Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Winners, Losers, and In-Betweens

(Posted by Alexia)
Today we boast of a productive morning here at Afropop, which consisted of watching the USA v Algeria game. I left my computer to its tantrums and made my way over to Owen's yelps as he remained glued to a livestream of the game. Oohs and Aahs perfectly in order, USA scored during extra-time, moving them out of third place, and into the next round.

                                          USA celebrates victory (courtesy of fifa.com)


As the World Cup makes its way to the first elimination round, we must say our farewells to those who will not be with us for the remaining Cup, and cheer on those who have moved onto the next. We have a number of teams still in the running--including Argentina! Yes, I have assumed the position of primary cheerleader for Argentina here in the office not only because part of my heart belongs to the country, but also because we may have the funniest looking and craziest coach in the whole Cup (I can't help but see a monkey every time the camera catches Maradona's reactions). But I digress...other countries of Afropop interest that are moving onto the next round include Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil. But it's still not over for Ghana, Chile, Cote D'Ivoire, and Paraguay who must play their third game this week. Sadly, we leave behind Honduras, Cameroon, Algeria, Nigeria, and South Africa.

P.S. Shouldn't there be some kind of immunity for South Africa? I mean, it's not like they're hosting the whole thing. In any case, stay tuned to watch Ghana, Chile, and Paraguay in their make-it-or-break-it rounds.
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