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.”|
GorT is an eight-foot-tall robot from the 51ˢᵗ Century who routinely time-travels to steal expensive technology from the future and return it to the past for retroinvention. The profits from this pay all the Gormogons’ bills, including subsidizing this website. Some of the products he has introduced from the future include oven mitts, the Guinness widget, Oxy-Clean, and Dr. Pepper. Due to his immense cybernetic brain, GorT is able to produce a post in 0.023 seconds and research it in even less time. Only ’Puter spends less time on research. GorT speaks entirely in zeros and ones, but occasionally throws in a ڭ to annoy the Volgi. He is a massive proponent of science, technology, and energy development, and enjoys nothing more than taking the Czar’s more interesting scientific theories, going into the past, publishing them as his own, and then returning to take credit for them. He is the only Gormogon who is capable of doing math. Possessed of incredible strength, he understands the awesome responsibility that follows and only uses it to hurt people.