World Cup Predictions Summary and Contest

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is here and as with any good sports tournament(this being the greatest), comes a bracket pool.

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Here are the prize breakdowns.
1st Place:              $25 Potbelly’s gift card.  Use it to try one of their secret underground menu items.  & a Clearshot smartphone tripod

2nd Place:             Sample the Culture T-shirt & a Clearshot smartphone tripod

3rd Place:              Management for Zombies Book (since one of the teams I play for is named “Zombies FC” and it is hilarious)

 

Here is a summary of our predictions.  Click on the photos for the entire bracket predictions.

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ADAM’s Predictions
Final 4: Brazil, Germany, Spain, Belgium
Winner: Germany

 

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SIPLA THE OCTOPUS’ Predictions
Final 4: Brazil, Germany, Spain, Belgium
Winner: Brazil

 

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KRISTIAN’S Predictions
Final 4: Brazil, Germany, Spain, Argentina
Winner: Spain

 

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MIKE’s  Predictions
Final 4: Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina
Winner: Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

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World Cup Predictions 2014 (Mike)

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is here and as with any good sports tournament(this being the greatest), comes a bracket pool. See if you can beat our predictions by joining our ESPN BRACKET GROUP | PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED .

 

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MIKE’S picks for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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GROUP STAGES

GROUP A
1 BRAZIL
2 CROATIA

 

GROUP B
1 NETHERLANDS
2 SPAIN
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Notes:  The defending champs take the second spot behind Netherlands.

 

GROUP C
1 JAPAN
2 COLUMBIA
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Notes: Japan as underdogs rule the group and exit in the top spot.

 

GROUP D
1 URUGUAY
2 ITALY

 

GROUP E
1 FRANCE
2 HONDURAS

 

GROUP F
1 ARGENTINA
2 BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

 

GROUP G
1 GERMANY
2 USA
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Notes:  Even without Donovan the USA make it out of the group.

 

GROUP H
1 BELGIUM
2 RUSSIA

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SECOND ROUND KNOCKOUT STAGE
BRAZIL beat Spain
ITALY beat Japan
BOSNIA beat France
GERMANY beat Russia
NETHERLANDS beat Croatia
URUGUAY beat Columbia
ARGENTINA beat Honduras
BELGIUM beat USA
Notes: Early exit for the defending champs

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QUARTERFINALS
BRAZIL beat Italy
NETHERLANDS beat Uruguay
GERMANY beat Bosnia
ARGENTINA beat Belgium
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SEMIFINALS
BRAZIL beat Germany
ARGENTIAN beat Netherlands

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FINALS

BRAZIL beat Argentina for an all South American Final

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World Cup Predictions 2014 (Kristian)

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is here and as with any good sports tournament(this being the greatest), comes a bracket pool. See if you can beat our predictions by joining our ESPN BRACKET GROUP | PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED .

 

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KRISTIAN’S picks for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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GROUP STAGES

GROUP A
1 BRAZIL
2 CROATIA
Notes:

 

GROUP B
1 SPAIN
2 NETHERLANDS
Notes:

 

GROUP C
1 IVORY COAST
2 GREECE

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Notes: Ivory Coast take the top spot.

 

GROUP D
1 ENGLAND
2 ITALY

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Notes: England will get through to the second round.  They have some new, interesting players in the two Southampton boys, Lallana and Shaw, whom I believe could make a creative difference if they get picked to play.  Additionally, Sturridge and Sterling have had some great personal seasons.  Main weakness is the goalkeeper position, where Joe Hart hasn’t been convincing.

 

GROUP E
1 FRANCE
2 SWITZERLAND
Notes:

 

GROUP F
1 ARGENTINA
2 BOSNIS-HERZEGOVINA
Notes:

 

GROUP G
1 GERMANY
2 PORTUGAL
Notes:

 

GROUP H
1 BELGIUM
2 ALGERIA

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Notes: I do (as does everyone else) think that Belgium has a shot at doing really well.  They have a young, and very dangerous team, with almost a team full of all stars in the likes of Kompany, Chadli, Hazard, Lukaku, Curtois, Dembele, Fellaini, etc.
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SECOND ROUND KNOCKOUT STAGE
BRAZIL beat Netherlands
ITALY beat Ivory Coast
FRANCE beat Bosnia
GERMANY beat Algeria
SPAIN beat Croatia
ENGLAND beat Greece
ARGENTINA beat Switzerland
BELGIUM beat Portgual
Notes: England progress!

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QUARTERFINALS
BRAZIL beat Italy
SPAIN beat England
GERMANY beat France
ARGENTINA beat Belgium
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SEMIFINALS
BRAZIL beat Germany
SPAIN beat Argentina

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FINALS

SPAIN beat Brazil and take their second in a row

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World Cup 2014 Predictions (Adam)

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is here and as with any good sports tournament(this being the greatest), comes a bracket pool.  See if you can beat our predictions by joining our ESPN BRACKET GROUP | PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED .

 

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ADAM’S picks for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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GROUP STAGES

GROUP A
1 BRAZIL
2 CROATIA

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Notes: Brazil have a good team this year and home court advantage.  They will take the top spot.  Mexico, who barely made it into the cup, are used to the climate but they get overtaken by Luka Modric’s new haircut.

 

GROUP B
1 SPAIN
2 CHILE
Notes: Spain are still very strong.  Netherlands get edged out by Chile and poor Australia crash out with losses across the board.

 

GROUP C
1 COLUMBIA
2 IVORY COAST

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Notes: Drogba and the Elephants make it out of the group stage this year.  Columbia are good and will have a nice run.  Japan are a delight to watch but do not progress.

 

GROUP D
1 URUGUAY
2 ENGLAND

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Notes:  As long as Suarez is playing well, Uruguay go top.  England have a good squad this year and Hodgson gets them out of a difficult group starting with a win against Italy.

 

GROUP E
1 FRANCE
2 ECUADOR
Notes: France lucked out having Switzerland in the group and if they can secure the top spot they will most likely be granted an easier second round game(against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nigeria or Iran).  South American teams have the advantage and Ecuador make it out.

 

GROUP F
1 ARGENTINA
2 BOSNIS-HERZEGOVINA


Notes: Argentina take top spot.  Bosnia-Herzegovina struggle a little with the high temperatures but the Nigerians are so use to fixing games that they forget to stop putting in own goals.

 

GROUP G
1 GERMANY
2 USA
Notes: Germany will take top spot.  As long as USA win their first game against Ghana they will make it out.  Portugal’s performance all depends on Cristiano Ronaldo.  He has had some injuries recently so we will see.  I am going with my heart over my head on this one.  USA take second spot.

GROUP H
1 BELGIUM
2 SOUTH KOREA
Notes: Belgium should be awesome.  South Korea grind it out.
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SECOND ROUND KNOCKOUT STAGE
BRAZIL beat Chile
COLOMBIA beat England
FRANCE beat Bosnia
GERMANY beat S Korea
SPAIN beat Croatia
URUGUAY beat Ivory Coast
ARGENTINA beat Ecuador
BELGIUM beat US
Notes: England go out on PKs.

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QUARTERFINALS
BRAZIL beat Columbia
SPAIN beat Uruguay
GERMANY beat France
BELGIUM beat Argentina
Notes: Argentina is shocked by Belgium and fail to progress.

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SEMIFINALS
GERMANY beat Brazil
SPAIN beat Belgium

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FINALS

GERMANY beat Spain

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World Cup 2014 Predictions (Sipla the Octopus)

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is here and as with any good sports tournament(this being the greatest), comes a bracket pool.  See if you can beat our predictions by joining our ESPN BRACKET GROUP | PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED .

The unfortunate passing of Paul the Octopus in 2010 left an open seat for the world’s next soccer predicting oracle.  In steps Sipla the Octopus!


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SIPLA THE OCTOPUS’ picks for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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GROUP STAGES

GROUP A
1 BRAZIL
2 CROATIA
Notes: Nobody will challenge Brazil.

 

GROUP B
1 SPAIN
2 CHILE

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Notes: Spain will get through the group stage because they are still Spain.  Hoping to see Robin Van Pursestrings and the Netherlands lose to Arturo Vidal’s mohawk.

 

GROUP C
1 COLOMBIA
2 IVORY COAST
Notes: Jackson Martinez will look like Godzilla against the Japanese team.

 

GROUP D
1 ITALY
2 ENGLAND

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Notes:  Who will be a bigger a@#hole, Balotelli or Suarez?

 

GROUP E
1 FRANCE
2 SWITZERLAND
Notes: Don’t sleep on France this year.

 

GROUP F
1 ARGENTINA
2 BOSNIA-HERZGOVINA

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Notes: This group would be interesting if only Messi and Aguero were allowed to play for Argentina.

 

GROUP G
1 GERMANY
2 PORTUGAL
Notes: As much as I would love to see the USA move on, I just don’t think they have enough to get through this year’s group of death.

 

GROUP H

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1 BELGIUM
2 RUSSIA
Notes: Belgium is the new Netherlands.

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SECOND ROUND KNOCKOUT STAGE

BRAZIL beat Chile
COLOMBIA beat England
FRANCE beat Bosnia
GERMANY beat Russia
SPAIN beat Croatia
IVORY COAST beat Italy
ARGENTINA beat Switzerland
BELGIUM beat Portugal

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QUARTERFINALS

BRAZIL beat Columbia
SPAIN beat Ivory Coast
GERMANY beat France
BELGIUM beat Argentina

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SEMIFINALS

BRAZIL beat Germany
BELGIUM beat Spain
Notes: New blood beats old blood.

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FINALS

BRAZIL beat Belgium

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Notes: Unless the country implodes, I just can’t see how Brazil loses on its home turf.  Belgium becomes an early favorite for 2018.

 

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2014 World Cup Bracket Challenge

We have a 2014 World Cup Bracket Challenge.

Follow this link to enter via ESPN WORLD CUP BRACKET.

Make sure you are part of our “Sample the Culture” group.  Prizes will be awarded to top finishers and even to those who beat our experts.

Stay tuned for predictions from myself and a few others.

GOOD LUCK!

 

 

Kowloon Walled City, The Hong Kong Ghetto | City of Darkness Revisited Book

The Kowloon Walled City stood 17 stories high, was made up of over 300 buildings and housed over 33,000 people.  In the 1980’s and 1990’s it was the most densely populated place in the world.

       

There was a very basic electric supply and only a few places to get water.  Even though it was known for its prostitutes, opium dens, and surprisingly cheap dentists(who had come from mainland China and did not have the necessary licenses to legally practice in Hong Kong), the Kowloon Walled City was a tight knit community of everyday people helping one another manage the difficult living conditions.

It was also the site of one of the big fights in Jean Claude Van Damme’s “Bloodsport”

*Shout out to Donald Gibb in this clip(Co Owner of Trader Todd’s Karaoke Bar in Chicago)
**Also shout out to Van Damme’s pants, the waist doesn’t get any higher than that.

The walled city was torn down in 1993 and The Kowloon Walled City Park now stands in it’s place.

For more info on The Kowloon Walled City take a look at visit http://www.kowloonwalledcity.org

 

THE BOOK (CITY OF DARKNESS REVISITED)

Ian Lambot and Greg Girard put together a book call “City of Darkness” which is currently out of print.  They recently launched a KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN, ending in 4 days, to republish the book in an extended version.

Their site, http://cityofdarkness.co.uk/ has such great photos, talks about the people living there, urban ledgens and has a “where are they now” section called “Lost and Found”.  It is really interesting stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Fallon and Rahm Emanuel take the Chicago Polar Plunge

Jimmy Fallon has accepted Rahm Emanuel’s challenge to come to Chicago during one of the worst winters in centuries.

Adam and Samson jumped in the lake in 2006, but it was only 31 degrees F.

Callie had a rough one in 2009.  It was, 20 degrees, snowing and the water was slush.  Here is a video from her plunge.

NBC has some advice for both Fallon and our fearless Mayor.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/weather/stories/6-Things-Jimmy-Fallon-Should-Know-Before-Plunging-into-Chicago-247316731.html

 

Potbelly’s Underground Secret Menu of Secret Sandwiches

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Potbelly’s is a Chicago favorite.  Not only have they mastered the “S” items (sandwiches, salads, soups, shakes), but they also have an underground menu.  Here is a list of some of the secret sandwiches.

Cheeseburger – A meatball sandwich with ketchup in place of the marinara.  Add mustard, cheese, and pickles.
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The Fireball – A meatball sandwich with chili on top.

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Wrecking ball – A combination of both the meatball sandwich and the wreck sandwich.
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Lucky 7 (Seven Wonders) – A combination of both the Italian sandwich and the wreck sandwich.
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The Sicilian – A combination of both the Meatball sandwich and the Italian sandwich.
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Barnyard – The Wreck plus bacon and meatballs.
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B.L.T. – 9 Pieces of bacon with lettuce and tomato.
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Chicken Italiano – Grilled chicken plus pepperoni, marinara sauce and provolone cheese. (Currently only available in Cincinnati)
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Chicken Cordon Bleu *(My own creation, not officially on the underground menu…yet) – Grilled chicken plus ham,  provolone, and marinara sauce.  If you want the Spicy version add hot peppers.  It’s my go to sandwich.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

 

 

Previous menu items that moved to the Underground Menu

The Clubby – Consists of ham, turkey, bacon, provolone cheese and ranch dressing.

The Vegetarian – Mushrooms, Swiss, Provolone and melted Cheddar cheese with your choice of toppings on toasted regular or multigrain wheat bread.

 

 

Potbelly’s does have nutrition info on some of these underground sandwiches. here ->  http://www.potbelly.com/food/nutrition.aspx

Check your favorite Potbelly’s and see if they participate in the underground menu.  Here is a copy of the list, minus the clubby and the vegetarian. Potbelly Underground Menu

Winter in Chicago = DIBS ( Chicago Dibs Explained )

Winter in Chicago = SNOW

SNOW = People need to shovel out parking spaces.

DIBS =  “I put in the effort to shovel out this parking spot, it’s mine now! See how I reserve it with crappy furniture. Muhahahah”
Chicago Dibs
There is a strange phenomenon in Chicago during the winter which brings us back to our days as a child.  When there is a big(or decent size) snow, residents will shovel out parking spaces and then call “dibs,” which as an unspoken rule entitles them to this parking spot for the next couple of days or until the big snow melts, whichever comes first.

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The most important part of the tradition is the reserving of the shoveled parking spots by blocking it with old furniture, garbage cans, brooms, or other misc trash and trinkets.  To an outsider it look as though the neighborhood has gone to heck, but to the local residents we see a lawn chair with a wood plank and say, “hey nice job shoveling that spot.”

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The calling of Dibs is acceptable for the first few days of a big snow, but if the snow starts to melt or it’s been a week, the dibs is voided and the dibser then simply becomes a jerk.  Shoveling a spot and getting it for a day or two is ok, but trying to take advantage of the situation and claim a private spot is not cool.

Check the Chicago Dibs site for more fun photos and info on the wonderful tradition.
http://dibschicago.com/