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Friday, June 23, 2006

Here's your World Cup "football" pool

Everybody into the pool. There are 16 teams left in the World Cup soccer tourney, and here's your chance to predict the winners. Enter the pool on this blog. It's free. If you're the winner here, we'll get together for a couple of drinks of one's choice at a suitable location here in Portland after the results are official, and (although it would be wrong to gamble for an item of value) I might even be inclined to buy for the winner.

There are 16 games in the pool: eight this weekend through Tuesday; four quarterfinals next Friday and Saturday; one semi-final on the Fourth of July and another on the 5th; a game for third place on July 8; and the big finale on the 9th.

To play, check out the official brackets at the FIFA site here, or on my Excel spreadsheet here. Note that each remaining match has a number assigned to it (49 to 64). Send your picks for each game, plus the four tiebreakers, to me electronically. One way to do so would be by leaving your choices in a comment to this post. You could also e-mail me a filled-in version of the Excel spreadsheet linked to above. Or e-mail your selections to me any old way. On your entry form, please use the official match number for each match, and don't forget the four tiebreakers.

Scoring will be as follows:

One point for every correct selection in the round of 16 (49 to 56).
Two points for every correct selection in the quarterfinal round (57 to 60).
Three points for every correct selection in the semi-finals (61 and 62).
Two points for the correct selection in the third-place match (63).
Five points for the correct selection in the final match (64).

The tiebreakers will be consulted only in the case of a tie in scoring. They will be applied in numerical order, with the earliest of the four breaking the tie. They are:

1. Total number of goals (not including goals in penalty shoot-outs) scored in Match 64.
2. Goals (not including goals in penalty shoot-outs) scored by winning side in Match 64.
3. Goals (not including goals in penalty shoot-outs) scored by losing side in Match 64.
4. Total number of goals (not including goals in penalty shoot-outs) scored, all 16 matches.

Here are the matchups, in a narrative form. If you like, you can cut and paste this to get your entry together:

Round of 16 (1 point each) 49. Germany vs. Sweden. Winner: __________ 50. Argentina vs. Mexico. Winner: __________ 51. England vs. Ecuador. Winner: __________ 52. Portugal vs. Netherlands. Winner: __________ 53. Italy vs. Australia. Winner: ____________ 54. Switzerland vs. Ukraine. Winner: ____________ 55. Brazil vs. Ghana. Winner: ____________ 56. Spain vs. France. Winner: ____________

Quarterfinals (2 points each)
57. Winner of Germany-Sweden vs. winner of Argentina-Mexico. Winner: __________
58. Winner of Italy-Australia vs. winner of Switzerland-Ukraine. Winner: __________
59. Winner of England-Ecuador vs. winner of Portugal-Netherlands. Winner: __________
60. Winner of Brazil-Ghana vs. winner of Spain-France. Winner: __________

Semi-finals (3 points each)
61. Winner of match 57 vs. winner of match 58. Winner: __________
62. Winner of match 59 vs. winner of match 60. Winner: __________

Third place match (2 points)
63. Loser of match 61 vs. loser of match 62. Winner: __________

Championship match (5 points)
64. Winner of match 61 vs. winner of match 62. Winner: __________

Entries must be posted by kickoff of the first game tomorrow -- 8 a.m. PDT! Hope to hear from you this afternoon and evening. Good luck, everybody!

Comments (32)

Jack,

I assume goals in penalty shoot-outs will not count in either the overall total of the championship game total?

That should read "total or", not "total of."

Here's my entry in cut-and-paste form (I'll also email you an excel file to make it easier for you; I just wanted to show everyone else my picks):

Total number of goals scored in Match 64 = 3
2. Goals scored by winning side in Match 64 = 2
3. Goals scored by losing side in Match 64 = 1
4. Total number of goals scored, all 16 matches = 45
Here are the matchups, in a narrative form. If you like, you can cut and paste this to get your entry together:
Round of 16 (1 point each)
49. Germany vs. Sweden. Winner: Germany
50. Argentina vs. Mexico. Winner: Argentina
51. England vs. Ecuador. Winner: Ecuador
52. Portugal vs. Netherlands. Winner: Portugal
53. Italy vs. Australia. Winner: Italy
54. Switzerland vs. Ukraine. Winner: Die Suisse
55. Brazil vs. Ghana. Winner: Brazil
56. Spain vs. France. Winner: Spain
Quarterfinals (2 points each)
57. Winner of Germany-Sweden vs. winner of Argentina-Mexico. Winner: Argentina
58. Winner of Italy-Australia vs. winner of Switzerland-Ukraine. Winner: Italy
59. Winner of England-Ecuador vs. winner of Portugal-Netherlands. Winner: Ecuador
60. Winner of Brazil-Ghana vs. winner of Spain-France. Winner: Brazil
Semi-finals (3 points each)
61. Winner of match 57 vs. winner of match 58. Winner: Argentina
62. Winner of match 59 vs. winner of match 60. Winner: Brazil
Third place match (2 points)
63. Loser of match 61 vs. loser of match 62. Winner: Italy
Championship match (5 points)
64. Winner of match 61 vs. winner of match 62. Winner: Brazil

Teacher, that is a correct assumption. I have modified the post to clarify this point.

My entry:

Round of 16 (1 point each)
49. Germany vs. Sweden. Winner: Germany
50. Argentina vs. Mexico. Winner: Argentina
51. England vs. Ecuador. Winner: England
52. Portugal vs. Netherlands. Winner: Netherlands
53. Italy vs. Australia. Winner: Italy
54. Switzerland vs. Ukraine. Winner: Ukraine
55. Brazil vs. Ghana. Winner: Brazil
56. Spain vs. France. Winner: France

Quarterfinals (2 points each)
57. Winner of Germany-Sweden vs. winner of Argentina-Mexico. Winner: Argentina
58. Winner of Italy-Australia vs. winner of Switzerland-Ukraine. Winner: Ukraine
59. Winner of England-Ecuador vs. winner of Portugal-Netherlands. Winner: England
60. Winner of Brazil-Ghana vs. winner of Spain-France. Winner: France

Semi-finals (3 points each)
61. Winner of match 57 vs. winner of match 58. Winner: Argentina
62. Winner of match 59 vs. winner of match 60. Winner: England

Third place match (2 points)
63. Loser of match 61 vs. loser of match 62. Winner: Ukraine

Championship match (5 points)
64. Winner of match 61 vs. winner of match 62. Winner: England
Final Score-England 3-Argentina 1.
Total Goals in all 16 matches: 40.

too many numbers! Not enough fours! I'm just going to drink some beer and enjoy the games that are left! yay! I will hoot for the underdog, too.

As Garry Lineker, England soccer alum and current sports anchor, once wryly observed....."Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win."

I made some predictions for the Round of 16 over on my page, but followed that with a different set of predictions for the pool. Go figure. Still, who knows? Maybe something I said will tip someone toward a correct pick....not that I'd put money, beer, bottle caps, or even a small pile of dirt on that possibility.

Good luck y'all. Just say "Spain" over and over and you can't go wrong (kidding!).

Since USA and Togo (did you see the reaction of Togo's Massamasso Tchangai when opponent Lee Eul-Yong of South Korea fell with a leg cramp? good sport, that guy...) are out of it, I have decided to kick in with, of all teams, Ghana - because wouldn't THAT be something? So here I go:

Round of 16 (1 point each)
49. Germany vs. Sweden. Winner: GERMANY
50. Argentina vs. Mexico. Winner: ARGENTINA
51. England vs. Ecuador. Winner: ECUADOR
52. Portugal vs. Netherlands. Winner: PORTUGAL
53. Italy vs. Australia. Winner: ITALY
54. Switzerland vs. Ukraine. Winner: UKRAINE
55. Brazil vs. Ghana. Winner: GHANA
56. Spain vs. France. Winner: SPAIN

Quarterfinals (2 points each)
57. Winner of Germany-Sweden vs. winner of Argentina-Mexico. Winner: GERMANY
58. Winner of Italy-Australia vs. winner of Switzerland-Ukraine. Winner: UKRAINE
59. Winner of England-Ecuador vs. winner of Portugal-Netherlands. Winner: ECUADOR
60. Winner of Brazil-Ghana vs. winner of Spain-France. Winner: GHANA
Semi-finals (3 points each)
61. Winner of match 57 vs. winner of match 58. Winner: GERMANY
62. Winner of match 59 vs. winner of match 60. Winner: GHANA

Third place match (2 points)
63. Loser of match 61 vs. loser of match 62. Winner: UKRAINE

Championship match (5 points)
64. Winner of match 61 vs. winner of match 62. Winner: GHANA

Tiebreakers (not including goals in penalty shoot-outs)
1. Total number of goals scored in Match 64: 3
2. Goals scored by winning side in Match 64: 2
3. Goals scored by losing side in Match 64: 1
4. Total number of goals scored, all 16 matches: 29

Realistically, I suppose I will have to drink with Jack some other time...

Round of 16 (1 point each)
49. Germany vs. Sweden. Winner: Germany
50. Argentina vs. Mexico. Winner: Argentina
51. England vs. Ecuador. Winner: England
52. Portugal vs. Netherlands. Winner: Portugal
53. Italy vs. Australia. Winner: Australia
54. Switzerland vs. Ukraine. Winner: Ukraine
55. Brazil vs. Ghana. Winner: Brazil
56. Spain vs. France. Winner: Spain
Quarterfinals (2 points each)
57. Winner of Germany-Sweden vs. winner of Argentina-Mexico. Winner: Argentina
58. Winner of Italy-Australia vs. winner of Switzerland-Ukraine. Winner: Austrailia
59. Winner of England-Ecuador vs. winner of Portugal-Netherlands. Winner: Portugal
60. Winner of Brazil-Ghana vs. winner of Spain-France. Winner: Spain

Semi-finals (3 points each)
61. Winner of match 57 vs. winner of match 58. Winner: Argentina
62. Winner of match 59 vs. winner of match 60. Winner: Spain

Third place match (2 points)
63. Loser of match 61 vs. loser of match 62. Winner: Austrailia

Championship match (5 points)
64. Winner of match 61 vs. winner of match 62. Winner: Argentina

Game 64: 2-1
Total goals: 35

This is why I love your blog jack..it doesn't frigging matter if the subject is campaign reform, tort and taxes (i think i ate there once), the PDC evil empire, politicians, lead in candy bars or kids and cats...you put your all into it...witness the soccer pool. You are a man of passion and this blog reflects that passion. Rock on! And my grampa would never forgive me if i didn't say Vitória a Portugal!

49. Germany vs. Sweden. Winner: Germany
50. Argentina vs. Mexico. Winner: Argentina
51. England vs. Ecuador. Winner: England
52. Portugal vs. Netherlands. Winner: Netherlands
53. Italy vs. Australia. Winner: Italy
54. Switzerland vs. Ukraine. Winner: Ukraine
55. Brazil vs. Ghana. Winner: Brazil
56. Spain vs. France. Winner: France

Quarterfinals (2 points each)
57. Germany beats Argentina
58. Italy beats Ukraine
59. England beats Netherlands on penalties after a draw
60. Brazil beats France.

Semi-finals winners (3 points each)
61. Germany
62. Brazil (unless Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Wayne Rooney, and David Beckham all play the game of their lives)

Consolation:
63. England

Championship match (5 points)
64. Brazil

Total goals not counting penalties-after-draws: 41

Cup Final score: Brazil 3 Germany 2

These predictions are based on years of study and lots of scientific calculations. I'm picking the country whose name comes first alphabetically in each round:

Round of 16 (1 point each)
49. Germany vs. Sweden. Winner: Germany
50. Argentina vs. Mexico. Winner: Argentina
51. England vs. Ecuador. Winner: Ecuador
52. Portugal vs. Netherlands. Winner: Netherlands
53. Italy vs. Australia. Winner: Australia
54. Switzerland vs. Ukraine. Winner: Switzerland
55. Brazil vs. Ghana. Winner: Brazil
56. Spain vs. France. Winner: France

Quarterfinals (2 points each)
57. Winner of Germany-Sweden vs. winner of Argentina-Mexico. Winner: Argentina
58. Winner of Italy-Australia vs. winner of Switzerland-Ukraine. Winner: Australia
59. Winner of England-Ecuador vs. winner of Portugal-Netherlands. Winner: Ecuador
60. Winner of Brazil-Ghana vs. winner of Spain-France. Winner: Brazil

Semi-finals (3 points each)
61. Winner of match 57 vs. winner of match 58. Winner: Argentina
62. Winner of match 59 vs. winner of match 60. Winner: Brazil

Third place match (2 points)
63. Loser of match 61 vs. loser of match 62. Winner: Australia

Championship match (5 points)
64. Winner of match 61 vs. winner of match 62. Winner: Argentina

If Australia manages to come in third I think I'll probably have it. :)

I almost forgot tiebreakers:

1. 3
2. 2
3. 1
4. 48

I'll definitely be watching these soccer matches. Anything to get my mind off golf right now. ---Phil Mickelson

49. Germany v. Sweden—Winner: Germany
50. Argentina v. Mexico—Winner: Argentina
51. England v. Ecuador—Winner: England
52. Italy v. Australia—Winner: Italy
53. Portugal v. Netherlands—Winner: Netherlands
54. Switzerland v. Ukraine—Winner: Switzerland
55. Brazil v. Ghana—Winner: Brazil
56. Spain v. France—Winner: France
57. Winner of Germany-Sweden v. winner of Argentina-Mexico—Winner: Argentina
58. Winner of Italy-Australia v. winner of Switzerland-Ukraine—Winner: Italy
59. Winner of England-Ecuador v. winner of Portugal-Netherlands—Winner: Netherlands
60. Winner of Brazil-Ghana v. winner of Spain-France—Winner: Brazil
61. Winner of match 57 v. winner of match 58—Winner: Argentina
62. Winner of match 59 v. winner of match 60—Winner: Brazil
63. loser of match 61 v. loser of match 62—Winner: Italy
64. winner of match 61 v. winner of match 62—Winner: Argentina 3-2
Total Goals Scored in Knockout Round: 37

Round of 16 (1 point each)
49. Germany vs. Sweden. Winner: Germany
50. Argentina vs. Mexico. Winner: Argentina
51. England vs. Ecuador. Winner: England
52. Portugal vs. Netherlands. Winner: Netherlands
53. Italy vs. Australia. Winner: Italy
54. Switzerland vs. Ukraine. Winner: Ukraine
55. Brazil vs. Ghana. Winner: Brazil
56. Spain vs. France. Winner: Spain

Quarterfinals (2 points each)
57. Winner of Germany-Sweden vs. winner of Argentina-Mexico. Winner: Germany
58. Winner of Italy-Australia vs. winner of Switzerland-Ukraine. Winner: Italy
59. Winner of England-Ecuador vs. winner of Portugal-Netherlands. Winner: Netherlands
60. Winner of Brazil-Ghana vs. winner of Spain-France. Winner: Brazil

Semi-finals (3 points each)
61. Winner of match 57 vs. winner of match 58. Winner: Germany
62. Winner of match 59 vs. winner of match 60. Winner: Brazil

Third place match (2 points)
63. Loser of match 61 vs. loser of match 62. Winner: Argentina

Championship match (5 points)
64. Winner of match 61 vs. winner of match 62. Winner: Germany

Whoops. Goals.


1. Total number of goals (not including goals in penalty shoot-outs) scored in Match 64: 3
2. Goals (not including goals in penalty shoot-outs) scored by winning side in Match 64: 2
3. Goals (not including goals in penalty shoot-outs) scored by losing side in Match 64: 1
4. Total number of goals (not including goals in penalty shoot-outs) scored, all 16 matches: 40

Round of 16 (1 point each)
49. Germany vs. Sweden. Winner: Germany
50. Argentina vs. Mexico. Winner: Argentina
51. England vs. Ecuador. Winner: England
52. Portugal vs. Netherlands. Winner: Portugal
53. Italy vs. Australia. Winner: Italy
54. Switzerland vs. Ukraine. Winner: Switzerland
55. Brazil vs. Ghana. Winner: Brazil!
56. Spain vs. France. Winner: France

Quarterfinals (2 points each)
57. Winner of Germany-Sweden vs. winner of Argentina-Mexico. Winner: Germany
58. Winner of Italy-Australia vs. winner of Switzerland-Ukraine. Winner: Italy
59. Winner of England-Ecuador vs. winner of Portugal-Netherlands. Winner: Portugal
60. Winner of Brazil-Ghana vs. winner of Spain-France. Winner: Brazil!

Semi-finals (3 points each)
61. Winner of match 57 vs. winner of match 58. Winner: Germany
62. Winner of match 59 vs. winner of match 60. Winner: Portugal

Third place match (2 points)
63. Loser of match 61 vs. loser of match 62. Winner: Brazil!

Championship match (5 points)
64. Winner of match 61 vs. winner of match 62. Winner: Portugal

1. 5
2. 3
3. 2
4. 51

My own picks:

49. GER
50. ARG
51. ECU
52. NED
53. ITA
54. UKR
55. BRA
56. ESP
57. GER
58. ITA
59. NED
60. BRA
61. GER
62. BRA
63. ITA
64. GER

Tiebreakers:
Total Match 64: 2
Winner Match 64: 2
Loser Match 64: 0
Total all 16 matches: 39

Disclaimer: I don't know what I'm talking about.

8 different champions.

Who is TheBean? How did he get my email to Jack to copy all of my winners exactly? Are you working for NSA, Bean?

I'm too join to "officially" enter...but France will take the whole thing, while beating Brazil in game 60!

Then again, I often draw to an inside straight.

TRP,

Freaky. I guess it was a case of great minds. Or in my case, a sleep deprived one. Certainly unintentional on my part.

Are you working for NSA, Bean?

What did you think happened when you entered your information into OregonLive? lol

Bean,

Great minds indeed. Portugal was my pre-tournament pick, but now that I've seen them play, there's no way they're winning. Still, I think it's smarmy to back off a team once they're picked. Hence, the pick.

Be good with my personal info.

here's my entry (I know I can't win because it's late...been on the road, but I want to play anyway, and there haven't been any surprises so far ;)

49. Germany
50. Argentina
51. England
52. Netherlands
53. Italy
54. Swityerland
55. Brazil
56. spain
Quarterfinals (2 points each)
57. Germany
58. Swityerland
59. Netherlands
60. brayil

Semi-finals (3 points each)
61. Germany
62. Brayil
63. Third: Netherlands
64. Championship: Germany

cheers!
rick

total goals: 4
winner goals: 2
loser goals: 2
total all goals: 39

gotta read, gotta read...

What are your predictions on the number of goals in match 55? Brazil vs Ghana?


My favorite team before the World Cup started and has always been England, but after the World Cup has started, I have my doubts. Anyways, I want them to win and so I wish them "all the best." May the combined efforts of Rooney, Lampard, Beckham, Cole, Crouch, etc., come to the fore and they win this world cup convincingly.

Amen!

Comming up,
Brazil will beat France
Argentina will beat Germany
Italy will beat Ukraine
Portugal will beat England

Next,
Argentina will beat Italy
Brazil will beat Portugal

The FINAL,
Brazil will beat Argentina

I believe BRAZIL will be 6 times World Champion

France will beat Brazil, England will beat Portugal...and then France will remind England what you do with a parasitic monarchy. You kick their butt!


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Columbia Crest, Walter Clore Private Reserve 2009
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Termpranillo 2010
Ravenswood, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Quinta das Amoras, Vinho Tinto 2010
Waterbrook, Reserve Merlot 2009
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills, Pinot Grigio 2011
Tarantas, Rose
Chateau Lajarre, Bordeaux 2009
La Vielle Ferme, Rose 2011
Benvolio, Pinot Grigio 2011
Nobilo Icon, Pinot Noir 2009

The Occasional Book

Phil Stanford - White House Call Girl
John Kaplan & Jon R. Waltz - The Trial of Jack Ruby
Kent Haruf - Eventide
David Halberstam - Summer of '49
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 293
At this date last year: 145
Total run in 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269


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