This is the Big Day: the day that Argentina plays Germany for the World Cup. The time of broadcast appears to have changed: it’s the normal afternoon time—2 p.m. Chicago time—and the game will be broadcast in the US on ABC. (I’m not sure if 2 pm is game time or simply the start of the broadcast.)
My heart is with Argentina, but my head tells me that Germany is going to take this one (and with that I’ll lose a wager and give up a book). Today’s New York Times has a long article on Messi, “Adept. Yes. Adored? Not yet.“, comparing him to Maradona and explaining why Messi isn’t as beloved in his home country as was Maradona. But that will change, it says, if Argentina wins today.
But the winner of our contest from several weeks ago—the person who comes closest to the final score with the right teams—will get an awesome autographed copy of WEIT with a soccer-playing cat drawn in. I have the spreadsheet, but if you hit it on the nose do email me with your mailing address.
And you can guess today’s outcome and score if you wish, though the deadline for the contest is long gone.
And, if you’re into these psychic animals, here’s one that’s at least a felid (thanks to reader Dennis for the link). Izzie the Ocelot has picked Germany to win the World Cup:
And yesterday’s result is below. I found the game boring, the play dirty, the refs incompetent, and Robben diving often enough that he should be doing that for the Dutch diving team in the Olympics. Brazil once again showed nothing.
Here are yesterday’s highlights, such as they were; click on the screenshot for the video. I’ve shown the second goal, by Daley Blind, which was lovely: one touch to stop the ball, another to settle it, and then a kick into the goal with his weaker foot. It’s his first goal in international competition:
The animated Google Doodle (click on the screenshot), shows not only all the flags waving in the audience, but, if you click on the big screen, each of the 32 teams will appear in sequence (one per click):
And, finally, the faithful can’t leave the World Cup alone, of course, or resist using it to proselytize. I have friends visiting Australia, and they emailed me this photo with a short note:
I attach this photo–found outside the Central Baptist Church near our hotel in Sydney. We think it could be the cover for your book.