Welcome Welcome Welcome! With only 24 hours (!) until the kickoff of the 2014 World Cup, I'm happy to present the field.
|Name||Champion||Group Stage||Knockout Rd||Total Points|
|Eddie Sutton's Southern Comfort||Germany||0|
|Eto'o and the Bunnymen||Argentina||0|
|Get Behind Me Miroslav Satan||Italy||0|
|I'm Dan, He's Casey||Brazil||0|
|Ibrahimosnitches get Ibrahimostitches||Germany||0|
|Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood||Brazil||0|
|Same Sad Echo||Brazil||0|
|Sugar Ray Felton||Argentina||0|
|Technicolor Jan Stenerud||Brazil||0|
|Vincent Tan's Ownership Academy||Brazil||0|
|Winky Dinky Dog||Argentina||0|
|Woobie the Lock||USA||0|
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!