I think I actually started blogging on a blogger site in 2006 (and it’s still there, of course) when the last WC was occurring and blogged about it. Since living in Italy, I care. I woke up at 4 am or something crazy to watch USA lose to Germany in 2002. I was thrilled that Italy won last time, although I was at camp and could only follow the game online.
I thought I would offer some picks just for fun. Here are my selections for which clubs will advance from each group:
Mexico and Uruguay (yes, I am picking France to flop)
Argentina (I like them and for Tim) and Nigeria
England and USA (although I am nervous)
Ghana and Germany (although my girl has a Serbian friend in pre-K)
Netherlands and Cameroon
Italy and Paraguay
Brazil and Portugal
Spain and Honduras
Of course, I want USA to do well. I hope Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore play well.
I root for Italy. I also like to see Argentina and the Netherlands play well.
I will go ahead and pick a minor underdog for champion: The Netherlands, and if not them, then maybe Holland.
Who will you be rooting for besides USA?