If they can advance out of their group and win a game, I would be ecstatic.
My take is every nation in pots 1, 3 and 4 is looking at pot 2 and praying it doesn't get the U.S. I expect round of 16, I'm optimistic about round of 8 and I think the U.S. has a shot to be the surprise team of the tournament.
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.
I think the way they do the pots is completely absurd. I think one problem is that there is something broken with the FIFA Ranking System when Colombia, Belgium, and Switzerland are in Pot 1. Then the other pots are done by confederations and not ranking? If your doing it on FIFA rankings, do it on rankings all the way through. As it is, it seems destined to create groups of death and groups of dearth.
Then again, I've only run the simulation once and the US drew Switzerland, Cameroon, and Greece. Not a bad group for the US. But woe the Pot 2 team that draws Brazil, Italy, and Chile. I think the only reason Brazil's FIFA ranking is so low right now is because they had no pressure to qualify. And UEFA's Rankingsget all mucked up because of the way they do qualifying, with a massive group stage followed by a short playoff to fill remaining spots. UEFA does not do enough to weed out the weak before the group stage.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.
I did the whole thing.....including the Group Stage ones.
Well.... Brazil finished last in the same group as the US.
Germany also finished last as well. With a group that included the Ivory Coast...Iran and Italy.
Argentina is also out....with England and Algeria advancing.
Is someone drunk at the wheel at this? Is it someone's wet dream that this happens?
Here we go!
The draw is now!
Tough to draw Germany. Could have been worse, though.
Ghana, Germany and Portgual.
Seriously, there's no point in even showing up.
Last edited by Caveat Emperor; 12-06-2013 at 12:17 PM.
24 Years and Counting...
Ghana be a short trip this time I'm thinking. Germany, Ghana, USA, Portugal.
Which two would you pick to advance?
When people say that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.
Brutal, just brutal
After the rest of the draw, I take back my last post. It really couldn't be much worse.
I don't know that the US will score a single point in the group stage.
24 Years and Counting...
The absolute worst group imaginable
Listen to the club teams Ghana's midfield plays for: