:29 PM EST
    with your predictions for winning teams :-). Greece, England, Japan and Uruguay....all in one day....

    Just lucky that way (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 11:09:55 PM EST
    There are only three games (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 11:12:06 PM EST
    To be lucky with tomorrow...whew

    I know this is a World Cup thread, but ... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 12:28:35 PM EST
    ... I really need to acknowledge my Los Angeles Kings, who defeated the New York Rangers in double overtime yesterday, 3-2, to complete their second magically improbable postseason run to the NHL championship in three years and re-claim Lord Stanley's Cup, four games to one.

    Back in 2012, the longtime NHL doormats literally shocked everyone out of their socks by first sneaking into the playoffs on the final day of the season, and then storming through the postseason with surprising ease, losing only four games out of twenty en route to becoming the first No. 8 seed ever to grab pro hockey's biggest prize. They didn't simply win the Stanley Cup that year. Rather, they bludgeoned everyone into submission along the way to seize it.

    But what the Kings accomplished this postseason as a No. 5 seed was arguably even more impressive and memorable than the last time around. First, they became only the fifth team ever in the history of professional sports in North America to rally from three games down to win a seven-game series, defeating the heavily favored San Jose Sharks. In doing so, the team -- in the words of Helene Elliot, the longtime Kings correspondent for the Los Angeles Times -- "[set] a tone for a playoff journey that was as nerve-racking as it was unique."

    And it was certainly one of a kind, at that. The Kings became the first team in NHL history to not only avoid playoff elimination seven times in a single postseason, but to also win three Game 7s on the road. In the process, they knocked off the NHL Western Conference's No. 1 seed, the crosstown town rival Anaheim Ducks, and sent packing the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

    Further, the Kings once again proved themselves to be true road warriors, tying the NHL record for most playoff road wins in a single postseason with eight, a mark they first set two years ago. They also became the first team in NHL history to win three successive postseason games after trailing in each contest by two goals, the first to win three successive postseason games in overtime, and the first to win three overtime games in the Stanley Cup Finals.

    All hail the Kings! Who knew that Los Angeles would ever become the new hotbed of pro hockey?


    I know this is a world cup (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by oculus on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 12:45:39 PM EST
    open thread, but feel compelled to point out L A Opera's production of "Lucia di Lammermoor," streaming on KUSC, is superb. Not my favorite opera by a long shot.  

    I am so caught :) (none / 0) (#4)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 12:46:50 PM EST
    BTD is about to be proven (none / 0) (#5)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 12:54:18 PM EST
    Clairvoyant as Colombia beats Greece.  3-0.... Colombia just scored again.

    When it is over I'll turn the wave on, and I'll turn down the TV.  No more Ole song for the day :)

    And it's over...no more meditation destroying Ole Ole Ole Ole Ole :)


    "Clairvoyant" -- BTD? (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 01:51:34 PM EST
    No offense to BTD, but when it comes to his sports prognostications -- and to be perfectly fair and honest, to mine as well -- today's result seems more in the spirit of what they say about broken clocks. But we continue to offer predictions, anyway.



    Clairrvoyant was a bit much :) (none / 0) (#11)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 02:38:22 PM EST
    I had just visited a diary full of supposedly Democrat Hillary haters, and when she voted for the AUMF she knew that everything that ended up happening after that was going to happen.  And she didn't care :)

    Some bloggers are apoplectic today.  Just burn yourselves out you haters at sherbet :)


    Lucia di Lammerwho? (none / 0) (#6)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 01:18:06 PM EST
    Don't tell me -- that's a musical version of "I Love Lucy," right?



    But seriously, oculus, ... (none / 0) (#7)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 01:32:49 PM EST
    ... here's the version of "Lucia di Lammermoor" that I find most memorable.



    The kiss of death for any athlete ... (none / 0) (#16)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 04:54:30 PM EST
    ... most always comes a television announcer who's telling his audience how great that athlete is doing while the game is still in progress.

    Going into the 8th inning of the first game of the 2014 College World Series in Omaha between Texas and UC-Irvine, ESPN's announcers just had to mention that Longhorn pitcher was have a great game, throwing a two-hit, 1-0 shutout to that point.

    Well, wouldn't you know it, within only a couple of minutes the Anteaters had tagged the poor guy for five straight hits and three runs. The Longhorns have just gone meekly in order in the bottom of the 8th, and now trail 3-1, going into the ninth.


    RIP, Chuck Noll (1932-2014) (none / 0) (#17)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 08:34:04 PM EST
    The legendary Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, who took the reins of that hapless franchise in 1969 and eventually turned the team into one of the great dynasties in NFL history, winning four Super Bowls over six seasons, died Friday night of an undisclosed illness at age 82.

    Japan has a pretty awesome keeper (none / 0) (#18)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 08:36:42 PM EST

    Mercy! (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by Angel on Sun Jun 15, 2014 at 08:44:09 AM EST
    You certainly are into the physical goodness of the players!  :}

    If Tracy wants to kick it up a notch... (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 07:56:03 AM EST
    The Croatians have been captured in the buff;)

    Naked reflection time :) (none / 0) (#24)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 08:23:12 AM EST