WORLD CUP MESSAGEBOARD
Okay, it's just about time to be thinking about the World Cup, for those of us who are serious soccer...I mean football!...fans. And to that end, I would encourage those of you in whom the interests of writing/reading and football converge to post over on the messageboard I've set up for this very purpose...and to spread the link far and wide.
Also, via Alistair Rennie, check out this World Cup predictor.
I have to say upfront, and apologies for appearing unpatriotic, that I'm not confident in the United States' chances. Nor do I particularly care for the style of football they play. I much prefer the various European styles, the Brazilians, and the high-risk African styles. The US still seems somewhat two-dimensional and unimaginative in the way they bring the ball forward, relying on athleticism and basic skill more than the kind of thing that made, for example, the Czech Republic so fun to watch in the European Championship awhile back (even though Greece beat them).
The other thing I love is an amazing defense (like the Greeks displayed in the European Championship).
It's going to be an unbelievable atmosphere in Europe during World Cup and I'm glad I'll be over there for at least part of it.