Are British fans really as confident in their team as they say they are? They can get a little out of hand now and then, but drinking warm beer can do that to anyone. The 2010 World Cup is here and I'm psyched. Vegas has England picked as the third favorite to win it all behind Spain and Brazil. The USA is considered a middle of the pack team out of 32. Losing Charlie Davies really hurts, but after coming in second to Brazil in the Confederations Cup after shocking Spain and the extra experience some of their key players have received overseas makes them a little better than they are ranked. I hope so anyway. And how does my Italian brother Giuseppi Rossi feel now after being cut from the Italian team? He was born in New Jersey and would have been a very important player for the US if he had played for us.
Here's my challenge. If England wins, I'll buy their jersey, put it on, take a photo and post it on C&L as soon as I can. (Hopefully within a week) If the US wins, then all you Brits have to do the same, only wearing a US shirt of course and email your mugs to C&L at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
it's a simple bet, but could be fun. Both teams should get out of their groups to the death match brackets either way.
Are you up for it? I hope there will be a rematch somewhere down the road if the US plays like they did in South Africa once before.
UPDATE: And our heart goes out to Nelson Mandela and his family for the tragic loss of his thirteen year old great-granddaughter. She died in a car crash coming home from a Thursday night kick off concert for the World Cup.
(Photo via Reuters)