Update: ESPN’s entry deadline is a bit unclear, but it could be sometime today (Thursday), so ENTER NOW!
We sort of dropped the (Official Adidas Jabulani) World Cup ball this year, since we’ve been so hyped up on the Blackhawks, (see below).
But World Cup season is always a big deal here on 2strokebuzz. If you want to get mixed up in our Quadrennial gentleman’s wager, just sign up for ESPN Soccernet’s World Cup Bracket Predictor then make your picks and join the 2strokebuzz.com group Whoever has the most points at the end of the tournament wins… something. Something good.
Right now, someone–Durso, specifically–is asking “Where’s my prize from 2006?”
If you care to look at my entry, I’ve got Argentina taking it all in an epic Brazil/Argy final. I don’t even like Argentina or Brazil, but the media spectacle of Maradona leading Messi into battle against their biggest rival is too obvious, and in my experience, World Cups lean towards the obvious.
Yes, U.S. to the quarters is wishful thinking, I’m borrowing that wishful thinking from England, who disappoints me every four years. My biggest upset, though, is New Zealand to the second round, just because no one in their right mind would pick New Zealand to win a single match. Aside from that, with Essien, Mikkel, and Drogba out, I’m not expecting many surprises (and I hope Samuel Eto’o is watching his back.)