Thoughts on the World Cup: The Round of 16 and Quarterfinals

After a rollicking series of 48 group games at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, we have reached what is often called the “business side” of the tournament. The minnows have been separated from the sharks, and we have a situation where the teams can no longer tie. It’s a situation very similar to the … More Thoughts on the World Cup: The Round of 16 and Quarterfinals

Thoughts on the World Cup: Group Stage Part Three

Time is running out on the Group stage of World Cup 2014, and our boys are nearing kickoff of their match against the Germans. There will be no predictions here, only things that we’ve learned from the games from Monday through Wednesday. Some of the matches were entertaining; others were played very cautiously. But we … More Thoughts on the World Cup: Group Stage Part Three

Desire to Conspire: Should the U.S. Partner with Germany to Cheat the Group Stage?

If the United States and Germany tie on Thursday, they both advance to the Round of 16. This is 100% guaranteed, as they would both have 5 points, which is more than the possible 4 points that Ghana or Portugal could have at the end of the day. In a world where advancing is the … More Desire to Conspire: Should the U.S. Partner with Germany to Cheat the Group Stage?