World Cup Rest Days

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Wow what a day!! Croatia and England played an amazing, exciting, and physical game. Through all Croatia won out!!! Congratulations Croatia!! You made it to the final the first time in your team history!!! Sorry to see England go but there can only be one!!!

So now onto the final and third place games….I think the final will be an intense and amazing game. One team has won the final and one has never been this far. I am going to be watching it…hope you all will be too!!

 

 

Saturday, July 14 (THIRD PLACE GAME)
Belgium vs England @ 10:00 AM ET On FOX (local)
Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Sunday, July 15 (FINAL)
France vs Croatia @ 11:00 AM ET On FOX (local)
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
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Quarter-Final finish ups and rest

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Wow…that is all I can say!! What a great set of Quarter-finals!! The Russia vs Croatia game was absolutely amazing to watch. The last tie up before going in to the extra time was amazing!! Too bad it had to end in the knockout goals…sorry to see you go Russia, Uruguay, Brazil, and Sweden.

The teams that made it to the Semi-Finals:

France
Belgium
England
Croatia

Enjoy your rest days teams…you’re going to need them!!

 

Here are the brackets:

Scheduled Game times:

Semifinals 

Tuesday, July 10

France vs. Belgium in St. Petersburg, 2 p.m. on FOX (local)

Wednesday, July 11

England vs. Croatia in Moscow, 2 p.m. on FOX (local)

 

 

 

World Cup Rest Days

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Well today and tomorrow are rest days for the players that are still in the Cup. It truly has been an amazing few days. To all the players there are both still playing and have been sent home you have been amazing, fantastic, beautiful, and powerful. You all have and are achieving the dream!! Congratulations to those that are still playing…you have just a few more games before you are done. THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!! Who will it be?

So far there has been amazing games played. Some went into extended time and penalty kicks. And some just finished out at the last possible moment. They were all great!! I love watching them all!!! I’ve been fortunate this year. Most of the games, especially the ones I really wanted to see were played on my local FOX network. I was so tickled when I found out that was the plan. The next one will be as well from what I understand. I can’t wait 🙂

The Teams that came out of the Knockouts (round of 16) and are moving on are as follows:

France
Uruguay
Russia
Croatia
Brazil
Belgium
Sweden
England

If keeping up with the Brackets for the Quarter-finals here it is:

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Game times are as follows:

FRIDAY:
France vs. Uruguay at Nizhny Novgorod, 10 am ET on FS1
Brazil vs. Belgium at Kazan, 2 pm ET on FS1

SATURDAY:

Sweden vs. England at Samara, 10 am ET on FOX (local)
Russia vs Croatia at Sochi, 2pm ET on FOX (local)

 

Thanks to:

http://www.fifa.com
http://www.foxsports.com
http://www.cbssports.com

World Cup Knockout Phase!!

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Whoohoo!! We made it to the knockout stage better known as the Round of sixteen. Today is a rest day for everyone but after that it starts to get serious. There are a lot of teams that were not expected to come this far…but they did!! Congratulations to all the teams that have made it this far…it has been an amazing set of games. The excitement is just beginning. THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!!!

Russia
Uruguay
Spain
Portugal
France
Denmark
Croatia
Argentina
Brazil
Switzerland
Mexico
Sweden
England
Belgium
Colombia
Japan

 

This is the brackets the way the teams will play each other:

 

 

And if anyone is interested in the schedule for The Round of 16:

Round of 16 schedule (all times Eastern)

Saturday

France vs. Argentina in Kazan, 10 a.m. on FOX (local)

Uruguay vs. Portugal in Sochi, 2 p.m. on FOX (local)

Sunday

Spain vs. Russia in Moscow (Luzhniki Stadium), 10 a.m. on FOX (local)

Croatia vs. Denmark in Nizhny-Novgorod, 2 p.m. on FOX (local)

Monday

Brazil vs. Mexico in Samara, 10 a.m. on FOX (local)

Belgium vs. Japan in Rostov-on-Don, 2 p.m. on FOX (local)

Tuesday

Sweden vs. Switzerland in St. Petersburg, 10 a.m. on FS1 (Fox Sports 1)

Colombia vs. England in Moscow (Spartak Stadium), 2 p.m. on FOX (local)

 

 

Thanks to:

http://www.fifa.com

http://www.cbssports.com

http://www.foxsports.com

 

WORLD CUP 2018

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Once every four years all the best soccer teams qualify for an amazing competition!! This World Cup, Russia is doing the honor of hosting the matches. Unfortunately the United States did not make it this time but none the less it has shaped up to be an amazing set up.

From Asia:

Iran
South Korea
Japan
Saudi Arabia
Australia

From Africa:

Nigeria
Egypt
Senegal
Tunisia
Morocco

North America:

Mexico
Costa Rica
Panama

South America:

Brazil
Uruguay
Argentina
Colombia
Peru

Europe:

Russia
France
Portugal
Germany
Serbia
Poland
England
Spain
Belgium
Iceland

Oceania:

None

I am so excited to see the games or as many as I can get to see. I love to watch the games just for the fun of watching them. Yes I have my favorites but it really goes beyond even just rooting for your favorites. The way the players play, the excitement, the emotional high, and even the let down when the teams you were rooting for don’t make it….I love it all!! I wish every team that has made it to the CUP the best and as much as I wish you all could be there….THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!!! BEST OF LUCK TO ALL OF YOU

If you want to watch the games:

The opening ceremonies start at 10am est with the first game with Russia vs. Saudi Arabia for the opening match at 11am est. Should be decent match followed Friday with 3 more matches starting 8am est with Egypt vs Uruguay, 11am est Iran vs Morocco, and 2pm est Potugal vs Spain.

To see more info and the schedules for the all the matches go to http://www.FIFA.com  or http://www.GOAL.com

Another loss…

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Before I start please if you need help get the help you need. Please even if you think it is unbearable…talk to someone, text someone, call someone…call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.

 

 

I woke up this morning to the news Anthony Bourdain died. The world has lost another soul that made a difference. He brought into our lives cultures, food, and places that most of us will never see. He allowed us to see things and do things we could only dream to do. I remember the first time I saw him on TV…it was on the Travel Channel. I got to see the world that I could never imagine or dare to go see. He made it look so easy and relaxed. No matter where he went he made it look like he fit in…that he belong there. Even in places he obviously stood out being as tall as he was…it was like he had been there forever. I love that about his shows. He seemed so easy, so normal and approachable. I wish I could have met him and just had a drink with him…it didn’t have to be a meal….just to hear his tales of everywhere he had been.

Unfortunately, his inner demons got the better of him. The cool, calm exterior never showed the troubles he was having. It just shows we do not know what people go through. We do not know what goes on when they go home at night and have to deal with no one else but themselves. We do not know what our words do to someone, whether you speak them or hide behind a screen in a post. When I heard about him this morning it broke my heart and made my soul ache because I knew no one was near at his most desperate moment to stop him. There is no blame on anyone but I cannot even come close to imagine how his family feels. I hope the heartbreak will heal sooner then later though it will be a long road.

As much as hate to say this, I hope something good will come out of this. The reason I say hate is because it should not take a person to die to shed light on something that should be able to be helped. I hope no one else has to die for this to become an issue for everyone to be concerned about. I hope when the camera and lights are turned off that it is not forgotten about. Please if you have friends, family, co-workers, or anyone you know, take care of them. If something is different don’t just brush it off thinking that nothing is wrong. Please talk to them. At the least, you will have helped make a bad day better. At the most, you might change the course of their life.

If anyone reading this tonight or whenever has any kind of thoughts leading in this direction…please get help. Nothing is too big that cannot be helped. There is no shame in needing help for anything. There is no shame in mental illness.

Social Media…why?

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Last week I made a post about Rosanne Barr, about what she said, what ABC did…etc. It got me thinking. When I was watching the original Rosanne show, I remember her saying things like she said but it was not such a heart stopping, OMG moment. She did say things very similar but no one really paid attention to them like they did now. I know maybe it is a good thing to draw attention to things like this so it will stop but I wonder why people are so concerned with other people’s existence? Why we have to look for something to be wrong? If we did not have the social media options that we do, would we be better off or worse? I ask these things constantly I think more because I have kids growing up in this “new” world and to be honest I’m worried. I’m worried because most of the new generation does not know how to process things the way when I was growing up. I worry because I see so many people detached from reality and cannot process the real world and when they cannot then other issues develop.

Before anyone says I am old fashioned, behind the times, or I don’t know what I am talking about, I am not against social media. I am not saying if social media was not around nothing bad would happen. I am all for being connected to each other. But at what point do we stop looking at other people and try to change or try to convince ourselves we are them? At what point do we take OUR lives back and stop trying to prove we can do what the other people we follow are? Why do we have to post every moment or even almost every moment of our lives online? WE need to take our lives back.

Social media is not a bad thing. It helps us see things we may never have seen before. I remember when computers became popular and the average person was able to buy one and put it in their homes. It was touted as being a “gateway to the world” It is true, it is an amazing thing. Then came the internet..I fell in love with those dial up modems that made those screechy sounds because I never knew where it could take me. Then as the computers got better the number of websites increased as well as the speed to get from one to the other increased. And when we thought it could get no better Social media started to develop. Now we cannot live with out our computers or social media.

This is not a post to say how bad social media is. This is a post to make those of us who do not remember a time with out computers, internet, or social media try to think past this. To try to see something beyond what is now. To understand what is on this screen is not all real no matter what the person on the picture or video says. We all need a dose of reality. Not virtual reality.