Thursday, June 17, 2010

Some Bits n Pieces

Jacob handed me the packet and said, "You can have the rest." I could feel that there were three M&Ms left. I'd just managed to aquire tickets for us to the Final, so I thought of who might be in it when I revealed the three M&Ms. Two red and and Orange. The M&Ms say it will be Spain vs the Netherlands, with Spain to win. You read it here first.

For any of the new readers, I did have a bold and foolish attempt to predict the whole cup. So far on my system of 1 point for a correct result and 3 points for a correct score, Jacob's beating me 11:10, from a top possible score of 60. So I wouldn't trust either of us there.

Now some teams will start to be knocked out of the competition and others, like South Africa last night, will be put on wood.

France v Mexico 0:2

As I have previously discussed, the French are cursed by the entire Irish population of the World. When I saw the Mexicans in their green, I could only see the shamrock, and France's humiliation was inevitable.

The game itself was a little tedious in the first half, but you could already see that the Mexicans had their group mind working and the French, with their superior team sheet, did not. This was the collective defeating individual flair.

Not good for South Africa of course, who were hoping for a draw.

One odd thing about my experience here is that I'm actually not getting much media about the World Cup at all, due to access and time. But I have no doubt that there's an enormous variety of game analysis in the mainstream press. Of amateur Australian bloggers, it's the same old that I'll recommend highly: Mike Salter and Tony Tannous.



Anonymous Liam said...

Good work on scoring tickets for the finals. How about Brazil v Germany? or Brazil v Argies?

June 18, 2010 8:54 am  
Blogger Mike Salter said...

Interesting comments on the France-Mexico game Hamish - my own take here.

June 18, 2010 9:27 pm  
Blogger Hamish said...

I'm still reckoning Brazil Liam, despite the M&M oracle. I reckon they're just warming up.

Thanks Mike. As usual, your take has the advantage of being informed and experienced. I'm following it carefully, and recommend that others do the same.

June 19, 2010 1:58 pm  
Blogger Mike Salter said...

I think you can confidently claim that you (or rather the M&Ms) were the first to pick it're doing even better than the legendary Paul the Octopus!

July 08, 2010 8:18 pm  

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