In one week the gloves come off. The only thing that will matter is who wins and who doesn't. I love it. It makes me laugh every year when I hear the excuses about why some teams didn't make it as far as they thought. Sometimes its possible that you just weren't good enough.
While I wish the organizers would have left it until later, I'm anticipating the Friday night game between Ireland and Sudan like no other this year. Ireland usually takes a couple of games to hit its dominant stride and a 10:30 p.m. game to start off everything is the best opportunity to catch them unawares.
Sudan has the ability to beat Ireland, like it showed against El Salvador last year and in the game against Laos. Sudan also has the ability to lost to a team like Columbia. Let's hope the Sudanese step up and play to the best of their abilities. If the tournament begins with an upset it will automatically make everyone more interested.