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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The USA isn't in the tournament anymore, but the Quarterfinals still kick off on the Fourth of July. (http://dianegottsman.com/)

The Quarterfinals are about to begin, starting with a huge all-Europe match between France and Germany. With a great performance to win a tough group, and as the only team left not from Europe or South America, Costa Rica could be fun to watch, despite a tough game against the Netherlands. Argentina and Belgium look to build off tough elimination wins, while host Brazil faces Columbia in the round’s all-South America game.

This round, it was easier for our experts to choose the winners, with differences in finals scores to make the most difference in scoring before the Semifinal Round. 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 picks for this round, and check back once the round is complete for updated results. Continue reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Quarterfinals »

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1. Game Stuff:

* Amazing, amazing sporting event – almost broke my clicker, hand and TV – tantalizing, agonizing, what sports are all about – the ultimate in competition
* An indication of the respect FIFA has for USA – they were put in the Group of Death and had to travel more than any other team 5,900 miles to less than a 1,000 for Belgium
* Are we sure Landon Donovan couldn’t have helped at all?
* The team did the country proud they fought hard

2. Stats:

* Belgium 38 shots to 14
* Belgium 27 shots on net to 9
* Belgium 19 corners to 4 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Tim Howard Heroic Efforts Not Enough in Classic »

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Belgium eked its way through against a late US rally to win the final spot in the Quarterfinals. (http://www.brusselspictures.com/)

The Round of 16 is complete. Host Brazil had to work harder than anticipated to get by. Team USA couldn’t keep things together in extra time of the final game. After all eight group winners advanced, we’re left with four European squads, three from South America and one from Central America. Two games were decided by two goals, four by one goal and two had to go to penalty kicks.

In our Pick ‘Em, Columbia over Uruguay was the one big surprise, with Belgium over USA being a split decision. Points from guessing each team’s final goal tally also provided a great avenue towards points, especially with the lower scoring teams.

So check below for the updated results, and come back on Independence day for the Quarterfinal selections. Continue reading 2014 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Round of 16 Results »

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