WORLD CUP MISCELLANY….Oddly enough, both my World Cup picks on Friday came through. On a pretty much random basis, I had picked both Germany and Italy. Needless to say, though, I remain appalled at the whole penalty kick thing for deciding championship games. I say, make ’em play until they drop of exhaustion. Someone will score eventually.

Can I continue my winning streak today? I’ll pick England and Brazil. On past history, I suppose England is a stupid choice, but the British sporting press is so mind-bogglingly brutal toward its athletes that I figure they need someone rooting for them.

On the other hand, the British would certainly have a much better shot at World Cup glory if they’d cut the crap and actually play as Great Britain, instead of parceling all their best players out to four separate regional teams. I know, I know, there’s history there. But it’s still really dumb. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

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