In sporting news other than the Lebron James saga, there is a soccer tournament going on. And today, the final game takes place at 2:30 Eastern time. 2 European squads are matched up. Neither squad has ever brought home a World Cup Title for their respective countries, though both have a very rich soccer tradition. They also are both very familiar with each other. And I will be entirely honest with you..
I could really care less about this game.
If it wasn’t an event to get together with friends and family to watch, then I would be just as content sitting and watching the Reds take on the Phillies to conclude their 4 game set today. This series has been a doozy. Three straight nights of extra inning baseball! And though my beloved Reds have lost all 3 games, the series has had quite a playoff feel to it. The Reds could have probably headed into the All Star Break with a decent lead over the rival Cardinals. Sadly, they will go into the break up by 1 or 2 games with the Cards nipping on their heels. It would be big to end the year’s longest road trip at 6 and 5 rather than 5 and 6. So today’s game holds a lot of meaning for the Reds. But I digress. Back to the soccer.
The Netherlands and Spain have each played outstanding tournaments. Minus the opening game surprise for Spain, both of these teams have been winning with authority. Both teams are currently riding at least a 5 game winning streak. Now I am not going to go into an analysis of the actual play. Because let’s be real, these teams both play your typical European skilled style of soccer.
And to keep this short and sweet, I got the Dutch winning. There will be a party tonight in the Red Light District beyond your wildest dreams. And it is well deserved. Spain is extremely young and talented. They will be my early favorite to take home the 2014 World Cup though. David Villa will be back and ready to go in 4 years. No team has ever lost their opening game of the tournament and gone on to win the World Cup (Spain lost their opener). And it will not happen this year either.
This year belongs to the Dutch.
It will be an “Orange” filled afternoon.
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.