The FIFA World Cup 2018 Quarterfinals are set with the first round of bracket games having been played with a couple exciting games. Three games came down to penalty kicks – Croatia vs Denmark, England vs. Columbia, and Spain vs. Russia. I’m sure there are those out there that bemoan the tie but there really isn’t a better solution that I’ve heard. The NHL follows a very similar one in the playoffs with an extra period of play and then penalty shots. Most sports have some sort of tiebreaking scheme – extra periods of play, sudden death, first to score, etc. It’s not worthy of your axe grinding against soccer.
|#1 Dr. J||28 pts||Dr. J leaps ahead with 3 teams advancing in the brackets: Croatia, France, and Uruguay. He’ll lose at least one in the next round as France plays Uruguay. The Phillies have dropped to 3.5 games back. Croatia plays Russia, one of Mandy’s teams. Sleestak is going to have extra cleaning duty after that game.|
|#2 Mandarin||23 pts||Russia and Belgium’s wins advance Mandy and jump him into second place. We briefly heard from him before he went back to his lab. “Eh, second place? Ok.”|
|#3 GorT||20 pts||GorT jumps up one place into third with Brazil and England’s wins. He might be watching his two games in this round alone. England is playing the Czar’s Sweden pick and Brazil is playing Mandy’s other pick: Belgium. Suck it, Czar.|
|#4 ‘Puter||17 pts||By virtue of his points to date, ‘Puter has fourth place for now. He is, however, relegated to moving up no more slots as he has no picks surviving. So sad. I’m sure we’ll hear the moaning in his large goblet of mead…or whatever he walks back with from the Leapin’ Peacock.|
|#5 Czar||13 pts||The Czar climbs up one spot with the win from Sweden. It’ll be short-lived. But not as short as his attention to the World Cup.|
|#6 Volgi||11 pts||
Volgi is parked at sixth place with his teams falling in previous rounds. He’s off doing something more interesting, I’m sure, so he’ll be fine.
|#7 Sleestak||2 points||Done. Finished. Kaput.|
|#8 Dat Ho||0 points||“Hey! You call me Loser, Lady.”|