Our World Cup Contest ends without a winner

Reader George, the Boss Honcho of the World Cup Contest, has some sad news. For the first time in our two contests, we don’t have a winner. George’s announcement (with a blurb for RUGBY at the end):

Sadly, it is over. When Belgium lost to France on Tuesday, the Second Quadrennial WEIT World Cup Contest ended without a winner. Four entries (out of an original 95) were still alive going into the quarterfinals. Down to two going into the semifinals. And now none. Fivethirtyeight gives France a 59% probability of beating Croatia and hoisting the FIFA World Cup Trophy (once the Jules Rimet Trophy). But little has gone to form in this World Cup.

In every prior World Cup, at least one of the teams of Argentina, Brazil or Germany made it to the semifinals. In 2014, all three did, along with the Netherlands. The participants in the Inaugural WEIT World Cup Contest in that year appeared to have the skills claimed by Nostradamus. This year, for the first time, none of the three made it and the contest ended prematurely. That does not mean that none of the semifinalists were picked by the contestants. Fifteen people picked France to be in the final (six to win), eleven picked Belgium (six to win), ten picked England (five to win), and one picked Croatia (to lose to Belgium). There were only two picks that had those teams playing each other – Belgium vs England, Belgium vs Croatia.

A shout out to deacjack who picked Croatia to make it to the final – and lose to Belgium. Also a nod to Martin C. who picked Belgium to beat England in the final. They will be playing for third place. [JAC: if Martin is correct and Belgium beats England, he’ll get a consolation prize.]

In a little more than four years, (November-December of 2022), the World Cup will be played Qatar. Go bribes!!! If PCC(E) still has ducks to feed, perhaps there will be a Third Quadrennial WEIT World Cup Contest. Not sure what ducks have to do with it. Better to have a contest for the 2019 Rugby World Cup which will be held in Japan (September-November). Rugby is a much superior sport to soccer. Hands are laid on the opponent with much more purpose. Also, no writhing on the ground in agony. And no one talks to the referee.

And remember, folks, the final, between Croatia and France, will be played Sunday at 10 a.m. Chicago time. (The third-place match will take place tomorrow at 9 a.m. Chicago time.) The probabilities below, which differ from those of Fivethirtyeight, appear on Fox Sports:

And the results from the Round of 16 on:



  1. BobTerrace
    Posted July 13, 2018 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    I would declare deacjack the winner for picking Croatia getting to the final.

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted July 13, 2018 at 11:38 am | Permalink

      Yes, me too. That seems to me to be the best guess of the lot.

      • Angel
        Posted July 13, 2018 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

        Me 2

  2. W.Benson
    Posted July 13, 2018 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    But, but, but I picked France to be in the final.

    • nicky
      Posted July 14, 2018 at 5:29 am | Permalink

      Ah, those pesky French took out Belgium (my favourites). You should get penalty points!

  3. BJ
    Posted July 13, 2018 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Jerry, I must ask where the cat drawing was going to come from. Who does the drawing? Can I commission one, perhaps of cats playing hockey or tennis? I would love a Fed-cat vs. Rafa-cat drawing.

    • George
      Posted July 13, 2018 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      Jerry does the drawings – and you must earn them. I have signed copies with drawings (just regular cats) of both WEIT and Faith Vs Fact.

      • BJ
        Posted July 13, 2018 at 10:05 am | Permalink

        I didn’t realize he could draw that well!

        Well, now I have to try and sleep knowing that I’ll never have one. I’ve never won a contest in my life. I have won a couple of Ebay auctions.

  4. Saul Sorrell-Till
    Posted July 13, 2018 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    As an Englishman I regret to inform you that the World Cup ceased to be relevant a couple of days ago. Now if you could please all just stop mentioning it that’d be most appreciated.

  5. Paul
    Posted July 13, 2018 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    The difference between Rugby and Soccer?

    Rugby is a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen. Soccer is a gentlemen’s game played by hooligan’s.

    Give me Rugby over just about any other team sport, especially women’s rugby sevens. A beautiful game, indeed.



    • Geoff Toscano
      Posted July 13, 2018 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      Oh yes, rugby is indeed the more interesting sport, both to play and to watch.

    • George
      Posted July 13, 2018 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

      Rugby league is a hooligan’s game played by hooligans.

  6. bonetired
    Posted July 13, 2018 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Football is 90 minutes pretending you are hurt. Rugby is 80 minutes pretending you’re not.

    • George
      Posted July 13, 2018 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      More like pretending the rest of your life that playing rugby did not screw up your entire body. Just my right shoulder, lower back, and left knee.

    • BJ
      Posted July 13, 2018 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      Ha. I like that.

      Soccer players won’t stop their pathetic acting until they’re heavily penalized for it, and it seems the powers that be don’t want that. It’s shocking to me. It’s shameful behavior and makes a great sport look like a damn joke.

      • nicky
        Posted July 14, 2018 at 5:36 am | Permalink

        Yes, Neymar appears a worthy successor to Arjen Robben. It is sad, they both are otherwise outstanding footballers. They should get the ‘acting prize’

  7. nicky
    Posted July 14, 2018 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    Yes deacjack should win, after all, his choice of Belgium v Croatia would have been my favoured (although I didn’t bet that way) final.
    England were also helped by a favourable knock out stage.

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