Introducing the Sidespin World Cup Pool Field

Welcome Welcome Welcome! With only 24 hours (!) until the kickoff of the 2014 World Cup, I'm happy to present the field.

NameChampionGroup StageKnockout RdTotal Points
AMagicianNamedGodArgentina0
Backup AliasArgentina0
Batman's RobynUSA0
Benoit BallsSpain0
BirdLawBrazil0
Bob KibbleBrazil0
Carl CarlersonPortugal0
ChidArgentina0
Clinton PortisheadBrazil0
Cobra, BrahPortugal0
Curtis WenisBrazil0
DougExeterBrazil0
Eddie Sutton's Southern ComfortGermany0
EddieRoyalTenenbaumGermany0
Eto'o and the BunnymenArgentina0
Florianopolis FlamingosGermany0
FloriTexaYorkGermany0
Freeman McNeilBrazil0
FusilliGaryBettmanSpain0
Get Behind Me Miroslav SatanItaly0
GirlwonderBrazil0
I'm Dan, He's CaseyBrazil0
Ibrahimosnitches get IbrahimostitchesGermany0
Jay SaninArgentina0
JMoney1992Germany0
Joey TallywackerBrazil0
Justin BrightbillBrazil0
KeisertrollArgentina0
MaloikBrazil0
MarmolSpain0
MiloMinderbinderBrazil0
MopUpRelieverBrazil0
Mr. Rodgers NeighborhoodBrazil0
NicolayBrazil0
OBWaxGermany0
RedmanprimeBrazil0
Rey HamburguesaBrazil0
RMJ=HPortugal0
Ryan WinfieldArgentina0
Same Sad EchoBrazil0
SaveToFavoritesBrazil0
SizzlechestBrazil0
SkierbumArgentina0
SneijdermanBrazil0
StumblebragArgentina0
Sugar Ray FeltonArgentina0
Technicolor Jan StenerudBrazil0
Vincent Tan's Ownership AcademyBrazil0
Vinnyw28Brazil0
Winky Dinky DogArgentina0
Woobie the LockUSA0

These 49 competitors make up la creme de la creme, as they say in Brazil I believe. One of them — you, us — will walk away with the top prize, a yet to be determined tchotchke from the Continent.

There's an interesting distribution of picks: 23 people picked Brazil, 11 picked Argentina, 6 went with Germany, 3 apiece for Portugal and Spain, 2 votes for goddammit why'd you jinx it the USA, and a lone vote for Italy.

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Scoring, as introduced in the last post, remains the same. As a refresher:

Here's how the scoring will work: In the group stage, you get 1 point for predicting the correct result, and 3 points for predicting the exact score. So if Brazil beats Croatia 17-0 in the opening game, and you said Brazil would win 2-1, you'd get a point. Ties work in the same way, so if you said it would be a 2-2 tie, and it's a 1-1 tie, you'd get a point as well.

Round of 16: 2 points for correct result, 4 for exact score

Quarterfinals: 4 points for correct result, 8 for exact score

Semis: 6 points for correct result, 10 for exact score

Finals: 10 points for correct result, 15 for exact score

If, at the end, it's still tied, we'll go to the tiebreaker of who correctly picked more of the top 3 scorers.

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I'll be posting standings updates as often as I can, ideally every day. If you don't see your name up there and think it should be, or if there's a mistake, please email the World Cup Pool email address and we'll sort it out.

Good luck, and may the least informed bracket win!