There's a Euro Cup group finals today, and it's got a great chance for some weirdness due to scoring and advancement in the tournament. For those not in the know, a quick summary:

Italy, Spain, Croatia, and Ireland are in Group C. They play one another one game each. You receive three points for a victory, one point for a draw (there is no overtime), and zero points for a loss. The top two teams advance to the single-elimination bracket part of the tournament when it's all over.

Today, Italy plays Ireland at the same exact time that Spain plays Croatia. Italy has two draws, while Spain and Croatia have both beaten Ireland. Thus, the situation is as follows:
Ireland is out.

If Italy loses OR draws today, Spain and Croatia advance.

If Italy wins and either Spain or Croatia win, the two winners advance.

If Italy wins and Spain and Croatia draw:

0-0, Italy advances based on total goals in the matches excluding Ireland and Spain advances over Croatia due to larger goal differential in all group matches.

2-2 or greater, Spain and Croatia advance based on total goals in matches excluding Ireland.

1-1, Spain advances based on goal differential in the group, and the Italy will have to beat Ireland by +2 goals AND score more than 4 total goals to guarantee advance over Croatia. If they beat Ireland 3-1, then I think that the Italians advance by virtue of having a higher "UEFA national team coefficient", which is basically their rank due to qualifying matches. Or something.


The best part of all this confusion is that it's not even CLOSE to the weirdest thing ever to happen in tournament soccer. That, in my opinion, happened in 1994 in a Carribean tournament. (Here is a link to the story about it at Snopes, just so you know I'm not shitting you.) The group stage was set up such that they did not have draws in the matches; rather, if you won in overtime, it was considered to be a 2-0 victory. This was designed to prevent ties and make advancement easier and less confusing. Of course, it backfired completely.

Barbados and Grenada played one another for the right to advance. In order to advance, Barbados had to win by two goals or more. A victory margin of just one goal meant that Grenada would advance instead. Barbados went up 2-0, but near the end of the match, Grenada scored and closed the gap to 2-1. Barbados figured that they would not be able to score again before the match ended, so they kicked an own-goal to tie the match -- since, of course, if they won in overtime it would constitute a two-goal victory and thus advance them in the tournament.

Grenada, of course, then proceeded to try to score before overtime. In either goal. After all, if they lost by one, they advanced. So Barbados was left to defend both goals simultaneously.

Barbados held on to preserve the tie and won in overtime, and thus advanced.

Soccer is weird, but I still love it.
This weekend, my sister-in-law came down to visit the baby and help us out some. The baby (who I need a nickname for here, clearly) decided to gift me with a much-appreciated but somewhat dubious present for my first Father's Day: I was the only person in the house she did not poop on at some point.
My wife went into labor Friday morning, and the baby was born on Friday, May 25, at 5:44pm. She was 5 lbs, 13 oz, and 19.25" long. We brought her home yesterday evening and both baby and momma are doing well.

I Surrender

Feb. 3rd, 2012 08:29 pm
So I don't know how I didn't ever see this before, but my homie [personal profile] hradzka did the "I Surrender" meme wherein you have someone assign you a basic premise to turn into a TV show.

That looks like a lot of fun.

Would you humans hit me up with some ideas? It should be short and sweet, like, what [personal profile] hradzka got (Gigolos in Space).

Ex-Heroes

Dec. 29th, 2011 09:17 pm
I just finished my first book on my new Kindle.

Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines was my first book chosen -- it popped up on a list of books that were recommended to me by Amazon itself, and looked interesting, and was only $2.99 for the Kindle version, so I downloaded the sample chapters and checked it out. I bought the book before I actually finished the sample chapters. It was definitely worth the low price.

Finished it tonight, and it was good. I hadn't seen anything quite like it before. It's a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies -- called ex-humans, or just exes -- and superheroes. Yes, superheroes and zombies. The author pulls it off pretty well. It all takes place out in Los Angeles, and the author clearly has a good amount of knowledge of the movie business and studios out there.

Anyway, it was a fun read and enjoyable. If you're a romance or relationship reader, well, it likely won't be your cup of tea, but if you like superheroes and zombies then you'll probably dig it. I bought the sequel already.

SYTYCD

Jul. 29th, 2009 09:05 pm
Geez, if only Brandon hadn't over-dressed for his solo today.

SYTYCD

Jul. 29th, 2009 08:36 pm
Sometimes I forget that Mary Murphy really knows what she's talking about -- and then she busts out on the dancers with all kinds of technical knowledge that go way over my head, even with a dance that I know something about.

SYTYCD

Jul. 29th, 2009 08:19 pm
Okay, I finally figured it out.

Jeanine has reminded me of someone the entire time this show has been going on, and I've finally figured out who it is: Gina Carano.

Mmmm. Gina Carano...

(Also: I'm excited for Lil' C's crazy talk tonight. For some reason, I always enjoy him.)
Is anyone else watching The Listener? I haven't seen anyone on my friends list post about it so far, but it seems to hit all the necessary items: cute lead with a mysterious past, amusing sidekick comic relief, super powers, super-hot cop, and intelligent doctor lady. I figure, someone has to be watching this, even if it's just the Canadian contingent.

Good Deeds

Jul. 10th, 2009 10:19 pm
Dr. Scientist's sixteen-year-old niece is visiting us tonight. This is the first time I've met her -- she wasn't able to come to the wedding back in April. She saw my over-stuffed bookshelf and we got to talking about books and stuff, ends up she reads some fantasy...

Actually, wait. The first thing I must mention is that she looks almost exactly like my wife. Same height, same build, same hair, same face. Little less chin, fewer freckles, and more of a tan, but that's really the only differences. Well, other than age, obviously. Anyway.

So she immediately asks if I've read Twilight.

Oh, no.

I try to be nice and polite about how, no, I have not read Twilight but I'm not really interested in giving it a try. She's Team Jacob, not Team Edward, so at least there's that. Makes me happy.

But then I noticed that I still have my Emergency Backup Copy of Storm Front, the first book in the Dresden Files. (I have this copy because, two or three years ago, I tried to convince Dr. Scientist to read the series. It failed. She kept the book for a long time, and eventually I wanted to re-read it. So I bought another copy. Naturally.)

So I lent The Niece my more beat-up copy of Storm Front. Hopefully, she'll get hooked and I'll have converted a new follower.

And that, dear readers, was my good deed of the day.
Aaaaaaand... we're back to So You Think You Can Do More Drugs Than Mia Michaels (Even Though You Can't).
Part One of a running series...

If you need to hit someone with a shovel, there is really not any reason to stop with just one hit. Keep hitting until your arms are tired or the person goes completely limp, whichever comes first. Pausing to admire your shovel strike merely lets the person you hit recover, and it's a safe assumption they will not be happy you struck them with a shovel. Furthermore, it's likely that the person you struck is larger and/or stronger than you, which is why the shovel was necessary to begin with, and a fair fight is not to your advantage.

Merlin

Jun. 29th, 2009 06:33 am
I liked this week's two episodes better than the first two episodes from last week. It's still a bit cheesy, but I'm at least enjoying myself.

The fight scene budget must be incredibly small, though.

SYTYCD

Jun. 24th, 2009 08:37 pm
It's a special Street episode, if I remember this judge correctly from last season...

SYTYCD

Jun. 18th, 2009 10:01 pm
Seriously? That's who we're cutting?

Whomever disagreed and made that a split decision, I applaud you.