Incredible second game today, between the French and the Spanish! Morning game, however, between Brazil and Ghana: a total bummer. I've begun to hate Brazil for always winning and never looking like they deserve to win. What happened to John Lanchester's Brazil, the Brazil that made doing something as if your life depended on it, and doing it beautifully, into the same thing? That Brazil sure ain't in Germany! Even Ronaldinho stopped smiling and started jumping up and down in frustration when he didn't get a pass in the box. Ronaldo's goal was opportunistic and effective, but far from pretty. Adriano was offside for his. And I don't even remember the third one. Ghana played better, deserved to win, and STILL LOST: it stank.
Meanwhile, I am feeling the whole French thing. Seeing Spain's racist coach and his squad of children (talented children) get handed tickets home by a bunch of multi-culti old Frenchmen made me think that the dream of an integrated Europe could still happen. Of course, this is a ridiculous thing to think, but that's what I thought. To me it was like the French team decided to come back from the dead just to prove a point, and that point was that riots in the Paris suburbs don't mean secular humanist Western culture is dead!
Yes, ridiculous of me, but it's my World Cup.
As of right now my pick to win is Italy.
What about you?
Books mentioned in this post
Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey is the author of The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup