We’re several days into the World Cup now, and I have just about settled on my rooting strategy for countries I have no personal connection to: I’m going to root for countries where we’ve sold the rights for How to Teach Physics to Your Dog over countries where the rights haven’t been sold yet.
This is a good strategy for producing a mix of teams– I get to root for both Brazil and Portugal, for example, and also underdogs like Japan and South Korea– but it has one major flaw: we’ve sold Italian rights. And I find it really hard to root for Italy, one of the flopping-est, whining-est, stalling-est teams out there. I was really glad that Paraguay scored first yesterday, because Italy with a one-goal lead is well nigh unwatchable.
Anyway, consider this an Open Thread for discussion of the World Cup. And just for fun, here’s a quick poll asking you to rank sporting errors:
Amusingly, all three of those epic chokes broke in favor of a team I root for. I think I’ve blocked out the ones that went against my teams…