I am in reluctant agreement with you.
The Azzuri appear to be on the rise, beating Germany last week 4-1. One might be making too much of that since the Germans are still struggling to find the right combinations.
But Italy was without Totti and still scored 4 goals - pretty amazing. They haven't lost in 16 matches.
I'm revising my hopes and pinning them on a win against the Czechs. That way, if we lose to Italy and beat Ghana, Italy would be able to handle the Czechs, sending is to the next round.
To face Brazil.
Yikes! Be careful what you wish for!Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 5.06.2006 @ 15:27
I thought Eddie played pretty well in qualifying games. But I see where Koller scored two goals in a warm up game last week - he seems to be pretty fit and if he is, will probably steamroll Eddie and make Onyewu look like the kid that he is.
Lewis may be a make shift left back but if Arena goes with 5 midfielders, he won't be seen over the midfield line for the whole game (unless we get behind). He will do well in that formation I think.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 5.06.2006 @ 05:11
My face is red!
You're right of course - and no one caught it for 3 days!
Don't know why I wrote AC Milan - I've saw Totti in the last few UEFA Cups and just associated him with Milan.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 5.06.2006 @ 03:41
It's obvious you know nothing (or very little) of the American team. They may very well lose to both Italy and the Czechs. But I guarantee they will be competitive.
For you to think differently either shows you're blowing smoke out of your ass or you've haven't seen the American side play very much.
I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and simply accuse you of being ignorant.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 3.06.2006 @ 10:26
Ouch! You cut me to the quick, sir.
I guess my comeback is why not talk? Better than shooting and a helluva lot cheaper. Not only that, there's always the outside chance that events will overtake the entire rotten regime and Khamenei would be forced to ditch Ahmadinejad.
A slight chance. But again, better than the alternative unless it becomes absolutely necessary.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 31.05.2006 @ 17:25
To put it crudely, we have been bullshitting, and they sense it.
So Seymour Hirsh was dead wrong? I seem to recall the left going absolutely ballistic last month when Hirsch was telling us all that striking Iran was a done deal.
Wonder if anyone is going to take back what they said, ya think?Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 31.05.2006 @ 16:41
Do you seriously believe our message about the unnacceptabilty of the regime acquiring nukes hasn't gotten through?
I know as a pro, you probably don't take the apocalypse scenario very seriously, but what if you're wrong? Can we afford the possibility that these guys intend to make good on their wacky rhetoric?
I don't think its a question of them not understanding our intentions. I honestly think they don't care. They see the strategic situation heavily in their favor and are thumbing their noses at us. Yeah we can level them but at what cost to us? This is why I oppose bombing and invasion. It may be worth a serious look to see if a nuked up Iran is something we can live with which talks may or may not give us the answer. If they are semi-rational, then we may have little choice in accepting a nuclear fait accompli. But if they are as wacked out as their rhetoric indicates, then almost nothing should be off the table militarily - save using our own nukes.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 31.05.2006 @ 16:11
I know you read this site so you've got to know that I have been opposed to bombing from the start.
And I say it is a question of intent. Can the US live with a nuclear Iran? And is there anything that will stop them from building a bomb?
I don't give a crap about their civilian program. They've been trying to build, buy, or steal an atomic weapon for more than 15 years if the Pakistani Chief of Staff can be believed (can we afford not to believe him?). I would love to find a solution short of war. But what has Iran done in the last two years to convince anyone they're serious about giving up enhanced enrichment? You don't build a facility to house 50,000 centrifuges to manufacture reactor grade uranium. There's no need for that many. To presuppose that their intentions are anything but extraordinarily hostile to Israel, the west, and the United States is ridiculous.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 31.05.2006 @ 15:53
Can we afford to assume the best as far as Iranian intentions are concerned.
You say yes. I say no. Therein lies the difference.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 31.05.2006 @ 14:27
Indeed. So long Ed.
And I warned you last month what would happen if you posted off topic again.
SEEYA!Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 31.05.2006 @ 13:21
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