Anybody up for a last-minute World Cup 16-team bracket?
UPDATE, 6/26, 3:45 a.m.: As we turned in for the night, we had eight players in this impromptu game. Any additional players who sign up by 7 a.m. will be eligible to join us. We'll post the complete brackets Saturday sometime.
I know it's short notice -- we're scrambling -- but if you want to give it a shot, here's what you do:
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 this Excel spreadsheet. Or e-mail your selections to me any old way. On your entry form, please use the 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. Uruguay vs. South Korea. Winner: __________
50. United States vs. Ghana. Winner: __________
51. Germany vs. England. Winner: ___________
52. Argentina vs. Mexico. Winner: ___________
53. Netherlands vs. Slovakia. Winner: __________
54. Brazil vs. Chile. Winner: __________
55. Paraguay vs. Japan. Winner: ____________
56. Spain vs. Portugal. Winner: ____________
Quarterfinals (2 points each)
57. Winner of Netherlands-Slovakia vs. winner of Brazil-Chile. Winner: __________
58. Winner of Uruguay-So. Korea vs. winner of USA-Ghana. Winner: __________
59. Winner of Argentina-Mexico vs. winner of Germany-England. Winner: __________
60. Winner of Paraguay-Japan vs. winner of Spain-Portugal. 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: __________
Full entries on this one must be received by kickoff of the first game tomorrow -- 7 a.m. PDT! Hope to hear from you tonight or overnight. Good luck, everybody!