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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Straight Jacket Award For 6/30/10: Kagan The Pagan!

The best example, over even Gold boy, of how these nutcases are drive even more nutty (and mean) on the future latest member of the Supreme Court and her centrist ways.

"A family woman would be a better choice".

Savage The......well, Savage, a deserving winner today of the
......Straight Jacket Award.

The Fun Thread #1 For 6/30/10: The Boondocks Backtrack- A Date With The Booty Warrior

An all time classic, with it being a little rougher than last week's Tyler Perry slam fest.
As always, viewer and listener discretion is advised.

Part 1:


Part 2:

Music Thread #1 For 6/30/10: Another Big Sales Week For Eminem, Drake Goes Gold

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The music industry's savior saves again!
As reported earlier today, Eminem's "Recovery" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with a massive 741,000 copies sold in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the biggest sales week for a single album since October 2008, when AC/DC's "Black Ice" debuted with 784,000 in its first week.
Seriously, that is just a phenomenal and encouraging number, showing that, once again, artists (even rap artists) can survive the leak and still have people go to the shelves at Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy or wherever, or online without going to Limewire.

Of course being an establish name helps for sure, but it's not like Eminem will be having singles that's for the clubs and the radio specifically. "Not Afraid" certainly doesn't fit those locations from the other singles out nowadays from "prominent rappers/R&B singers", that's for sure.

Get this stat:
"Recovery" is the hip-hop king's sixth straight No. 1 debut -- and sixth overall chart-topper. His only set to miss the top spot was his "Slim Shady LP" debut, which bowed and peaked at No. 2 in 1999. Among hip-hop acts with the most No. 1 albums, only Jay-Z has earned more, with 11.

"Recovery's" debut week sales surpasses the first week of Eminem's last set, "Relapse," which began at No. 1 in 2009 with 608,000. It also beats the opening of 2005's "Curtain Call: The Hits" which entered at No. 1 with 441,000 in 2005.

And we can't forget the legal download sales!
Eminem's new album also wows digitally, as downloads made up 255,000 of its first week. That's the second-biggest digital week for an album in history. Only Coldplay's "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends" notched a larger frame, when it debuted with 288,000 downloads in the summer of 2008.

Of course, Em replaced last week's, who pushed pass the "Gold" line unsurprisingly:
Last week's Billboard 200 albums chart No. 1, Drake's "Thank Me Later," falls to No. 2 with 157,000 (down 65%). The chart's second-highest debut comes from Miley Cyrus' "Can't Be Tamed," which enters at No. 3 with 102,000. Cyrus' last proper full-length studio album was 2008's "Breakout," which started at No. 1 with 371,000. Since then, she's charted with three different "Hannah Montana" releases and the "Time Of Our Lives" EP.

Sadly though, the Roots only got 51,000 sold the first week. 51K........what is wrong with our times.

Even fact, Ozzy Osbourne sold more than the still under-appreciated Philly, as he brought home 81,000 to be #4 after Eminem, Drake, and Cyrus's tame debut for ironically "Can't Be Tamed."

Still, despite the massive week for the Detroit spitter, 2009 at this time was still better than in 2010 for disc purchases:
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending June 27) totaled 6.06 million units, down 1% compared to the sum last week (6.13 million) and down 3% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.22 million). Year to date album sales stand at 148.4 million, down 11% compared to the same total at this point last year (165.9 million).
This is one week, alone with last week, where the RIAA probably won't get whinny and mean, and sue poor people who can't afford their outrageous lawsuits.

Petraeus Confirmed

And just moving along back to a stupid war.

Nothing else to see in the unsurprising news of the week.

They Were Never For The Troops

Especially when those troops become homeless veterans.

Use them as they want to, then throw them away.

Just like toys.

The Wimbledon 2010 Thread/Sports Thread #1 For 6/30/10: Men's Quarterfinals Day

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Djokovic through impressively over "Randy" Lu.

Tomas Berdych is up two sets to one over Roger Federer, as this potential upset could lead to the first weekend since 2002 that Federer is not at Wimbledone. Just a stunning thought.

And speaking of stunning thoughts and constant upsets, Serena and Venus has lost in doubles to a terrific display from Zvonareva and Vesnina, who was the best player on the court today.

The Live blog is here, or here.

Update: Tomas Berdych has done it, ending the terrific 7 year run of Roger Federer's final appearances with an unbelievably satisfying 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat of the title holder and 16 time Grand Slam champion.

Almost congruent to his defeats to Juan Martin del Porto at the US Open last September and Robin Soderling at the French Open last month, Federer was hit off the court again, and questions will persist on his mind as to whether he will be able to solve these accurate power hitters.

Meanwhile, speaking of Soderling, he is up 6-3 on Rafael Nadal.

Update 2: Rafael Nadal has now a two sets to one lead on Soderling, and Andy Murray is locked in a battle, down one set and in a 2nd set tiebreak with Jo Wildfred Tsonga.

Update 3: Andy Murray has even the match directly with Tsonga, taking the second set tiebreak 7-5.

Update 4: Nadal has done it.....6-1 in the 4th set and the match over a dejected Soderling. Meanwhile, Murray is open to take the 3rd set here against Tsonga.

Update 5 : Back in the semifinals of Wimbledon, Andy Murray is through impressively. 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 6-2, over the always dangerous Jo-Wil Tsonga.

The 1st Thread For 6/30/10: The Kagan Hearings, Day 3

Cool calm, calm and cool, even if she is purely a centrist:

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Fun Thread #1 For 6/29/10: He's Yours' Ladies

He's yours, as this happened after the game.


More to come in the Fun Thread folks.

The Olbermann/Maddow Live Thread For 6/29/10: The Angle Primetime Interview

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Larry King To Step Down From 8 PM

With how things were going in the 9 PM slot, it was about time for it to happen .
Larry King, whose nightly CNN talk show was long a required stomping ground for striving politicians and contrite celebrities, announced Tuesday that he is going to step down from the program in the fall.
But he isn't entire gone from television, and he even broke it on Twitter .

The FIFA World Cup Thread #2/Sports Thread #3 For 6/29/10: King David And Spain Rules The Iberian Derby Over Portugal To Advance To The Last 8

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David Villa and Eduardo should have been left alone for a personal duel with each other, as they were both heads and shoulders the two best players in the match for my eyes.

But it was one way traffic for Spain, as they kept calm and avoided Portugal's dangerous counnterattack, which was never really given a full "You can't miss this opportunity, you have to score that" chance on goal.

One way traffic, and Villa's great persistence off of his future teammates's Xavi and Iniesta's work (with Llorente off the bench for Torres providing great sub minutes) lead to the great team goal despite the great Braga keeper showing how he will get some calls from bigger clubs possibly.

Amazing enough, the fans once again, got it wrong. Thankfully though, they didn't vote for Ronaldo, or that would have been really embarrassing:

The full review.

So, the quarterfinals are set:
Friday: Uruguay vs Ghana
Friday: Brazil vs Netherlands
Saturday: Argentina vs Germany
Saturday: Spain vs Paraguay

The Match Archive:

Iberian hell whole battle!
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Lineups:
Portugal: Eduardo, Bruno Alves, Carvalho, Ronaldo, Simao, Pepe, R Meireles, Almeida, Tiago, R Costa, Coentrao

Spain: Casillas, Pique, Puyol, Iniesta, David Villa, Xavi, Torres, Capdevila, Alonso, Ramos, Sergio
Spain 3, Portugal 0, in the Iberian warfare.

1st half analysis:
Great first half folks, and it was truly a quality puncher verse counterpuncher game so far, with both sides on their top stop so far, especially Portugal, in this iberian classic.

Just check the first half starts, and you will see that Spain of course had the ball and were in the final third of the field more.

And you have to give Carlos Queiroz credit here, he has put all of his forwards on the field, and has played his best lineup. And in this game, his conservative ways are okay, because they have shown enough quality the rest of the way when they have gotten forward, especially Coentrao.

It will be an enthralling second half.

Yesterday's Leftovers For 5/29/10: The Straight Jacket Award For 6/28/10- Black People Don't Own Being Black!

Only he could say this:

Only he.

The FIFA World Cup Thread #1 For 6/29/10: Cardozo The Hero, Okada & Komano The Zeros As Paraguay Tops Japan In Penalties

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Komano, a defender who has never scored, asked to take the penalty??? Sigh.

Sad for the likes of Nakamura, Morimoto, and Inamoto....but thank goodness no more dumb Okada coaching, thank goodness.

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Extra time, and Okada is still an idiot, as he continues his petty hate of Shunsunke Nakamura and Takayuki Morimoto.

The Wimbledon 2010 & The FIFA World Cup Thread #1 (Sports Special #1) For 6/29/10: Venus Williams Crashes Out As Tsveta Pironkova Scores The Upset Of the Tournament

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It is the shocker of the tournament, as Tsvetana Pironkova, who has never won past the 2nd round of a Grand Slam, has defeated Venus Williams 6-2, 6-2.

And it could be Vera Zvonvaera vs Pironkova in the semifinal, as the Russian is up 4-1.

Update: Zvonvaera is just one game away here.

Update 2: What another shocker there, as vera Zvonareva has dispatched of Kim Clijsters in a Great 30 minutes to remember for a lifetime. It will be a Zvonareva-Pironkova semifinal, what an amazing result.

But great from Vera Zvonareva here.

Update 3: But no defeat for Serena Williams......her serving pulls her through and she impressively defeats the dangerous Chinese 7-5, 6-3.

Update 4: And it's Kvitova in a triller today. 8-6 in the final set after Kanepi blew the match at 4-0.

The Wimbledon 2010 & The FIFA World Cup Thread #4 (Sports Special #4) For 6/28/10: 82rd Ranked Yen-Husn Lu Shocks Andy Roddick

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Monday, June 28, 2010

The Wimbledon 2010 & The FIFA World Cup Thread #3 (Sports Special #3) For 6/28/10: Brilliant Brazil Cools Chile To Advance To The Last 8

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Sound defensive performance, despite Robinho's usual stupidity.

Chile missed Ponce and Medel in this match, and that showed there. That absence was obviously the case there, and it was one way traffic all the way today.

The full review.

Now who named that clown Man of the Match? Anyway, the preview for Brazil and the Netherlands will come soon, like Thursday or Friday soon.

Here are the match archives.
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The lineups:
Brazil: Julio Cesar - Maicon, Lucio, Juan, Michel Bastos, Gilberto Silva, Luis Fabiano, Kaka, Robinho, Dani Alves, Ramires

Chile: Fuentes, Isla, Contreras, Carmona, Sanchez, Vidal, Suazo, Mark Gonzalez, Beausejour, Jara
Much closer than their qualifying matches, but I say a fun Brazil 3-1 win.

1st half analysis:
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The disclipine of Brasil, under Dunga, is impressive to watch here.

They were not concerned at all by Chile's usual aggression, as well as the return of the always dangerous Humberto Suazo, the Chilean's onky true deadly finisher. Lucio was covering him, and the chemistry he has with Juan is so important.

Speaking of the AS Roma man, his header goal broke things open, and now, if they don't lose their intensity (which they should be wary of doing against a Chile team who came back on them 2-0 at home in qualifying before Brazil won it 4-2), then they should stream roll in the second half.

The floodgates could open folks, even if Chile will fight back here. Without half of their starting backline of Ponce and Medel, to go along with Estrada in the midfield, and it's all hell broken loose for Marcelo Bielsa's team. He is angry with their replacements, Contreas and Fuentes, were doing okay until those two costly moments.

The Gravel For 6/28/10: The Kagan Hearings, Day 1

Live, on a day where Senator Byrd has passed away, the Roberts court whores itself again in proper fashion, the hearings start form Elena Kagan.
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The Wimbledon 2010 & The FIFA World Cup Thread #2 (Sports Special #2) For 6/28/10: Maniac Monday Round of 16- Slovakia vs The Netherlands

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The Quick Review:
Well, it was going to be a tough one, and it wasn't going to be smooth. Nevertheless, the Dutch showed maturity to come through, despite their defense opening up and almost going Slovakia a chance to pull off a mighty upset.

Great work by Kuyt, Sneijder, and the return of Mr. Robben, who scored w wonderful

And give it up to Martin Stekelenburg, who came through in a big moment with Vittek threatened his goal.

Man of the Match, a great return folks:

More to come folks.

The Match Archive:
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lINEUPS:

Holland: Stekelenburg, Van der wiel, Heitinga, Mathisen, Bronckhorst, Robben, De Jone, Van Bommel, Snejder, Kuyt, Van Persie

Slovakia: Mucha, Zabavnik, Skrtel, Pekarik, Durica, Weiss, Kucha, Stoch, Hamsik, Jendrisek, Vittek

TWD Condolences For 6/28/10: Robert Bryd Has Passed at 92

God bless to this venerable figure, now no longer with us.

Music Wakeup Call For 6/28/10: Matisyahu- One Day (2009)

The Wimbledon 2010 & The FIFA World Cup Thread #1 (Sports Special #1) For 6/28/10: Manic Monday Round of 16

And the first winner of "Tennis Greatest Day" has advanced today:
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Vera Zvonareva has advanced passed a poor and then injured Jelena Jankovic.

Venus Williams locked in a struggle with the hard hitting on fire Jamlia Groth. And Justine Henin has taken the first set in "Blockbuster Battle #1", 6-2 over rival Kim Cijsters.

In "Blockbuster Battle #2", Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will follow Roger Federer and Juergen Melzer.

The live blog besides this one . Besides this one of course.

Update: Despite Jamith Groth playing the best tennis of her life, the five time champion Venus Williams goes through in a tough two sets 6-4. 7-6 (5). Very tough was that match. Meanwhile, Roger Federer is feeling comfortable, up two sets to love on Melzer.

And Kim Clijsters, after dropping the first set, is now up a break in the second in her battle with Justine Henin.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Awards Stupidity For 6/27/10: Oh Dear, The BET Awards

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The 2010 FIFA World Cup Thread #2/Sports Sunday Thread #3 For 6/27/10: Another Referring Blunder As Argentina Advance Pass Mexico In Another Round of 16

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Well, another sad referring that everyone has clearly seen, as Robert Rossetti blows the clear "offsides" on Tevez.

From then on, that terrible non call clearly unnerved Mexico, as Osorio's brutal error (clearly lead to Higuain's 4th easy goal of the World Cup) showed there. It was the worst defensive error of the tournament by far, as someone with Osorio's experience should never make (or anyone at this level).

At least Tevez's third goal was a pure strike of glory, as it stands as the best goal of the tournament for sure (though Luis Suarez's effort yesterday really can contend with it because of when he scored it in the match, when it was 1-1 with South Korea instead of a comfortable 2-0 lead).

Carlos Tevez, no question the Man of the Match, although his first goal was allowed thanks to Real Man of the Match, Mr. Robert Rossetti.
The full review.

The Match Archive:
Yet again......will it be revenge or repeat
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The lineups, no Guiterrez or Veron
Mexico: Pérez; Osorio, Rodríguez, Márquez, Salcido; Juárez, Torrado, Guardado; Dos Santos, Hernández, Bautista.

Argentina: Romero; Otamendi, Demichelis, Burdisso, Heinze; Rodríguez, Mascherano, Di María; Tévez, Messi, Higuaín. Out: Verón, Samuel.
This will be a war, and Mexico will get revenge....2-1 Mexico.

Sports Sunday Thread #2 For 6/27/10: Sebastian Vittel Gives Himself And His Team A Much Needed Win At The Grand Prix of Europe


Sebastian Vittel, on the day his country takes on Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button's country in a crucial World Cup Round OF 16, has delivered a vital win for Red Bull in the historic Grand Prix of Europe in Valencia.

More to come, and could it be a sign of omens.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup Thread #1/Sports Sunday #1 For 6/27/10: Goaline Robbery, Counterattacking Give Germany Great Win, Horrible England Loss

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What heartache for England, and what a performance today form Thomas Mueller.

I can't express how great Thomas Mueller has become in one year. He has become one of the best in the World right now, as both Germany and Ghana have the young starlets of this tournament right now.

More to come folks, on a dejected day for England, and an awesome day for both mueller. Sebastian Vittel, and Germany, and a poor day for England and their nation.

Man of the Match, no question it's Thomas Mueller:


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The lineups, as Schweingster and Boateng weren't going to miss this game, even if they were in critical condition, while it's an unchanged lineup for England after the badly needed win over Slovenia.
England: Neuer, Lahm, Meretesacker, Friedrich, Boateng; Schweingster,Khedira; Mueller, Ozil, Podolski; Klose

Germany: James, Johnson, Terry, Upson, A.Cole; Milner, Lampard, Barry, Gerrard; Rooney, Defoe

1st half analysis:
Well, the referees and Sepp Blatter are the only people who could cover up how terrible England's backline has been so far. When Glen Johnson is your best defensive player so far, GLEN JOHNSON, then that really says something.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The 2010 FIFA World Cup Thread #2/Sports Saturday Thread #3 For 6/26/10: Going Going Ghana......Gyan's Strike, Bradley's Coaching, Send

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Simply put folks, in games like this, where it comes down to the littlest of things, coaching is just so vital in this sport.

Today, you have seen it on full display, as Bob Bradley basically cost his team today.

Bradley is an ideal assistance coach, but not a main manager at this level. And a game that should have been a full revenge game for the United States today after what transpired in 2006 started out as tame friendly like effort thanks to Michael Bradley being affected with being partnered again out of nowhere with Ricardo Clark.

It's not just the giveaway that lead to Tim Howard, Jay Demerit, and Carlos Bocanegra looking bad on Prince Boateng's shot. It was just the nervous energy that Clark brought to the game that caused the United States to have their third out of 4th awful start.

More on this later.

And yet another random Man of the Match award given.......man, the fans have really had a field day here:

The Wimbledon 2010 Day 6 Thread/Sports Saturday Thread #2 For 5/26/10: Nadal And Petzschner Locked In A 5th Set Duel

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Germany's Philip Petzschner has taken a two sets to one lead over Rafael Nadal here, putting the Spaniard in that position again for the second straight match.

Can he come back like he did against Robin Haase?

Serena has advanced in impressive fashion, with 21 aces against always stubborn and feisty Domi Cibulkova, setting up the Round of 16 second blockbuster on the women's side, as Maria Sharapova looked shaky but progressed through Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Update: They are in the 5th set here, 3-all.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup Thread #1/Sports Saturday Thread #1 For 6/26/10: Luis The Chief: Scintillating Suarez the Hero As Uruguay Tops South Korea In A Semi-Classic

What more else could you say .

Seriously, who else could it have been folks:
More to come on this wonderful match.
The Match Archive:
First, my bracket for who I thought would advance out of the Group. Clearly, the African teams let me down here big time.

Anyway, to today's 1st round of 16, and the lineups:
South Korea: Sung-Ryong, Young-Pyo, Jung-Soo, Yong-Hyung, Du-Ri, Jung-Woo, Sung-Yueng, Jae-Sung, Ji-Sung, Chung-Yong, Chu Young

Uruguay: Muslera, M.Pereira, Lugano, Godin, Fucile, A. Pereira, Perez, Rios, Forlan, Cavini, Suarez

1st half analysis:
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Outstanding first half, where both teams are virtually even on possession:
The only difference is, of course, the defending.

A massive mistake by Lee Young Pyo and Yong-Hyung there to not even think that Suarez was there on the back post, leading to what separates these two quality times.

And Steve McMahammon was completely right. This field is terrible.

The Saturday 1st Thread For 6/26/10: The Usual Three

You know what it is, bring in Luda:


And the return of Obama:


.....And De La Soul:

Friday, June 25, 2010

Sports Thread Special #4 For 6/25/10: Edwin Jackson No-Hits The Rays

The 4th no-hiiter this year.......stunning:
And the 2nd time it has happened to Tampa Bay this year!

The final line on Jackson's extraordinary evening, 8 walks and 149 pitches after the fact. And get this:
The right-hander held Tampa Bay hitless despite walking seven batters through the first three innings. He walked Ben Zobrist, Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena to load the bases with no outs in the third. But he forced Matt Joyce to fly out to right, got some help from third baseman Mark Reynolds on a nice grab and throw home on a B.J. Upton grounder and got out of the inning on Hank Blalock's groundout to second base.

After eight innings, Jackson had five strikeouts and seven walks on 134 pitches.
It is the 2nd no-hitter in Diamondbacks history after Randy Johnson's perfect game in 2004 against the Braves.

Kieth Olbermann with perspective.

And talk about doing it against his first major league team Edwin. Well done.

The Fun Thread For 5/25/10: Don't Mess With This Dog

Especially if you are driving a car:

The 2010 FIFA World Cup Thread #2/Sports Thread Special #3 For 6/25/10: Group H Finale Day, As The Group Stages End

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The Quick Analysis:
The nation of Chile will be thanking their Honduran brethren for a long time for how brilliant they were today. And I feel for Roger Federer, as his Swiss just weren't good enough on the day and couldn't take their chances.

But maybe it was good for them, considering that it will be Chile that will have to play Brazil and not them.

And you have to say, the Swiss are similar to the United States in regards to playing real well when they are the underdogs, but can't take the mantle of being favorite very well.

Just like four years ago against the Ukraine in that sleeper of a Round of 16 encounter, the Swiss just couldn't put it in the back of the net. And it is a shame considering that Eren Derdiyok couldn't show the confident goal scoring form he displayed for Leverkausen this year, as Barnetta laid a platter of a ball for him to head.

But massive credit must be given to Honduras, and their determination to the game despite just looking for the counter attack goal.

For Spain, the form of Fernando Torres and Xavi right now is the only thing preventing this team from taking off (as well as Puyl and Cadevilla in the back).David Villa is showing why he deserves to be in the discussion of the Messis, Ronaldos, and Rooneys of the world, while Andres Iniesta played his best game since his injury.

And for Spain, it is a big difference playing their Iberian brethen Portugal than that other Portuguese speaking country that is Brazil.

Man of the Match for Honduras, the goalkeeper was terrific:

And he's back........Andres Iniesta is back:

Final Group H Standings:
Spain 6 pts (+2)
Chile 6 pts (+1)
Switzerland 4 pts (0)
Honduras 1 pt (-3)


The full matches archives.
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It's the last group, the last moments of the group states of this 2010 FIFA World Cup.

It is captivating stuff, as Spain looked to avoid one of the all time shockers and advance to the Round of 16. They will need nothing short of a win here, as Switzerland is expected to give Honduras a third lost in as many games.

It has already been some captivating "finale days" in the groups before the curtain closers here. From Group A's inspiration by the host just missing out from a historic comeback, to Group B seeing South Korea shine at the fault of poor Nigerian finishing. From "The Landon Donovan Show Heroics in Group C, to Mesut Ozil fully establishing himself as one of the world's future top tier players. From Keisuke Honda continuing is expedient takeover to little Slovakia knocking out the defending world champions italy in dramatic fashion.

It has been some enthralling final days this whole entire week, from Tuesday to today. And hopefully Group H will close it out in a bang. And with what is at stake folks, that certainly seems to be the case.

The scenarios:
For Chile: A win or a draw, and they will top the Group.

For Spain: A win over chile, and they will advance. A loss, and they will most likely be eliminated.

For Switzerland: A win and they will advance, regardless of what happens with Chile-Spain

For honduras: Well, they need simply a miracle.

The lineups for Spain-Chile:
Spain: Castillas, Ramos, Pique, Puyol, Cadevilla, Iniesta, Alonso, Busquets, Xavi, Torres, Villa

Chile: Bravo, Isla, Medel, Ponce, Jara, Iniesta, Estrada, Gonzalez, Beausejour, Valdivia, Sanchez

For Switzerland-Honduras:
Switzerland: Bengalio, Lichtsteiner, Von Bergen, Gritching, Ziegler, Fernandez, Inler, Huggar, Barnetta, Derdiyok, Nkufo

Honduras: Valladeres, Chavas, Bernandez, Figueroa, Sabillion, W. Palacios, J.N Palacios, Thomas, Suazo, Alvarez, Nunez

1st half analysis of both games:
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Well, for Chile, there only hopes right now is Honduras, and Honduras, and Honduras.

The match for them is over, and they need to not make fools of themselves with these wild red card challenges that they are giving out to the Spanish.

And Andres Iniesta is back to his very best, where all Spain need is to get Torres and Xavi going right now.

The Flashback Friday #2 For 6/25/10: Michael Jackson- Man in the Mirror

The FIFA World Cup Thread #1/Sports Thread Special #2 For 6/25/10: Brazil And Scared, Conservative Portugal Advance To The Round of 16

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Quick Final analysis of Group G:
The luck of the draw (who faces North Korea and Brazil first) and Didier Drogba's injury was the difference in who advanced and who has gone home between Portugal and the Ivory Coast.

It is just as simple as that. Imagine the pressure on Carlos Quieroz if he had to play Brazil instead of North Korea in the 2nd match after they played that tame matchup with Ivory Coast in the Group G opener.

Now of course, Queiroz was under pressure against North Korea as well, as you can make the argument that Sven Goran Eriksson decision to not start Gervinho against Brazil was a costly decision that shaped the group as well.

But Quieroz was able to get off the hook thanks to the luck of the draw, while Eriksson and the Coast were put to the sword by Brazil, thanks in part to a referee laughing it up with Luis Fabiano on his clear hand ball second goal in that big 3-1 Brazil win.

So shame for the Ivory Coast, snake bitten in a 2nd straight World Cup by the luck of the draw. It wasn't so much as the Group for CIV being brutal this time around, because Argentina-Netherlands in their 1st two matches were harder than Portugal-Brazil was (plus 4 more years of maturity from the last time out made them arguably a better team, Kolo Toure' withstanding). It was who they played to start off the group that was the harsh decider for them going home early.

And I guess everyone calling this the "Group of Death" definitely looks even more sillier now. Group D was clearly that group and thensome.

Oh, and by the way, even if Portugal lose to Spain 4-0 in the Round of 16. he will always be the Man of the Match:

Meanwhile, the Man of the Match is the arm warrior that was Drogba, who grows even more in my eyes for even playing and leading his country as hard as he could despite his nagging injury:

The Final Group G Standings:
Brazil 7 points
Portugal 5 points
Ivory Coast 4 points
North Korea 0 points

And The Matches Archives:
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The scenarios:
Simply put, the ivory Coast must make up the goal differences on Portugal........after getting a Brazil run against them. Tough luck for that happening.

The lineups for Brazil-Portugal:
Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Juan, Felipe Melo, Michel Bastos, Gilberto Silva, Luis Fabiano, Dani Alves, Julio Baptista, Nilmar

Portugal: Eduardo, B Alves, Duda, Carvalho, Ronaldo, Danny, Pepe, Meireles, Tiago, Costa, Coentrao

And for Ivory Coast and North Korea:
North Korea: Myong Guk, Jong Hyok, Chol Jin, Jun Il, Yun Nam, Kwang Chon, In Guk, Nam Chol, Yong Hak, Yong Jo, Tae Se

Ivory Coast: Barry, Boka, Zokora, Toure Kolo, Eboue, Toure Yaya, Romaric, Tiote, Keita, Gervinho,

1st half analysis:
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The race is on for Ivory Coast, but they must hope that Brazil make Portugal play for their flopping and scared cat tactics of Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz.

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