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World Cup Fever

Postby olywaguy » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:33 am

Is anybody excited about the World Cup starting tomorrow and going on for a whole month in South Africa?

I am not a big football fan but Honduras made it to the Cup so I will be following it some.

Honduras is in Group H which includes Spain, Switzerland and Chile. Honduras hardest match will be against Spain (colony vs. former mother country).

The US is in Group C which includes England, Algeria, and Slovenia. This doesn't seem like an especially hard group. Again, a former colony will be battling its former mother country (US and England).

Brazil is in Group G with North Korea, Ivory Coast and Portugal. That should be fun one...the colony battling its former mother country (Brazil and Portugal).

But we all know who really is number 1 :D :mrgreen:
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Re: World Cup Fever

Postby matinee » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:52 am

143" screen, check
3D ready and some games broadcast in 3D, check
several kegs ready for the cooler, check


Yeah, I am ready, ha ha.
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Re: World Cup Fever

Postby olywaguy » Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:26 am

Well, the US certainly isn't. I checked this morning's TV listings to see if a US channel was showing this morning's opening ceremony and, to no surprise, nothing. Only Canada's CBC is showing anything this morning. CBC not only will have complete coverage of the World Cup but they have some great World Cup commercials from all different kinds of businesses. Lamentably, Canada didn't make it to the World Cup. CBC is even providing weather forecasts for South Africa!!

The U.S. made it to the World Cup and no coverage, no funny and interesting World Cup commercials, they haven't even broadcast the World Cup anthem. This is a country that talks about the "soccer mom" and not a whisper of the World Cup at all.

I will stick with CBC's coverage of the World Cup.

Opening game: Mexico vs. South Africa

A lot of pressure for South Africa to win the opening game for sure.
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Re: World Cup Fever

Postby nimby » Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:40 am

matinee wrote:143" screen, check

143" screen? WTF? How big is your house? :shock:

Since my daughters are huge soccer fans, my house is upside down. Everyone at their school, teachers included, have pools going, wear their favoute team's colours and promise to have PA updates through out the games. Soccer has really grown in popularity over the past decade here.
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Re: World Cup Fever

Postby olywaguy » Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:20 am

South Africa just made its first goal against Mexico. 1 - 0 South Africa.

Wow, the South African goalie just saved a ball that looked like Dos Santos could have turned into a goal.

They are going crazy.
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Re: World Cup Fever

Postby Earl Butz » Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:15 am

I sat down with my big bowl of popcorn this morning to watch all the excitement and then this guy says oh by the way Canada doesn't even have a team. Huh? How can it be a World Cup without the world's most important country? :P
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Re: World Cup Fever

Postby olywaguy » Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:30 am

Earl Butz wrote:I sat down with my big bowl of popcorn this morning to watch all the excitement and then this guy says oh by the way Canada doesn't even have a team. Huh? How can it be a World Cup without the world's most important country? :P



...and yet, Canada has total full soccer coverage. There is a co-worker at the library who is a soccer nut. World Cup is like Christmas for him. When I told him that CBC had full-coverage, his eyes got big and wide.

Of course, the earliest games are seen at 4 a.m. PST. So you have to be a real big fan.

Most people in the U.S. are not familiar with the World Cup anthem.

So, who is everyone rooting for?
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Re: World Cup Fever

Postby olywaguy » Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:04 am

One of the reasons for watching the World Cup...shirtless men :D

Portuguese player Cristiano Rinaldo
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Re: World Cup Fever

Postby Rico » Sun Jun 20, 2010 4:23 pm

I love the game for so many reasons.

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Re: World Cup Fever

Postby Rico » Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:01 pm

Although I could put this pic in "Shirtless Boys"....Landon Donovan's pic belongs here....today's hero!

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Re: World Cup Fever

Postby Rico » Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:07 pm

Viva España! And to Andres Iniesta, who happens to share my mom's birthday, May 11, a special hug for you!

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Re: World Cup Fever

Postby olywaguy » Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:04 pm

Who's your team for the 2014 World Cup?

Mine is Honduras of course.

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Re: World Cup Fever

Postby Earl Butz » Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:35 am

Fun game for kids to play but watching grown men play it is a complete waste of time!

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Re: World Cup Fever

Postby Guinness Fan » Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:45 pm

Olywaguy -
You started this thread wayyyyy back in 2010...and have continued it on....WELL DONE MATE, WELL DONE!

As an American living here in Holland ~ and not a fan or follower of the sport ~ I'm glad it's over... The atmosphere here was GREAT ~ everything & everyone decked out in orange whenever the Dutch were playing. I watched a few games - the early ones, those starting at 6pm here...The semi-finals, not so much...Was awoken by fireworks/gunshots/cannons/artillery/nuclear weapons everytime the Dutch scored...I waited until the morning for my European colleagues to explain what happened & who won. No surprise that the Germans were the powerhouse... (many jokes amongst my European colleagues...most dealing with that the world must let Germany win at sports...lest they start looking at Poland again). The Europeans were very complimentary of the US team - they said we made a good showing.... Like I said, I'm glad the WC is over...my local pub is now back to normal ~ no more throngs of orange-clad "strangers" wandering in for a group-grope experience of watching a football match.
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Re: World Cup Fever

Postby nimby » Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:42 pm

Actually I really got into WC this time around, especially when the players in the white uniforms got caught in the rain and their clothes clung to their tight, chiseled bodies...all wet...in the rain... yum!
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Re: World Cup Fever

Postby toys4grownups » Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:10 am

World cup fever is now over. Sad.
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