I got to see a good chunk of the Senegal versus Denmark game and it started out really rough. My dad said, "Wow, they're being very physical, aren't they?" And, sure enough, there were about five yellow cards in the first twenty minutes. It was really rough and tumble out there for the parts we got to see. The big Danes were really mixing it up and Senegal wasn't backing down. The tie was pretty much appropriate to the play of both teams. It may well mean that both of these teams get to advance.
The Cameroon versus Saudi Arabia game was far, far more civil, but Cameroon's infamous attack got bogged down by the Saudi defense a lot, and the Saudi one-touch passing was very, very, sweet to see. Given how Saudi Arabia was blown out by Germany for their first game they bounced back very nicely and had some perfectly astonishing counter-attacks. It was really interesting seeing the free-flowing Cameroon game coming up against the pin-point accuracy of the Saudi Arabian game.
One thing that was very interesting to learn is that nearly all the Cameroon players actually play in various European leagues, where as the Saudi team had *no* players that played outside their country.
I think that some of the most fascinating bits about the World Cup is seeing the immense diversity between what makes up the teams, how they're trained and looking at what seems to be a conflict of personality and seeing what wins. Each team has its own personality and it's very evident in the play and it's just really fun seeing how those mixes work on the field.
And I'm very glad for the Red Wings. It was a very interesting game, last night, to watch. Especially as it got tied late in the game, again, and then Hasek came up with a few incredible saves that really made it possible for them to win. I have liked Hasek since the time he played in the Czech republic in the Olympics and even have 'his jersey' as the only hockey jersey I own.
So the series is 1-1 and Carolina is very definitely making a fight of it, and I'm very glad of it. It's going to be cool to watch this through.
Jet's doing great, too, even with all the sports and time with the grandparents, though he's being extra clingy when he can get me. I think some of it is that he's spending a lot more time away from me, and it's just starting to get to him. So I do my best to spend as much time with him as possible when I can. So that's helping him a bit.
I did to a regretful thing this morning, but not too bad. I wanted to go out and water my herbs and didn't really want to have to corral Jet while I did it, so I tried to shut him in the house while I went out and he, being the tenacious little guy he is, refused to let go of the door and got one finger badly pinched when I closed the door. Wah. It seems to be okay, now, he's using it, though it's tender, but the joint and bone seem to be okay and the skin didn't break, but it still pains me to have done it.