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The great College World Series / Euro 2008 chat thread
2008-06-17 06:00
by Bob Timmermann

Niche marketing is what I'm all about here.

The College World Series resumes at 11 am PT with an elimination game between Rice and LSU.

In yesterday's action, Miami eliminated Florida State 7-5 and Georgia took control of its bracket with a 4-3 win over Stanford. Miami will play Stanford Tuesday in an elimination game and the winner of that game would have to beat Georgia twice.

At 11:45 am, the final two matches of Euro 2008's Group C, aka "The Group of Death", will be played. Netherlands has already won the group and may be sending out the second string in its match against Romania in Berne. Italy will play France in Zurich.

Romania advances with a win. If Romania loses, the winner of France-Italy advances. If both matches end in ties, Romania advances. If France and Italy play a draw that is at least 1-1 and Romania loses, Italy advances. If France and Italy play a scoreless draw, Romania will advance as long as it loses by one or two goal or by a three goal margin in which they score at least one goal. If Romania loses 3-0 and the Italians and French play a scoreless draw, then Italy advances.

And my personal favorite, if Romania earns at least a draw and France and Italy draw also, the French and Italians have to play a penalty kick tiebreaker to decide who finishes third. Even though if you finish in third, you don't advance. (UEFA has put the kibosh on this idea. Jerks.)

This will all be on the final. The sum of this is that France is in big trouble

Oh, and at 4 pm PT, #2 North Carolina will play Fresno State. The Bulldogs will try to join the other Bulldogs as the only 2-0 teams in the CWS.

2008-06-17 07:41:03
1.   Ember Nickel
Sad news for you, Bob.

2008-06-17 08:27:41
2.   Bob Timmermann
2008-06-17 08:51:12
3.   bobsbrother
The good news is a scoreless draw doesn't help Italy or France, so they've got to attack. Unless, of course, Italy gets on the board early and then puts 11 men behind the ball for the duration of the game.
2008-06-17 08:53:28
4.   Bob Timmermann
But what if the Romanians fall behind 3-0 early?
2008-06-17 09:44:54
5.   bobsbrother
I don't think they'll fall behind that early, especially with the Dutch likely to rest their best players.
2008-06-17 10:37:16
6.   Bob Timmermann
Somehow I think Italy will muddle through.

Mainly to annoy me.

2008-06-17 11:06:38
7.   D4P
I don't like that both games are scheduled to start at the same time, but I do like that I just discovered I can watch on ESPN360.
2008-06-17 11:41:15
8.   D4P
Ugh. ESPN360 won't load now.
2008-06-17 11:46:12
9.   Bob Timmermann
Website of death!
2008-06-17 11:49:00
10.   D4P
Is "360" the number of minutes it takes to load...?
2008-06-17 11:57:10
11.   D4P
More like ESPN 3-sux-ty.
2008-06-17 11:58:44
12.   bobsbrother
The loss of Ribery is not good for France.
2008-06-17 12:12:39
13.   Ken Arneson
Zut alors!
2008-06-17 12:13:02
14.   bobsbrother
And trailing by a goal and being down a man is also not good for France. This should serve as an incentive for Romania.
2008-06-17 12:15:31
15.   Ken Arneson
Italy is dominating now with the man advantage.
2008-06-17 12:23:34
16.   bobsbrother
That Italian goal also eliminates a bunch of the scenarios above.
2008-06-17 12:42:09
17.   bobsbrother
The French are going to need two goals in the second half, at least. This could be fun, though difficult. It was nice that the Italians didn't sit on their lead and pushed for a second goal.
2008-06-17 12:44:03
18.   Bob Timmermann
And Rice leads LSU 4-0.
2008-06-17 13:02:12
19.   Bob Timmermann
The Dutch are up 1-0.
2008-06-17 13:08:03
20.   Ember Nickel
2-0 Italy on a free kick.
2008-06-17 13:12:02
21.   Bob Timmermann
Well, that's that.

At least one more Italy match to slog through.

2008-06-17 13:30:06
22.   Ken Arneson
Unless France can execute a Turkish-style comeback here, this has been a pretty disappointing game.
2008-06-17 13:33:02
23.   Ember Nickel
Romania are now losing 2-0. Not sure how I should refer to their opponents, can't risk political incorrectness now can we? ;)
2008-06-17 13:34:16
24.   Bob Timmermann
2008-06-17 13:39:47
25.   Bob Timmermann
Hey, this is North America and Romania takes a singular verb.
2008-06-17 13:42:19
26.   Ember Nickel
Well, the country isn't (wasn't? full time in the other game by now), just some people...can't get too nationalistic...


2008-06-17 13:44:18
27.   Bob Timmermann
All I will say is:

Romania has left the building.

2008-06-17 14:51:42
28.   Zak
Forza Italy!! The quarters are shaping up as excellent

Thursday - Portugal vs Germany
Friday - Croatia vs Turkey
Saturday - Netherlands vs Sweden/Russia
Sunday - Spain vs Italy

Too bad both Pirlo and Gattuso will be missing for Italy.

2008-06-17 14:52:54
29.   Zak
Also, Spain has cruised through the first stage and Italy have stumbled out of their group. Based on past records, Spain now has a 1% chance of beating Italy.

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