Well, it’s all over, and the golden World Cup trophy (worth several million dollars, I’m told) is in the hands of Germany. One can’t argue that they don’t deserve it, for they’ve played well the whole time. And yesterday’s game against Argentina was very good, with the winning goal scored in the second 15-minute extension period by Mario Götze. I’m just glad it didn’t go to penalty kicks.
Still, my heart was with the scrappy Argentinians, as I was hoping that Messi would attain the stature of Maradona in his own country—a status he deserves—which he would have done had Argentina won. He’s like Mardona in that he’s small and fast, but unlike Maradona in that Messi is a Good Boy. Argentina was also playing without star di Maria.
Messi missed several shots that, I think, he normally would have made. Perhaps the team was simply tired. But congratulations, Germany, even though your victory cost me a book that I bet against a German.
Here are the highlights (click on screenshot of Götze’s goal to go to the video):
As for our winner, here again is the spreadsheet showing the readers who guessed, before the tournament began, that the final match would involve Germany and Argentina. And, thank Ceiling Cat, there was only one winner and no ties. That winner, as you can see, is reader Aaron H. So Aaron, email me with your snailmail address and I’ll send the autographed book out soon. Let me know if you want the soccer-playing team to be wearing Germany’s colors!
My hearty thanks not only to the entrants, but to the anonymous person who kindly kept a spreadsheet of the entries, and narrowed it down as the tournament progressed.
We’ll take this up again in 2018.