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World Cup 2014

I’m not big on sports, but man do I love the World Cup!  Soccer is so fun to watch, and the games are pretty quick.  Why this thing only happens once every four years is completely beyond me.  I’m super sad that my team, Italy, is out.  Like, my heart breaks for Azzurri.  I’ve still got the USA and Argentina in the mix though!

Now that the group stages are over, I’m going to attempt a bracket of sorts for the knockout rounds.

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  • Brazil v. Chile: Chile has played well, but Brazil wants this badly as the home team.  I’m voting Brazil advances the quarterfinals.
  • Colombia v. Uruguay: This is a tough branch!  Colombia has more wins than Uruguay heading into knockouts, but for some reason I think Uruguay will advance.
  • France v. Nigeria: I’m predicting France will win; I haven’t seen anything too special from Nigeria.
  • Germany v. Algeria: Well, after watching Germany play today I’m convinced that they’ll be able to beat Algeria.
  • Netherlands v. Mexico: The Netherlands have played very well.  They should have no problem beating Mexico.
  • Costa Rica v. Greece: Greece hasn’t impressed me.  I’m betting on Costa Rica here.
  • Argentina v. Switzerland: I’ve enjoyed watching both of the teams a lot!  Since Italy is out I’m throwing my support behind Argentina. I definitely think they can beat the Swiss.  My boy Messi has got this!
  • Belgium v. United States: Oh, USA.  Belgium will definitely give us a run for our money.  I’m praying that the US can take them down.  That would put my two favorites teams against each other in the quarters, though!

There you have my quarterfinal predictions!  I’m actually hoping Argentina wins it all.

What are your predictions?

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Amazing Race Recap: Hei Ho Heidi Ho

Teams leave Seville, Spain for Liverpool, England. There, they make their ways to Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool FC, to score two goals each against a goalie.

Leo and Jamal take a detour and make it to Anfield first.  Jamal’s knee is still messed up from the bullying bulls.  They finish up as Dave and Connor arrive.  “I hope Dave and Connor go home!” says one of the Afghanimals.  Me too, buddy.

Jen and Caroline are terrible at soccer, but the Brenchels are pretty good!  They finish up next, just as Dave and Connor take the field.  You’d think Connor has a bad knee too from his kicks.  Oof.  Jennifer and Caroline manage to make their goals before the father-son team.

The next clue takes them to one of my favorite places I’ve ever been, WALES!  The drive shakes up the order of the teams, but at the aqueduct the teams encounter the Road Block: Poetry in Motion.  On the 15 minute boat ride, a teammate must learn a Welsh gypsy poem and recite it for a language specialist on the other side of the aqueduct.  If you didn’t know before, Welsh is a crazy language!  I really loved this challenge and found myself trying to recite the poem along with them.

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Here’s the poem:

Y Sipsi!

Hei ho Heidi ho!

Fi yw sipsi fach y fro

Carafan mewn cwr o fynydd

Newid aelwyd bob yn eilddydd

Rhwng y llenni ger y lli

Haf neu aeaf waeth gen

Hei ho Heidi ho!

All the teams had to repeat the Road Block, but Brendan was the first to complete the challenge, followed closely by Caroline.  Jamal and Connor struggle a bit longer, but finish up in that order.

Now the teams are back to England for the Detour: Shoot It or Boot It.

In Shoot It, teams shoot at clay pigeons.  They must hit 16.  Caroline is surprisingly great at this!  The beat Dave and Connor through this side of the Detour.  In Boot It, the teams fill up a pair of Welly boots with water and throw them.  (I’m… not sure why…)  They must use size 9 or 11.  It actually looks pretty fun.  Brendan’s throws get the Brenchels through this pretty easily, until they realize that they’ve used size 10 Wellies instead of 9 or 11.  Jamal and Leo finally arrive as they are restarting.

The pit stop comes next, which determines the three teams racing for the million dollars.  The teams finish in this order:

  1. Dave and Connor
  2. Jennifer and Caroline
  3. Brendan and Rachel
  4. Leo and Jamal

So, arguably, the strongest team was eliminated!  The navigating ended up doing them in.  I’m going Brenchel all the way in the finale, but really, anyone but Dave and Connor would be great.  (Can he please. stop. mentioning his achilles?)

Who do you think will win it all?!