So, just to do something radically different, I'm going to leave a non–academics related post–sorry Procopius. Earlier today I left a comment on someone's blog in which I defended the US team and claimed that I would't be surprised if they made it out of their group in the top spot. I think I used some pretty decent arguments; what's more, that was probably ever defended a US sports team. They afterall usually favourites, or pretty close, in just about everything so there's really no need. Plus, they're rarely the underdog so for me they don't ever have that going for them. So, if you're reading this you probably know how the match turned out: the US got thumped. Yep, my career as a pundit in this country has probably just ended right as it was about to begin. In fact, I told some North American friends that I was going Triple A for my WC picks: that is, England (Anglo) as my pick of the favourites; the Americans as my dark horse pick; and the Australians as my underdog pick. I guess I haven't done so bad, I just hope that I haven't condemned the other two to certain doom. Perhaps I could say that I should stick to hockey. But, then again, I was about 99.9% confident that the Canadian men's team would win both the gold in the Olympics and the World Hockey Championships. And, they played like #$#%$#&. So, maybe I SHOULD just erase this post and stick with the academic ones, though they might be jinxed now too…
I sincerely hope by hockey you mean ice hockey. I didn't even know the Canadians had a (half–decent) hockey team!
I don't think losing 3–0 to a top form Czech team is something to be ashamed of. Team USA still have some sort of a chance (if Italy's injuries play out "well").
13 Jun 2006, 00:48
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