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“Finale”

Today's hero for Spain, Andres Iniesta. The man deserves an Oscar.

Was today’s World Cup Final really a finale?  It was a finale in that it was the final game of the tourney, but it did not have the feel of an exciting final game.  I cannot ever remember watching a more boring championship sporting spectacle in all my years.  And the sad thing is this game was close and was just a few minutes away from penalty kicks.  Now I will definitely admit that I have a biased opinion.  I would rather watch a lot of other sporting events over soccer any day of the week.  But still this was the World Cup.  And this was the finals.  

I definitely would much rather have watched the Reds take on the Phillies in a second.  But I suffered through this lackluster game with the rest of the world.  And then just when you thought it would get exciting with penalty kicks.  Spain’s, Andres Iniesta, the man who spent more time on the ground than with the actual ball, put one into the back of the net.  Andres put on quite a performance that was reminiscent of Vlade Divac in the late 90s.  But either way, he was the hero.  He secured Spain its first World Cup Title. 

This was just not a fun game to watch whether you love soccer or not.  You can tell yourself that you thought it was exciting.  But unless you are from Spain or the Netherlands, you could not have possibly felt like you got your money’s worth watching this one.  This game had 13 yellow cards.  It had a red card.  It had a first half where neither team seemed to be even looking to score.  The second half at least provided a few scoring opportunities which was nice. 

Lastly, I feel like both of these teams were very good.  But I am not sure if they were the two best teams in the field.  They technically are because they made the final game, but I feel that Germany, Argentina, or Brazil all would have put on a much more entertaining show for the world see.  That is just me. 

But congrats to both Spain and the Netherlands on having a phenomenal tournament.  Spain should enjoy their victory to the fullest these next few weeks.  They deserve it. 

I also do feel that Andres Iniesta should secure the Oscar Award for “best actor” after today’s performance. 

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze. 

-Kraze

“World Cup Final Prediction”

I foresee the Netherlands flying high today, capturing their first World Cup Title.

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.

-Kraze