Oh boy. Time for the fun to begin. In 30 days Norway will get to play Greece for both teams' first game of the 2012 WCP Cup. Am I excited? On a scale from from 1 to The Reaction Greece fans had tying France last year, I'm about a 7. It's a big game no doubt, but there are also bigger fish to fry in the Group of Death.
Looking back at some of the comments from last years' posts, I've gotta think that Greece has a bone to pick with this game. I put out a prediction that Greece would do poorly in 2011, like they did in 2010, and that seemed to rub Greece players, or fans, the wrong way. Apparently making the playoffs last year meant they could avenge that awful loss to Norway in the 2007 playoffs.
But lets be real now -there's no way Greece makes the playoffs two straight years. Any average team can get lucky, like Colombia beating Sudan last year, but it takes skill to be consistenly good, and Greece coming out of the toughest group is pretty implausible. I won't guarantee a Norway berth either (although I really like our chances) but we've got a track record that backs us up anyways.
Should be a great first Saturday night of the tournament.