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Wednesday, July 5, 2006

There's gonna be a showdown

Surprisingly, none of the players in our pool had either of the winners of the two semi-finals in World Cup football -- Italy and France. And only two players can still win any points in the third-place ("consolation") match on Saturday.

Thus, we can name a winner in the pool, except that there's a tie at the top. Bean and TeacherRefPoet each have 13 points, and so the tie will be broken with reference to the combined scores of both sides in Sunday's final match. Bean went with 5, and TRP with 4. The closer to the actual count wins, and so we'll have a winner on Sunday.

The final standings, except for the tiebreaker, will be available after the third-place game on Saturday. Since no one had either of the finalists right, no one will be earning additional points in the standings on Sunday.

Comments (1)

Well...no one who was officially in the pool, Jack. But I've been calling France the winner of the World Cup from the beginning. Merci beaucoup.

Posted by: Frank Dufay at July 5, 2006 05:23 PM

Keep calling. Italy will run them into the ground.

Posted by: Jack Bog at July 5, 2006 05:31 PM

Those French legs may be a bit older, but there's lots of mileage --or should I say kilometers?-- left in 'em.

Champagne beats Prosecco any day of the week.

Posted by: Frank Dufay at July 5, 2006 05:47 PM

France is fancy—fun, too—but is having a hard time scoring. Italy is incredible defensively and is scoring goals (relatively). I'd give the nod to Jack, whose World Cup cred is growing by the minute, here.

Posted by: Libertas at July 5, 2006 06:06 PM

As one of the "ever so close" participants in the bracket might I say thank you to Jack for conceiving and running the bracket.

One regret I have is that the French didn't get the schadenfreude of celebrating in front of 60,000+ silent Germans.

Posted by: haha at July 5, 2006 09:49 PM

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