Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Podcasting a line: First fixture reset and assessing USA-Ghana

In getting my feet wet in the wired world of podcasts, I've made my horrendously inaccurate World Cup predictions public. It's great.

But yesterday, I hopped on the show and tried to digest the Ghana game along with the rest of this wide-open tournament. If you want to listen, rad. If not, just know that I totally had the U.S. down for a loss and will gladly admit as much.

Dutch to pummel Australia? Dutch to pummel Australia.

- Jacob Klinger

16 comments:

dikranovich said...

I was so wanting the Aussies to get points from this game

Jacob Klinger said...

Why's that?

dikranovich said...

Because I'm against the Dutch, Greg has helped me see the light over the years. How could anyone put the Dutch game on a higher pedestal than the Italian game, yet that often seems to be what we do in this country. One team has four world cups, and the other has the same as the USA.

I guess I'll have to settle for the Dutch getting side swiped in the second round. Whenever it comes, I will rejoice. It almost came today

Greg Seltzer said...


Italy also has about four times the population. The Netherlands has fewer people than Florida.

Besides, how many teams and clubs do you see around the world emulating Italian soccer in some manner?

dikranovich said...

I'd say most teams that keep it compact and absorb pressure, then spring a counter are playing the Italian style.

And you just proved with your comment that style is above substance, and it's not just so for the Greg seltzers of the world

Milan is one of the fashion capitals of the world. Italians understand style, but they also understand winning.

dikranovich said...

I guess with espana falling hard, the Aussie v Dutch outcome did not really matter, unless Aussie could have gotten the full three.

Greg Seltzer said...

Great, so maybe now this thread can be about the post.

dikranovich said...

First one more comment about your point on population. The Dutch May have a smaller population, but it is very centralized and it is good for team sports. Netherlands has a million less people than chile, but that Chilean population is spread over thousands of miles.

You have brought up populations before, when defending the Dutch, and their buffalo bills syndrome. It's a reasonable point, but doesn't change the fact that the Italy's and Germany's have forged forward to win, and that what the USA is striving for. It doesn't have to be pretty

justinwkoehn said...

Don't do it...It's a trap!

Jacob Klinger said...

Post-Klinsmann Germany is a departure on some level from historic Germany. Which are you referring to?

dikranovich said...

Yak, your enthusiasm is nice, but don't let it get in the way of intelligence. I thought J Loe was in charge of Germany anyway, even when coach klinsmann was their national team manager.

To Spain's credit, they have held Germany back these last eight years or so, of course, there is no chance of that happening this time around.

Chevis Ryder said...

Greg, please stop responding...it makes the comments less enjoyable to read.

Greg Seltzer said...

Umm, I have not responded for a day. But I have no idea why you place the annoyance on me - you may as well be rooting him by stating the case that way.

dikranovich said...

Greg, chivas regal is on your side, you didn't pick that up from your exchanges the other day with him? He just doesn't want you responding to my comments.

Chevis Ryder said...

No, sir I'm not annoyed with you at all. I find your soccer insight to be among the best. While you have not responded for a day, you have been responding for quite some time to what seems like every post from a certain poster whose sole purpose it seems, is to contradict you. It clutters up real conversation - it was a request and perhaps perspective from an outsider. Do with it what you will.

Greg Seltzer said...

I do not always respond to him, and I have gone through long periods of totally ignoring him. Nothing works to slow his comments or chill them out, but I am right about back to there again because he refuses to address or consider anyone here with basic respect.