WORLD CUP OPEN THREAD, Day 17: The Germans Are Coming!

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 13: Mesut Oezil of Germany (second left) celebrates with goalscorer Lukas Podolski (C) during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Germany and Australia at Durban Stadium on June 13, 2010 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Getty Images)

9:00 CT, ESPN: England vs. Germany Blah blah blah World War II blah blah blah penalty kicks blah blah blah storied rivals blah blah blah.  Forget the history and just enjoy the soccer: the English and Germans are two sides loaded with a fair amount of talent -- even if both sides (particularly the English) spent portions of the group stage looking like most of that talent was more focused on their post-tournament vacations than on doing much in the group stage games.  Here's hoping the spirit of the rivalry sparks some better play out of them here.

1:30 CT, ABC: Argentina vs. Mexico Even if Mexico wasn't the U.S.' main soccer nemesis and schadenfreude didn't demand that we root against them here, it would be hard not to based purely on their opponent.  From an entertainment standpoint, few teams in this tournament have been as dynamite as Argentina, led by their on-field mighty mite, Messi, and their off-field maniacal mite, Maradona.  So, yes, we hope that they stomp Mexico into the ground here.

Anyhoo, usual rules of game threads apply: no porn, no discussion of piracy; if you can't watch the game on TV, there are legal online streams at ESPN3.com. (EDIT: Apparently no stream on ESPN3.com for the ABC games.) Beyond that, the topic is verboten.

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