Recent Comments by vacapinta

Germany vs. Korea Republic.

heh, heh. Its between me and kafkaesque.

posted by vacapinta at 02:57 PM on June 25, 2002

Germany v Korea is semifinal 1.

1. Brazil 2. Germany 3. Turkey 4. Korea Korea has gone too far. I think their luck has run out. Turkey could take this and is a better team than Germany but they are on the wrong side and will get knocked out by Brazil.

posted by vacapinta at 02:16 PM on June 24, 2002

Which Footballer Are You?

Hmmm. I also got Freddie Ljungberg. About right.

posted by vacapinta at 03:00 AM on June 20, 2002

Japan v Turkey

Japan 2-1; Korea 2-1 (OT) Woo hoo! I called it. stupid japan.

posted by vacapinta at 04:04 PM on June 18, 2002

Japan v Turkey

wc2k2: If you see another guy walking around with a fork - that's me. k: dont underestimate the senegalese (or the brazilians for that matter) Japan 2-1; Korea 2-1 (OT) I wouldnt lay any money down on these games, though.

posted by vacapinta at 12:34 AM on June 18, 2002

US v Mexico

The mexicans, I am afraid to say, are seeming to lack coordination in this game. Well-deserved goals for the U.S.

posted by vacapinta at 02:56 AM on June 17, 2002

How are you following the World Cup?

Same as worldcup2002 - I'm in the same time zone (san francisco). I've been watching all the games on Univision. I do speak Spanish. I've always found the Spanish announcers to be more genuinely enthusiastic about the game. They have actually toned it down since the days of Andres when the narration was often overly dramatic. I remember exclamations like "Ay! Donde esta SIL-VA!" for a mere midfield pass. Basically, less analysis, more emotional outbursts - perhaps its just a Latin thing. I've watched most of the 11:30 games but 4:30 am is just too much, except for the, um, semifinals and finals for which I will have to drink much, much coffee.

posted by vacapinta at 12:42 PM on June 16, 2002


I just love watchin the senegalese do their co-ordinated dance/victory celebration. I left a hapennin party here in SF to watch the match. Glad i did. So many close calls on either side but Senegal played the better game and deserved their win. They are stylish players and seeing them play against Brazil (I hope) should make for a beautiful game.

posted by vacapinta at 03:59 AM on June 16, 2002

Five of the top six World Cup teams are out or in danger of being knocked out.

Mexico AND Italy, two of my favorite teams will advance! I am celebrating today.

posted by vacapinta at 01:24 PM on June 13, 2002

Five of the top six World Cup teams are out or in danger of being knocked out.

grum I had done the same calculations. It should be interesting. Note that for Mexico to advance first all they have to do is tie. Also, Ecuador has a chance of advancing only if Mexico beats Italy. i.e. Ecuador is the only team that does not have its fate entirely in its hands, as they say. Anyways, yes, it should be interesting.

posted by vacapinta at 05:37 PM on June 12, 2002

"Apart from the tango and football, there are few things in Argentina at the moment to pin our hopes on. ... Poverty is good for nothing, except for playing football."

There is some indication that the Argentinians love "futbol" the sport as much as or more than its nationalistic incarnation.

posted by vacapinta at 10:27 PM on June 11, 2002

World Cup math: Ireland must win by two goals against Saudi Arabia.

The math is just as tricky for most of the other groups. In Group G, for example, Ecuador could still emerge from the round (Mex beats Italy, Ec beats Croatia with a good goal differential in both games) And, after the Korea-U.S. tie, Group A is a free-for-all.

posted by vacapinta at 02:40 PM on June 10, 2002

Does anyone see anything odd about this quote?

Sorry. I apologize for being snarky.

posted by vacapinta at 02:32 PM on June 10, 2002

Does anyone see anything odd about this quote?

it may just be that African teams choose the speediest players Just like Kenyans choose the speediest runners? Hmm. Maybe we should try that. The quote is fine. Africans do have speed. Scandinavians have upper body strength. Asians have more flexibility. There I said it and everything is going to be ok! Really!

posted by vacapinta at 02:11 PM on June 10, 2002

Group D clash of upset "titans": US v S Korea.

You are right, of course, in that the winner of this game will auto-qualify but I'll add that they may emerge second from the group and the loser of this game could still emerge from this round first! It depends on how the other games go.

posted by vacapinta at 01:04 AM on June 10, 2002

Now every team at the World Cup has played. Thoughts so far?

worldcup2002: That was a spot on description of one of the most beautiful goals I have seen thus far in this world cup. Nobody should be underestimating the Senegalese.

posted by vacapinta at 06:13 PM on June 06, 2002

Oh my gosh. Now this is an upset.

Three minutes into the game (as the U.S. slammed one in) I knew this game was going to be an upset. Figo did look tired and Baia, the goaltender, seemed to have no focus. Although I dont want to discredit the U.S. offense or Mcbride's attacks, I have to say that the Portuguese defense had the substance and strength of cardboard. Portugal will have to worry now about Korea. It'll be tough because the Koreans are playing strong as if they have nothing to lose.

posted by vacapinta at 05:59 PM on June 05, 2002

The United States will win the World Cup...

Yes, Portugal now is like an animal that has been cornered. The second half should be verry interesting.

posted by vacapinta at 04:56 AM on June 05, 2002

Biggest World Cup upset since Cameroon vs Argentina, 1980.

WORLD CUP IS HERE!! It's like having an old friend back. The scope, the grandeur, the international stage where we can re-enact old rivalries as gentlemen. Can you beat this: As the final whistle blew, thousands of people spilled onto the streets of Dakar and headed towards the center of the city that was the capital of France's West African empire before independence in 1960. Cars and motorcycles laden with passengers forged their way through crowds of people waving national flags of red, gold and green. "The French thought we shouldn't even be at the World Cup -- now we've shown them otherwise," one man grinned. Fans watching on television in the national theatre shed tears of delight after Pape Bouba Diop scored in the 30th minute of the opening match in Seoul. "I'm going home now, that was all I was waiting for," said one man after the goal.

posted by vacapinta at 01:02 PM on May 31, 2002

Sweet bliss. The French seemed so demoralized - as if you could see them thinking "Wait! we're missing a couple players!" At home, i_cola. Its is damn near impossible for me to get up at 4:30 am but staying up until 4:30 am is a cakewalk - just took a quick snooze afterwards.

posted by vacapinta at 12:43 PM on May 31, 2002

Awesome. It was the French defender's fault - he let it go right through his legs.

posted by vacapinta at 07:27 AM on May 31, 2002