The dogphysics karma joke is pretty much dead, as countries with current or future editions of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog have gone a dismal 1-3-0 in the first round of elimination play. I’m surprised it lasted as long as it did, honestly.
The big story of the World Cup at the moment is the immense suckitude of the refereeing, which currently accounts for at least four screwed up goals (two not allowed for the US, one for England, and an improperly allowed goal for Argentina). It’s gotten to the point where FIFA is being dragged toward the Century of the Fruitbat, and might start thinking about replay technology. (I suspect this is just a way to push off discussion until the tournament is over, and everybody forgets about FIFA for the next few years.).
This does seem like a good excuse for a poll, though, so:
At the moment, the most striking thing about the first round of elimination play has been just how uncompetitive the games have been. The first two games (Uruguay-South Korea and USA-Ghana) were pretty good, but most of the games since have been one-sided. England’s disallowed goal might arguably have changed the balance enough that England wouldn’t’ve given up two really stupid breakaway goals, but I’m pretty sure Germany was going to win that game no matter what. Argentina, Brazil, and the Netherlands all thoroughly dominated their games, though.