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Join my World Cup soccer pool and you could win a 20″ flat screen tv (first prize) or a Canon Powershot digital camera (2nd prize). By the way, that’s for the winner of the whole ESPN Germany Cup tournament, not just my group.

TOMORROW AT 5 A.M. I WILL POST THE WORLD CUP TEAM ODDS TO HELP YOU MAKE YOUR SELECTIONS. I have the odds from four different websites. They will be in a nice and handy chart form.

Go to the ESPN Germany Cup Pick ‘Em page here. If you don’t have an ESPN account, you’ll need to create one. You can give them a bogus mailing address if you want, but just make sure that the and zipcode match up. I tried putting in a bogus city and it gave me an error message. They must match zip codes to cities.

Once you have your account created, it will take you to a screen where there’s a black box saying “CREATE ENTRY”. Hit that.

Next, put in your Entry name. This name is unique to this World Cup tournie. You can leave it to the default name, but I think you won’t be able to change it later.

Next, click on the “Create or joing a Group” link on the left. (It’s above the Entry name field)

Now, in the search field, put in GOOOAL. that’s with three “o”s.

Then, just click the Join this Group button.

Then pick the winners of each game. ESPN makes it real easy.

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Matt Maldre
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I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE AUSTRALIA VS. JAPAN MATCH. I got australia winning.

Matt Maldre
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Amy has 99.1 percent correct so far? WOW!

I’m pretty happy so far being tied for 2nd in our league.

Matt Maldre
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wait, i’m THIRD (not 2nd) with 71.5% so far. oops

Matt Maldre
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Man, I’m basically in last place with 16 points:
J. Etnyre 20
E. Maldre 18
A. Etnyre 17
l. wells 16
M. Maldre 16

Sorry Mark and Tom, but I’m not counting you, because you haven’t made all your picks.

Right now almost all my picks favor the favorites–with no ties. I’m debating if I should change my picks and make them more daring. Or maybe I’m hanging in close enought right now, and just make my charge during the playoffs.

There’s just four days left of regular tournament play. Hmmmm.

Matt Maldre
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I can’t find the page that has the listing of what picks everyone has made. It’s got, like, percentages of the favorite teams of all the matches. This is not Erik’s handy odds list. It’s the page on the ESPN site. I want to go in and find the matches that people are saying will be draws. I want to mix up my picks with some draw action.

Matt Maldre
Admin

So far of the 30 matches, there have been 7 draws. Wow. So it’s pretty evenly splity 1/3rd chance of a win. 1/3rd chance of a lose, 1/3rd chance of a split. But really though, what’s the chance of a sucky team getting an upset? very little. So take like Ukraine vs. Saudi Arabia. Ukraine is the ready favorite. So you do pick them to win or to draw? 1/3rd of the matches are draws, so there’s a 2/3rd chance they will win.

I’m gonna go with the draw on Ukraine/Saudi Arabia–just to mix it up, yo.

Matt Maldre
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Oh my math is wrong. 7 out of 30 is more like 23% instead of 33%. Hmmm.

There are no draws in the playoffs! wow!

Mark R
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Mark R

I have followed some of the results but I just don’t have the energy to keep up with this pool. Sorry.

I’m saving myself for fantasy football instead.

Good luck to the rest of you though!!!

Matt Maldre
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With one day left in round one here’s the standings:
J. Etnyre 29
E. Maldre 28
A. Etnyre 25
M. Maldre 25
l. wells 23
Looks like is Justin’s type of football.

Matt Maldre
Admin

Here’s the standings after round 1:
J. Etnyre 33
E. Maldre 32
A. Etnyre 29
M. Maldre 29
l. wells 26
T Saaristo 12
M. Raistrick 12
Perhaps Tom or Mark might rule round two!

Matt Maldre
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The standings from after the games on Monday, June 27:
J. Etnyre 42
M. Maldre 41
l. wells 41
A. Etnyre 32
E. Maldre 32
M. Raistrick 15
T Saaristo 15

I had the lead after the first two days of playoffs guessing all four games correctly. But then I fell apart on Monday incorretly thinking that Australia and Switzerland would win. Both were close matches. Italy scored a goal in the last second of the game. And Ukraine defeated Switzerland in a shootout.

Now I”m guessing that nobody is betting Ghana to beat Brazil today. But Spain vs. France should be interesting.

Matt Maldre
Admin

Standings after the games on Tuesday, Jun 28:
J. Etnyre 45
M. Maldre 44
l. wells 44
A. Etnyre 32
E. Maldre 32
M. Raistrick 15
T Saaristo 15

Incorrectly guessed Spain:
J. Etnyre
M. Maldre
l. wells

Correctly guessed France:
E. Maldre

Everyone correctly guess Brazil, except for E. Maldre. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING GUESSING GHANA WOULD BE BRAZIL?!

Tomorrow’s matches are pretty straightforward. Here’s what people are picking:
Argentina 37.9%
Germany 62.1%

Ukraine 7.8%
Italy 92.2%

Matt Maldre
Admin

Woops. The next games are actually on Friday. AND THEY ARE WORTH FIVE POINTS. There are still 48 potential points left:
Quarterfinals (4 matches): 5 points per match = 20 total points
Semifinals (2 matches): 7 points per match = 14 total points
Consolation/Third Place (1 match): 5 points per match = 5 total points
Final (1 match): 9 points per match = 9 total points

Matt Maldre
Admin

Don’t worry moose, there’s still 48 potential points left for you to win.

Matt Maldre
Admin

and to think, nobody in our league (that we know) has 48 points yet. We are only at the half way point for points.

Matt Maldre
Admin

The standings after the games on friday 6/30:
M. Maldre 54
l. wells 54
J. Etnyre 45
A. Etnyre 35
E. Maldre 32

Lisa and Matt both correctly guessed that Germany and Italy would win.
Both Etnyre’s incorrectly thought Argentina and Ukraine would win.

It looks like Erik has bowed out and is no longer making guesses. 🙁

Matt Maldre
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The standings after the games on 7/1:M. Maldre 54 l. wells 54 A. Etnyre 45J. Etnyre 45E. Maldre 32M. Raistrick 28 T Saaristo 28(if your name does not appear on this list, it’s because I don’t know who you are. Leave some info, so we know who you are in the comments here. Like name, location, how you found the GOOOOAL league.) Justin, Matt, and Lisa all incorrectly guessed that England and Brazil would win. But Amy got both Portugal and France. Amazing. The race is tightening up.Today we have Germany vs. Italy.Tomorrow is France vs. Portugal. I want a… Read more »

Matt Maldre
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The standings after the games on 7/4:
M. Maldre 54
l. wells 54
J. Etnyre 52
A. Etnyre 45
T Saaristo 35
M. Raistrick 35
E. Maldre 35
E. Maldre 32

Who picked Germany (the losers):
M. Maldre
l. wells
A. Etnyre

Who picked Italy (the winners):
J. Etnyre
T Saaristo
M. Raistrick

Justin moves closer to the leaders with his correct guess. How about France and Portugal today?

Matt Maldre
Admin

The standings after the France/Portugal semi-final on July 5:
M. Maldre 61
l. wells 61
J. Etnyre 52
A. Etnyre 45
T Saaristo 42
M. Raistrick 42
E. Maldre 42
E. Maldre 32

Here’s who guessed what:
France
M. Maldre
l. wells
T Saaristo
M. Raistrick
E. Maldre

Portugal
J. Etnyre
A. Etnyre

Just as Justin was moving close to the lead, he falls away with the Portugal guess. But there’s still 14 points out there with the 3rd place game (5 points) and championship game (9 points).

Matt Maldre
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DON’T FORGET TO GUESS THE FINAL SCORE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. There’s a couple boxes right below the area where you are to guess for France or Italy. It says: “France Final Score Guess, Italy Final Score Guess ” with the boxes filled in with -1 for both.

Matt Maldre
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The final standings:
M. Maldre 75
J. Etnyre 66
L. Well 66
A. Etnyre 45
T Saaristo 42
M. Raistrick 42
E. Maldre 42
E. Maldre 32

Matt Maldre
Admin

Wow. I won the 2006 World Cup? My mad soccer skillz in effect.