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World Cup Group Stage Tie Breakers

As South Africa desperately looks to score enough goals to advance in the World Cup, here’s a look at the tie-breakers used by FIFA for Group stage play. Courtesy the CS Monitor:

Two teams advance out of every four-team group. The first and most obvious decider is points (three points for a win, one for a draw).

* If two teams are tied on points, the first tiebreaker is goal difference – how many goals a team has scored minus how many it has conceded. The thinking is that this is the best measure of which team is better over the three games. [Read more]

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William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – June 22, 2010

Of course, outside of the French team, soccer players rarely smash into a wall and burst into flames.


Runaway General: In an interview with Rolling Stone, Gen. Stanley McChrystal let’s his true feelings out. Please go to President Obama’s office, General. [Read more]

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God and the Oil Spill: A lack of leadership

On April 20, 2010, British Petroleum’s Deep Water Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 men and allowing millions of gallons of oil to gush into the Gulf of Mexico. Almost immediately the call went out to him. Yet there was no reply.

Since then, the call to him has been made by many, from President Barack Obama to ex-Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin. And still no response. God, it appears, is refusing to take a leadership position when he’s needed the most. [Read more]

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Oiled Glory

Oiled Glory

This is your America on Oil:

A researcher captured this image. A discarded flag (or one that has fallen from one of the many vessels in the area) rests on the ocean floor amid the oil and the bodies of dead crabs.
A two-inch layer of submerged oil is coating portions of the Gulf seafloor off the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge: a week after a smothering layer of floating crude washed ashore there. This scenario is being played out all along the Gulf shoreline. [Read more]

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William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – June 21, 2010

BP CEO Tony Hayward, relaxing at home with the small people now that he has his life back. [Read more]

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Valiant U.S. Squad Robbed of World Cup Victory Over Slovenia

The U.S. was down 2-0, but fought back to tie 2-2 against Slovenia in a game that will be remembered for the Referee making a horrible call that stole victory from the Americans. While the three points were stolen, the tie gives the U.S. an excellent chance to advance out of the group stage. Plus, the U.S. certainly impressed with their determination and fire in coming back to save their World Cup hopes.

Still, the Americans were screwed. One wonders if President Barack Obama will force FIFA to put $20 billion into an escrow account to help out Americans that are suffering from the referee’s brutally bad call.

–WKW [Read more]

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William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – June 18, 2010

Ron Artest enjoys his first NBA Championship as the Lakers finally beat the Celtics in a Game 7. [Read more]

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William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – June 17, 2010

The Good news? You can live forever. The Bad News? You’ll have to be a jellyfish to pull it off. [Read more]

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KFC announces new “Eat It Off The Floor, Bitch!” Promotion

KENTUCKY – Following its hyper-successful “KFC Famous Bowls” and “Double-Down Sandwich” campaigns, KFC has announced its newest promotion – “KFC’s Eat It Off The Floor, Bitch!” combo.
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William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – June 16, 2010

Brazil fan Zé Aparecido was pensive during the first half of Brazil-North Korea World Cup match. [Read more]

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Dear Rick Barber: Go ahead and Gather your Army, tough guy

Only 600,000 or so were killed in the Civil War. So, if you're a Southern politician, why not promote wildly secessionist language in your TV ads?


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Christian Warrior Gary Brooks Faulkner fails to behead Osama bin Laden

We Americans are an independent people with a do-it-yourself attitude. And no one proves that more than Gary Brooks Faulkner. The 50-ish American – armed with a pistol, 40-inch sword, night-vision goggles and book of Christian verses – went to Pakistan on a one-man mission to behead Osama bin Laden.

“God is with me, and I am confident I will be successful in killing him,” Faulkner said.

And it would have all worked out perfectly if not for those meddling Pakistani police. From the Guardian: [Read more]

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South Africa promises to forever ban Vuvuzelas if rest of world stops exploiting Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Faced with a barrage of bad press about the endless drone of vuvuzelas during World Cup matches, South African President Jacob Zuna today announced that he will ban the horn-like instrument, provided the Western world stop exploiting Africa.

“It’s a fair trade,” said Zuna. “The world can watch World Cup games in peace, and Africa can stop being exploited. Totally win-win scenario.” [Read more]

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William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – June 14, 2010

Was Chuck Liddell getting knocked cold worth it for Dana White and the UFC? [Read more]

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No Sister Kissing: U.S. must celebrate World Cup tie with England

ENgland-U.S. tie

They say a tie is like kissing your sister. Of course, those saying that are a bunch of sick, sister-kissing freaks, so it may just be best to ignore them, especially when it comes to the U.S. National Soccer team holding mighty England to a draw in the 2010 World Cup. [Read more]

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William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – June 11, 2010

A time of great joy turned tragic for Nelson Mandela, as his great-granddaughter was killed in a car crash just prior to the opening of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Read more here. [Read more]

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William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – June 8, 2010

Wolfrum’s Words:

By definition, Birthers are Conspiracy Theorists. And after more than 500 days since Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States, their persistence means they have now equaled 9/11 Truthers as the most obnoxious of conspiracists. [Read more]

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