World Cup Day 12

Groups A and B finish today in relatively unclimactic fashion, as both groups are basically decided, with one exception - Mexico v. Croatia, which is the marquee game of the day. It kicks off at 4 pm. There is some drama in the Chile v. Netherlands tilt, in that one imagines both will want to avoid Brazil in the Round of 16, and winning their group is how to do it. The other games lack drama.

Yesterday I went 2-1, with good payoffs. Today's picks:

Group B - Curitiba, Spain -1½ (+115) over Australia. The end of an era. Spain's scrubs are all stars too.

Group B - São Paulo, Chile Pick over Netherlands. Get the feeling Chile more excited to be here. Plus great fan contingent will keep Chile energized.

Group A - Brasília, Brazil -2½ over Cameroon. Brazil has qualified but can realistically lose top group spot to Mexico, either outright or on goal differential. what's not realistic is Brazil losing this game, though rumors of match fixing have been swirling.

Group A - Recife, Croatia vs. Mexico, Draw +250. Two very good teams, Arguably Croatia has more talent, but Mexico on better form. Through sheer effort, I think El Tri gets through (draw qualifies them for Round of 16.).

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    If these World Cup posts are not (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Anne on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 10:15:55 AM EST
    considered "Open" threads, would it be possible to put one up?

    Thank you.

    Feel free to use this (none / 0) (#3)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 10:38:39 AM EST
    Time to sweat it out... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 10:30:41 AM EST
    Croatia is gonna be tough...pero no hay un duro como norteamericano duro.  Vamos El Tri!

    Still sweating... (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 03:51:42 PM EST
    Nil-Nil at the half...looks like Croatia has had more chances.

    Just gotta keep Ochoa's net empty for 45-50 more minutes and El Tri is through.  


    Chuckie Schumer, World Cup Edition... (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 11:03:26 AM EST
    Man this guy is f*cking embarrassing...somebody check his diapers.

    Therefore, changing his diaper is your responsibility. My diaper-changing duty days are long since behind me -- until, of course, the first grandchild comes along.



    I've tried to make him unemployed.... (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 12:34:11 PM EST
    for at least two cycles...no dice.

    LOL, yes, me too - I have my hands (none / 0) (#17)
    by ruffian on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 03:22:25 PM EST
    full with Marco Rubio. 'I disagree with Obama I would not do anything different, I just disagree.....'

    To serious around here (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 02:23:25 PM EST
    Which means it's time for a monkey on a motorcycle

    I'll see your monkey on a motorcycle, ... (none / 0) (#22)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 07:27:32 PM EST
    ... and because this is a World Cup thread, after all, I'll raise you some Bournemouth gynecologists.

    My money (none / 0) (#23)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 09:39:23 PM EST
    Is on the gynecologists

    I'm good with your picks (none / 0) (#4)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 10:58:13 AM EST
    Except I think Netherlands over Chile

    The Brazilians would fix a World Cup match ... (none / 0) (#6)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 12:11:04 PM EST
    ... to lose to Cameroon, on their own turf in front of their own home crowd -- and in the country's national capital, no less?

    LOL! Brazil takes too much pride in this, and has too much at stake. And were such a flop to occur, the players' lives would be worth squat in the resultant riots.

    I don't think so.

    No (none / 0) (#9)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 01:21:26 PM EST
    but "point shave?" I wouldn't put it past anybody.

    That said, I took Brazil so I'm not believing the rumors.


    Well, they beat your spread, 4-1. (none / 0) (#19)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 06:53:00 PM EST
    People do like their rumors and innuendo, though. And in my biz, far too many make a friggin' living off them.

    Summer produce (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 01:26:04 PM EST
    Is starting to roll in.  Just made a run to my sisters for green beans and squash.  Now I am bookmarking squash and zucchini recipes.  Favorite so - chicken sausage marinara zucchini boats.  

    Zucchini (none / 0) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 01:32:55 PM EST

    Not exactly haute cuisine but tell it doesn't look good.


    Looks yummy (none / 0) (#12)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 01:46:28 PM EST
    For the record... (5.00 / 3) (#15)
    by kdog on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 02:33:48 PM EST
    it is squash and only squash until Italy is eliminated from the World Cup...then we can call it zucchini again;)

    Obviously Spain is disappointed this year, but in this win, for me, it was refreshing to see soccer players who when they scored acted like it wasn't the first time they ever scored.

    Mixed decision on greenhouse emissions (none / 0) (#16)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 02:44:04 PM EST
    Supreme Court limits greenhouse gas regulations

    The 5-4 ruling, which partially reverses a 2012 federal appeals court decision, represents a moral but somewhat hollow victory for industry and state government opponents of the federal regulations. They have complained that the rules could cost billions of dollars to implement and threaten thousands of jobs.

    But the court said the EPA can regulate greenhouse gas emissions from industries already required to get permits for other air pollutants. Those generally are the largest power plants, refineries and other industrial facilities responsible for most such emissions.

    "Today is a good day for all supporters of clean air and public health and those concerned with creating a better environment for future generations," the EPA said in a release. "The Supreme Court's decision is a win for our efforts to reduce carbon pollution, because it allows EPA, states and other permitting authorities to continue to require carbon pollution limits in permits for the largest pollution sources."

    Two knockout round matches are set: (none / 0) (#20)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 07:07:15 PM EST
    Thus far, Chile-Brazil is one, and Mexico-Netherlands is the other. As for the latter, my heart says Mexico, but my head says the Dutch have too much firepower to follow my heart. Oh, f--- it, what do I care? I haven't been wagering on the games.

    ¡Viva México!

    WesternHemisphereRepresent! (none / 0) (#21)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 07:18:57 PM EST
    You know it... (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by kdog on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 08:50:52 AM EST
    West Side is killin' this group stage....how sweet it is.  

    Uraguay's turn today to send the garlic eaters home.


    Did you really just (none / 0) (#27)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 09:27:32 AM EST
    Call them garlic eaters :)?

    Yes... (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by kdog on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 10:14:52 AM EST
    a "It's a Wonderful Life" reference...Mean Mr. Potter delivers one of the best lines in the film.

    "Why do you want to help a bunch of garlic eaters for anyway George?"

    Remember, in my culture, ball-busting is a sign of endearment...I love the Italians, it's just their soccer team I despise.

    Ya don't think FIFA will try to fine the American Federation because of my comment, do ya? lol


    Not as long as no one (none / 0) (#31)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 10:19:16 AM EST
    Trade marks it

    No Redskins reference... (none / 0) (#32)
    by kdog on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 11:01:30 AM EST
    a reference to the trouble the Mexican Federation is in because of a customary heckle of the opposing goalie by their fans.  But as of today FIFA has decided not to fine them....which is the right call imo, I witnessed this chant when I went to a Chivas game in Estadio Jalisco, my feeling is "puto" translates more closely to the common American english heckle of "You Suck!" in this context than it does to an anti-gay slur.  The dictionary definition fwiw is "male whore", no specific sexual orientation, but like all slang it depends on the context.

    Full disclosure (none / 0) (#28)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 09:30:02 AM EST
    It may be hard for me to root against garlic.  No problem with the objectification part.

    I can't root against garlic either :) (none / 0) (#29)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 09:32:18 AM EST
    I'm pro garlic

    Patent law question (none / 0) (#24)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 10:32:29 PM EST
    Is this as big a deal as my techie friends think?  Tesla giving away their patents because they say technology is now moving to fast for patent law to keep up?

    With Patent Giveaway, Tesla Shows Silicon Valley What Ingenuity Means

    Just posted this in another thread but since you are the patent law guy just realized this is where it belongs.

    On second thought (none / 0) (#26)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 09:11:36 AM EST
    There is no reason trademark law and patent law are really that similar.  Anyway, as a non lawyer I guess it's my job to ask stupid questions.  It's something I have a natural talent for.