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The Finals are over, and after a goal deep in extra time, Germany has emerged as champions. A heartbreaking loss for Argentina to be sure, but it was still a great effort. The Netherlands won third place after Brazil’s meltdown continued, just not to the proportions it did against Germany.

Much of the drama in our Pick ‘Em came from Brazil and Netherlands, with points from selecting the winner making much of the difference. With that in mind, the winner of the 2014 World Cup Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Finals Results »

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Germany and Argentina square off to determine the winner of the world's most prestigious soccer trophy. (http://photo.elsoar.com/)

The World Cup will end this weekend, and it will be a good final two games. Brazil and the Netherlands look to avenge totally different but equally tough to swallow losses, while powerhouses Germany and Argentina each look to seize the throne again.

Brazil was more thoroughly humiliated than any soccer squad before them, but they’re still getting some picks for the bronze; it can’t get much worse for them after their loss to Germany. Germany is a powerful squad, but nobody could get a universal selection in the final rounds.

Scoring will be the same as before, except all points are doubled! That means picking the winner of each game is worth four points, while picking how many goals each team will score is worth two points per team. In the event of a tie in our standings, we’ll also be selecting the minute of the game when the winning goal will be scored in Germany vs Argentina.

Check below for the picks, and come back when the Cup is awarded for the complete results. Continue reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Finals »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Weekend is here – old beer list Schlitz, Narraganset,
* There is not one Sox other than Pedroia I wouldn’t trade
* Rumors of Tiger’s PED use starting to be heard
* Imagine the level you must lower yourself to beg these NBA stars to come to your team?
* I can’t believe that the Pats have Revis

2. World Cup:

* You gotta give me some love for picking Germany-Argentina final before the tournament – with Germany winning
* Having seen so much diving since Wide World of Sports (refs are giving it less late in tourney)
* Is Michael Ballack and other hard to understand analysts going to be doing Sports Center after the tourney?
* Now what do you look forward to in Brazil? Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Surf’s Up! »

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After a tough win on penalty kicks, Argentina moves on to meet Germany in the Finals for the third time. (http://upstreamonline.com.cdn.bitbit.net/)

The Semifinals are complete, and the two games could not have been more different. Germany put an unprecedented beatdown on Brazil, while Netherlands and Argentina couldn’t get anything past each other until Argentina took advantage in a penalty kick shootout.

Certainly, nobody saw Germany’s explosion coming at all, though it was easier to get a point here and there with the other low scores. It’s a close race for the Pick ‘Em’s lead entering the final round.

So check below for the updated results, and be sure to check back on Saturday afternoon for the final picks. Continue reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Semifinals Results »

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Germany has done well so far, but can they keep it up against the host country? ("Balls of Fury," 2007)

The final four teams in the World’s most prestigious soccer tournament are ready to duke it out. Perennial powerhouses Brazil and Germany start the round off, to be followed by last World Cup’s runner-up Netherlands taking on Argentina.

With Brazil and Germany being ranked third and second in the world respectively, that should be a good game. And Netherlands vs Argentina should have plenty of intrigue as well. In that respect, neither game’s winner was unanimously picked. Even the scores of the game had differences in predictions.

As before, choosing the winner of each game is worth two points, while picking the goals scored by each team is worth one point.

So check below for everyone’s predictions, and come back once the Finals are set for the results. Continue reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Semifinals »

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1. Cliff Notes:

* Beautiful weekend – 4th of July a celebration of the greatest country known to man
* Patriots camp around the corner
* Can golf be any more boring without Tiger
* Wimbledon proved yet again that the server has too much an advantage with the rackets built as they are

2. World Cup:

* If Brazil loses – Colombian Juan Camilo Zuniga is going to receive more death threats than JFK got
* My Germany over Argentina prediction is alive
* Dan Shaughnessy said it Saturday in the paper – USA won one of four games and is being celebrated as the nations greatest team (he asked – “which one was Eruzione”)
* The elimination round is not as good as teams are playing not to lose Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Back To Work We Go »

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Behind home-rain-forest advantage, Brazil was the only team to score twice in the quarterfinals. (http://at-web.org/)

The Semis are set, and it was a tough battle all around. Upstart Costa Rica forced Netherlands to penalty kicks. All other games were decided by one goal as well, two of those by the score of 1-0.

That made extra points tough to come by for our experts, who all unanimously picked the winners of all four games. Still, with four more games in the tournament, there’s plenty of time to make up room.

So check below for the updated results, and come back Tuesday evening for the Semifinal selections. Continue reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Quarterfinals Results »

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