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World Cup, NCAA Style (continued)

In our final first-round pairings, we've got some tasty matchups.....

keep reading.....

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2009; 3:10 PM ET
Categories:  FIFA , Poll  
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i think the question should be ask who is coaching Mexico during this tournament?

If it is Eriksson, I can tell you Mexico is not going to be motivated and will loose to Iran in the first round.

Posted by: gmail | March 19, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Cool.

http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20090319&content_id=227503&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

In advance of their inaugural game on Thursday night, the club has given every one of its season ticket holders a rave green scarf. The scarves themselves will actually serve as tickets for the opening match (a bar code is tagged to the scarf).

Posted by: Reignking | March 19, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Mexico is due to lose a game in PKs in a major tournament. It's been a while but it used to be their MO.

More tournament complaining: Maryland and Cal is the only competitive bouncy-ball game on right now but didn't Maryland already beat Cal in the men's soccer tournament? Why the rematch?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 19, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Reignking, from the pictures I've seen, it's actually just a ticket is pinned to the scarf.

Posted by: sitruc | March 19, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: sitruc | March 19, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Did I pick Iran to beat Mexico? Yessss, of course I did! It's difficult to pick them with the run of form they've had outside Mexico, oh, most of this millenium.

Posted by: Modibo | March 19, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Question:
Why would the mls season start the same day as the ncaa tournament?

Posted by: ssdesv | March 19, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I think ESPN has something to do with the opening night. Since CBS has all the basketball ESPN needed something to fill the time slots and hoping to get ratings from Seattle's first game.

Posted by: jermWV | March 19, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Seattle's marketing gimmicks should make the rest of the green with envy.

But a barcode and not an RFID? Barcodes are so last century and RFID information can be sold to other marketers to boost the team's income.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 19, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Question:
Why would the mls season start the same day as the ncaa tournament?

Posted by: ssdesv

And I'm quite sure MLS was sick of opening on the same weekend as MLB.

Posted by: Reignking | March 19, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that's what you want. To be able to track scarves around the stadium, to see how people behave.

Look! Seat 13C is getting up! Walking to the concourse! ;)

Posted by: Reignking | March 19, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

You can get a lot of behavioral data. Trips to concessions, what they bought, who clogged the toilet in section 208 (gastroenterologist referrals), how they got to the stadium; find out who was sitting in the section that yelled insults at Landon - and reward them (or, unfortunately, identify and eject unruly fans). Link the RFID to a credit card so that they pay with the scarf at concessions and around town - I wouldn't go for that, but a lot of people would. I'm just being silly, but you'd think that a high tech place like Seattle would do that.

Note to self: check USSF scarf for RFIDs

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 19, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

BTW Sounders are biting Toronto with the season ticket holders scarves... It is cool but it's not original.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 19, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Interestingly, I had friends who, through a combination of bad luck, bad timing, and forgetfulness needed almost 3 seasons of trying to get DCU scarves. They finally succeeded when the team store opened.

Maryland's defeat of Cal in 2 consecutive national tournaments means that our state is better than theirs. And you guys complained about having to come here for games.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 19, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Man can't believe this. Now its the other way around in regards to Ecuador for you guys demolishing Ireland. Ireland finally is on the right track. Italian and if you see their depth it is much more than the Ecuadors. The current Ecuador is not the same one as 4 or 8 years ago. Ohh and they have a guy name John OShea.

Posted by: silentbat | March 19, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

But a barcode and not an RFID? Barcodes are so last century and RFID information can be sold to other marketers to boost the team's income.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 19, 2009 5:24 PM
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True - but RFIDs are also relatively easy to hack, especially in the tech-heavy culture of Seattle.

Posted by: edgeonyou | March 20, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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