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MOWC: Like Those Von Trapp kids said: So Long, Farewell etc. Groups E-H

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So it's another night, it was another day of matches, but there weren't quite as many surprises as there had been or could have been.  So it's a continuation of the ejected teams in the fondest farewell that I can give, in my humble blog style.

Group E ejects:
Cameroon and Denmark (Group play)


It was never going to be an easy road for any of these teams, being placed in the same group as the Netherlands, a seeming perennial underdog favorite.  Still coming in as a favorite, the Netherlands walked through all of their games achieving a win every time.  With that being said, it's time to say goodbye to:

Thomas Sorensen:                                                            

and   Lars Jacobsen    








Sebastien Bassong:













Group F ejects:

Italy & New Zealand (Group Play)
Slovakia (Round of 16)

Stunning many, the defending World Cup champions, Italy, got the boot in the first round thanks to some surprising play from Slovakia.  New Zealand, also surprised many, somewha…

MOWC: Like Those Von Trapp kids said: So Long, Farewell etc. Groups A-D

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I've been lazy.  That's the truth: I've been lazy in chronicling the World Cup.  I was going to keep up match by match or at least day by day, but that hasn't been the case.  What has since happened is that we are halfway through the round of 16 and some extremely exciting moments have happened, and all has been neglected on this blog.  Not that there haven't been plenty of other blogs that have been updating you an a minute-by-minute basis, in case you were really wondering what was going on.  I digress.  This post is going to be a kind of "in Memoriam" to all of the athletes who have bid adieu to the World Cup so far, and for some of these guys, the exit has been oh-so-sweet for me.  For the remaining teams, I still have hope that Brazil won't take the whole thing.

Group A Ejects:


South Africa and France:
This wasn't really a pretty group to watch.  Uruguay and Mexico prevailed, but France didn't even put up a fight.  They looked horrendous for…

MOWC-Uruguay V. France

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A little background first:


-Uruguay were the first winners of the World Cup in 1930


-France "qualified" for the World Cup due to Thierry Henry's questionable handball call in their match against Ireland


-France won the World Cup in 1998


-France has the oldest average age in their Group and Uruguay has the youngest, but not by much.

Who I'm rooting for: Uruguay.  I know, I know, I'm breaking my own no-Latin American team rule, but they've never personally offended me, and I'm taking them up as the underdogs for this match.  Plus, France has waaaaay too many questionable things going on behind the scenes for (prostitution ring, anyone?) for me to feel comfortable supporting them.


My picks:


Uruguay:
Diego Perez (AS Monaco) :



and, of course, the captain (I am a sucker for a man with a title), Diego Lugano (Fenerbahce S.K.-Turkey)










And it looks like the smartest thing France did was get Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux) as a Midfielder:



















By the way, I just heard the most superb …

MOWC- South Africa V. Mexico

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As a female, I'll admit it, a gi-normous chunk of my interest in soccer stems from the boys who play it.  It has since high school.  I mean these guys have to be conditioned to run for 90 minutes, be able to jump ridiculously high in the air, and be willing to take some pretty rough tumbles, which all adds up to men that are usually also very very hot.  I've decided, along with trying to learn a couple of things to improve my knowledge of soccer, which I would consider to still be at the "beginner" stage, I'm also going to keep a record of the Men of the World Cup, match by match.


I would also like to say quickly that the openings of the matches always get me a little choked up, when they walk out with the children and in a, usually, very sportsmanlike manner shake hands, and have the dual national anthems..I don't know, it just feels like the way sports are supposed to be.  Of course, I also like it when I have something to complain about, like the massive nu…

If I Could Turn Back Time-Prince of Persia at least makes the past LOOK good

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Yes, it's true, Jerry Bruckheimer finally adapted a Cher song.  Ok, ok, so that's not the full truth.  The full truth is that he adapted a video game, or so I'm told.  I'm not big into video games so I couldn't really tell you whether or not it's a faithful adaptation, but what I can tell you is...well I'll get to that.  Before I do so, I have a little something to take care of.

Dear Jake Gyllenhaal-

I know that this statement makes me pretty much the same as almost every other single woman, and some single men, in this world, but you're the most attractive person, perhaps on this planet right now.  Jerry Bruckheimer and Mike Newell knew exactly what they were doing when they went after you for this role because, let's face it, Prince of Persia doesn't really stand on story alone, does it?  But your scruff and buff are enough to make up for it, almost.  If you're ever looking for someone to take to dinner or walk down a red carpet, I'm a…