EURO 2008 Draw: A Bonafide Group of Death

Group A

Switzerland
Czech Republic
Portugal
Turkey

Group B

Germany
Austria
Croatia
Poland

Group C

France
Netherlands
Italy
Romania

Group D

Greece
Spain
Russia
Sweden

I think we can all pretty much agree that Group C is going to be particularly exciting to watch. With Netherlands, France, Italy all duking it out, I wouldn’t be surprised if Romania snuck through – we’re talking about an under-rated team here that finished in front of Netherlands in qualifying.

If Hiddink sticks with Russia, I can see a great tournament coming from them as they have a rather favorable draw. Heading on over to Group B, Austria is going to get slaughtered – Germany and Croatia look pretty dominant in that field. The wonder of the European Championship though is the underdog – like Greece in 2004, Denmark in 1996 – my dark horse pick is Russia.

Second Round Picks:
GROUP A – Czech Republic, Portugal
GROUP B – Croatia, Germany
GROUP C – Netherlands, Italy
GROUP D – Spain, Russia

Who’s winning it all? Your dark horse?

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The Extraordinary Ray Hudson La Liga Drinking Game–‘LOOK OUT’

Now back in my Ph.d program, I realized that nothing is more fun for me and my friends than to sit around and watch some sort of sporting event and indeed invent a drinking game that goes along with it. After a long week of ‘doing’ homework, it’s a good way to start my weekends out on a high note.

We always had The Baseball Drinking Game, The Basketball Drinking Game, The Animal Planet Drinking Game, whatever. But now, feast your eyes no further than the official

‘The Extraordinary Ray Hudson La Liga Drinking Game, Version 1.0’

This works best when watching GolTV feeds of the games, but I will also throw in opportunity to imbibe if you are living in the Spanish mainland, don’t you worry.

For those of you who don’t know Ray Hudson, he basically a God among mere mortals. He is the commentator for GolTV along with a former Newcastle United player. Ray is known for saying ‘jaw-dropping’ quotes at lightning speed with his fiery brand of Scottish English Geordie English (thank you to Gittle).

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