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WC 2006 Match Chat: England vs. Ecuador, 8 am PT
2006-06-25 04:00
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Stuttgart!

Expect a very loud and raucous crowd at Gottlier-Daimler-Stadion as the tournament's most discussed (although probably not the most talented) team takes on the upstarts from South America.

Of course, I consider England the most discussed team because I'm reading mainly English language sources. The Guardian ran eleven stories in its Saturday edition on this match. I don't think they're all online however. And now it's Sunday, so who knows.

It should be hot in Stuttgart for a match that starts at 5 pm local time. Temps should be in the high 80s with high humidity and a chance of thunderstorms. The 52,000 seat stadium does not have a roof so the pitch could get soggy.

As for Ecuador, nobody expected them to do much of anything in the World Cup. The rap on the Ecuadoreans was that they couldn't play well at sea level. But in Germany, they scored impressive wins over Poland and Costa Rica, before sitting down some of their starters in the third match to avoid yellow cards, a loss to Germany.

The big matchup to watch will be Ecuador's Edwin Hurtado against England's Wayne Rooney. If Hurtado keeps Rooney from creating trouble in the penalty area, then England will have to hope that they can get some good set pieces from David Beckham or exploit Peter Crouch's height.

For Ecuador, if they go home after this match, they will be still be hailed as heroes at home. If the English lose, expect the finger pointing and recriminations to reach epic proportions.

Of the 16 entrants in the contest (there were a couple of late ones for different reasons which the Organzining Committee allowed), 14 people have England winning this match.

Comments (57)
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2006-06-25 08:04:29
1.   Sam DC
Who did the other two entrants have?
2006-06-25 08:05:56
2.   Bob Timmermann
It's a zero sum game now.
2006-06-25 08:10:44
3.   Bob Timmermann
But must be very cloudy and muggy.

Ahh... ABC is saying 90 and 45% humidity.

The humidity isn't that bad. That would lead to a heat index of 92.3

2006-06-25 08:12:18
4.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Now it can be revealed: I relentlessly ridiculed Peter Crouch on my page in an attempt to reverse-jinx him into scoring today.

Come on Peter, prove me wrong!

2006-06-25 08:12:46
5.   Bob Timmermann
It's hot, but the keeper for Ecuador is wearing long pants.
2006-06-25 08:24:23
6.   Bob Timmermann
I suppose Peter Crouch will play better once he actually starts playing.
2006-06-25 08:24:31
7.   Mark T.R. Donohue
You ain't felt hot until you've felt Quito heat.
2006-06-25 08:28:35
8.   Bob Timmermann
Hey, it's only 63 in Quito right now!
2006-06-25 08:30:11
9.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Isn't it in a different hemisphere? Oh, wait. Ecuador = equator.
2006-06-25 08:34:06
10.   Bob Timmermann
From a travel website:
Quito gets downright cool when the sun is down (from 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. every day of the year) and when it rains, but when the sun is out, you will find yourself stripped down to the bare minimum. Consequently, wearing layers is fundamental to being comfortable in Quito. Pants, a light t-shirt or tank top topped with a long-sleeve shirt and jacket or sweater should be fine most of the year. Travelers coming from colder climates will laugh at the winter garb of most Quiteños from September - April which often includes jackets, scarves, gloves and hats. Winter is a strong word, but during these months, afternoon storms are common and tend to drop the temperature to around 50 degrees farenheit (10 degrees celcius). During sunny days, the temperatures can rise up to as high as 90 degrees farenheit (32 degrees celcius) and the sun is incredibly strong, so be smart about sunscreen, hats and sunglasses.
2006-06-25 08:48:10
11.   Bob Timmermann
I'm amazed that people in the contest have picked England to win the championship.
2006-06-25 08:52:05
12.   Mark T.R. Donohue
That was as stultifying a half of soccer as I've watched all tournament. And I saw France-Switzerland.
2006-06-25 08:54:03
13.   Sam DC
1 was a joke, by the way. Like the yellow card on Ecuador.
2006-06-25 08:57:25
14.   Mark T.R. Donohue
The promos for ABC's summer programming lineup makes me long for the constant "Saved" and "The Closer" ads during the NBA playoffs on TNT. And I can't believe I'm saying this.
2006-06-25 08:58:35
15.   Bob Timmermann
You didn't see the Ukraine-Tunisia match did you?


2006-06-25 09:05:20
16.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Ah, there's the Wayne Rooney we know and love. Shove 'n' curse, shove 'n' curse. Now he just needs to spit on somebody.
2006-06-25 09:09:23
17.   Sam DC
Here's a fine headline for ya, up on right now:

"Report: Rocker calls sensitivity training a 'farce'"

2006-06-25 09:16:10
18.   Suffering Bruin
It's gotta be hard to root for England. I would've picked them to win this match but and I would've regretted the choice.

They are playing better in the second half but compare England today against either Argentina or Mexico yesterday. They don't beat either of those teams, period.

If they win today, they lost by two goals minimum against the Dutch.

2006-06-25 09:16:15
19.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Ohhh, it's about that time.

Between Crouch's victory dance and the resuscitation of "Futurama" for Comedy Central, this could be the best week for robots in recent memory. Beep!

2006-06-25 09:16:56
20.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Oh, man, did it have to be THAT guy?
2006-06-25 09:17:44
21.   Greg Brock
So that's why people think he's great. He is awesome at that "Standing and kicking" thing.
2006-06-25 09:17:49
22.   Suffering Bruin
Timing of post + Beckham's incredible shot = egg on the face.

That was a great goal.

2006-06-25 09:19:29
23.   Greg Brock
Chances of hearing Eric Wynalda's David Beckham impression: 100%

Chances it will be mildly amusing: 27.6%

2006-06-25 09:20:12
24.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Plus this means no Peter! Waaah.
2006-06-25 09:21:25
25.   Suffering Bruin
I think Wynalda has steadily improved during the tournament. I'd much rather have him calling the game than Balboa.

England playing with a lot of momentum right now.

2006-06-25 09:22:22
26.   Bob Timmermann
Write now on ABC: Puke it like Beckham.
2006-06-25 09:22:23
27.   Suffering Bruin
Beckam is throwing up? Ugh...
2006-06-25 09:22:23
28.   Mark T.R. Donohue
Will England get the Late Second Goal That Makes It Look a Lot Less Close Than It Was?
2006-06-25 09:22:39
29.   Greg Brock
I think I'm one of the few Wynalda fans around The Griddle. I actually like him quite a bit, although I do understand how he could rub folks the wrong way.
2006-06-25 09:22:46
30.   Suffering Bruin
26 LOL
2006-06-25 09:24:12
31.   Bob Timmermann
I don't know if Wynalda wanted to spend all that time in Germany. In interviews, he seems to say that he likes hanging out in the studio watching all the matches.
2006-06-25 09:25:15
32.   Bob Timmermann
Beckham did not puke nearly as graphically as UCLA QB Cade McNown did on the field during a game at the Rose Bowl.

You could see stuff coming out through his facemask.

2006-06-25 09:25:18
33.   Suffering Bruin
29 Of late, he's been the perfect commentator. Even Lalas has caught on a little bit. Soccer needs a lightning rod in the booth and Wynalda is that guy. If I were directing ABC, I'd remove the eminently competent Musberger and put in a guy who could play off Wynalda much like Ernie Johnson does with Charles Barkely.
2006-06-25 09:26:09
34.   Suffering Bruin
32 Ah, memories...
2006-06-25 09:26:14
35.   Greg Brock
Man, I have a pearl of a Beckham/vomit joke in the bullpen right now, but there is no way that it doesn't come off as mean spirited. As such, it will never see the light of day. It's like the Brian Wilson's "Smile" of jokes.
2006-06-25 09:27:28
36.   Bob Timmermann
Wayne Rooney has sort of a Cade McNown face. It's the sort of face that you really just want to punch for some reason.
2006-06-25 09:28:36
37.   Greg Brock
Unless you're a UCLA grad. Then you want to hug him and thank him...then punch him.
2006-06-25 09:28:37
38.   Suffering Bruin
36 LOL I was just thinking that.

England playing well here. It's Ecuador that looks to be affected by the heat.

2006-06-25 09:28:55
39.   Bob Timmermann
Mein Gott! The English fans outside the stadium are drinking beer! Beer!

I'm shocked!

2006-06-25 09:29:30
40.   Suffering Bruin
37 Exactly right.

You see the fans outside just now? Speaking of faces you wouldn't mind punching.

2006-06-25 09:29:47
41.   Bob Timmermann

Yeah, that's a better way to put it. Like some South Vietnamese president, Cade was an SOB, but at least he was our SOB.

2006-06-25 09:30:14
42.   Suffering Bruin
Wayne Rooney is playing very, very well.
2006-06-25 09:30:18
43.   Greg Brock
Lean over the ball please...thank you
2006-06-25 09:33:46
44.   Suffering Bruin
I can see the talent of England's defense and I see Rooney playing his tail off.

But what about the midfield? Outside of Beckham on the free kicks, where is the vaunted English midfielders? Color me unimpressed.

2006-06-25 09:34:21
45.   Suffering Bruin
Ecuador's got fifteen minutes.
2006-06-25 09:34:25
46.   Greg Brock
Dave O'Brien says Ecuador is torn apart politically. I don't understand, I mean, they're in Latin America...How could this be possible?
2006-06-25 09:35:43
47.   Suffering Bruin
46 that gets an LOL.
2006-06-25 09:37:30
48.   ABreck
I think there's a lot to teams looking ahead. Argentina wasn't ready for Mexico, they were thinking about Germany. They got whacked in the face and played a lot better after that. England also looked flat early on, but really hasn't given up many opportunities (like Arg in the second half). Once they get a rhythm, it's hard for the underdog to recover.
2006-06-25 09:37:42
49.   Bob Timmermann
Right now, the biggest strife in Ecuador is between two types of finches for dominance in their particular ecological niche.
2006-06-25 09:45:41
50.   Sam DC
Lennon's in. Imagine that.

How long after the game until the grass Beckham yakked on is up for bid at ebay?

And what's the opening bid?

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2006-06-25 09:48:16
51.   Bob Timmermann
I think the Ecuadorean keeper should have put the country's seal on his face, not just the stripes from the flag.

He's not sufficiently dedicated. That's why he's going to lose.

2006-06-25 09:51:13
52.   Sam DC
What was Rooney doing with that guy's hair?
2006-06-25 09:51:28
53.   Greg Brock
I think the rest of the Netherlands would very much appreciate it if Dave and Marcelo would stop referring to the country as Holland.
2006-06-25 09:51:35
54.   Suffering Bruin
I hope the Dutch put five on them.
2006-06-25 09:51:42
55.   Ken Arneson
51 That's ridiculous, Bob. You can't play goalie with large aquatic mammals on your face. You wouldn't be able to see.
2006-06-25 09:52:35
56.   Suffering Bruin
Or the Netherlanders... or the Danes... or the Hollish?
2006-06-25 09:54:26
57.   Greg Brock
56 LOL- Hollish might be a low point in ugly American ignorance...I like it.

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