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You know a sporting event is going on too long when…

An animal predicting the winner is the top story of the day in a major paper.  Just saying.

For what it’s worth (and, trust me, it isn’t worth much) here are my predictions for the semi-finals and final. 

Uruguay 1 Netherlands 4

The Dutch have really looked strong and I don’t expect a letdown after the huge win against Brazil.  They might have the most individual talent on their team, but find a way to have all these talented players work together.  Ask the 2002 USA Men’s basketball team what it’s like to manage a team of superstars.  But they seem to have put it all together and that will make for a very long afternoon for Uruguay.  Why 4 goals? Why not.

Germany 3 Spain 2

This is going to be a great game.  I’m a self-identified soccer novice and really have no idea what I’m talking about.  But even I know this is going to be a great game.  These are two soccer powerhouses (right?) who are playing at the top of their game right now.  But, as good as Spain has looked, I just don’t see any way that Germany will lose. 

So, based on this, if you are planning to put forth your own guesses, I would suggest taking Uruguay and Spain.  Enjoy the games!