Today’s footie (and a mini-contest)

For the foreseeable future all the games seem to be starting no later than 3 p.m., which is a disaster for Professor Ceiling Cat.  There’s a couple of good games today, including Italy vs. Uruguay. . . Here’s today’s schedule.

But let’s liven things up: guess the winners and the scores of all four games. Deadline is 11 a.m. Chicago time (3.5 hours from now), when the first games start. The first person to win gets a Jerry Coyne the Cat keychain, emblazoned with my eponymous felid getting a belly rub. If nobody gets them all right (and nobody will), the person who comes closest will win using the judge’s yet-to-be-determined algorithm. If nobody even predicts all four winners, everyone’s a loser. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON, PLEASE!

Screen shot 2014-06-24 at 6.06.20 AM

Sadly, I watched no games yesterday. :-)  But here are some highlights (as usual, the videos are poor); as reader pktom64 noted in a comment, the highlights of all games played are archived, in high quality, at TSM Plug.

Spain crushed Australia, 3-0:

Netherlands 2, Chile 0 (am I wrong, or there are an inordinate number of goals scored by headers):

Brazil 4, Cameroon 1

Mexico 3, Croatia 1. One lovely goal by Mexico, and another from a double header

 

To top it off, the Google Doodle (now changed every game) is boring this morning (click to see the lame animation):

Screen shot 2014-06-24 at 6.07.02 AM

48 Comments

  1. pktom64
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 2 – 1 England

    Italy 1 – 0 Uruguay

    Greece 0 – 2 Côte d’Ivoire

    Japan 0 – 3 Columbia

    This WC has a lot of goals ; I think Neymar scored the 100th goal of the competition yesterday, for the 100th game in the finals for Brasil.

    Once again, I’m not affiliated with the website, but here the highlights are great!

    • Dominic
      Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:19 am | Permalink

      Also note that yesterday The Dutch team had no ‘van’ in for the first time in 221 internationals! :)

    • Blue
      Posted June 24, 2014 at 6:36 am | Permalink

      The resolution is smashing.

      Thank YOU for posting this site !
      Blue

  2. Posted June 24, 2014 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    CRC 2-2 ENG
    ITA 1-2 URU
    GRE 2-3 CIV
    COL 3-1 JPN

    USA were robbed the other day with that late goal.

  3. Diogo
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 0 – 2 England

    Italy 0 – 0 Uruguay

    Greece 1 – 0 Côte d’Ivoire

    Japan 1 – 2 Colombia

  4. Carla
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 2 – 0 England

    Italy 1 – 2 Uruguay

    Greece 0 – 2 Côte d’Ivoire

    Japan 1 – 3 Columbia

  5. Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    All games, 1-1 draw.

  6. Graham Martin-Royle
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 2-1 England

    Italy 1-1 Uruguay

    Greece 1-2 Cote d’Ivoire

    Japan 0-2 Columbia

  7. Lowell
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    CRC 2-1 ENG
    ITA 2-1 URU
    GRE 2-3 CIV
    COL 3-1 JPN

    • Dominic
      Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:16 am | Permalink

      Wow – Greece to score?! ;)

  8. Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    Yesterday one of the games was on channel 60 and the other was on channel 66.

    Mike Illich

    • Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:16 am | Permalink

      Yes, thanks, but I’m on a book deadline and can’t spare 90 minutes during the day. If I put on a game on my laptop and then put it behind me, and turn the sound down, I still can’t work!

      • darrelle
        Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:20 am | Permalink

        That sounds worse (more distracting) than having it playing on a big screen right in front of you.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted June 24, 2014 at 6:42 am | Permalink

          I need silence to work. This is why I violently oppose open concept work environments.

          • Merilee
            Posted June 24, 2014 at 6:44 am | Permalink

            Same here!

          • darrelle
            Posted June 24, 2014 at 7:12 am | Permalink

            With me it depends on the character of the noise and my state of mind. Sometimes the slightest noise will piss me off, sometimes a tornado would not distract me. Also depends on the work I am doing.

  9. Dominic
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    Could I just point out that a World Cup goal was scored by a Norwich City player?! :)
    Why could’t he score more like that for us last season???!!! :(

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leroy_Fer

    • Dominic
      Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:26 am | Permalink

      Costa Rica 3 – 0 England
      Italy 2 – 2 Uruguay
      Greece 1 – 1 Côte d’Ivoire
      Japan 0 – 1 Colombia

      I hope there are more gooooooaaaaalllls so would be happy to be wrong!

  10. Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 1 – 1 England
    Italy 0 – 1 Uruguay
    Greece 1 – 3 CIV
    Colombia 3 – 1 Japan

  11. BillyJoe
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 2-1 England

    Italy 2-1 Uruguay

    Greece 1-3 Cote d’Ivoire

    Japan 1-3 Columbia

  12. David
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 2 – 1 England
    Italy 1 – 2 Uruguay
    Greece 0 – 1 Cote d’Ivoire
    Japan 0 – 2 Columbia

  13. Rik
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 1:1 England
    Italy 1:3 Uruguay
    Greece 0:2 Cote d’Ivoire
    Japan 1:2 Columbia

  14. Kevin
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 1 – 2 England

    Italy 1 – 2 Uruguay

    Greece 2 – 1 Côte d’Ivoire

    Japan 1 – 3 Colombia

  15. Markus Koebler
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 0 – 2 England

    Italy 1 – 0 Uruguay

    Greece 1 – 0 Côte d’Ivoire

    Japan 1 – 2 Columbia

  16. Faustus
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 1 – 0 England

    Italy 2 – 1 Uruguay

    Greece 2 – 0 Côte d’Ivoire

    Japan 0 – 0 Colombia

  17. Sarah
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 1 – England 2

    Italy 1 – Uruquay 1

    Greece 0 – Cote d’Ivoire 3

    Japan 0 – Columbia 2

  18. Blue
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 6:06 am | Permalink

    CRC over ENG: 2 to 1
    ITA over URU: 2 to 1
    CIV over GRE: 2 to 1
    COL over JPN: 2 to 1

    Wanna wager, 2 to 1, that I do not win ?!

    Lovely fun ! Thank you, Doctor !

    Blue

  19. Daniel
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 1 – 1 England
    Italy 0 – 0 Uruguay
    Japan 0 – 2 Colombia
    Greece 0 – 1 Cote d’Ivoire

  20. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    That double header by Mexico was stylish.

    Costa Rica 4 – 0 England
    Italy 1 – 2 – Uraguay
    Japan 0 – 3 – Colombia
    Greece 0 – 0 Cote d’Ivoire

  21. Jesper Both Pedersen
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 0 – 2 England

    Italy 1 – 1 Uruguay

    Greece 1 – 1 Côte d’Ivoire

    Japan 1 – 3 Columbia

  22. Susan
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 0 – 1 Eng
    Italy 2 – 2 Uraguay
    Greece 0 – 3 C Iv
    Japan 1 – 3 Col

    Thanks! For several decades, I never paid any attention to football, and now I’m hooked.

  23. Aaron H.
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 1 – 2 England

    Italy 2 – 1 Uruguay

    Greece 1 – 3 Côte d’Ivoire

    Japan 1 – 2 Columbia

  24. Sami Tuomivaara
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Costa Rica 0 – 3 Englang
    Grece 1 – 1 Cote d’Ivoire
    Itay 2 – 1 Uruguay
    Japan 1 – 2 Colombia

  25. Carlos del Solar
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    The probability of getting this right is staggering low, but let’s do it just for fun sake.
    Costa Rica 0 England 2
    Italy 1 Uruguay 1
    Greece 1 Cote D’ivoire 3
    Japan 2 Colombia 2

  26. TJR
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Yes, there are an inordinate number of goals from headers, from long balls and from defensive mistakes. Also, by modern standards, lots of players caught offside.

    In many ways the tournament feels like a throwback to the eighties, both in (entertaining) style and (low) quality of play.

    Costa Rica, Uruguay, Ivory Coast and Colombia all to win 3-0.

  27. Jesper Both Pedersen
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Here we go.

  28. ELB
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    I don’t know if you non-Canadians can get this, but cbc.ca has all the games on VOD, in high definition, so if you miss a game, it’s easy to go back and watch them (they also stream the games live on their site in HD)
    http://www.cbc.ca/sports-content/soccer/brazil2014/video/match/1260807 > for the England game

  29. MR
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    To me, Costa Rica is the biggest surprise so far (maybe tied with Spain laying an egg, probably from predictable exhaustion). Of course there have been other surprises like the way the Netherlands looks so far, and even the play of the US for that matter, who should advance if they don’t totally collapse against Germany.

  30. Posted June 24, 2014 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    The contest is CLOSED now.

  31. MR
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Sorry predictions:

    Costa Rica 2 England 1
    Italy 1 Uruguay 0
    Cote D’ivoire 2 Greece 0
    Columbia 3 Japan 0

    Bet against this, you’ll probably do great with my luck.

  32. Trophy
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    The big question is … did Suarez bite the Italian dude or not?


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