Tuesday, May 16, 2006

US World Cup: our chances are slim to none...

...and slim just left town. At least that's what TradeSports says. We are a distant third to win Group E: Italy=48%, the Czechs=32%, the US=13%, and Ghana=7%. (The top two teams go through.) We are slated to lose our first game, to the Czech Republic on June 11, by about 2.2 goals; in fact we're more likely to lose than draw. We're the 14th-ranked team, below Switzerland, a team which, as far as I know, has never gotten out of the group stages.

This is some serious lack of respect. For a team that made the quarterfinals four years ago, was perhaps somewhat unlucky to be stopped by Germany and MichaelGoddamnedBallack's head even then, and is not dramatically worse now, I think there's a chance to make some money here. I'm going in.

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