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Saturday, July 01, 2006

England Out 

Well, the story was Rooney acting like a little prick. Sad to see a player with such talent make the game look bad, though I'm not sure it warranted a red card. But I'll give the ref a break because he handled the rest of the match brilliantly. Finally a ref who will let footballers play football.

But the other story was Ricardo in goal for Portugal. Sweet mother mercy. I thought Lehman set the gold standard for reading PKs. But Ricardo read every shot and got a jump on every shot. The man was a brick wall. Great match, though. That Ronaldo is no joke. In terms of young players making their mark on the tournament, he's up at the top of the list.

Now I'm off to a pub to watch Brazil eat France for lunch (while I eat a burger for lunch).

BBQ and beach tomorrow. It'll be my first trip to the beach since moving out here. Criminal.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Hump Day, Bitches 

Well, the soccer yesterday was delightful. Ghana played with heart and creativity. I guarantee a bunch of those guys just bought themselves tickets to Europe to play with top-tier club teams. Brazil capitalized when it counted and got a good call in their favor and they advance. No surprise, though I've yet to see Brazilian football the way I want to see it. They usually don't show up until there's a challenge. I'm guessing they should show up for the next one or it may be '98 all over again. Apparently France remembered where the net is finally.

And how about the France-Spain match. By leaps and bounds the best soccer that's been played in the World Cup so far this go 'round. And a perfect ending, too. I couldn't have scripted that Zidane goal in the 92nd. The bar I was in just exploded. Can't imagine what it would have been like to be at the stadium with the French fans.

But today we had the day off from the cup for the first time in a while. There was also no hockey, no college world series, and no basketball. And I only watch MLB if it's the 'Stros. So for the first time in weeks, no sports for a day. First I did a practice performance test this morning. For those non-CA bar people, the "Performance Test" is basically a joke. They give you a "file" of facts and a "library" of law and you have 3 hours to read the shit and draft a document based on an assignment given to you in a "task memo." It's supposed to make sure that people who pass the bar have the practical skills to function as lawyers, or something like that. In reality it's just an sick joke that adds a full extra day to the CA exam. If I ever find out who thought this shit up...

Then I finally registered my laptop for the bar exam. That's the last thing I have to do (I think) before walking into the exam. It's almost crunch time now. This weekend I'm going to try to do a little work, but focus more on hanging with friends. Then next week I have some house guests to relax with after I put in a decent day of Barbri related torture. Then it's 2 weeks of cram-time. Can't wait.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Cinderella 

Marcelo Balboa referring to Ghana just now:

"They're the Cinderella story this tournament, they just haven't been able to jump on that carriage and take a ride."

Someone put him out of his misery.

And that second goal from Brazil was so clearly offside it's absurd. Score should be 1-1. I think if Ghana had Essien today, it might well be a draw or a Ghana lead at this point.

A Yellow for Diving 

That was refreshing. Adriano has earned 2 blue cards so far this match.

Man. The boys from Ghana are playing with heart. It should be 2-1 for Brazil right now. I think if nothing else Ghana is earning some respect on the world stage right now. Fun match to watch.

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Dive 

And yet another World Cup game turns on a dive in the box. Great.

I really wanted to see Italy get eliminated there. The Aussies played well, but how do you not move more guys forward after about the 70th minute?

Sunday, June 25, 2006

What a Day 

Man. I did NOTHING today. I watched soccer. Then I watched a movie on HBO. Then I watched baseball. Then I watched another movie on HBO. Now I'm going to bed.

Damn.

Oh...and I cooked and ate 3 times during all that as well.

Bar exam, here I come!

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