Here now the predictions for everyone who has entered the MacKenzie Low Budget World Cup pool to this point:
Group A: Costa Rica (CRC), Ecuador (ECU), Germany (GER), Poland (POL
Group B: England (ENG), Paraguay (PAR), Sweden (SWE), Trinidad & Tobago (T&T)
Group C:Argentina (ARG), Holland (HOL), Ivory Coast (IVC), Serbia & Montenegro (S&M)
Group D: Angola (ANG), Iran (IRN), Mexico (MEX), Portugal (POR)
Group E: Czech Republic (CZE), Ghana (GHA), Italy (ITA), USA (USA)
Group F: Australia (AUS), Brazil (BRA), Croatia (CRO), Japan (JAP)
Group G: France (FRA), South Korea (SK), Switzerland (SWI), Togo (TOG)
Group H: Saudi Arabia (SA), Spain (SPA), Tunisia (TUN), Ukraine (UKR)
BRENT: Holland/Brazil/Portugal/Czech Rep
BEN: Brazil/Holland/England/Czech Rep.
ELIN: Czech Rep./Hol/Sweden/USA
JEFF: *France as champions*
Most shocking pick:
BRENT: England goes nowhere and Sweden hits the Quarters
MATT: Sweden over Germany in the Round of 16
BRANDON: Poland into the Quarterfinals
BEN: Iran/Paraguay/Australia/Serbia & Montenegro all crash Knockout stages
BRUCE: The US takes home a medal
SIMON: Ivory Coast survives the Group of Death and makes the Quarters
KRISTA: Trinidad & Tobago beat Germany to get to the Quarters
ELIN: Brazil wins their group but doesn't make it to the Quarters
Best quotes so far:
Krista Johnson (Journalist--Hall, Montana): "I'm so excited for this thing I'm clearing the Tivo now."
Jeff Shehan (US Air Force): "I got to go with Zidane and the French team since I'm in France right now...even though they are stuck up ***s who wear berets, eat baguettes, and drink a lot of wine...j/k"
Brent McCafferty (University of Great Falls): "Angola, Czech Republic, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Serbia & Montenegro, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, and the Ukraine are the only teams in the draw who have never lost a World Cup match. So, logically, you know the champion's got to come from that pool of eight."
Kwasi Gyasi-Gyamerah (University of Ghana): "Are you Americans ready for a sound thrashing at the hands of almighty Ghana while we make our world cup debut in the next couple of weeks? Did you see our friendly against Turkey? how about the 4-1 against Jamaica? Guys get ready for a repeat of the Jamaica dose."
World Cup! Hooray!!