Messi! Cristiano! Etc.! – World Cup Elimination Open Thread

This World Cup has delivered: dynamite games (62% decided by one goal), no team looks unbeatable, two untraditional juggernauts (Belgium and Croatia), penalties penalties penalties… It should get even better in the knockouts, and what a start: a Messi – Cristiano doubleheader. You could argue about their greatness compared to

Russia 2018 World Cup Open Thread – Thursday 28 June

Alas, today we close out Group play.  ONE WHOLE FUCKING DAY OFF after this (I originally thought two), which I simply cannot abide.  Fuck your rest and recovery time. Group H - Senegal (+345) v. Colombia (-120; draw +255) (10:00 EST, Fox) Be wary of these #HailGAMBLOR numbers, FOAR Senegal still need

How long is this thing? Wednesday World Cup Open thread.

Another four games on the slate today with things to play for! By Saturday we will be down to 16 and the fun will begin. The daily blogs have been great, huzzah to all of you who participate. Fuck Pepe forever. Group F 9 am DFO time games Sweden v Mexico at

Farewell, Sweet Prince: World Cup Day 13

Good morning! Thank you for coming. I hope you had your cup of Joe and are ready for some intense lesser footy action. Group C and D will finish their group play today. As I was on my way home from work yesterday, I began reflecting on which World Cups I

AFL Beat 2018 Round 14

This week, while we were all watching the Germany-Sweden game in the World Cup, TWBS brought up a very good point about the timing of the game.  Essentially, the fútbol game ended after 97 minutes when the ref had previously only given 5 additional minutes after the standard 90.  Yes,

2018 World Cup Sabado 23 June Open Thread

Here is some half-arsed analysis from a half-arsed Hippo who is no longer watching Torneo Del Diablo.  My cohorts will do better.  Me did find nice picture FOAR teh peoples. Group G - Belgium (-300) v. Tunisia (+850; draw +400) (8:00 EST, Fox) Tunisia are liquid shit, but they still almost got

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

2018 World Cup Thursday Open Thread

I for one have loved this ridiculous tournament so far. I always go through a bit of withdrawal after the second round of games as we only get 2 start times next week with four games. Seriously, quit trying to have sportsmanship FIFA you are as crooked as a dog's

2018 World Cup Wednesday Open Thread

Into the next set of games! We have now seen everyone at least once and so conclusions can be drawn: Nobody knows anything. Sí se pudo. No one team looks unbeatable. This, to me, makes this a very exciting tournament.  Wakezilla compared it to 2002 and that's a great point.  That

2018 World Cup Tuesday Open Thread

What a tourney it's been so far, huh?  Today we wrap up the first games for every team left and start with the second game for the hosts. This includes the first game for DFO Darlings Colombia. We've already had a few upsets including Mexico's victory over Germany and Brazil's tie with

AFL Beat – 2018 Round 13

This week, Seriously though,  the AFL did continue playing through the World Cup.  And stuff happened! Let's get to it! Welcome to Balls of Steel's AFL Beat! Round 13 The Round started,  awkwardly for those that didn't read the AFL Beats on Monday and Tuesday,  on Australian Thursday Night which meant Wednesday night/ Thursday

Russia 2018–World Cup Day 5: Navigating Monday

Dodging work on Monday is especially difícil.  FFS, I actually have a conference call scheduled for this afternoon.  I for reals have to talk to other carbon-based life forms on the fucking phone, during the World Cup.  SIGH.  First World problemos.  Anyway, above is Tunisian Kenza Fourati, because reasons ok! Group F -