2018 World Cup Second Friday Open Thread

We are roughly halfway through the Group Stage with three more games on tap.  Let’s get right to it!

5:00 AM Pacific

Brasil v Costa Rica

Balls: Neither team looked particularly good in their last game. There are rumours

that Neymar is hurt. My sources tell me he merely has sand in his vagina.

Costa Rica,  on the other hand,  couldn’t get any offense going against Serbia and Navas,  who is also hurt,  let one in and that was that. Brazil has other goal scorers.  The dropoff from Navas is Grand Canyon-esque.

Predicción: Someone other than Neymar scores and Brazil keep their hopes alive: 2-0.

Litre_Cola :  Well you would have to think Brazil should run through these guys. Dare I say that the South American entries in to this here tournament are a wee bit overrated except Uruguay who is en route to the 3 game TwBs  scorelin?. Neymar hurt his ankle against Switzerland as they targeted him the whole time. Did it work? Hell yes it did. Reports are unclear as for his status against the Costa Ricans, but it really shouldn’t matter as Brazil has far more class than their foes. I like the plucky little underdog but the Brazilians should run through Bryan Ruiz and co.

Predicción: Balls is right, 2-0 sounds spot on.

Wakezilla: After a disappointing tie, Brazil gets a little bit of a breather as they face Costa Rica. Unfortunately for them, Neymar is hurt, but will start. I cannot stress how much of a terrible decision this is. Brazil has Firminio on the bench, so they might as well use him and give Neymar a rest. That’s not that much of a talent drop. Besides, if Brazil can’t beat Costa Rica without Neymar, then aren’t winning shit.

Costa Rica lost a tough one to an up and coming Serbia team. Costa Rica is heading into this game, trying to keep it nice and tight.

Tight indeed

Once Brazil slips up, then they’ll go in for a penetrable offensive run, which could lead to them slipping one past the goalie. More Sexual innuendo.

Predicción: Unlike Uruguay and France, I don’t get the impression that Brazil has learned their lesson about stepping up their game. Costa Rica is going to leave everything on the field, but it won’t be enough. Brazil wins 1-0 in another uninspired game.

8:00 AM Pacific

Nigeria v Islandia

Balls: We almost have all the Panini stickers for the Nigeria team in our work album.  That’s about the most positive thing I can say about this team.

Iceland,  in the other hand,  can go a long ways towards advancing with a win against the Africans. And they have the football to do it.

So,  fun scenario: If Iceland DOES win,  do they and Croatia agree to a tie in the last game to fuck Argentina? I would.

Prediction: Iceland 2 Nigeria 1

Litre_Cola:  Nigeria has nice outfits and underachieved their 1st game. It did not go well. Since the Euros, Iceland has never shrunk in the spotlight and have always worked haarder than their opponants. They will play this game tough, and try to push the Nigerians around. I would really like to see the plucky cold nation go through. So basically the whole country watched the game against Argentina. The whole damn country.

Spá: Clap………….Clap……………this one has a Twbs written all over it. A heard fought 1 nil win for the Vikings.

Someone has an attractive first cousin

Wakezilla: Recently, Mikel John Obi said Nigeria would have won the World Cup if their FA wasn’t such a shit show. From 1998-2006, I’d agree with this assessment. They had some excellent teams back in the day, but they’d always meltdown. Same thing happened to Cameroon and Ghana. They look poised to go for a deep run and then their FA would stop paying them. Like, if there’s one time their government should do some shady corrupt shit to make things happen, that would be it. This is Nigeria’s best chance to win a game and it’s also a must win game. They should be going balls to the wall against Iceland.

Iceland is starting to have key injuries build up. Sigurdsson will play, but is still not completely fit and Gudmundsson will miss the match. In group stage, this shouldn’t affect them too much, since Iceland is very much a system based team.

Prediction: This game feels like a 1-1 draw. Nigeria will press late, but won’t be able to get through Iceland’s defense.

11:00 AM Pacific

Serbia v Suiza

Balls: This will be a tremendous game between two very tough teams.  The two teams have so many players over six feet tall, it might as well be a basketball game.

Except there will be no black guys on the field.

Prédiction: A lively and energetic tie: 1-1.

Wakezilla: We have an unexpected first place showdown! The Swiss are now unbeaten in six, which includes draws against Brazil and Spain. That’s pretty impressive. They’re the favorites and will be going for the win so they can rest their players against Costa Rica.

Serbia’s tournament is already a success as they have three points. Assuming their young players develop and stay relatively healthy, they look like they could be a tough team if they qualify for the World Cup in Qatar. This game could see lots of cards because both Switzerland and Serbia play a physical style game. Serbia also likes to play a more wide open game, so, there should be lots of scoring chances.

Prediction: Serbia’s coach said “We know everything about Switzerland now we are going to watch for some details (from) when they played Brazil to make sure we have not missed any details.” I like that they don’t seem content on getting just one win. I think we’re going to get a physical, card infested and entertaining 1-1 draw.

Litre_Cola: My bias has not wavered. Switzerland is gorgeous but the prices are ridiculous, damn country almost sunk a trip of mine many years ago.  Screw those art stealin cheese eaters.

Serbia has Fulham connections but if Mitrovic has a poor World Cup Fulham will get him for cheap so I am torn. Did you know they got promoted to the Premier League this past season? A lot of people forget that.

Предвиђање: A bruiser of a game because it means so much where the Serbs come out on top 2-1. 

Let’s see what is number 1 in Serbia this week! It is a banger, complete with tennis attire!

I love foreign music videos. Love them.

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theeWeeBabySeamus

Is this a trick question?

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Drink. Dick jokes. Any then more drinking. Pretty standard stuff I think.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Sometimes, I staple things.
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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I think the question is at work, but answer as you like.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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theeWeeBabySeamus

I’m really getting tired of fighting geese. Not to mention stepping in goose shit everywhere I walk outside.

As much as I’ll hate doing it, I’m becoming more and more convinced that this oversized flock of Canada Geese (almost four dozen of them) is going to have to become the University of Texas to my Charles Whitman.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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theeWeeBabySeamus

I just went out and ran them back into the lake, then lobbed about a dozen 9 iron shots at them to run them across to the other side. That was pretty humane I thought.

Let ’em shit in someone else’s yard for a few days.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Needs more predators. Or maybe goose dinners.

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Can’t pay those ESPN editors enough

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theeWeeBabySeamus

Well to be fair, he is kinda cute.

Oh wait, now I get it.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I’d fuck him. Even apparently being a white male Michelle Beadle has struggled to get where she is.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

“You guys having as much fun as I am? Let’s keep playing!” – the ref, apparently

herodotus450
herodotus450

“I just scored a goal with my feet, so I’ll take off my shirt and flex my arms to show off. Brilliant.”

Wakezilla

Yeah, he needs to be tested for all the PEDs

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Suggestive waist line too!

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Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

The ladies love that “V”.

theeWeeBabySeamus

I’ve been misled…
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Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

What do they think about a wide “U”?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

She rode horses all her life?

Wakezilla

He’s glowing green, FFS!

Sharkbait
Sharkbait

And my brother in law just spiked a full bottle of beer on the patio.

Sharkbait
Sharkbait

What precipitated this? My wife asking his wife when she was going to give her two weeks at her job in Florida before they move up north. Apparently my brother in law disagreed with her answer

litre_cola

This sounds like a hell of a weekend brewing.

Sharkbait
Sharkbait

Open bar reception tonight. All hell might break loose

Wakezilla

For fucks sakes! What the fuck was the defense doing? God damnit!

Wakezilla

Another decent save. It feels like a matter of time before Swiss scores.

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Nailed it!

-Blair Walsh

Wakezilla

Uh oh. Serbia looks gassed.

herodotus450
herodotus450

“Excellent.”
-Emperor Franz Josef

herodotus450
herodotus450

So that’s not offsides?

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

-Jeff Triplette

scotchnaut

I turn away for one minute and some schlub tosses a ‘1’ next to SUI!

nomonkeyfun

That wasn’t a
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nomonkeyfun

For the Serbs a win is their Princip objective. They’re willing to cleanse any obstacle in their path.

Sharkbait
Sharkbait

They might need German help to get through

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Live look at the Swiss defenders’ kits

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scotchnaut

From a distance it looks like the shirt Andres Escobar was wearing the night he died.

litre_cola

Well done sir!

Don T

The Serbs are swatting Swiss incursions like so many subpoenas from the International Criminal Tribunal.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Nice

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

I wonder if that magic spray works on hangovers.

scotchnaut

I doubt you can deep-fry it.

LemonJello
LemonJello

If you hold the can upside down and spray, you’ll get so high you’ll forget…well, everything.

scotchnaut

I haven’t heard so much whistling since that time I walked past that construction site.

/my legs go on for days, you see

LemonJello
LemonJello

That’s what you get, going out in public dressed like that.

scotchnaut

You should have seine my fishnets.

herodotus450
herodotus450

A quick strike from Serbia to start things off?

Sharkbait
Sharkbait

Leave it to the Serbs to draw first blood on an international level

litre_cola

Just getting moar expensive for Fulham….

Sharkbait
Sharkbait

Will the Swiss win?

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Bet on it!!

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Hyno Toad ignores your pleas for mercy.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

That’s an interesting take on a Haka dance

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Aaahhh! I’m being haunted from beyond the grave!

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Shit. Sorry. I misplace the commentariate sometimes.

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

It’s fine. I don’t expect that level of attention to my affairs.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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LemonJello
LemonJello

I’m withholding my final review, but this teaser for the live-action Harvey Birdman movie has a lot of potential.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Still was a dick move, unintentional, but still; it was just yesterday.

Don T

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Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Is that Messi?

theeWeeBabySeamus

It damn sure ain’t Waldo. That guy was really easy to find.

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Oh shit, I get it now. Dammit.

theeWeeBabySeamus

Have some more breakfast vodka.
I know I am.

Shit, it’s lunchtime here already? OK, make it a double then.

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Well, if I must.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Wakezilla

He’s taking his talents to Lagos!

Wakezilla

Wakanda forever!

Don T

Even the ID!!! 🤣