Three European countries, France, Germany, and Spain have suffered embarrassing World Cup losses. The French team in particular has appeared to be in complete disarray. Their combined record to this point is just 2-3-1 (W-L-T).
What do these three countries have in common? None of them have purchased translation rights for How to Teach Physics to Your Dog. Meanwhile, the seven countries with current or forthcoming editions (the US, Brazil, Portugal, England, Italy, Japan, and South Korea) have a combined record of 5-2-7.
I think the lesson here is clear: translation rights for Spanish, French, or German editions of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog are still available. Act quickly, publishers in those nations, and you may yet salvage some World Cup success for your country. The clock is ticking…
On a slightly more serious note, we have now reached the halfway point in terms of the number of games played. The second round of group play saw four tie results, and a huge increase in scoring, with 42 goals in the second set of 16 games, compared to 25 in the first quarter of the tournament.
A linear projection would thus predict 20 total ties, and 134 total goals. This means Jing at #19 and Noel at #27 are probably in the best shape in the Uncertain Principles World Cup Contest. It’s a little tough to predict whether the do-or-die nature of the third set of group play games will lead to more goals and fewer ties, or the resting of players by squads who are safely in will lead to more ties and fewer goals. Probably a wash, really.