Apologies to my reader (or readers, perhaps, maybe, sort of….), but this post will be brief. The sun is currently setting in the western sky.
Speaking of the setting sun, the final day of group play saw the exits of Ghana, Uruguay, Cameroon, and Serbia. As such, the Zionist’s Guide to the World Cup (ZGWC) had a less than satisfying day, as all of the aforementioned had garnered either a positive or pareve rating. Moving forward are Portugal, Switzerland, Brazil, and South Korea. Portugal and Switzerland received negative ratings, while the ROK received a big thumbs up. Brazil did receive a positive rating at the time of recording (which one may conveniently review below), but that was before the re-election of Lula Da Silva. As such, Brazil is in a state of limbo, shading to the negative, according to the ZGWC.
Based on these results, nine of the sixteen teams in the knockout rounds were endorsed by the ZGWC, five had negative ratings, one was rated pareve, and then there is Brazil. All-in-all, not too shabby.
Tomorrow, the knockout rounds begin with the USA going up against the Netherlands and Australia taking on heavily favored (by some, not the ZGWC) Argentina. Many Israel supporters have a soft spot for the Dutch, but the Yanks have to be favored in this contest. While it is unfortunate to be faced with this “friendly fire” type match in the round of 16, such are the exigencies of international football. As for the other match, the ZGWC is all in on the Australians. Here’s to hoping they end Leonel Messi’s World Cup dreams.